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Old 02-05-2017, 11:43 AM
StephenH StephenH is offline
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I have 3 Griswold skillets. Two of which seem to be slightly warped upward in the center...oil gathers on the outside of the pan. Both are still quite usable, however.

Most people talk of "rocking" on flat surface to detect warping, but mine don't "rock".

So, question: is there other ways to detect warping beyond the flat surface, rocking method?
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Old 02-05-2017, 11:55 AM
Kyle S. Kyle S. is offline
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Default Re: Warping

I carry straight edges with me when I go hunting. There is also some great info on the site that helps with detecting.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:31 PM
Jody M Jody M is offline
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I carry a 6" straight edge as well. Won't fit in to small pans, but they're not as likely to be warped.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:57 PM
JeffreyL JeffreyL is offline
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I'm glad someone posted about this as I have a few questions on warpage too. When speaking of warpage and a skillet that sits flat vs one that rocks. How much is still considered a "flat" skillet. I found a very crusty rusty Victor skillet, by the markings it shows to be made from 1900-1910. It has a heat ring, I set it on a flat surface and push on the rim, I can very slightly get it to make a tick noise in one direction. I put a straight edge between the heat ring and I can detect very small amount of light, and same thing in cooking surface. My question is how much is to much? I guess I consider that over 100 yrs ago tolerances probably weren't what they are today, and I consider this very small amount on this old of a skillet to be flat, of course I'm new to this others may differ in their opinion, so I'm curious, so I can set a standard for myself while I'm out hunting CI
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:17 PM
Steven C Steven C is offline
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Default Re: Warping

I don't mind a slight wobble as I'm not a purest in the collecting end of it.
But I don't want it to look like a Pringle potato chip. The larger pans are more likely to be found with a little and I'm ok with that.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:39 PM
KevinE KevinE is offline
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Good questions, but I don't know that they can be answered with any specificity. It seems to come down to personal preference and what people are willing to deal with. There are those who will continue to use grandma's chicken fryer even if it spins like a top, while others would relegate it to be a wall hanger or put up in a cupboard somewhere and find one that doesn't spin. From what I'm reading it seems you've set a pretty good personal standard.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:43 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Warping

If it's a "spinner" I think most people would pass. Collectible value is certainly diminished or negated. I have some that are "pivoters", i.e. they sit flat , don't rock, but there seems to be an off-center high spot just enough to let it move that way. Depends on how particular you want or need to be. Gas stovetops are forgiving in this regard; glass one aren't.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:04 PM
JeffreyL JeffreyL is offline
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Well I have a couple that tick or make a little noise when pushing the rims, but don't spin even the slightest, I think that's pretty good. I haven't been at this long but it seems to me, every unmarked Wagner 8 I've seen has this slight movement when pressed on the rim, are these all bad ones? Or is it pretty normal for a pan that wide with no heat ring?

I do have a Wagner ware -o- #8 that I just inherited from my great aunt and uncle that spins, but it makes awesome cornbread and has sentimental value so I'm keeping it
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:38 PM
Nick_N Nick_N is offline
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I suppose it's all relative to your circumstances, and what works for you. Being new, and having a range top with cast iron eyes, I really know if a pan is flat, or not. All of mine sit perfectly flat, when placed on my CI eyes. I can, however see, how a gas range, or oven use only, could disguise an uneven pan. I suppose it's what ever works for you...
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:08 AM
Nichole M Nichole M is offline
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I have an induction cooktop, which has a glass surface (says ceramic surface but looks like glass to me) and it is not forgiving with warped pans except those with a heat ring and very slight warping. If the heat ring sits flat I'm good. That is my defining rule. If it works for you and your situation, then that is the way to go. I did recently buy a single gas burner for use when I want to be portable. If I fell in love with a pan that wouldn't work well on my induction, I'd just use that.
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