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Buying used cast iron skillets


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Buying used cast iron skillets

E_M | Mar 27, 2011 02:23 PM

So I've never looked at CI before because they were always too heavy for me. But, today, I picked up a Wagner 1891 Original, which I guess is from 2001 so it's really not *that* old, but nevertheless, was MUCH lighter than the Lodge that I've fondled in the stores.

There is a large antique mall near me that sells CI skillets, but all have been wire scrubbed clean, so that they are silver and shiny, like carbon steel. They need to be completely seasoned.

If I went this route, I do know that I should test the bottom for warp-age (is that even a word?) I have a miniature level that I can stick in my pocket and use. Is this a good/bad idea? Are there any other recommendations you have?

Many thanks,


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