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Old 10-15-2016, 10:51 PM
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Has anyone used a Stargazer skillet yet?

http://www.stargazercastiron.com/
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:21 AM
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I have one on order. I should receive it by mid November. There are a few other new startups. Smithey Iron Works is another start up down in SC. There is another new startup in MI. The name starts with an M...forgot the name.

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Marquette Castings was the name I was trying to remember. They are pricey like Finex and Smithey. Hoping Santa Claus will bring me a Smithey, Finex and a Marquette. I appreciate the old and the new.

https://www.marquettecastings.com/pa...t-iron-skillet
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:13 PM
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I've been eyeballing stargazer quite a bit. They look quite nice with that CNC'd cooking surface.

The "about" states "Our cookware is made using the same proven materials and manufacturing processes that were used over one hundred years ago." I contacted them asking about that, if they were using a manual process for their molds.

Peter Huntley, their CEO, replied. He said what they mean by that is they use green sand casting instead of a more modern method such as no bake. But they do use a machine, a Hunter 20x24. I couldn't find much on how those work but his description was "is not fully manual, but less automated than a DISA line (somewhere in between)."

They also have very nice markings. May not be collectible now but who knows what the future holds, at least for my descendants...

At 5.2 lbs for their 10.5" skillet, it seems a little heavy compared to the vintage stuff but they say they're a pound lighter than the competition, presumably Lodge. That helper handle might be adding some extra weight. I really don't see why you need a helper handle on a 10" skillet. I also wish they made a bigger one, like 12".

But I'll probably order one in the next month or two.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:17 PM
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Has anyone used a Stargazer skillet yet?
Btw, will try to put together a review of my Stargazer to share after I receive it.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:36 PM
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The price on the thing is $134, you can buy several lodge pieces for that price. I will stick with what I know and keep the money in my pocket
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:46 PM
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The price on the thing is $134, you can buy several lodge pieces for that price. I will stick with what I know and keep the money in my pocket
Where are you getting that? Their website lists $80 bare, $88 pre-seasoned. Still pricy, though.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:51 PM
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Where are you getting that? Their website lists $80 bare, $88 pre-seasoned. Still pricy, though.
I think he was referring to Marquette Castings link I posted which their skillets are $134.


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The price on the thing is $134, you can buy several lodge pieces for that price. I will stick with what I know and keep the money in my pocket


Yea they are pricey; but, if my predictions hold, the laws of supply and demand will cause prices to drop. There is a limited supply of vintage cooking iron which is a factor to consider. And, not all cooks collect vintage iron. Some use both old and new (me). Some use old iron only. Some have no time/desire to collect and buy new cooking iron. And some use neither. A few economic factors to consider. I remember when calculators and desktop computers were initially expensive for most consumers when they hit the market. Over time prices dropped. Give it some time, though it maybe a while.


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They also have very nice markings. May not be collectible now but who knows what the future holds, at least for my descendants...
Perfect reason to buy one like this. There is a limited supply of vintage cooking iron. Just hope our descendants don't recycle or throw away our CI collections when all of us here are gone.

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Old 10-17-2016, 07:18 PM
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Here is mine after three seasons.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:09 PM
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Thanks for sharing. They do make a nice looking pan.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:58 PM
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I had some more email comm with their CEO, this time about thickness as it relates to weight. Here's a quote of some of his reply:

"I have a vintage Griswold that's 0.069" at the thinnest spots. That's crazy thin. A modern Lodge skillet that I checked was 0.164", for comparison. We decided that the sweet spot for thickness is 0.125", and casting thickness minimums aren't a concern for us because we machine them after casting. We can really machine them to any thickness that we want."

He also said their next product would likely be a 12" skillet, hopefully soon.
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