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Title: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on December 17, 2017, 03:13:43 PM
wow this is some nice stuff, wouldn't mind a few pieces.  I have some old griswold that's getting a bit thin, and I have some lodge but nothing like this.


https://finexusa.com/


Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on December 17, 2017, 03:28:52 PM
Iíve seen the skillet at the Mazama store, nice stuff. :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: wadu1 on December 17, 2017, 06:40:03 PM
I'm a big fan of cast iron, have a little bit of everything. My favorite's are a set of Wagner Ware skillets circa; 1925-1934, used the #8 tonight to fry some burgers.  Don't need any new fangled iron, I'll stick with the best old stuff.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on December 18, 2017, 09:59:57 AM
I have a cast iron pot that is older than I am. It was my grandparents, then my parents, and now mine. No one else is allowed to touch it. I love cooking with cast iron.

That stuff is pretty fancy! Pretty reasonably priced too. 

I like their quote on the site "We're not owners of cast iron, we're caretakers."

Clint
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Stein on December 18, 2017, 10:02:29 AM
I do like the handles on those, that's the one thing with Lodge is that you always have to have something handy to handle them. 
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: vandeman17 on December 18, 2017, 10:04:11 AM
I have a cast iron pot that is older than I am. It was my grandparents, then my parents, and now mine. No one else is allowed to touch it. I love cooking with cast iron.

That stuff is pretty fancy! Pretty reasonably priced too. 

I like their quote on the site "We're not owners of cast iron, we're caretakers."

Clint

same with me. I have one that my grandma cooked with. You can put a plain piece of chicken in it and it still comes out with flavor. I used it almost daily.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: b0bbyg on December 18, 2017, 10:23:15 AM
Wow, had no idea some of it cost that much.  We have 4-6 skillets from various places we use all the time. Love cooking in cast iron.

Also have tons of older stuff we pulled from underneath a house that belonged to relatives. Could not bring myself to leave behind or donate. Cast iron is just good stuff. 
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on December 18, 2017, 10:46:55 AM
I have a couple of older fry pans and a newer Dutch oven and lodge skillet. I worked hard to season them but they kept sticking.  So I tried a trick I heard about.  I put them I  the oven at and burnt all the crud out of them so they were practically bare cast after scraping. I then took my air powered angle grinderwith a sanding disk and went to town sanding down the skillets Dutch oven and mating surfaces where the lids made contact.  I've reasoned the skillets and proceeded to cook all manner of meats, bacon, hash and eggs ect. I'm now finally getting the non stick like properties  I've always wanted out of my cast iron.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: wideleft on December 18, 2017, 11:03:31 AM
I've seen those cast irons down in Olympia.  They are nice and I like the handle.  I noticed though that they were heavier than the older ones (Wagner) that I own.  Just empty I felt it was too much, let alone with a 5lb chicken in one.  Maybe my forearms need strengthened, but I would definitely handle one before purchasing.  I know my girlfriend would never be able to pull it out of the oven as heavy as I found them to be.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on December 18, 2017, 11:10:28 AM
I have a cast iron pot that is older than I am. It was my grandparents, then my parents, and now mine. No one else is allowed to touch it. I love cooking with cast iron.

That stuff is pretty fancy! Pretty reasonably priced too. 

I like their quote on the site "We're not owners of cast iron, we're caretakers."

Clint

same with me. I have one that my grandma cooked with. You can put a plain piece of chicken in it and it still comes out with flavor. I used it almost daily.

You cant put a price tag on something like that. Seems like every meal in that pot taste amazing.

Came into the kitchen once to an ex scrubbing the heck out of one of my cast iron pans lathered in de-greasing soap. I say my "ex" for a reason.  :chuckle: she said she was getting the rust off of it, because she had filled it with soap and water and let it soak over night and she was going to put it in the dishwasher.  :bash: I didn't really break up with her for that, I thanked her for trying to help out. And she actually felt really bad once I explained.

Once I started doing steak in my cast iron I have not thrown another on a bbq. High heat, high quality oil, sear all sides of a well seasoned steak, then finish in the oven at 400 to your desired wellness. Let rest with a small dab of butter. Melt in your mouth!  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Fl0und3rz on December 18, 2017, 11:37:31 AM
wow this is some nice stuff, wouldn't mind a few pieces.  I have some old griswold that's getting a bit thin, and I have some lodge but nothing like this.

https://finexusa.com/


Now you tell me.  That would have made a nice gift to the in-laws.  Don't know if I can get an order up here by Christmas.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: fastdam on December 18, 2017, 05:52:05 PM
We pretty.much use cast iron exclusively.  Those are pretty fancy but I don't think they will do anything our old cast iron won't do
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: BrandonWatts on December 21, 2017, 07:55:42 AM


Once I started doing steak in my cast iron I have not thrown another on a bbq. High heat, high quality oil, sear all sides of a well seasoned steak, then finish in the oven at 400 to your desired wellness. Let rest with a small dab of butter. Melt in your mouth!  :tup:
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This is the only way I will do steaks and pork chops any more. I started with a new lodge cast iron and hated it at first but once I got the seasoning built up on it, it is my go to pan. Love the way cast iron cooks steaks and burgers.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on December 21, 2017, 02:07:52 PM


Once I started doing steak in my cast iron I have not thrown another on a bbq. High heat, high quality oil, sear all sides of a well seasoned steak, then finish in the oven at 400 to your desired wellness. Let rest with a small dab of butter. Melt in your mouth!  :tup:

This is the only way I will do steaks and pork chops any more. I started with a new lodge cast iron and hated it at first but once I got the seasoning built up on it, it is my go to pan. Love the way cast iron cooks steaks and burgers.
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Its the only way to go!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: STIKNSTRINGBOW on December 22, 2017, 12:18:11 AM
I kept wondering why I was making such a mess on the stove, until I saw the crack in my Griswold.  :(
I love my Cast, but sometimes you only bring them out for company...
Or should I say "Camp"
Warner at home...
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: wadu1 on December 25, 2017, 02:17:11 PM
Had a great 12" Griswold that I used for hunting camp for steaks and chops. My nitwit brother-in-law thought it was to hot after doing steaks and plunged into a snow bank, it cracked down the middle.  :bash:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: runamuk on December 25, 2017, 03:30:40 PM
Had a great 12" Griswold that I used for hunting camp for steaks and chops. My nitwit brother-in-law thought it was to hot after doing steaks and plunged into a snow bank, it cracked down the middle.  :bash:

Omg I just wept. :'(

Those are some nice looking pots and pans.

I use a cast iron pan daily I love my cast iron.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Blacklab on December 25, 2017, 10:14:52 PM
Cast iron for a good ole hamburger  :drool: Or the famous deep dish pizza  ;)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Skillet on December 25, 2017, 11:08:00 PM
Got an 8" Griswold I've had for 20+ years I use nearly daily. They don't call me skillet cause I cook with T-fal!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Naches Sportsman on December 25, 2017, 11:25:10 PM
My grandma asked me today if I wanted one of her mom's cast iron skillets. I think it will be going on display instead of being used.

I use another cast iron that my other grandma had and use it almost every day.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Jason on December 26, 2017, 10:09:38 AM
Here's another company that makes their cast iron cookware in the USA.

https://fieldcompany.com/
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on December 30, 2017, 11:05:24 PM
I have a couple of older fry pans and a newer Dutch oven and lodge skillet. I worked hard to season them but they kept sticking.  So I tried a trick I heard about.  I put them I  the oven at and burnt all the crud out of them so they were practically bare cast after scraping. I then took my air powered angle grinderwith a sanding disk and went to town sanding down the skillets Dutch oven and mating surfaces where the lids made contact.  I've reasoned the skillets and proceeded to cook all manner of meats, bacon, hash and eggs ect. I'm now finally getting the non stick like properties  I've always wanted out of my cast iron.

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I've always wanted to do this  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: robescc on December 31, 2017, 08:43:38 PM
My Grandmother gave me all of her cast iron about 8 years ago. They are mix between Wagner and Griswold and a couple with no markings left. They all came out with them from North Carolina in the early 70's. She told me that she remembers cooking with some of them when she was young at her Grandmother's house. I still make corn bread in the same one she always used for it.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on December 31, 2017, 09:01:33 PM
After doing way more research into this than I should have over the past 6 months or so, when I'm ready to pull the trigger on a "Nice" cast iron pan, more than likely when I hit the breaking point with these pieces of trash I have now, This is the brand I'm going with https://smitheyironware.com/shop/
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Bullkllr on January 03, 2018, 07:33:44 PM
When my aunt passed away I inherited a few pans that my grandparents used. They were all unmarked and quite old-I'd guess 1920's old.

I consider them heirlooms, but I love using them. I was shocked at how much better than my other stuff they are. I flat out got rid of a couple "Lodges" that just never seemed to be able to season right.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 05, 2018, 09:05:25 PM
So, I was screwing around in my garage last night and I came across a 9" skillet.  My wife had bought me this about 3 years ago to use as a wood chip holder for my bbq.  Well, I dusted it off and saw something that caught my eye.  "nch skille"

That's all I could see.  So I put it in the oven on the self cleaning cycle.  4 hours later, I pulled it out and scrubbed it up with steel wool and there it was.  "9 Inch Skillet" with a #0 below it.  I did some internet searching and this is a Wagner no label skillet from pre 1960.  No way to date it precisely other than pre-1960.  SMOOTH!!!!!!!!!  Holy crap the surface is smooth.  I will season it up tomorrow.  It's smaller than I'd like but, it is old and feels wonderful.  Probably be my egg skillet from now on
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: dscubame on January 05, 2018, 09:20:14 PM
Interesting topic.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 06, 2018, 08:49:45 PM
Went goodwill hopping today and only found 1 skillet but it's an old Lodge #8 for $8.  I am burning off the decades of gunk right now.  After that, I'll be able to see the markings on it and be able to tell how old it actually is.

Before pics:

(https://preview.ibb.co/fLxkPw/0106181657.jpg)
(https://preview.ibb.co/hwrOBb/0106181657a.jpg)
(https://preview.ibb.co/fbGOBb/0106181657b.jpg)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 06, 2018, 08:50:22 PM
Burning of crap done.  Next step will be cleaning it up and then seasoning in the morning.  In these pics you can see all that crap was vaporized by the oven.  When it cools, I need to brush it all off, scrub it up with steel wool and dish soap, and dry it off.  Then seasoning can begin

(https://preview.ibb.co/mFUouw/0106182046.jpg)
(https://preview.ibb.co/eXAiSG/0106182045.jpg)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 06, 2018, 09:17:44 PM
Clean up done.  Not a speck of rust left.  I can't believe this is the same skillet.  I don't know why the first pic is so big.  Sorry. 

Seasoning starts tomorrow morning.

(https://image.ibb.co/i4LKZw/0106182123.jpg)
(https://preview.ibb.co/jBYj1b/0106182123a.jpg)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: j_h_nimrod on January 06, 2018, 09:33:45 PM
At a camp I used to work at we had a great collection of old cast iron skillets an pots from Griswold, Wagner, and unmarked.  Most were from at least the 60ís or older and were great. After a season they would go in storage over winter and in the spring would be a pile of mold, but no rust. We threw them in the wood stove over night and would pull them out in the morning looking like new. A couple weeks reseasoning and they were great for another year. I love cast cookwear, but using them on a gas cooktop (or Coleman stove) is key in my opinion!  They will scratch the crap out of these new smooth electric cook tops and do not work near so well.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 06, 2018, 09:37:27 PM
At a camp I used to work at we had a great collection of old cast iron skillets an pots from Griswold, Wagner, and unmarked.  Most were from at least the 60ís or older and were great. After a season they would go in storage over winter and in the spring would be a pile of mold, but no rust. We threw them in the wood stove over night and would pull them out in the morning looking like new. A couple weeks reseasoning and they were great for another year. I love cast cookwear, but using them on a gas cooktop (or Coleman stove) is key in my opinion!  They will scratch the crap out of these new smooth electric cook tops and do not work near so well.

Not totally true.  I agree tthat gas would be best but, we don't have that option.  We have a glass top electric and as long as the skillets aren't really warped and spinning, they work just fine without scratching anything.  Heck, even a few of my spinners work good for certain things
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 07, 2018, 10:00:41 PM
4 seasoning rounds and a pan of bacon later, look at that shine!

(https://image.ibb.co/h2MCnG/pan.jpg)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on January 08, 2018, 11:45:39 AM
Clean up done.  Not a speck of rust left.  I can't believe this is the same skillet.  I don't know why the first pic is so big.  Sorry. 

Seasoning starts tomorrow morning.

(https://image.ibb.co/i4LKZw/0106182123.jpg)
(https://preview.ibb.co/jBYj1b/0106182123a.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 08, 2018, 01:59:15 PM
Sanding the inside also increases it's non stick properties, and make it super easy to scrape then wipe clean.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 08, 2018, 05:11:22 PM

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.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on January 09, 2018, 10:57:44 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.

Sweet I have a pile that were used for my grandpa and dads elk camp from years and years ago. A couple are in rough shape I'll have to try it! Sounds like less work than using course salt and half a potato and scrubbing until my arm is sore!  :bash: :chuckle:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 09, 2018, 11:19:01 AM
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:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Angry Perch on January 09, 2018, 11:35:03 AM
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:

Jeez, wifes can be so sensitive about that stuff! Like when I spray painted a bunch of project lawn tractor parts in the basement when my wife was a couple months pregnant. So the house smells a little bit...  :chuckle:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: b0bbyg on January 12, 2018, 02:26:44 PM
OK whoever started this thread thank you. I know have a new project of cleaning up some stuff and making sure the girls each get some cast iron in the hope chest!

I was tagging along in the thread just because I have always liked cooking with Cast iron. This thread made me go look at what we have. In the house the daily/weekly use ones I found wagnor, lodge, Griswold and some unmarked ones.

In the garage around 12 pans, a dutch oven and a few flat pieces. all these were found under a house we cleaned out. Many are lodge, wagner and 3 notch. Some so dirty who knows.

I never knew some of these had value, something new to find and sell on Ebay  :chuckle:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 12, 2018, 04:14:55 PM
OK whoever started this thread thank you. I know have a new project of cleaning up some stuff and making sure the girls each get some cast iron in the hope chest!

I was tagging along in the thread just because I have always liked cooking with Cast iron. This thread made me go look at what we have. In the house the daily/weekly use ones I found wagnor, lodge, Griswold and some unmarked ones.

In the garage around 12 pans, a dutch oven and a few flat pieces. all these were found under a house we cleaned out. Many are lodge, wagner and 3 notch. Some so dirty who knows.

I never knew some of these had value, something new to find and sell on Ebay  :chuckle:

3 notch are Lodge pans.

http://www.castironcollector.com/unmarked.php

Yes, they have value!!!  Not thousands of dollars but, depending on what you have laying around, someone could buy a new gun by selling old cast iron.

I'm currently trying to pick up small emblem Griswolds.  I have 2 #8's and a #9.  I want 2ea of #8, #9, #10 eventually.  All of the other ones I have I'm selling to co-workers.  I now have a handful of Wagners and Lodge and one #12 Vollrath that I'm keeping.  I can fry a whole chicken in that one
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on January 16, 2018, 03:46:01 PM
I have the Finex 12 in and the grill pan. They are awesome. I have a 12 in lodge and a 10 in that i'm not sure of maker. Use them daily.
My wife is not as keen on the cast iron as it is heavy and i bitch too much with her using it. LOL
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: slavenoid on January 16, 2018, 04:18:16 PM
You guys have inspired me to finally get some cast iron. All of my Grandparents used cast iron, but never thought to snag any of the years. Is it best to look for the older stuff? Or is the newer lodge good enough? It's priced lower than I would have thought so I assume it's not as heavy.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on January 16, 2018, 04:21:37 PM
You guys have inspired me to finally get some cast iron. All of my Grandparents used cast iron, but never thought to snag any of the years. Is it best to look for the older stuff? Or is the newer lodge good enough? It's priced lower than I would have thought so I assume it's not as heavy.
It's the quality of the finish not the weight necessarily. The older stuff is sometimes thinner but more refined in the finish. Lodge is grainy/rough
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 16, 2018, 04:25:31 PM
Now is the wrong time for garage sales, but you could do some scouting at second hand stores. I have a newer lodge stuff with the exception of a smaller one from my grandma. Cast seems to fall out of favor with some, so right after Christmas might be a good time to hit the goodwill!

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 16, 2018, 05:06:44 PM
After having some of the newer stuff and now the older stuff, I (and my wife with weak arms) much prefer the older stuff.  The new stuff is machined and as I've heard, machines are too rough with the cast iron to have the walls of the originals so, the walls on the new stuff are thicker and thus, much heavier.  And as mentioned, they are very rough.  They can be seasoned to non-stick levels but it takes much more work

There are the options of the high dollar new stuff as seen in this thread but, I was looking at those and eventually settled on finding older stuff with smooth cooking surfaces from Ebay.  I ended up with 3 vintage pans for every high dollar new pan I would have bought.  between Ebay, the couple I've found at second hand stores, and the couple I poached from my dad that belonged to my grandpa, I now have a #6, 3 #8's, 2 #9's 2 #10's and a #12.

If you have an electric or glass top stove, make sure you look for FLAT cookware.  Make sure you know it's flat or, at most what is called "2 cards" level before buying.  It makes all the difference in cooking on a glass top.  If you have gas, no worries about flatness needed.  I didn't know this and now have 3 additional pans I will be reselling because they just spin on my glass top stove.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 16, 2018, 05:09:18 PM
10 in that i'm not sure of maker.

Post up a pic.  Let me see if I can figure it out for you
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 16, 2018, 05:56:20 PM
Duck breasts coated with Aleias Glueten Free Italian Bread crumbs. Done up in my sanded Lodge skillet on a glass top stove.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180117/eebc8c2ae5008755d4cb7dc84e39c766.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on January 16, 2018, 05:57:01 PM
Duck breasts coated with Aleias Glueten Free Italian Bread crumbs. Done up in my sanded Lodge skillet on a glass top stove.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180117/eebc8c2ae5008755d4cb7dc84e39c766.jpg)

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Yum yum.  :drool:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 16, 2018, 05:59:54 PM
That looks awesome.  I need to get some duck breasts
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 16, 2018, 06:00:14 PM
My new mini addiction is Dutch Baby's.  Family loves them too
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter 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.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on January 16, 2018, 06:08:09 PM
Here you go DoubleJ
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on January 16, 2018, 06:11:14 PM
My Nana gave me this when I left for college mid 80's
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 16, 2018, 06:41:57 PM
Lodge post 1960
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ 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.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ 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.)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire 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
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 17, 2018, 07:07:45 PM
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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 17, 2018, 07:08:57 PM
Additionally I hit the local goodwill and no cast was found....

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: jrebel 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:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on January 17, 2018, 07:30:17 PM
Additionally I hit the local goodwill and no cast was found....

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Usually donít find much there, or itís cheap Chinese stuff.?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T 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!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180128/0af7952af3ee63186daaa1b53888f400.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: kckrawler 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?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on January 28, 2018, 07:35:55 AM
http://theculinaryfanatic.com/cast-iron-restoration-maintenance/jeff-rogers-cast-iron-seasoning-method/

I do this 4-6 times
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: swisski 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!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T 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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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ 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:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on January 28, 2018, 06:02:22 PM
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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: shipwreck on February 13, 2018, 05:35:00 PM
Thanks, I have ordered some of this stuff.  Love cooking on CI.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog 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. 

Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T 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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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog 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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180215/c56af583add626d1a26368b22a815352.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog 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.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ 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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180215/c56af583add626d1a26368b22a815352.jpg)

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Need a pic of the bottom

That is a #9 pan
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: syoungs on February 14, 2018, 06:47:59 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. 


Thanks for posting this,  bought a 3 pack of cheap pans at Wal-Mart for 9$ the other day in clearance. I'm gonna do the same thing and keep em in the camper.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: syoungs on February 14, 2018, 06:51:18 PM
Oh, and I discovered a crack in my 10" Wagner today when I went to cook dinner  :bash:

It was a dang fine pan too, best of my collection for sure.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 14, 2018, 07:56:25 PM
Oh, and I discovered a crack in my 10" Wagner today when I went to cook dinner  :bash:

It was a dang fine pan too, best of my collection for sure.

 :(
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: bear hunter on February 14, 2018, 10:19:50 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 24, 2018, 09:24:25 PM
So, I tried that method in the video on my cheapo $14 skillet.  I took photos along the way and will post them later.  I spent two hours on it and managed to cut down the high spots but there is a lot of pitting left.  I would have to take down a huge amount of iron to get rid of it and maybe thin the bottom too much.  It was nice to be able to smooth out the lip and handles though.  I started on my first oil bake this evening.

I don't think it is worth the time and effort to try to make a cheap pan into a good pan.  We'll see how my oiling does in filling in the pits. I started with the grinding head on a handheld drill, that's just insane. I mounted it in my drill press and that worked much better.  As he said, be sure to wear a dust mask. Will post pictures when I can.

I will probably just put the cash down on one of those Smitheys or something similar.

If a person had a milling machine and milled the bottom of the pan, that might be something....
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 24, 2018, 10:24:51 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 24, 2018, 10:35:37 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals

I get where you are going with this, but no one ever puts very good photos of the inside of the pan up.  They all put close up photos of the outside... like I care what the outside looks like.   :rolleyes:   :chuckle:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 24, 2018, 10:36:41 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals

I get where you are going with this, but no one ever puts very good photos of the inside of the pan up.  They all put close up photos of the outside... like I care what the outside looks like.   :rolleyes:   :chuckle:

Do you have gas or electric?

What sizes are you looking for?

I have some extras
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 24, 2018, 10:40:28 PM
I have a #10 and a #9 that do not sit flat.  They will work on gas stoves.  They'll work on electric too, just not as efficiently.  I have a couple that wobble that I still use on my glass top and in my oven just fine.  But gas would be better for them.

I also have 3ea #8's that do sit flat but one could use a cleaning/re-seasoning.  one shallow wall, one normal, and one deep
All 5 go for $100 + shipping.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 24, 2018, 10:47:37 PM
I will have to verify but I think the #10 and #9 are both unmarked Wagners from the 1940's, one #8 is a Wagner 1879, the shallow #8 is Korean in origin but is flat and smooth on the inside, and the deep #8 is from wal mart.  A bit rough but well seasoned and essentially non-stick.  Will get better with use.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 25, 2018, 09:40:13 AM
Hey, thanks for the offer.  I have a really nice 9 (9 3/4" bottom), origin unknown and want a little bit bigger one like 11-12" across the bottom. However, both stoves I use are glass top so a rocky one isn't a project I want to get into. 

Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: 2labs on February 25, 2018, 01:04:24 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals



Scored two yesterday at goodwill for 12 dollars! One is a #5 that as smooth as glass. The other is what appears to be a Crape pan. Very low profile. Fairly rough finish,so I spent about a half hour with some 80 grit sand paper. I think it's gunna be a great pan!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 25, 2018, 02:36:25 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals



Scored two yesterday at goodwill for 12 dollars! One is a #5 that as smooth as glass. The other is what appears to be a Crape pan. Very low profile. Fairly rough finish,so I spent about a half hour with some 80 grit sand paper. I think it's gunna be a great pan!

I got a few of my collection from Ebay but my two favorite pans, a #8 Lodge and a #10 lodge, both made in the 1940's came from Goodwill.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: 2labs on February 25, 2018, 03:57:26 PM
Don't spend $200 on a smithy's.  Look on Ebay.  Fine old cast iron.  Make sure it says flat bottom.  You'll get 2 or 3 good quality, OLD cast iron pans for the cost of a Smithy's if you're patient and buy good deals

I get where you are going with this, but no one ever puts very good photos of the inside of the pan up.  They all put close up photos of the outside... like I care what the outside looks like.   :rolleyes:   :chuckle:



Like glass! 6 dollars at goodwill
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 25, 2018, 07:04:46 PM
Here is a short video of my pan... new, 1/2 hour finishing increments, and after each seasoning to final.  You can see there are lots of holes that cannot be sanded out without thinning the bottom too much.  I'll fry some eggs on it in the morning.

Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on February 25, 2018, 07:28:22 PM
Here is a short video of my pan... new, 1/2 hour finishing increments, and after each seasoning to final.  You can see there are lots of holes that cannot be sanded out without thinning the bottom too much.  I'll fry some eggs on it in the morning.


 :tup:

I have a couple I need to do.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 25, 2018, 08:39:57 PM
It's smooth, except for all of the little tiny holes....
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on February 26, 2018, 06:51:27 AM
Loki. That looks great. I think you'll be pleased how that turns out in few weeks/months.  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 26, 2018, 07:46:05 PM
Loki. That looks great. I think you'll be pleased how that turns out in few weeks/months.  :tup:
Well... it sucked this morning!  I only got to eat about half my eggs as the rest was stuck like concrete to the pan.   :(  It does look nice.  Scraped it out, oiled and heated it.  Hopefully, it won't take too long to burn some carbon into all those pox.

I've got a line on a 14" that has a little wobble that I might check on, they said they have a couple other flat large ones.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: 2labs on February 26, 2018, 08:04:47 PM
Just keep at it! My new Lodge was the same way,after about a month it's great. I season with Crisco for what it's worth?
400 degrees for an hour and then just let them cool in the oven. Usually over night.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Mudman on February 26, 2018, 08:28:34 PM
If you put em in the woodstove on a bed of hot coals its great!  I seasoned my old new one after some person though it was good idea to wash/soak in Dawn.  It was glowing orange.  Seasoned up real well.  Becareful.  Ov glove isn't good enough.  3-5 pot holders and the Glove gives ya about 5 seconds max to grab it.  It hasn't needed season since.  Years now.  Metal spatula and use gets the smooth finish...
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on February 26, 2018, 09:04:22 PM
Just keep at it! My new Lodge was the same way,after about a month it's great. I season with Crisco for what it's worth?
400 degrees for an hour and then just let them cool in the oven. Usually over night.

Should have probably gotten some Crisco, used Canola oil. This was three wipe downs at 350 and two hours at 500. I just need to get those holes filled in.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 26, 2018, 09:11:43 PM
Loki. That looks great. I think you'll be pleased how that turns out in few weeks/months.  :tup:
Well... it sucked this morning!  I only got to eat about half my eggs as the rest was stuck like concrete to the pan.   :(  It does look nice.  Scraped it out, oiled and heated it.  Hopefully, it won't take too long to burn some carbon into all those pox.

I've got a line on a 14" that has a little wobble that I might check on, they said they have a couple other flat large ones.

Not enough oil?

Heat too high?

I know on my glass top stove, I have to do this for eggs:

1.  Preheat the pan for 10 minutes.  TEN minutes
2.  Make sure the heat is not higher than 3 on the dial.
3.  Once preheated for 10 minutes, add a teaspoon of clarified bacon fat though, any fat will do
4.  Once fat is melted, add eggs

If you don't do it like that, try it like that and see if it works
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on February 26, 2018, 09:18:05 PM
If you put em in the woodstove on a bed of hot coals its great!  I seasoned my old new one after some person though it was good idea to wash/soak in Dawn.  It was glowing orange.  Seasoned up real well.  Becareful.  Ov glove isn't good enough.  3-5 pot holders and the Glove gives ya about 5 seconds max to grab it.  It hasn't needed season since.  Years now.  Metal spatula and use gets the smooth finish...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HW3VG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Some of the best money I've ever spent.  I've heated my cast iron to HUNDREDS of degrees and I have never felt heat through this glove
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on February 26, 2018, 10:23:44 PM
Just keep at it! My new Lodge was the same way,after about a month it's great. I season with Crisco for what it's worth?
400 degrees for an hour and then just let them cool in the oven. Usually over night.

Should have probably gotten some Crisco, used Canola oil. This was three wipe downs at 350 and two hours at 500. I just need to get those holes filled in.
Eat some hash and eggs for a while. Let the canned hash cook and fill in all the nooks and crannies. That is my families weekend go to. It won't take long, but perfect eggs right out the gate may require some more seasoning.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 09, 2018, 09:10:18 AM
Found this one yesterday at Goodwill in Redmond. Really smooth bottom and about 8 inches across the top. I've got it in an oven cleaning cycle now.

There are three other pans with the raised ridged there as well if anyone is looking, one large round, one square/rectangular, and a smaller round or maybe oval one.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180309/04cac452e0d9df91d636bec904d659dc.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 09:14:51 AM
Found this one yesterday at Goodwill in Redmond. Really smooth bottom and about 8 inches across the top. I've got it in an oven cleaning cycle now.

There are three other pans with the raised ridged there as well if anyone is looking, one large round, one square/rectangular, and a smaller round or maybe oval one.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180309/04cac452e0d9df91d636bec904d659dc.jpg)

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 What brand do you think it is?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 09, 2018, 09:46:08 AM
Found this one yesterday at Goodwill in Redmond. Really smooth bottom and about 8 inches across the top. I've got it in an oven cleaning cycle now.

There are three other pans with the raised ridged there as well if anyone is looking, one large round, one square/rectangular, and a smaller round or maybe oval one.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180309/04cac452e0d9df91d636bec904d659dc.jpg)

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 What brand do you think it is?
No idea, not even sure if there is a number on it. It is perfectly flat with no heat rings or anything on bottom.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 10:13:10 AM
Looked at your link, still donít know what brand this is.

AB&I on tab, 11 1/2Ē wide at top, 10Ē on the bottom.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 10:19:59 AM
H8 pot, 4Ē deep by 10 3/4Ē at top, bottom 8 1/4Ē wife.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: b0bbyg on March 09, 2018, 11:04:31 AM
Looked at your link, still donít know what brand this is.

AB&I on tab, 11 1/2Ē wide at top, 10Ē on the bottom.

My Google research shows American Brass & Iron  as the maker.  Shows up on several sites as "collectable" but I don't know how valuable it is.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 12:00:32 PM
One more.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 12:01:24 PM
Looked at your link, still donít know what brand this is.

AB&I on tab, 11 1/2Ē wide at top, 10Ē on the bottom.

My Google research shows American Brass & Iron  as the maker.  Shows up on several sites as "collectable" but I don't know how valuable it is.

Thanks, thatís cool.  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: kellama2001 on March 09, 2018, 01:55:23 PM
Good info in this thread, wish I'd have checked it out earlier.  I need to get back to using my cast iron again.  Have some great Griswold pieces, and some cheapies also, thanks for the posts on refurbishing and re-seasoning!  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on March 09, 2018, 04:16:32 PM
Donít use the drill buffing method if your cast iron is a collectible, it ruins the value.

This website talks about it.

http://www.castironcollector.com/restore.php#
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 09, 2018, 06:02:05 PM
Finished the cleaning cycle... Wagner Ware -0-, 1056N, a number 6

A nice score!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180310/50fbfd90128cf668b7225bef06d092eb.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180310/a17eaa9402f46016dafa2d142e046587.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180310/aebca5cf19ec0db34bf74c63f5cf5e8e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180310/d1c89b00914f8cc0392b12ccf4c24faf.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on March 10, 2018, 07:46:19 AM
Nice Pan rescue Loki!!!!!!!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: 92xj on March 10, 2018, 07:50:23 AM
What temps do ovens get to on clean cycle?
If no oven, what other way to do the burn clean? Propane grill on high for an hour?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 10, 2018, 09:37:06 AM
What temps do ovens get to on clean cycle?
If no oven, what other way to do the burn clean? Propane grill on high for an hour?
My Googlator says 900 deg. F

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 10, 2018, 09:38:31 AM
What temps do ovens get to on clean cycle?
If no oven, what other way to do the burn clean? Propane grill on high for an hour?
Go to your mother-in-law's......  😆

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: DoubleJ on March 10, 2018, 12:23:00 PM
What temps do ovens get to on clean cycle?
If no oven, what other way to do the burn clean? Propane grill on high for an hour?

Mine is 900 for 3 hours but the door is locked for an additional hour to let it cool down
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Colville on March 10, 2018, 08:37:52 PM
I have to return to a high hunt scout location of years ago. There were 2 cast pans from a bygone era. A rusted out stove and pipe and i think an old oil lantern.  Was too heavy at the time.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: highside74 on March 13, 2018, 12:35:20 PM
I just picked up a small skillet from Lacey Goodwill that has a ring around the base and a stamped 4 and a raised 4 with no other markings. No rust need a good cleaning. $5

Can anyone give incite on this skillet?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: highside74 on March 13, 2018, 02:50:28 PM
I believe I have figured it out by the notch marks in the ring. It is most likely a early 50s 3 notch Lodge small skillet. They had a single notch inthe 30s and moved to the 3 notch both without any other markings but the number. Then 3 notch with usa markings after 57. Pretty cool. Found one selling on line just like mine for $125. I guess that qualifies as high dollar cast iron for a 7.25 inch pan. I guess the number 4 pan is hard to come by.

 I can remember my mom cooking with her cast iron. I have hidden it away at this point because of a crack. It was given to her by her mother so it has to be 100 years old or close to it. The stories that these old pans could tell would make for the best tell all book in history. Most of them never left the stove top so they saw and heard everything.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Duckhunter14 on March 13, 2018, 03:06:03 PM
I believe I have figured it out by the notch marks in the ring. It is most likely a early 50s 3 notch Lodge small skillet. They had a single notch inthe 30s and moved to the 3 notch both without any other markings but the number. Then 3 notch with usa markings after 57. Pretty cool. Found one selling on line just like mine for $125. I guess that qualifies as high dollar cast iron for a 7.25 inch pan. I guess the number 4 pan is hard to come by.

 I can remember my mom cooking with her cast iron. I have hidden it away at this point because of a crack. It was given to her by her mother so it has to be 100 years old or close to it. The stories that these old pans could tell would make for the best tell all book in history. Most of them never left the stove top so they saw and heard everything.

Very cool. Nice score!

I feel the same way about some of my old cast iron. A lot of it was passed on to my dad from his parents and then passed on to me when he passed.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: addicted on March 13, 2018, 05:18:20 PM
The finex ones are super nice. They are about yo release a dutchy too. They have them at Bry's in Marysville if you want to fall in love. A fine family heirloom for sure.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Calvin Rayborn on March 15, 2018, 01:27:52 AM
Cool handle
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on March 15, 2018, 06:06:50 PM
I have the finex 12 in. LOVE it.......
But....... the handle that is attractive and somewhat functional with the heat dissipation is a bit of problem at times. Maybe I have a wide hand? but when the skillet gets hot and the heat transfers up the handle after a long cook the coil is nice and cool but the end cap and the fore portion of the grip gets hot. I still have to use a mitt to grab and usually have to use 2 mitts,  one for the fore end as it is a bulky/thick grip with the added padding on the handle.
Cooking a chicken tonight made me post this up as I just about dumped it in the bottom of the oven!!!!!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: yakimanoob on March 15, 2018, 09:43:19 PM
Once I started doing steak in my cast iron I have not thrown another on a bbq. High heat, high quality oil, sear all sides of a well seasoned steak, then finish in the oven at 400 to your desired wellness. Let rest with a small dab of butter. Melt in your mouth!  :tup:

 :yeah: grills are overrated when you know how to use cast iron  8)
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on May 21, 2018, 09:32:02 PM
Was debating which topic to put this one in...  a member here gave me a tip on a fresh clipped deer on the side of the road. He likely only gave it up cause his freezer is so full of duck meat. A 2 year old buck with button numbs I'm guessing. Head shot by some poor schmucks Honda or something. Put the Daughter to work and used the gutless method. Loin and tounge with  Montreal Steak seasoning  with a rum and Coke for dinner!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180522/9efc94bc1de6f358461ebc204e3c131e.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on May 21, 2018, 09:52:10 PM
Was debating which topic to put this one in...  a member here gave me a tip on a fresh clipped deer on the side of the road. He likely only gave it up cause his freezer is so full of duck meat. A 2 year old buck with button numbs I'm guessing. Head shot by some poor schmucks Honda or something. Put the Daughter to work and used the gutless method. Loin and tounge with  Montreal Steak seasoning  with a rum and Coke for dinner!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180522/9efc94bc1de6f358461ebc204e3c131e.jpg)

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Nice ST.👍
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on September 17, 2018, 10:50:46 AM
Scored a smaller wagner today along with some other goodies. My brother is doing a Demolition job ans asked me to come by and haul out the washer and dryer. He said take a look around if you want it suck it up or its getting crunched up and stuffed in a can. bother scored a woolridge jacket that goes with the hat he didnt want. I score Carhart overalls 2 wool blankets , a hunting hoodie and the cast iron, and some shotgun shells.
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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on September 19, 2018, 08:34:44 AM
Late start day for the kids. So I made bacon eggs and goose breast.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180919/66fa1a0187e61f223f030c0acfdcc1ab.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: frazierw on September 19, 2018, 09:02:46 AM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 19, 2018, 09:48:19 AM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: frazierw on September 19, 2018, 09:59:03 AM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

WELL SHOOT!  thanks lol
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: CoryTDF on September 19, 2018, 10:11:38 AM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

WELL SHOOT!  thanks lol

I use mine on a glass stove top with no problems at all. Just set it to Medium/Medium Low and wait until it heats up. I have never had any issues and I use mine often. Of course you have to be cautions about slamming the pan down and what not.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: frazierw on September 19, 2018, 10:32:44 AM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

WELL SHOOT!  thanks lol

I use mine on a glass stove top with no problems at all. Just set it to Medium/Medium Low and wait until it heats up. I have never had any issues and I use mine often. Of course you have to be cautions about slamming the pan down and what not.

Thats good to know, i had been setting mine on like 7, i will try 4ish and see if i have better results.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KP-Skagit on September 19, 2018, 10:43:55 AM
Anyone know anything about Erie cast iron pans? I picked one up in a thrift store in college and have been cooking on it for quite some time now. Google shows some high priced equivalents...
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on September 19, 2018, 11:46:03 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

I use mine on glass all the time with no problems, even one with a raised ring. Frazier, you'll just have to experiment to see what it does on your stove. Agree with Corey, 4-5 is pretty hot on mine.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on September 20, 2018, 12:02:12 AM
Here's an older Lodge that I just finished tonight.  Their quality has sure dropped through the years, but this one is a dandy.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: frazierw on September 20, 2018, 02:05:57 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

I use mine on glass all the time with no problems, even one with a raised ring. Frazier, you'll just have to experiment to see what it does on your stove. Agree with Corey, 4-5 is pretty hot on mine.

I tried again last night with some tri tip.  Kept the temperature at 5 and it worked perfect.  thanks for the help!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on September 20, 2018, 09:10:12 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: grundy53 on September 20, 2018, 10:17:29 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

WELL SHOOT!  thanks lol

I use mine on a glass stove top with no problems at all. Just set it to Medium/Medium Low and wait until it heats up. I have never had any issues and I use mine often. Of course you have to be cautions about slamming the pan down and what not.
This is what I do.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: The Weazle on September 22, 2018, 09:48:54 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉

I use mine on glass all the time with no problems, even one with a raised ring. Frazier, you'll just have to experiment to see what it does on your stove. Agree with Corey, 4-5 is pretty hot on mine.

I also use mine on a glass top, almost every day.  I put in on medium heat, and wait for it to heat up...takes a few extra minutes, but its a nice even heat, and cooks very nicely.  Don't slam, rotate, or slide the pan and you will be fine.  My wife also uses a lot of Le'creuset dutch oven type pots and pans with great results, she just uses lower heat settings than normal and waits for them to heat up with a little oil or pam type spray in them so they aren't dry.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on September 22, 2018, 10:43:28 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉
Well it works just fine buddy.... and I'll let you see some pics when I do some beef!



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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 22, 2018, 10:47:18 PM
i have a cast iron pan, and a glass top stove.  Every time i try to cook on it gets WAY TOO HOT.  what temperature setting should i set the stove top to?

Your not supposed to use it on a glass stove top.😉
Well it works just fine buddy.... and I'll let you see some pics when I do some beef!



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Ok great.👍
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Blacklab on September 23, 2018, 06:06:52 AM
People are worried that the castiron will scratch the glass top. Make sure your cast dosenít sharp edges and youĒll be fine.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Sandberm on September 23, 2018, 08:12:06 AM
Good info guys, thanks. Very timely as we are soon getting a glass top stove and were wondering whether our favorite cast iron pan with the metal ring on the bottom would work.  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on September 23, 2018, 08:33:47 AM
not cast iron, but I'm using a lodge 12" carbon steel skillet on a glass top and it seems to be working out pretty well  :tup:

Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Bullkllr on September 23, 2018, 08:57:35 AM
I use cast iron on our glass top all the time, and I've never noticed any related scratching.

But since I like the cast iron better than the stove I probably wouldn't notice anyway.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on September 23, 2018, 08:59:43 AM
How are you guys using your small skillets? They seem to be the redheaded stepchildren of cast iron world.

Kind of crowded in this wagner #3 that I liberated recently.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180923/c7969ec652078f5f5ef95e922aedf42f.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on September 23, 2018, 10:35:47 AM
On the small cast iron I've made flapjacks in them a few times.  Pour the batter into the small skillet then flip onto a bigger skillet or griddle to finish cooking the top, rinse repeat. 
Makes them all the same size and perfectly round. 

been a while since I done that but it was pretty quick.


If I had a bunch of small cast iron skillets I'd make a bunch of corn bread, seal-a-meal and freeze.  We do that with cupcake tins but those #8's would make a nice smaller size corn bread cake.


Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Ridgeratt on September 23, 2018, 11:47:00 AM
With all this talk about Cast. I went and dug around in some of my old elk cook ware and rummaged these out of the box.

A pair of Griswold 12 skillet's.   :hello:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on September 23, 2018, 12:22:51 PM
Nice, wish I had something bigger than a 9 when I'm doing my herb-crusted lingcod.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on September 23, 2018, 12:36:47 PM
Meat cutting lunch?

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: TheHunt on September 23, 2018, 06:45:15 PM
A buddy of mine paid the big dollars for that new cast iron cook ware.  It is very, very nice.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on September 23, 2018, 07:32:06 PM
Don't forget this for your cast iron   
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,223703.15.html
Dutch babies.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on September 24, 2018, 09:56:50 PM
Meat cutting lunch?

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 :drool:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Kc_Kracker on September 25, 2018, 06:34:04 PM
my buddy just got some finex and its NICE! :drool:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on October 04, 2018, 10:07:37 AM
Made breakfast this morning. Got a small road kill earlier in the week. Not very big but you could cut the loins with a fork!
The meat in the skillet is BOTH of the loins...(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181004/8aee7100ba2580e39de6c3b4afbb2201.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on October 04, 2018, 10:20:17 AM
Hard to beat venison veal for eating.  :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on November 03, 2018, 10:05:39 AM
Had a lazy morning with the kids. Made up some of Boss.300 winmags beef patties  mixed with diced onion and garlic.  Bacon and eggs over easy. I forgot to take a plate shot as I drove in after I served it up...(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181103/9eb97bb27719ec8eb22687952fcdd8d4.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: merkaba93 on November 03, 2018, 07:40:21 PM
Got some Finex a bit ago. Been too busy to use them. But they seem well built.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: merkaba93 on November 06, 2018, 09:03:21 AM
Did some venison and mushroom cooking on finex just last night.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on November 06, 2018, 10:13:52 AM
Nice!

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on November 20, 2018, 06:42:01 PM
Buddy got his special draw elk in the Skagit with a muzzle loader. 200 yards. Missed all the bones. And the sabot took a j shaped turn inside resting just inside the fat on the opposite side.

He loves the liver but he gave me the heart and tongue. So its heart tacos tonight!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181121/de65d36b2bb7556e89fac655a9a4b0fe.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181121/9dd5412131104700718b07808009454f.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Blacklab on November 21, 2018, 07:21:10 AM
Yum!!!!!
I 🤑🤑🤑🤑 for heart sandwitches. 👍
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on November 28, 2018, 08:37:13 AM
My wife has shied away from my cast iron skillet because she knows I'd yell at her if she scrubbed it with soap and water... that is until last night.

I'd almost call it porkchop Parmesan.  She dipped the chops in egg wash rolled in GF flour with ranch dressing  then rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with cheese.  She got a good sear on it then finished in the oven.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181128/c4a067960f872e03b9f2790d5b158733.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 28, 2018, 08:38:38 AM
My wife has shed away from my cast iron skillet because she knows I'd tell at her if she scrubbed it with soap and water... that is until last night.

I'd almost call it porkchop parmesan.  She dipped the chops in egg wash rolled in GF flour with ranch dressing  then rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with cheese.  She got a good sear on it then finished in the oven.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181128/c4a067960f872e03b9f2790d5b158733.jpg)

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Thatís looks delicious, gonna try that one.👍
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on November 28, 2018, 09:07:04 AM
My wife has shed away from my cast iron skillet because she knows I'd tell at her if she scrubbed it with soap and water... that is until last night.

I'd almost call it porkchop parmesan.  She dipped the chops in egg wash rolled in GF flour with ranch dressing  then rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with cheese.  She got a good sear on it then finished in the oven.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181128/c4a067960f872e03b9f2790d5b158733.jpg)

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I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. Great idea :tup:
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: merkaba93 on November 28, 2018, 10:15:05 AM
Used the new finex again.
Roasted the bone marrow before the venison tenderloin. For about 25 min (after soaking them in salt water overnight). Then the fat that rendered out I used to sear the tenderloin in the skillet.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: kellama2001 on November 28, 2018, 09:06:15 PM
Well THAT sounds amazing!  :drool: cool photo too, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 29, 2018, 07:20:07 AM
My wife has shed away from my cast iron skillet because she knows I'd tell at her if she scrubbed it with soap and water... that is until last night.

I'd almost call it porkchop parmesan.  She dipped the chops in egg wash rolled in GF flour with ranch dressing  then rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with cheese.  She got a good sear on it then finished in the oven.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181128/c4a067960f872e03b9f2790d5b158733.jpg)

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Thatís looks delicious, gonna try that one.👍

Trying it tonight.🐷
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on November 29, 2018, 07:31:03 AM
I made SpecialT's chops last night. Yummm. My wife loved em
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 29, 2018, 07:18:47 PM
My wife has shed away from my cast iron skillet because she knows I'd tell at her if she scrubbed it with soap and water... that is until last night.

I'd almost call it porkchop parmesan.  She dipped the chops in egg wash rolled in GF flour with ranch dressing  then rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with cheese.  She got a good sear on it then finished in the oven.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181128/c4a067960f872e03b9f2790d5b158733.jpg)

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Thatís looks delicious, gonna try that one.👍

Trying it tonight.🐷

Wow, these are definitely on the monthly menu, wife loved them as she is gluten intolerant.

Thanks ST👍
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on November 29, 2018, 10:33:59 PM
Tup!

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on November 30, 2018, 12:42:38 PM
Last years cyber Monday purchase, 13 dollar bacon press fits perfect in the old #8

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on November 30, 2018, 12:47:44 PM
14 inch lodge has seen quite a bit of use, it cooks good now but at first it sucked

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: quadrafire on December 01, 2018, 06:09:22 PM
I was in a store yesterday with Lodge. Ran my finger over the surface and felt like 80 grit sand paper. I have a couple older lodge pieces and do not remember that roughness from earlier pieces. My Finex is probably 300 grit smooth from the factory
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on December 01, 2018, 07:40:02 PM
The one I got in in the picture above started out 80 grit, someone on HW was sanding them down smooth with an orbital palm sander before first use. 

If I get more lodge I'll be sanding them smooth then season them. 

Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Oh Mah on December 01, 2018, 11:07:36 PM
the rough finish was put in in the 80s it was to sell pre seasoned,the texture allowed manufacturing to speed up process by spraying it on and it didnt just run off the pans.it was a great selling point and will cook non stick as good as a smooth pan.

i just picked up a few new to me pieces at salvation army and good will.1 is a pre 60 aebelskiver had to do quite a bit of cleaning on that one.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on December 02, 2018, 07:43:34 AM
I was the one that posted the sanding pics. I had my lodge for several years and rarely used it because it sucked so bad. After sanding it is my go to pan.

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Oh Mah on December 02, 2018, 08:10:04 AM
I was the one that posted the sanding pics. I had my lodge for several years and rarely used it because it sucked so bad. After sanding it is my go to pan.

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I guess i should have put the roll eyes in after the commercial for the rough finish pans.What i meant by that post was that was their idea behind it.Truth is most did not like it it was not as non stick it was harder to true season and very difficilt to keep clean and seasoned after cleaning.  :tup: Here's 1,unmarked,very light very smooth(from factory) first pic is before 2nd pic is after clean and season.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Oh Mah on December 02, 2018, 08:19:48 AM
after
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Oh Mah on December 02, 2018, 08:22:02 AM
aeble skiver after a lot of cleaning and 2 seasonings




Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Ballance1 on December 02, 2018, 10:11:33 AM
#14 Griswold
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on February 06, 2019, 07:26:36 AM
Made the parmesan pork chops from post 164 again. They turned out perfect. The best part is because it's cold outside my wife couldn't air all the wonderful smell out of the house!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190206/ecd64c25b1a5c818d23a0f44f9eb9822.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: CoryTDF on February 06, 2019, 08:52:20 AM
I was the one that posted the sanding pics. I had my lodge for several years and rarely used it because it sucked so bad. After sanding it is my go to pan.

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@Special T

How did you go about sanding yours? Did you post pictures of before and after?
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on February 06, 2019, 11:26:00 AM
I was the one that posted the sanding pics. I had my lodge for several years and rarely used it because it sucked so bad. After sanding it is my go to pan.

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@Special T

How did you go about sanding yours? Did you post pictures of before and after?

https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,84037.60.html

you can use an orbital sander if that is all you have.  use a heavy grit like 40 or 80 grit i used an air grinder but also have seen folks use a small eletric grinder with a sanding flapper wheel.  make sure to clean the fry pan first so it doesnt get gummed up with the "seasoning"
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: NRA4LIFE on February 06, 2019, 01:03:27 PM
My 2 go to pans are an old Wagner (100+ years old) and an old Griswold.  I jettisoned all my Lodge.  That stuff is garbage, sanding or not.  I wouldn't take that crap for free.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: BDildine on February 06, 2019, 01:20:16 PM
Probably need to reseason ours, wife uses them daily, but as you can see, thereís a bit to do
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Post by: Oh Mah on February 06, 2019, 01:21:25 PM
That's an impressive collection.  :tup:
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Post by: Special T on February 06, 2019, 01:23:32 PM
My 2 go to pans are an old Wagner (100+ years old) and an old Griswold.  I jettisoned all my Lodge.  That stuff is garbage, sanding or not.  I wouldn't take that crap for free.

I like the old stuff better, but I use what I got, and have done this to numerous cheap current pans as well as my dutch oven. I can say a light sanding or the lid lip and pan lip have made my seal awesome. For the Parmesan pork chop it works great searing and tossing int he oven with the lid.  Ive kept my eye out for old cast at garage sales and all manner of second hand stores but i havent seen any with a lid, otherwise i would have sucked them up.  100 years of wear and superior casting methods make the old stuff much better especially if  there is history attached to it.
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Post by: BDildine on February 07, 2019, 12:20:21 AM
That's an impressive collection.  :tup:
Lots of scouring at swap meets, barn sales etc. we have 2 more that are permanent fixtures in the trailer, plus 2 ovens (one I bought at packwood swap meet a few yrs ago and havenít gotten around to). Most all of it (maybe 1-2) is the older/good stuff
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: lokidog on March 08, 2019, 09:48:15 PM
Found a nice piece (Lodge #10) in OR two weekends ago at an antique store. I'm guessing 50's vintage. Price tag was $24, got it reduced by 10%.   :tup:

Pics are as is, after oven cleaning, and with two coats of grapeseed oil seasoning. I'll probably do one or two more coats before using it.

Oops, forgot to resize, but I guess they are here now....   :rolleyes:
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Post by: Special T on April 17, 2019, 09:10:35 AM
Put to use a new to me piece of cast. One of Silver Arrow Bowmens members scored on several pieces  for cheap at a garage sale and I got this one cheap.

Costco pineapple sausage and farm eggs for breakfast.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190417/b5fd5cca2822e741857704abf448fbf4.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190417/8ea2f036c645c7ae44c6396f243a5699.jpg)

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Post by: b0bbyg on April 17, 2019, 09:47:34 AM
Was over at Grandmas house (she is over 100 now) and looking for something, noticed a really old cast iron pan that I googled. it is a really old Griswold that sells on EBAY for $100 or more. She has moved to assisted care so I will have to compare that one to the ones already in our kitchen 6-7 pieces and see if it adds in or replaces something.

The cooking surface is really nice, the outside and handle need some cleaning after 50-80 years of her using it I imagine.  I am guessing she got it from a family member
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Post by: Special T on April 17, 2019, 08:13:59 PM
This is a beef version of the porkchop parmesan (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190418/2b38f329cd093eacaf13537b3dab0440.jpg)

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Post by: dscubame on April 17, 2019, 09:52:21 PM
Yummmmm!!
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Post by: Special T on May 20, 2019, 10:06:56 PM
Chuck steak seared and tossed the oven for 2 hrs at 350 deg with a little Montreal Steak Seasoning.


What do you guys with larger numbers of skillets do for lids? I've passed on some nice pieces because with out a lit I dont think I would use it. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190521/875ec57c31adb9225726aa591b448f60.jpg)

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Post by: lokidog on May 20, 2019, 10:16:34 PM
I've never used a lid on my cast iron frying pans. If I need a lid, I'll use a dutch oven.  :) 

If you find a decent #10, at a good price, that you don't want, let me know.  My #9 is just a little too small to cook an antire lingcod filet.
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Post by: highside74 on May 24, 2019, 02:10:40 PM
Garage sale find. Pre 60s unmarked Wagner #8 10.5 inch skillet. $5 and some elbow grease, we will see how it turns out. I'm soaking it in vinegar right now and will clean it and season it tonight.

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Post by: Oh Mah on May 24, 2019, 04:01:24 PM
Nice find  :tup:
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Post by: highside74 on May 24, 2019, 05:52:09 PM
A few hour soak and a wire wheel later. Almost ready for the oven.
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Post by: Bullkllr on May 24, 2019, 06:15:50 PM
I have several glass lids from other cookware that fit my  iron skillets just fine.
Got them when buying other pans or for a couple dollars at the local thrift store.
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Post by: jdb on May 24, 2019, 06:45:58 PM
So can you with a wire wheel and elbow grease can you make cheap cast iron usable?
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Post by: highside74 on May 24, 2019, 07:16:05 PM
So can you with a wire wheel and elbow grease can you make cheap cast iron usable?

If you are asking about newer Lodge cast iron. If you want to, you can take an orbital sander to the cooking surface and sand it smooth and then reseason it. It is iron so you really can't hurt it. But the seasoning process can take hours.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: jdb on May 24, 2019, 08:01:42 PM
Actually I was referring to the made outside the USA stuff that cabelas and Walmart sell.
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Post by: Special T on May 25, 2019, 07:38:19 AM
Actually I was referring to the made outside the USA stuff that cabelas and Walmart sell.
So I found an import new skillet like what you describe at a 2nd hand store. I sanded and seasoned it, and my brother loves it.

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Post by: highside74 on May 25, 2019, 10:00:24 AM
Ready for many years of use. That was a very satisfying project. We will see how it cooks. I might take a sander to the inside to smooth out some pitting.
Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: Special T on May 25, 2019, 01:48:30 PM
Ready for many years of use. That was a very satisfying project. We will see how it cooks. I might take a sander to the inside to smooth out some pitting.

I dont think this is necessary with many of the older piesces. if you were going to do it you should have done it right after wire wheeling it.   :twocents:
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Post by: gee_unit360 on May 25, 2019, 03:34:04 PM
Ready for many years of use. That was a very satisfying project. We will see how it cooks. I might take a sander to the inside to smooth out some pitting.

Nice work! 👍
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Post by: Special T on June 21, 2019, 08:40:49 PM
Breaded porkchops fried in the skillet then put in the oven. Just added the gravy to cook for another 30 min!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190622/a5f9d953d8b60401959737e8e491ec8d.jpg)

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Post by: Special T on August 29, 2019, 06:10:48 PM
I got this #6 Griswold  in a cabin cleanup. This is the picture after wire wheeling the rust off it. Turned out pretty smooth. The last pic is of a alum lid I think that might be my universal lid for a bunch of my pots and skillets. Any one heard of Super Maid Cookware?(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190830/0db379b7215b427e671c1a26543911b1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190830/30b6664e925ee2050b2d123037a5d298.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190830/06ab12fc2ce0b09b59e8e3da7ce6c8c9.jpg)

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Post by: Special T on August 30, 2019, 08:37:33 PM
Sorry cant help the double post. Parmesan pork chops that wife made. Recipie is in an earlier post as it is gluten free.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190831/bc52939bed54a72d0ac47d66cf8f9b1e.jpg)

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Title: Re: high dollar cast iron
Post by: KFhunter on November 29, 2019, 12:30:41 PM
Lodge 14 inch after a lot of use, cooks good as any old one

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Post by: Oh Mah on November 29, 2019, 08:15:26 PM
My newest oldest find.Waffle maker with base.

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Post by: Stein on November 29, 2019, 09:28:33 PM
That waffle maker is awesome, I would have picked that up in a heartbeat.