Originally Posted by vagriller
Yes, I was disheartened to learn that I couldn't use cast iron on my new smooth top stove. Fortunately I hadn't bought any cast iron yet.
There's no reason you can't use cast iron skillets on a smooth top stove. I've been doing it nearly every day for 8 years. I also use LC on it without problem.
They work great.
The stove people tell you not to because they might scratch or break the glass/ceramic top and they don't want to pay for it if it's under warranty.
My cast iron skillets are very well seasoned and they do not dirty my cooktop as you describe.
I moved into a house without a gas line. :-( It's over 100 years old and has remnants of gas lights inside but someone ripped out the gas line. I inherited the ceramic top stove, as it came with the house and was new at the time. I had always hated electric stoves, but I have to say that I have gotten to really like this one.