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Old 12-31-2015, 11:20 PM
J.Davis J.Davis is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
* Made in China "Bridal" set that I bought new as a newlywed.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
* Everyday user recently started collecting vintage iron.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
* My #8 Lodge three notch skillet.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
* My #5 Griswold slant "Erie".

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
* My #6 Lodge three notch. This was the first family heirloom passed to me, and the piece I built my vintage Lodge pieces around.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
* #10 Griswold LBL EPU Heat Ring.
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:43 AM
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1. #8 Wagner Ware Sidney ~o~ that a friend picked up for a couple dollars at a yard sale
2. I started out as a user but when I cleaned the above mentioned wagner it got me interested in finding out more about them which led to collecting then.
3. My second skillet which was a#9 Griswold slant trademark.
4. ERIE #12 that was one of 12 that I picked up at a yard sale after I bought my first two.
5. Griswold #9 large block with heat ring and self basting skillet cover
6. I have been putting together a set of Griswold large block with heat ring. I have #'s 3 & 5-12 slang if the others would neon the bucket list. I did recently pass up a couple #14's that I wish I didn't. But I did pick up the#5 last weekend at a yard sale and I was pretty pumped about that
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:03 PM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A cheap made-in-Mexico square grill skillet (raised grill ridges) picked up at the grocery store about 20 years ago, before I had a real grill. I still have it and use it on very rare occasions.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Definitely a user. We'll see what the future holds.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
TBD

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I'm the 3rd generation in my family to own a set of vintage BSR pans. But I don't know if those really qualify as "truly collectible".

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My No. 10 BSR pan. Using it and my carbon steel wok I can cook a plethora of various tasty meals.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
TBD
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Old 12-30-2016, 02:26 AM
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First time poster. Thought this would be a good place to start!
I feel the need to extend this answer beyond stovetop cookery because I have a few less common items I think still qualify as cast iron kitchen pieces that have played a big role in my decision to collect cast iron

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

A Griswold No. 10 Skillet.

Just last year, I helped an elderly friend of mine move out of his home after he sold it. In the garage there was a fair bit of choice items. He told me I could take any item I wanted from what was left. I saw the Griswold and it was the easiest decision I ever made.

This was in Humboldt County California. He told me his mother grabbed that old skillet from a lumberjack camp where it had been left behind.

Pretty sure it's over a century old, and it still works like a charm. Love it. I've meditated many times over a sizzling meal wondering what stories this old pan could tell. How many meals had it dutifully served before reaching me? Some day my kids will get it (after I have some ).


2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

Both. In that, I never picked up piece I did not intend on personally using, yet I have a persistent fascination and impulse to enlarge my collection for reasons that are less utility oriented.

Though they are expensive, every iron item I purchase I do so with the idea that I can pass my collection down through many generations, if those whom I bequeath them to do not split or sell the set. At the very least, I have bought the last damn skillet/comale/coffee grinder I will ever need

Even my wildest purchase (A Bedouin coffee roaster from Saudi Arabia, which I'll show in another thread), was acquired with the full intention of use. That purchase still has yet to be used, but rest assured its day is coming.

I think greatest thing about cast iron is the marriage of function and longevity. I don't like constantly replacing things throughout my life. While I do enjoy the aesthetic appeal of my cast iron and it's role as a conversation piece, I know it can both, walk the walk and talk the talk. That's why I love it!

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

My Spong Coffee Grinder. I realized that this was an antique, and while I could surely find one a bit more economical I had to have it. The black painted finish with gold trim looked sharp and elegant. It has both a vice to secure it to a shelf and holes from which it can be mounted to the wall with screws. Save for the stylish wooden handle on the crank, and steel 2 bolts, it is 100% cast iron (including the grinding burr). A very simple but nearly indestructible and elegant design. Grinding it by hand gives a certain satisfaction when it's time to have a cup.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

Has to be my Griswold.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

This is a horrible thing to put me through!
In all seriousness, I'd have to keep the Griswold. It bakes, it fries, makes a hell of an improvised self-defense object, and will have many uses while my other pieces will have fewer.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

1. A cast iron kettle. Not a teapot. A WATER KETTLE that has an IRON HANDLE (not the steel coil safety handle that most Iron Kettles have.) I honestly find the standard kettles of today ugly, their non-iron handle ruins the prospect of buying one for me. I guess it's partly because my teapot has an iron handle and I want them to match somewhat.

So far I have only found only enamelled teapots for sale domestically, and the aforementioned ugly kettles. I own a Japanese style one myself. However, most (or all?) of which cannot be used on the stovetop to heat water. They are meant to brew tea and keep it warm, and the water for the brewing must come from another source.

In Japan it is traditional to have one teapot for brewing and the other for water, both of which were traditionally often made of cast iron until recent times. Now they are still made by artisans, but the price tag runs high, and then there's the shipping all the way from Japan!

Two companies that I know of in Europe made them once upon a time (Kenrick & Sons, and Swain) However those pieces are now also antiques and while some are affordable, the additional shipping from Europe will kill you. Ebay has a rather lackluster selection of old rusted kettles. I have no problem restoring a worthy kettle but many of these have unnacceptable chips and pits in the iron that render them useless as anything other than a decoration.

2. A Cast Iron Oven / Smoker Setup.

I grew up in a house with a cast iron stove inside. We usually only used it to heat the home during winter and never cooked more than hot dogs over the flames. Looking back it was a fantastic thing to have in the house and a really rare piece. Since then I've seen some massive Cast-iron ovens for indoor kitchens. Complete with smoking drawers and different compartments for baking and broiling. That is the holiest of holies for my cast iron obsession. The cost of one would be astronomical. (Hey I can dream can't I?)

3. A quality hibachi or sportsman grill.

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Old 12-30-2016, 08:43 AM
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1.) The first piece I owned would have to be 2 pieces of CI. I received a gift cart to a speciality kitchen store for a housewarming gift. I bought a 5 qt Le Cresuet dutch oven and a modern lodge 10 1/4 inch ribbed square grill pan.

2.) I consider myself a user but could see that changing. I'm trying to hold out but the collecting bug is hard at work. I see so many lovely pieces that want to go home! I do believe in using what you have so if I turn collector it will still be used.

3.) I guess my Wagner Ware Sidney O #6 heat ring from the 20's or 30's. It was an estate sale item that had been a wedding gift during that decade. I didn't need it as I had my grandfathers #6 Griswold but it came home.

4.) I'd be guessing but I think my most collectible piece is my Griswold #7 Slant logo Dutch oven. My grandfather got it from his mother and it has rarely been used. It is in fantastic shape. It lived in the very back of the cupboard as long as I can remember and was used by grandpa to hide his cigarettes from grandma.

5.) Oh no! If I had to give it all up but one piece what would I keep? They are all my favorites! Hmmmm.....I guess it would have to be my #8 Griswold LBL dutch oven only because I could still do everything with it. I could still bake bread, pie, stew, roast, cook eggs, bacon, pancakes, fry chicken, just anything if I had to.

6.) Name three pieces on my bucket list. An Atlantic Stove (now sold as Sportsman's) grill. The one with the sliding grate door. I once saw a two burner gas portable burner that I'd love to have, fully functioning of course. I posted a picture of it. It was missing key parts, . I don't have a third just now.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:24 PM
Sharon Shuman Sharon Shuman is offline
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Christopher, your Gris. no. 10 just flips me out! What a treasure! They do speak to you--meaning you're one of us now!! (Frustrated archaeologist here, but I love to consider my pans, and think of where they have been... and I know I'm not alone.)
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:57 PM
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Haha, thanks Sharon!

You're an archaeologist? I'm currently studying Anth. at Cal. Although I'm more into the sociocultural/linguistic sub-disciplines, I find archaeology fascinating. I keep getting emails about field schools I should apply to... So tempting but generally outside my concentration.

My favorite pieces are unanimously the ones I bought 'used' (i.e. antique). They really don't make cast iron stuff quite like they used to. As a hobby I look for things that are made of iron that aren't very typical in modern times. My rule is though, I have to be able and intending to use it.

I'll post my Saudi Coffee roaster in a few. Now that is another piece I REALLY would like to hear the story of.
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:34 PM
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Reminder: Please keep replies in this thread confined to responses to the original post questionnaire. Thanks.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:48 AM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
- Lodge Logic 10.25 inch skillet, pre-seasoned (March 2016), from Amazon.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
- Mostly a user of (cast) iron cookware; I wouldn't buy anything I didn't/couldn't use.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
- The 9.625 inch "Birmingham Stove & Range" #7 (mid 1960's) I recently acquired on eBay.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
- BSR #7 (at least I think it is a collectible...)

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
- I could not decide between my trusty 10.25 inch Lodge skillet and my 11 inch handmade black iron pan (although it has been forged and not cast).

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
- Something with a gate-mark from before 1890, but in a good condition; either a skillet or a dutch oven. I would love to put cookware (back) to use that is already 127+ years old and has a history.

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Old 03-16-2017, 09:34 AM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Lodge square egg logo 10 1/2" bought at Walmart in Killeen, TX in 1994.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both. I've cooked in everything I own.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
"SIDNEY" No. 8

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Martin hamburger #7.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Mom's BSR Century chicken fryer, used to make cornbread for dressing the whole time I was growing up.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
1) BSR Sportsman's Grill
2) BSR 12IN spider skillet, w/lid.
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