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Offline wsdstan

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American made cast iron with...... ahem........ a price.
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:08:58 PM »
I was looking at a magazine about luxury lifestyles in the southern States and saw an ad for cast iron fry pans. The company is Butter Pat Industries.  I like quality stuff so I went to the websites.  They sure look like high quality and cost like it too.  They have two companies I think, one makes the frying pans and the other makes cauldrons supported by a tripod.  The cauldrons come in different sizes too.

The fry pans start at $145 for a 6" cooking surface and go to $395 for a 12" cooking surface.  They are polished and made in the USA.

The other company is Cowboy Cauldron Co. and they make tripod supported Cauldrons.  Big ones.  Expensive too, from $1695 to the middle $3500 with all the accessories.  They are basically suspended fire pits with a grill.  The large one is 42" across and weighs in at 220 pounds with the tripod adding another 84 pounds. 

The cauldrons are interesting and I am now really sorry I passed on a large and very old iron cauldron at a recent estate auction.  It sold for $65.00. 

www.butterpatindust ries.com
www.cowboycauldron. com
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Re: American made cast iron with...... ahem........ a price.
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 04:40:04 AM »
On polished cast iron, one of my good friends decided to polish a cast iron skillet to make it easier to clean (He's a little OCD).  So he went at it with an electric drill and various brushes then sanding.  Both of us were pretty impressed with the result.  Cooked well and very easy to clean.  I've got a no name skillet I'm going to do the same to.  My Griswolds and Wagners will remain traditional cast iron.

Mom had a huge cauldron (we called it the witches pot).  We cooked burgoo when we lived up north.  The men wood stay up all night keeping the fire going (there might have been alcohol involved).  The women would stay up in the farm house wrangling the little ones with the comforts of home.  Good memories.  I sure wish I had that witches pot now.


Everything you found is really out of my price range, but you never know what will pop up at a estate sale or garage sale.  Here's hoping.
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Re: American made cast iron with...... ahem........ a price.
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018, 10:47:23 AM »
Tony I don't think there is a drug I could take that would make me buy one of those pans or cauldrons at the prices.  There is way stupid pricing on things these days and this stuff qualifies.

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Re: American made cast iron with...... ahem........ a price.
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018, 11:40:26 AM »
  There are several small forges that specialize in cast iron skillets,  they all offer only one or two different sizes, most are 8" skillets, very highly polished and very high quality, the least expensive that I've seen sells for $149.99 plus about $35.00 for shipping in the con. US.
  In my opinion there's no reason to spend that kind of money for a good cast Iron skillet, grill pan, or chicken fryer, there is still a lot of vintage cast iron around if one is willing to take the time to find it, and most well kept vintage cast iron can usually be found at reasonable prices well under a hundred dollars,  my last cast iron purchase was about a year ago at a yard sale, a Griswold #8, it is in great shape and cost me $18.00.
 All but a few of my cast iron cookware collection are either Wagner Sidney or Griswold, I have a few high quality pieces that have no makers mark but I believe they were made by Wagner or Griswold for the economy market, my most used and best loved skillets is a MIAMI branded 10" skillet, they were made between 1921 and 1926, it's actually smoother than my Griswolds and a bit lighter,  it is truly as non stick as any modern day stoneware non stick skillet on the market.
 I don't believe in smoothing out modern cast iron cookware like those offered by Lodge cast iron,  with just a little patients to build up some proper seasoning they cook just a well as any vintage cast iron pan and are not any harder to care for,  I think using grinding wheels and sand paper to smooth out a rough pan for fun is a worthy project, but not a practical use of ones time given the ease, availability, and price of purchasing good quality cast iron.
 I've also run across cast iron cookware made in Canada, France, and Portugal that is good quality,  but I have a personal bias against using any cast iron cookware produced in Asia, especially Chinese made cast iron cookware, Lodge and several other American based companies are marketing coated cast iron cookware made in China from locally sourced materials,  while I trust those companies to put out a good product, where those raw materials come from and how they are processed is something we have no way of knowing.     
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