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Old 10-21-2018, 06:12 PM
JosephDurham JosephDurham is offline
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Default Collecting Vs Using

So, just a little curious as to the general consensus around here. I have a few newer pieces that the wife has added to the CI collection for me, the wildlife series. She and I were talking about hanging them on the wall. Then the other morning I went to fire up the stove and place one of the skillets on there. She stopped me and asked me what I was doing.

Long story short she said that if I used it she would prefer me not to hang it on the wall due to the oil residue. I assured her it would all be ok.

Then I wondered, do you have any pieces that you REFUSE to use or just wont use because you collect it?? Its like wine, it betters with use!! Or, am I wrong here. How do you feel?
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:11 AM
Scott.L Scott.L is offline
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I think your answer will be kind of dynamic depending on the reason each person collects. What makes most iron collectable is its enduring qualities as fantastic cooking pieces. You will have some people who collect and use it just for that reason but many others collect it as a way to hold or preserve a pieces of history.
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:46 PM
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I collect Wapaks, love them all, but I wont cook in my #10 Indian Head. I also have a #9 2nd Series ERIE that is in near perfect shape. I dont use it either.I use my whole set of Wapaks every day, one skillet or another, and they serve me well, but I have a special place in my mind for the Indian Head.
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:04 PM
Russell S. Russell S. is offline
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Many use and display all of their Iron. Others have special display pieces that never get used and other pieces that are their users. I am a mixture of both styles. I have some users that I also display, and I have some display pieces that never get used. One example for me is the newer Lodge buffalo nickel pan. I had mentioned that I really liked it and that Christmas I received one from two different family members. I display them but they dont get used because I prefer my older pans as users. If I had the wildlife series I wouldnt use them for the same reasons.
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Old 10-24-2018, 11:18 AM
JosephDurham JosephDurham is offline
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Interesting responses.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:28 PM
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I promised my wife, I wanted buy anything Im not going to use. So ... I use them all at least once. I figure that l way Im technically fulfilling my promise. Ha!

I also hang a bunch of them on the wall, even so I use often. Ive never had a problem with them leaving any oily residue in the wall.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:17 PM
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My rationale for buying has been that I will use it. I just counted up 23 skillets, 3 griddles, 13 cornstick/muffin/gem pans, 7 Dutch ovens/roasters. Several random. But I have used all of them except maybe some gem pans.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:23 PM
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I've never really bought to collect but to use. Never the less, I've ended up with quite the collection since if I see vintage cast iron or current Lodge at the thrift stores, I buy it intending to use it (and protect it from idiots). But I've really only used certain pans with a good seasoning I built up (mostly the Lodge pieces I first bought new) and others sit in cabinets. That combined with how much vintage pieces are worth and the worry of damage, I've decided to sell all my vintage pieces. I've replaced most with Lodge, and have started to sand the insides smooth (Lodge cast iron is F'in hard, I worked as a machinist for a while).
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Old 10-26-2018, 01:45 PM
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I promised my wife, I wanted buy anything Im not going to use. So ... I use them all at least once. I figure that l way Im technically fulfilling my promise. Ha!

I also hang a bunch of them on the wall, even so I use often. Ive never had a problem with them leaving any oily residue in the wall.
I'm kind of like you. I have used about 80% of my pieces at least once. I really only use about 10-15 pieces on a fairly regular basis. I have about 100 pieces right now.

I have about 20-25 gem pans that aren't used unless I'm baking. I use to say that I'm a user, but having this many items, I'm both user/collector.

I only use CI, stainless, copper (tin and stainless lined) and carbon steel (wok). I have some Corningware also, but they haven't been used in years to cook with.
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Old 10-26-2018, 05:51 PM
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Lately, I like to try and use every piece in my CI and CS collection at least once every 3 months or so. However, this isn't strictly necessary as everything is put away "dry" and not oiled after cooking because I don't want any rancid surprises awaiting me when I go to pull a piece out to use.

Back when I had a larger collection before moving into a smaller house, this wasn't always practical. Really wish I had held onto at least one dutch oven, though. Plans are to get a good enameled one, but I'm finding it hard to make a decision.
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