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Old 09-08-2016, 09:09 PM
Steven C Steven C is offline
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I think the biggest reason I don't really get into the collecting very deep is I have three other hobbies that can be expensive at times. Even some of the reference books for two of them can be over a $100. But those same books have made me $. And then there's the old car I can't seem to finish restoring.

I think in another post I mentioned if I had what I would like to have, I could count about 15-20 pieces plus or minus three, and I think that would do me. Now when it comes to price I'm a bargain shopper and and will wait for the more common ones. There are three odd ball ones I may have to trade or hope I'm lucky finding. A cheap Griswold oval roaster comes the mind. And last thinking of storage space and weight of CI.

Who knows I may later change my mind and sell my other junk and do CI.

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Old 09-12-2016, 09:38 PM
M.Trainor M.Trainor is offline
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I started out buying pans for cooking . After much reading up on who made good pans I settled on Griswold . More specifically the small logo pans as I didn't want to pay collector prices . I'm in Canada , so these pans are not just laying around everywhere in large numbers . So the search began .

I settled on the "early handle" ones made 1939 to 1944 as they where most like the large block logo pans . Over a few years I gathered up a 3 , two 6's , two 7's , 8 , 9 and a #9 griddle . Plenty for cooking right ? But then I fond a large block logo pan at a good price and then another and soon I was hunting for those too (still just for cooking of course ) . Now in Large block logo I have a 3 , 7 slant , two 8's , 10 , #7 griddle , #9 griddle , breakfast skillet and a #8 Dutch oven . The early handle small logo pans have been passed to my daughter .

However , I seem to have an attraction to the old straight sided pans and when I see one I usually buy it . Again , these are considerably harder to find up here . I now have a #9 ERIE , #9 Favorite Piqua "smiley" , #9 Favorite C&C (Chown & Cunningham) , #9 Wagner Sidney O , #7 Wagner Sidney O , #8 Vollrath and a #3 Vollrath in straight sided pans .

Is it a collection ? It's not supposed to be , but if you looked in my cupboards you might argue with me lol Maybe my collection should be #9 straight sided pans
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:51 PM
Carmen Kuhn Carmen Kuhn is offline
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I have a range of cast iron. From a gate marked griddle/skillet that belonged to my husbands great grandmother, another Wagner DO that belonged to his other great grandmother. Then I have new Lodge skillets. I have a favorite DO, a Grizwold DO. My very first cast pan was a Lodge 10 skillet my husband and I bought our first week of marriage. That was 30 years ago. For our 30th Anniversary this March he bought me a Chuckwagon style fire box, it was made by a blacksmith and is amazing to cook outdoors on. I use wood to cook with on this. I am guessing I have about 30-40 pieces. I have no certain brand, I just buy what I like and will use.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:33 AM
SteveT SteveT is offline
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In the last year or so, I've gathered up CI without much real collecting focus. As I've learned more, my interest in BSR Red Mountain has increased, SIGNIFICANTLY. I'd like to find RM 3 and 5 skillets, and a Sportsman's Stove which are in the budget; the stove will take some real hunting to find one which fits that limitation.

My family is from Alabama, and at this year's reunion I was interested to inventory the iron at our homeplace, built in the early 1900s. 3 of 4 pieces were BSR RM, which sharpened my interest/focus. Further, the RM era (pre-1958ish) synchs well with my non-CI interests. Mom's "user" CI (which is now mine) is Century series.

The fact that I'm a student w/o much disposable income also helps that BSR has my emotional attachment, since it is both very useful and inexpensive. I don't mind putting in the elbow grease to bring a nasty piece back to user status; this past summer I got a BSR RM 8 for $5 which took 2 weeks of fairly focused effort, but it's now a great user, and the price couldn't be beaten.

This is an interesting thread!
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:46 AM
JMoss JMoss is offline
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Default Re: Tell us about your goals for your collection

Steve T
I too am a big fan of BSR RM. I don't yet have a complete set but I'm working on it. I may never find that elusive #4.

I am responding to your post mainly to let you know that Lodge is still producing the Sportsman Grill. It is available for $86 and I have seen it as low as $69. Delivery is free to your local Wal Mart.

Happy hunting

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Old 09-22-2016, 12:02 PM
Frederick N Frederick N is offline
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It, Smart Brockville for me.
I have a complete set....or so I think of the pans from the diminutive salesman sample that I use for a handful of nuts up to the number 10.
Plus the fairly rare breakfast griddle....
I found a wooden handled No. 8 that is being used a lot and this week TWO Dutch ovens, No.9 and No.8.
I used the number three just now for a nice sirloin hamburger, I found two other 3's, by Griswold and they have been gifted.
Can anyone tell me if Smart made a No.4 ?
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:46 PM
JaredS JaredS is offline
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So since I started the thread, thought I'd post a few pics. I've been actively collecting for about a year and a half now. Here are what I consider my two "core" collections:

image by twillightkids, on Flickr

image by twillightkids, on Flickr

You will notice some overlap. The first is what I consider my main collection, and consists of pieces that predate (or at least don't have) the most recognizable trademarks of the major foundries. Mostly Erie branded items, but I am also always on the lookout for early Wagner, Wapak, Favorite, etc. The second reflects my recent interest in gem pans; the "collection" is small, as I've only began to focus on them in the last month or so, but it is still focused. I am still mostly interested in items not marked with the recognizable trademarks of the foundry, though I am less concerned here that the pieces predate the use of those trademarks, as several of the pans do not.

I also own several pans like the following:

image by twillightkids, on Flickr

These are certainly collectible, but they do not fit into my focus for my collection, and as such will probably be moved soon. I guess that I have at least twice as much iron as I've shown here; some I intend to sell, some are my users, but these are the pieces that I consider my collection. And yes, I use each of them often (with the exception of the flat bottom kettle, as I only have had it a day).
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:52 AM
SpurgeonH SpurgeonH is offline
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That's a good looking collection of cast iron! Love that bundt cake pan.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:34 PM
DBlair DBlair is offline
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Like most, I started with "just a few pans" for cooking. Of course that grew into having "just a few more pans" and picking up some corn bread pans, trivets, etc. I collect mostly griswold and wagner and have recently picked up some piqua ware.

Yesterday, I found a couple Erie pans in decent condition in addition to a really neat waffle iron.

I think I'm going to start looking to collect an entire Erie set now. And maybe waffle irons. I really don't need any more cast iron, but I just can't help myself when i see a nice piece
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:45 PM
EricC EricC is offline
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Collecting is a disease, an addiction. And a forum like this, y'all are a bunch of enablers...

For the past few years I've been on another forum (and still am) that is also full of enthusiasts and collectors of a particular thing. I see the pattern repeat and repeat - people join looking for some information, get caught up in the community and enthusiasm, wowed by others' massive collections, and get bitten by the bug, start growing their collection way beyond they would have ever expected when they first joined.

Over there it happened to me, too. I had a clear goal when I first joined and now I'm way beyond it, around 50 pieces with an average value of around $300 each, of an item most people only have one or two of, and usually much cheaper examples. If I told you what they were (and I'm not going to) y'all would think I'm crazy (like some outsiders might think CI collecting is crazy) and y'all would probably be right. And my collection is still very modest compared to some others.

It's not like you just run out and drop $15K. You get a piece here, another there, and before you know it you're standing in front of a display case crammed with items thinking, "this is insanity..."

That said, as a newbie here I have no goals for my CI collection, I came here for information and maybe some community. But will I get bitten by the bug? Time will tell.

I will say this - I did just buy my first additional piece of cast iron since joining here, will post it this weekend, hopefully. Would I have bought it had I not joined up? I don't know. Maybe, eventually. And, though there are a number of available examples of this item, the one I bought, I bought because of some markings that make it, to me at least, of more collectible value.

We'll see how it goes. It might be too late already...
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