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Old 01-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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What to do about a wobbly skillet?

I have this old Wagner skillet which I love for the size. It a 12" skillet. The problem is the bottom is not flat. This didn't really make a difference when I had my other stove but now that I have a glass top stove it may have to be relegated to a camping only skillet. Can anything be done?

Here is a pic. Hopefully you can see the gap.

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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If that is CI, you probably aren't supposed to use it on a glass top. Our instuctions for our glass top said CI was a no, no.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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I would save it for outdoor cooking only.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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As far as I have read the reasoning behind this is that the manufacturer doesn't want you calling them up complaining that you scratched or broke your range so they simply tell you not to use it. Honestly this was a hand me down range and so much better than the ugly burners we had and super easy to keep clean. I would prefer gas but since that isn't in the cards right now I am stuck with electric. I don't slide my cast iron around nor do I plan on dropping it but I figure I could do the same damage with my stainless steel. I clean the range (where the rings are) with BKF and so far so good. The rest of my CI is flat on the bottom and even my æbleskiver pans do fine which surprised me.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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I would save it for outdoor cooking only.
I am thinking that may be the answer. Too bad too. Such a nice pan.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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Do you know a blacksmith?

Of course, you can buy a brand new 12-inch cast iron skillet for about 30 bucks American, so it would probably not be cost effective to get it flattened.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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If that is CI, you probably aren't supposed to use it on a glass top. Our instuctions for our glass top said CI was a no, no.

Vita's right. Its perfectly fine to use it on a glass top stove.

The manufacturer tells you that because they dont want to pay out during the warranty period if you scratch or break the top.

Performance wise there are no issues.

Vita, I dont know that there is any way to fix that once it's warped.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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Do you know a blacksmith?

Of course, you can buy a brand new 12-inch cast iron skillet for about 30 bucks American, so it would probably not be cost effective to get it flattened.
Yeah I won't be buying new when it comes to CI. I prefer the smooth finish of the old pans. I will probably just hold out hope of finding another one at a thrift store or garage sale. eBay works but they are expensive there.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #9
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Honestly this was a hand me down range and so much better than the ugly burners we had and super easy to keep clean. I would prefer gas but since that isn't in the cards right now I am stuck with electric.
I have a glass cooktop stove myself. Most of my life I've owned and used gas stoves, but I happened to win this one in a contest at work. I was skeptical at first, but it really does a nice job and, like you say, it's easy to keep clean. Plus the oven has a convection feature that I like quite a bit.

So.... if I had my druthers, I would prefer gas, but I have no complaints at all about the glass cooktop. I'm actually surprised that I like it as much as I do.
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Yeah I won't be buying new when it comes to CI. I prefer the smooth finish of the old pans...

I've heard this comment countless times.

I'm here to say that while the smoother finish of the older pans may please you more than the slightly less smooth finish of a new Lodge, it makes no difference in the non-stick properties. I have a contemporary Lodge 12" skillet and I can fry eggs and and slide them into a dish no problem.

So it may be prettier but not necessarily better.
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