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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #50 on: January 16, 2018, 06:00:14 PM »
My new mini addiction is Dutch Baby's.  Family loves them too
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2018, 06:01:30 PM »
Protip:  DO NOT do this method on more than 1 or 2 pans at a time unless you want your house smoked out and your wife and kids SUUUUUPER pisssed off.  I learned this last night when I did 4 at once :chuckle:

You can also make a camp fire around it (them), does the same thing.  Just let it cool slowly.  I haven't done it but my folks have.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #52 on: January 16, 2018, 06:08:09 PM »
Here you go DoubleJ

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #53 on: January 16, 2018, 06:11:14 PM »
My Nana gave me this when I left for college mid 80's

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #54 on: January 16, 2018, 06:41:57 PM »
Lodge post 1960
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2018, 06:43:13 PM »
Lodge makes the 3 notch pans like that.  After 1960, the Gov't mandated that everything have the country of origin on products.  Nobody put "Made in USA" on cast iron before 1960.
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #56 on: January 16, 2018, 06:44:38 PM »
Lodge Manufacturing Co. - South Pittsburg, TN

1900-1910 "Blacklock"Ļ ≤
- Skillets have outside heat ring
- Raised size number on top of handle
- Raised molder's mark letter on bottom at 6 o'clock
≤ Lodge founder Joseph Lodge was a partner in The Blacklock Foundry, predecessor to Lodge Mfg. Co. These characteristics are conjecture, as no marked Blacklock skillets are known to exist.

(From 1910 to the early 1930s, Lodge put its name on its products.)

1930sĻ
- Skillets have inset heat ring with single notch opposite handle at 12 o'clock.
- Raised size number on top of handle or ĺ" high size number at 12 o'clock
- Raised small molder's mark letter at 6 o'clock
- Some earlier "no-notch" patterns were re-purposed, but otherwise have the same characteristics
- All skillet & DO lids have grid of pointed tips for basting drippers, may have raised letter molder's mark on underside
- A line of pieces with an unusual "scalloped" heat ring consisting of crescent-shaped segments is believed to be from this time period

1940s-1987Ļ
- Skillets have inset heat ring with 3 notches at 9/12/3 o'clock.
- Pattern identifying marks incised at 6 o'clock or raised shift identifier on a small flat blob of metal above the size number at 12 o'clock (1940s-50s)
- Later, letters denoting pan type, e.g. "SK" skillet, "DO" dutch oven (1950s)
- After ca. 1960 "Made In USA" added at center
- Lids have grid of pointed tips for basting drippers, size number and diameter or pan capacity incised on underside
- Corn stick pans have 5, 7, or 9 uni-directional cups, outward-curved ends for handles, with round or elongated hanging holes, button or bar-shaped levelling feet, and often the number 27 and letter C on the 7-cup
- Divided cornbread skillets have hole in center
- Hammered toy skillets typically with 00, 0, or 1 markings

(After 1987, Lodge resumed putting its name on its products.)
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #57 on: January 16, 2018, 07:02:33 PM »
Well it was new when I got it so fits the pattern. Thanks. Always wondered about it

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #58 on: January 17, 2018, 07:07:45 PM »
Elk Tacos from the sanded cast iron skillet.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #59 on: January 17, 2018, 07:08:57 PM »
Additionally I hit the local goodwill and no cast was found....

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #60 on: January 17, 2018, 07:18:16 PM »
Additionally I hit the local goodwill and no cast was found....

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You should also look at antique stores and consignment stores.  We have a couple over here that always have a ton of cast iron....just have to find the good deals.   :tup:

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #61 on: January 17, 2018, 07:30:17 PM »
Additionally I hit the local goodwill and no cast was found....

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #62 on: January 27, 2018, 06:18:27 PM »
Thx Luckyman for the Farm Fresh eggs! Some Costco pineaple Bacon Brauts and Luckyman eggs. Shoot straight tomorrow brother! The one on the right was a double yoker!

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2018, 07:08:36 AM »

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I found an old cast iron pan that was my grandparents and worked on it last week. It had several small rust spots. I watched several videos and tried the salt and potato trick and that didn't work, so I tried #000 steel wool and that didn't do it either, I ended up using a dremel and a sanding tip. Took the rust right down. I'm in the process of re-seasoning it now. Excited to see how it turns out.

See, the difference is I'm inherently lazy :chuckle:  I googled and saw the oven method and that was right up my alley.  Let the oven do the hard work and I'll just rinse it off and scrub a little, lol.

If you're interested, the oven method is to put it in the oven upside down.  Put a sheet pan under it to catch whatever falls.  Set your oven to the self cleaning mode for either 3 or 4 hours, however long your mode is.  Mine was 3 hours.  Then let it fire away.  Once the oven door unlocks, remove and let cool to room temperature and then wash with soap and steel wool to get whatever rust is on there off.  Then wash with soap and a sponge.

The self cleaning method absolutely vaporizes everything on the pan.  It literally looked like the scene in T2 when the nuke hit and all of the people in the park turned to dust.  I rinsed most of the crud off and only had to scrub a small bit.

After hitting more thrift stores after work today, I have 5 more to do tonight, maybe tomorrow.  I also got 2 from my dad.  One I don't know if it's salvageable without SERIOUS sanding.  The cooking surface is caked in rust and super pitted.  We'll see.

Thanks for the info on the oven method  :tup: Care to do a write-up on your re-seasoning process for us new kids?
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #65 on: January 28, 2018, 08:06:52 AM »
This is all great info and I appreciate it. I've only started getting into using cast iron regularly the last few months. Just some standard lodge skillets, one in 12" and the other in 8". Use them both often.

I never did any specific seasoning process upon getting them. After I use them, I always scrub them down with the rough side of a sponge, some salt to aid with the scrubbing, and warm water. Then after making sure they are dried thoroughly, I put them back on the stove top on a low setting until they are warm again. I then put a coat of oil (typically vegetable), and rub the whole pan down. Let it cool, wipe off any excess and put it away for next use.

Any other pro tips on how you guys do regular care? Particularly in regards to cleaning them up after use and keeping them seasoned? I don't know if what I'm doing is best or right, but it's what I've gathered to be common from research.

Any pro input is appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #66 on: January 28, 2018, 08:20:41 AM »
To dry my skillet with lid (lid normally has most of the moisture) I put in the oven.
Bake at 200. When the timer chimes that says it's up to temp, I turn off the oven and let it sit, and I store it in the oven.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2018, 11:59:30 AM »
This is all great info and I appreciate it. I've only started getting into using cast iron regularly the last few months. Just some standard lodge skillets, one in 12" and the other in 8". Use them both often.

I never did any specific seasoning process upon getting them. After I use them, I always scrub them down with the rough side of a sponge, some salt to aid with the scrubbing, and warm water. Then after making sure they are dried thoroughly, I put them back on the stove top on a low setting until they are warm again. I then put a coat of oil (typically vegetable), and rub the whole pan down. Let it cool, wipe off any excess and put it away for next use.

Any other pro tips on how you guys do regular care? Particularly in regards to cleaning them up after use and keeping them seasoned? I don't know if what I'm doing is best or right, but it's what I've gathered to be common from research.

Any pro input is appreciated. Thanks!

After cooking, I wipe what I can with a paper towel.  Mine are seasoned to the point where 9/10 it's mostly just whatever fat I used pooled up.  If that's all there is, I usually wipe it clean and use said fat to leave a thin coating on the pan and put it away.  About once a month I'll wash it out with the soft side of a sponge and light dish soap.  A lot of the fat I use can go rancid if left to sit on a pan.  Once washed with soap, I dry on the stove top and light coat of crisco and store

if there is food stuck on there, I take my chain mail (available on amazon for cheap) and I put just a splash of the hottest water I can out of the tap into the pan and use the chain mail to scrub it clean.  Then I wipe dry and put on the stove top on medium heat for about 10 minutes to make sure all water is evaporated.  Then a thin coat of crisco and put it away

Contrary to what's written on the internet, modern dish soap will not ruin seasoning.  The "Don't use soap" thing was from back in the day when soap was made with lye.  I just don't soap wash every time because I'm lazy :chuckle:
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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2018, 06:02:22 PM »
Elk steaks and Pineaple Bacon Brauts

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2018, 05:35:00 PM »
Thanks, I have ordered some of this stuff.  Love cooking on CI.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #70 on: February 13, 2018, 09:44:19 PM »
I bought a cheapy the other day and plan on grinding down the inside to smooth it out as it seems most of the reasonably priced new ones, including Lodge, are very gritty.

I'll be using pretty much this process. 


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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #71 on: February 14, 2018, 10:33:41 AM »
You will be plenty happy sanding it Loki. I hated my cast iron until I sanded it down. Now I use it all the time.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #72 on: February 14, 2018, 06:05:05 PM »
Anyone know what manufacture this pan might be?  I'm guessing it is a 9 on the handle and it has a raised ring on the bottom. It is 11" across at the rim and 9 1/2" across the bottom. It has a very smooth finish so I'm guessing it is of older manufacture. Thanks

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #73 on: February 14, 2018, 06:15:32 PM »


If you have an electric or glass top stove, make sure you look for FLAT cookware. 

I guess this is an advantage of the raised cooking ring.  My, I think, old pan has a bump on the bottom and seems to work decently anyways.

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Re: high dollar cast iron
« Reply #74 on: February 14, 2018, 06:45:24 PM »
Anyone know what manufacture this pan might be?  I'm guessing it is a 9 on the handle and it has a raised ring on the bottom. It is 11" across at the rim and 9 1/2" across the bottom. It has a very smooth finish so I'm guessing it is of older manufacture. Thanks

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