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  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,539
    HeavyG said:
    I love all this iron, but is there one of those anonymous support groups for a few of you guys? I am not laughing at you, rather with you. I am that type of personality myself. Tend to overindulge in things of interest to me. LOL. 

    My name is Brandon. I’ve been collecting iron for 12 years now. I have 382 pieces. 

    “Hi Brandon!”

    ok, maybe I’m a little jealous? 
    382 pieces? That's just a starter kit.

    These folks are the ones with an obsession (and a very cool collection as a result): https://thepan-handler.com/2016/06/largest-vintage-cast-iron-cookware-collection-in-the-united-states-larry-and-marg-oneil-tacoma-wa/



    I had no idea. Just picked a number that seemed  unreasonable to a non collector. Ha!
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    edited March 11
    I love all this iron, but is there one of those anonymous support groups for a few of you guys? I am not laughing at you, rather with you. I am that type of personality myself. Tend to overindulge in things of interest to me. LOL. 

    My name is Brandon. I’ve been collecting iron for 12 years now. I have 382 pieces. 

    “Hi Brandon!”

    ok, maybe I’m a little jealous? 
    In defense, let me explain. Lol

    1.  I love the thrill of finding a great deal that gets overlooked.  I haven't paid over 50% off full retail, on any piece, old or new, from CI to CS.  Most are more like 66% or 75% if I calculated.

    2.  I enjoy taking a fugly piece of vintage iron in a dark, musty, dusty, rusty, moldy, antique shop...breathing a little life into it, and saving it from the scrap heap.  My first pan was a $5 #8 Griswold EPU.  I was hooked.

    3.  I appreciate the history, geographics, and dangerously hard work involved.  Watch a loose pattern molding vid and it will enlighten.  Stupid hot, dangerous, back breaking work.  Several foundries burnt to the ground.  Erie was one of them.  Another reason I feel it's my duty to keep them out of the scrap heap.  Maybe it's because I worked in an industrial coatings plant in my prime, I dunno.  But it's kind of sad to see these beautifully crafted pieces neglected.

    4.  I feel that a CI skillet is one of the most essential tools in a kitchen.  Ask any good chef or experienced home cook who knows what they're doing.  My personal favorites Mallmann, Bayless, talk about it often.  I have given many as gifts for this very reason.  Oven, cooktop, grill, campfire, they're cheap and versatile, and will last a lifetime if cared for properly.  

    5.  It's like grills, guns, EDC knives, kitchen knives, watches, shoes, etc for me.  Kind of like bourbon, stogs for you.

    It's fun to have low cost options.  It makes me happy.  Using the same gun, grill, skillet, and knife would get boring hahaha.  These hobbies are chump change compared to most.   :)

    Just recieved my 16th grill yesterday.  You should see it, built like a Tiger tank. =)

    HTH explain the method of my madness.  ;)
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    edited March 11
    HeavyG said:
    I love all this iron, but is there one of those anonymous support groups for a few of you guys? I am not laughing at you, rather with you. I am that type of personality myself. Tend to overindulge in things of interest to me. LOL. 

    My name is Brandon. I’ve been collecting iron for 12 years now. I have 382 pieces. 

    “Hi Brandon!”

    ok, maybe I’m a little jealous? 
    382 pieces? That's just a starter kit.

    These folks are the ones with an obsession (and a very cool collection as a result): https://thepan-handler.com/2016/06/largest-vintage-cast-iron-cookware-collection-in-the-united-states-larry-and-marg-oneil-tacoma-wa/



    I would enjoy stopping by their place to meet them over the Space Needle.  I take care of folks like them here in IA.  Love them all, dearly.

    13 pineapple peach upsidedown cakes in #9s is just awesome.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,539
    @Focker . Yous pretty good at it I’d say! 
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    @Focker . Yous pretty good at it I’d say! 
    Yeah, I don't want to count.  But I'm definitely under 100...I think.   =)
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,539
    Focker said:
    @Focker . Yous pretty good at it I’d say! 
    Yeah, I don't want to count.  But I'm definitely under 100...I think.   =)
    Hell, that’s not in the category of needing help. I would have guessed it was waaay more. That’s just a reasonable and healthy hobby. Unlike consumption and stogie smoking. 
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    edited March 11
    Focker said:
    @Focker . Yous pretty good at it I’d say! 
    Yeah, I don't want to count.  But I'm definitely under 100...I think.   =)
    Hell, that’s not in the category of needing help. I would have guessed it was waaay more. That’s just a reasonable and healthy hobby. Unlike consumption and stogie smoking. 
    If you cook healthy with them. Lol

    I admit, it is a problem.  I'm running out of room.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,510
    Focker said. I admit, it is a problem.  I'm running out of room.

    This was my problem.  Like yourself, I enjoyed the restoration, and putting pieces back into service.  

    It was a sickness though.  Finally i realized i didn't need 70+ pieces.  Now I'm down to about 30.  I think I'm about good, and my obsessions have moved on to other things.  Still love using it.
    Phoenix 
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,510

    Funny thing is a year ago my dad didn't see the point.  Then he got his first skillet, but couldn't imagine why he'd ever need more.    He's now up to about 12 pieces, lol.
    Phoenix 
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    edited March 11
    blasting said:

    Funny thing is a year ago my dad didn't see the point.  Then he got his first skillet, but couldn't imagine why he'd ever need more.    He's now up to about 12 pieces, lol.
    Good stuff.  :)

    My Dad is up to about that number as well, after restoring my Grandpa's Griswolds and Wagners for him and my uncle.  What got me in this mess in the first place.  Then he found more.  
    I forgot a couple...

    6.  Usable collectibles.  I use them all, as mentioned earlier, that's the fun.  I respect the other philosophy of collecting and admiring, but I have no safe queens or trailer queens so-to-speak.  

    7.  These honey holes are drying up.  There will come a point they will stop showing up in the antique stores.  Field, and all the others, still can't replicate a Griswold IMO.  Field and it's weight is close.


    I will still buy, but hoard mostly Griswold, and it has to be cheap.  The other brands, if cheap, usually get gifted.  The ones I have sent out are appreciated.  I love hearing the "slick" feedback after use.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • ElkhornHuskerElkhornHusker Posts: 357
    Made in China, not the good stuff I guess.
    Elkhorn, NE
    1 large egg
    28" Blackstone 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,052
    Made in China, not the good stuff I guess.
    You mean Gina. Only kidding. Nice pick up.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • ElkhornHuskerElkhornHusker Posts: 357
    Made in China, not the good stuff I guess.
    You mean Gina. Only kidding. Nice pick up.
    It was free, found it going through Moms stuff.

    It does have a little lip for any batter or eggs
    Elkhorn, NE
    1 large egg
    28" Blackstone 
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