Cast Iron Cookware

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:24
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Afternoon,

Does anyone know where I can buy a cast iron frying pan, good quality, like NOT made in China? Or any brands that I can look up on the Net. Thanks

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Krakka
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Reply By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:40

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:40
Hi Krakka,

Found this,

Fleabay

Cheers,
Dennis

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Follow Up By: Krakka - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:54

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:54
Thanks Dennis, looks good, was looking at their website last night in the USA, didn't think to look on ebay.
Cheers
Krakka
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Reply By: Member - Coenens N (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:40

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:40
Try the Furphy Foundry in Vic.
http://www.furphyfoundry.com.au/camp%26kitchen.html
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:56

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:56
Thanks, will have a look, though I believe a lot of Furphy gear is now made in China.

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Krakka
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:44

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:44
le creuset is the brand you want.
I have been using their cast iron stuff for 30 years, would not comtemplate anything else

Google it, several people sell online as well as better cookware shops.

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Follow Up By: Krakka - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:49

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 16:49
Thanks GoneTroppo, I couldn't think of that name, knew it was french sounding, just couldn't spit it out.
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Krakka
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 17:36

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 17:36
I bought a casserole dish for my wife last Xmas, it cost $150.00 & it was on special.

So expect to pay for anything this mob makes, though it is possibly the best there is around.

I'm thinking of their version of a skillet for the van, not game enough to broach the issue yet.

Dick
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:05

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:05
Try Peters of Kensington. They have Le Creusot for about hal price. Still pricey though. They also have a few other good brands
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:13

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:13
Personally, I've chucked almost all of my cast iron gear except for one fry pan I use as a base for the camp oven when cooking with heat beads.

It is heavy and brittle and I get much more flexibility and serviceability with my Aussie made Hillbilly cookware.

The Hillbilly fry pan for instance is spun steel but still has a thick enough base for practical cooking. The surface is virtually "non stick" but I'm still in the process of developing that "black coating" you get with proper seasoning.

Have I mentioned, "I love my Hillbilly cookware"

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Follow Up By: Krakka - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 20:16

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 20:16
Thanks Sand Man, I have more Hillbilly gear than you could poke two sticks at, But none of there gear has a heavy base. I was looking mainly for a heavy base frying pan.

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Krakka
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Follow Up By: furph - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 20:22

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 20:22
Sand Man Bill.
I think you will try and try but unfortunately you will never get that "patina" on steel you get on well used cast iron.
It is quite simply to do with the porosity of iron compared to steel, particularly the type used for pressed/spun utensils.
The black coating you will build up is simply a carbon coating. On the CI camp oven it is the same carbon, but embedded in the pores of the iron. It wont wash or scrape off in normal cleaning.
As an beginner in this cast iron cooking caper have found the "Camp Oven Cooking In Australia" forum very enlightening.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 21:12

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 21:12
Each to their own I guess.

I have not found the need for a heavier base than what I get with the Hillbilly camp oven lid or the smaller one with the folding handle.

"patina on steel"
What does that do for me Furph.

My BBQ hotplate is cast iron and as I use that for tucker like steak, etc., I still don't need a cast iron fry pan.

One of the beaut things about camp cooking is that there is a variety of ways to cook a variety of food.

Bon Appetit'

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Reply By: toyotabits.com - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:44

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 19:44
Hey Krakka, I get all this beaut REAL old cookware, camp gear & tools from the local flea markets, cheap & quality! see yaaa, aussiedingo
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Reply By: gke - Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 10:32

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 10:32
Hi, if it is the rough surface on the cheapies that bothers you, 10 mins. with a flexible sanding disc on my angle grinder fixed our cast iron gear very satisfactorily. Graham
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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 12:13

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 12:13
Krakka
Try one of the camping stores Ranger, BCF, or Rays. You should find something there, its going to be bloody difficult finding gear thats not made in China these days.
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