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Old 02-16-2017, 02:47 PM   #11
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Are they just as heavy?
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:07 PM   #12
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Are they just as heavy?
No - steel pans are typically thinner than cast iron, and so they are not as heavy. On the other hand, carbon steel pans are typically thicker than stainless steel pans. Steel and cast iron are the same density, so thickness corresponds to mass.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:17 PM   #13
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They are not as heavy, maybe 50% lighter. Lodge, the cast iron manufacturer, makes a nice steel model in link above
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Hi Bobbie,

My 10" Lodge cast iron weighs: 5lbs - 2.3 oz.
My 10" Black steel weighs: 3lbs - 13.5 oz.

The Lodge cast iron is 1lb - 4.8oz heavier.

The Lodge has a handle length of 5" and a bale opposite allowing one to pick up the pan with both hands.

The Black steel pan has a handle length of just under 9". When you pick up, the longer handle extends to my wrist giving me better hand support and one handed pick up.

Lifting them both (empty), I do not notice the slight difference in weight but have struggled a bit when the Lodge is full where I need to set down my spoon in order to use the front bail. With the black steel's longer handle and having increased leverage ( wrist and grip), I can pick it up easier when full.

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Old 02-16-2017, 06:38 PM   #15
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Thanks. Maybe I'll try one of those instead of buying a cast iron skillet.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:02 AM   #16
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Bobbie .... I have found some real gems in cast iron pans at places like GoodWill. Not everyday .... but if you keep checking something shows up. Even pretty rusty pieces can be brought back.

I ordered my black steel pans from Amazon.

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:19 AM   #17
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Rarely found around here. Dad left a few pots when he passed away but since he used his to melt lead for fishing weights, I figured I'd pass on those! I have two camp ovens but have been thinking about a frying pan or grill.
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I'm a regular user of Cast Iron and carbon steel pans. I had the pleasure of using cast iron pans that were over 50 years old and used almost everyday of their life in a firehouse. These pans were Sooooo Smooth, and completely non-stick. I could pour in 1/4 inch of beaten eggs, cook, tilt pan start one corner and watch it roll out. With all those years of service, and what I saw these pans were mostly abused in there cleaning, soap used often, but never put in dishwashers.

I tried to duplicate this by Grinding/sanding but never achieved the same results as the Firehouse pans.

I look at Second hand stores, garage sales , etc. When you see/touch a smooth pan It can be obvious.

I have a few carbon steel pans, some are very thin, some thick, about 2/3 weight of similar sized cast Iron. I prefer the thicker ones, Matfer brand is my choice.

The trick to getting carbon steel non-stickish is in the seasoning.

I had good results when: slightly heat pan, rub very, very, very this coat of oil ( high smoke point) , place in 500 degree oven, after 2 hours turn off oven keep closed cool to ( 100-200)
Repeat at least 6-10 times. Ya It's alot, but you see it turn darker each time.

I wanted to replace all my cast iron in the trailer with thin carbon steel to reduce weight, But my cast iron and thicker carbon steel are still there as they are much better. I'm still working on the thin carbon steel.
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Have the skillet bottom side up when you season in the oven, or oil will pool in areas. Have some foil or something on the rack to collect any oil that drips off the pan.
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