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HoosierKettle

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All things carbon steel
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:11:23 AM »
Who has a carbon steel skillet and how do you like it compared to cast iron?  I do not have one yet but suspect I would like it.

My only carbon steel piece is a wok so far.


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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 10:04:34 AM »
I have one, Lodge, picked it up at the factory store in Tn. I really like it except I forget I have it a lot thanks for the reminder. Get ya one you won't regret it. Very even heat distribution and will get to temp quick

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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 10:21:59 AM »
I have no carbon steel skillets... all mine are cast iron. Butt I have a carbon steel wok... works fantabulous on the kettle!
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 01:42:29 PM »
I have a Lodge 12" carbon skillet. I like it because its light & easy to work with...especially since my hands started to malfunction last year. It works in the kitchen and the grill but if you plan to use it mostly on the grill I'd recommend looking at Lodges CRS15, or equivalent, because it has two stubby loop handles instead of the long skillet style handle and it'll fit in the grill better.

Sooner or later I'd like to make a run to the restaurant supply and see what they got for carbon steel skillets and paella pans. Ideally, for my purposes, a 17-18" skillet is what I'd wana get and then lopp the handle off so its about 1 1/2" long. Then use the remnant to make another one for the other side and weld it on.

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HoosierKettle

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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 03:32:56 PM »

I have one, Lodge, picked it up at the factory store in Tn. I really like it except I forget I have it a lot thanks for the reminder. Get ya one you won't regret it. Very even heat distribution and will get to temp quick

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Thanks.  Just the encouragement I needed. Canít wait to try one out.


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HoosierKettle

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All things carbon steel
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 03:36:48 PM »
I have a Lodge 12" carbon skillet. I like it because its light & easy to work with...especially since my hands started to malfunction last year. It works in the kitchen and the grill but if you plan to use it mostly on the grill I'd recommend looking at Lodges CRS15, or equivalent, because it has two stubby loop handles instead of the long skillet style handle and it'll fit in the grill better.

Sooner or later I'd like to make a run to the restaurant supply and see what they got for carbon steel skillets and paella pans. Ideally, for my purposes, a 17-18" skillet is what I'd wana get and then lopp the handle off so its about 1 1/2" long. Then use the remnant to make another one for the other side and weld it on.

CRS15
https://shop.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-steel/15-inch-seasoned-steel-skillet.asp



The long handle has been my hold up. Iíll get a skillet to use inside and keep an eye out for that 15Ē. That looks like it would be great on a kettle. Thanks for the insight.  A lighter option does sound attractive. Nice looking cook by the way.


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Mike in Roseville

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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 07:08:18 PM »
I have two carbon steel paella pans: a 14Ē and 24.Ē

I think the carbon steel pans are easier to season than cast iron and require a coat of oil after each cook to prevent rust. The cast iron is a little easier to maintain overall. Heat retention between the two is very similar.



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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 03:18:30 AM »
Oh, I forgot to mention my 2 paella pans... one for my 18.5 and one for my 22.5. They rock!
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 03:38:07 AM »
Iíve got two heavy duty carbon steel paella pans too. Both of these pans fit my 22 kettle. Carbon steel is great if you donít want to retain heat once removed from the fire. I clean them and keep them oiled when stores. Cat iron has unique advantages.


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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2018, 03:46:14 AM »
Iíve got two heavy duty carbon steel paella pans too. Both of these pans fit my 22 kettle. Carbon steel is great if you donít want to retain heat once removed from the fire. I clean them and keep them oiled when stores. Cat iron has unique advantages.


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When we travel, the 18.5 travels with us, along with the paella pan. And yes, oil them for storage.  8)
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2018, 12:17:15 PM »
I have thick carbon steel pan passed down to me. It's 50+ years old and going strong. I don't like the little bump up in the center because it keeps oil away from the area needed most but even with that flaw, I use it weekly.  My 4 cast iron pans get the most use though. Daily. Just like the heat retention better in cast iron but that's just because they are thicker. The only reason you don't see carbon steel as thick is because of the cost is higher than cast iron. The secret is in the word CAST. You can cast iron, you can't just cast steel for cooking utensils, you have to stamp it or machine it.
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2018, 04:05:13 PM »
I have the lodge 15" carbon steel skillet it is really nice
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2018, 04:20:07 PM »
I forgot I have a carbon steel wok and the  lodge crs 15 has two handles which makes it nice on the griil
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Re: All things carbon steel
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2018, 08:30:43 AM »
I have a carbon steel wok and carbon still skillet. I went with Matfer Bourgeat brand for the skillet. I have 4 cast iron skillets (3 lodge, 1 griswold) that get much less use after getting the carbon steel skillet.

I leave the carbon steel skillet on the range and use it for nearly everything. I enjoy sauteing with it as the sloped sidewalls allowing tossing of food more easily. While it is lighter, the handle is rather long and obnoxious, I may get another brand to see if it's any better.