I got a big (12" I think) cast iron pan, but a very small gas burner. The kind of range that you find in a rental apartment.
The heat does not spread evenly to the edges of the pan. I thought cast iron would conduct better than this. It renders the outer 1"-1 1/2" of the pan useless (e.g. for chicken breasts).
I'm trying to marry a rich woman, and then buy a viking stove with a bigger burner, and to make my other rich friends jealous.
In the meantime, are there such things are flame spreaders (not for simmering, etc)? Can these flame spreaders also help me attract a rich woman?