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HoosierKettle

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Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #45 on: February 07, 2018, 02:49:48 AM »
That finex is not for me. The price on all of these ďpremiumĒ cast iron skillets is ridiculous and in no ways near worth it imo.

If you had to have a smooth finish, you can spend five minutes and sand a lodge. Hell, you could buy the sander and the skillet for MUCH less money lol.


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« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 11:05:57 AM by HoosierKettle »

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2018, 10:49:15 AM »
the finex is to much money for me, my lodge skillets and dutch ovens works great and season them with flax seed oil  and they have a great layer of seasoning
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mhiszem

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2018, 02:58:08 PM »
Grizzly skillets are modeled after Finex. Way to pricey for most regular people.


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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2018, 08:26:48 PM »
Lol I have a hard time pulling the trigger on a $12 lodge skillet at home goods let alone 270 for one

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HoosierKettle

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #49 on: February 10, 2018, 06:38:47 AM »
Lol I have a hard time pulling the trigger on a $12 lodge skillet at home goods let alone 270 for one

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I agree. Cast iron is 100% technique and care and maintenance. You canít buy your way into being good using cast iron. 

Get that lodge and have fun learning how to master it.  And it doesnít take years to develop great seasoning. It takes an hour when done correctly and a proper continuing routine.

My lodge is two weeks old. This morning I scrambled two eggs using two 1/8Ē pats of butter. My utensil was a rubber spatula. You can tell there was no sticking from this picture. Imo, once you can scramble eggs with no sticking in cast iron, you close to figuring it out. I have more to learn but Iím off to a good start.




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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #50 on: February 10, 2018, 07:03:57 AM »

Lol I have a hard time pulling the trigger on a $12 lodge skillet at home goods let alone 270 for one

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I agree. Cast iron is 100% technique and care and maintenance. You canít buy your way into being good using cast iron. 

Get that lodge and have fun learning how to master it.  And it doesnít take years to develop great seasoning. It takes an hour when done correctly and a proper continuing routine.

My lodge is two weeks old. This morning I scrambled two eggs using two 1/8Ē pads of butter. My utensil was a rubber spatula. You can tell there was no sticking from this picture. Imo, once you can scramble eggs with no sticking in cast iron, you close to figuring it out. I have more to learn but Iím off to a good start.




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I have 2 now one with a ribbed bottom and one regular one. I used sesame seed oil and my oven to season it. I havnt used it in while. I'll habe to break it out one of these days


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Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #51 on: February 10, 2018, 08:22:03 AM »
I definitely recommend stripping and seasoning on a grill. I have used my Genesis e310 with great success with old CI.  Also gives me an excuse to reseason the grates. 

Also recommend Crisco or basic oil.  Warm CI, thin layer of oil, wipe clean, season and repeat several times.   The wipe down before baking is very important to the CI not coming out sticky.



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Creep Life

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #52 on: February 10, 2018, 06:40:55 PM »
My stargazer is super smooth also my finex as well.

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #53 on: February 12, 2018, 04:07:05 AM »
All my cast iron is antique Griswold and Wagner, picked up thru the years. All seasoned and well taken care of.
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #54 on: February 12, 2018, 08:09:12 AM »

All my cast iron is antique Griswold and Wagner, picked up thru the years. All seasoned and well taken care of.

I have been keeping an eye out. I do plan on picking up some old pieces.


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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2018, 08:15:35 AM »

All my cast iron is antique Griswold and Wagner, picked up thru the years. All seasoned and well taken care of.

I have been keeping an eye out. I do plan on picking up some old pieces.


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All my stuff came from antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, yard sales... ya' just gotta keep yer eyes open. Can't beat it, and it all was cheap!  8)
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HoosierKettle

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Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2018, 07:22:37 AM »
Been using the lodge skillet daily for two months and have done everything from deep frying to baking. This picture makes the surface look very rough but it is smooth when you run your finger across and has a great nonstick seasoning. After using it extensively for two months, I can say that it is an excellent pan that I enjoy using.

Looks are deceiving. The picture is almost offensively rough looking lol




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julweidn

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #57 on: March 24, 2018, 09:09:55 AM »
Bought my first cast iron skillet about a month ago and have prob used it 10x. The wife was ready to toss it bc everything was sticking, but the last few times it has worked great.

I seasoned it initially using my grill, but maybe I didnt go hot enough. 


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HoosierKettle

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Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2018, 09:36:38 AM »
The skillet really shouldnít stick even when new. If eggs start sticking then clean a warm pan in hot water. Use wooden or plastic scraper if needed. Lightly coat the warm pan with vegetable oil and place upside down in a 450 degree oven (or grill) for half hour then turn it off and let it cool in the oven. I use the oven to season because itís easier and I havenít experienced much smoke or smell that everyone talks about. Next time you use it, food wonít stick. Wipe the pan out or even clean with hot water after every use then pour a quarter size amount of vegetable oil in the pan and wipe it in good and bring the pan just to the smoking point and turn the burner off. It will be ready to go for the next time. Cast iron is all about routine. It sounds like a lot of work but itís not bad at all.

In my experience, most wives donít have the patience and prefer their non stick pan.

We have both. Having both is nice because you can do high heat searing and frying in the cast iron and do more delicate stuff in the non stick. This will make your non stick pan last longer too.


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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Polishing cast iron?
« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2018, 10:09:28 AM »
My wife hates when i use the pans inside cuz they still smoke and smell. I use them on the grill alot. Just got a new one i need to break in with something soon

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