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    Plinker

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    cast iron cookware

    We are looking to get into cast iron cookware for outdoor cooking. We have a couple pieces but we're ready to get serious about learning the art of cast iron cooking! Feel free to use this thread for any discussion but first I have a few questions .

    Where do you buyyiur cast ironequip?

    Is there a big difference in quality across the products/brands out there?

    Anything to avoid?

    Any must haves for a beginner in cast iron?


    Thanks for your help

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    Expert EvilElmo's Avatar

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    We use Lodge Logic, although the new stuff isn't quite as good as what they used to make.

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    Grandmaster chezuki's Avatar

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    Good cast iron will be nearly glass smooth on the cooking surface. Most newer stuff is cast more roughly and has an almost pitted surface.
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    I have bought several pieces of Lodge Logic and love it. Amazon runs specials on it every so often where you can get a set for about $65 and they have free shipping on it. It is hard to beat that kind of deal! This the set I got for $65. They run that deal fairly often so it may be worth waiting to see if it goes on sale in the near future before ordering.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-L5HS3-Pr...ware+cast+iron
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    Plinker

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    I've seen the lodge logic around Rural King and whatnot. I wondered if it was a poorer quality, suceptible to breaking or being more difficult to cook with?

    I like that set mom45 but I was hoping for a larger oven for roasting our chickens and young turkeys in. I haven't seen a big lodge logic on the shelf locally and afraid to buy online sight-unseen.

    I meant I haven't seen a big lodge logic DUTCH OVEN on the she
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    Lodge makes great stuff. So does Tramontina if you want purdy colors and/or enameled cast iron (doesn't need seasoning!) We have a large enameled skillet and a HUGE enameled dutch oven. Use them both often.

    Whatever you get - season it well.

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    EXCELLENT write-up on proper seasoning: Sheryl's Blog » Blog Archive Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To
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    We get ours from antique stores, second-hand stores, tractor shows and flea markets. Smooth surface is better than any texture.

    They usually have to be de-rusted and reseasoned, but that's not hard.
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    Master

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    I comb the local thrift shops, always looking for Lodge or other US made cast iron goods...also hit as many garage sales as I can when out and about...last summer we got a 12 qt enameled dutch oven at a garage sale for $10...it's a Food Channel branded piece that costs $110 new online...SCORE. Lodge is a great brand, good stuff. Avoid ANY AND ALL Asian made cast iron.

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    Plinker

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    Tac-Fat, you just saved me some more questions!!! Awesome info.

    I have a lodge logic burger press all rusted up, going to try to get it reseasoned using this advice.

    I never find deals at yardsales except for yard nomes and the such.

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    Crochurking Champ mom45's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ward250 View Post
    I've seen the lodge logic around Rural King and whatnot. I wondered if it was a poorer quality, suceptible to breaking or being more difficult to cook with?

    I like that set mom45 but I was hoping for a larger oven for roasting our chickens and young turkeys in. I haven't seen a big lodge logic on the shelf locally and afraid to buy online sight-unseen.
    I can fit a pretty good sized chicken in that dutch oven from the set I got. I don't know about a turkey, but chickens that are 5 to 6 pounds are no problem.
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