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Old 10-07-2008, 04:02 PM   #1
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Trying to find an 8" CI skillet with sloping sides

I like two-egg omelets, and IMHO an 8" skillet is the perfect size for that. I had a very expensive Calphalon One skillet with the perfect size/shape, but _someone_ in my household (who shall remain nameless, honey) burned eggs in there until they caught fire, and the coating is ruined.

All this talk about CI has me thinking that I ought to try a CI skillet again.

Does anyone other than Lodge make skillets with sloping sides? Their Pro-Logic line:

lodgemfg.com/Logic-skillets.asp [third group on page]

looks like the right shape for a good flip, but their smallest model is 10". I emailed them about an 8", and they said they discontinued the 8" model 3 years ago, and have no plans to revive it.

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:12 PM   #2
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I buy inexpensive nonstick coated aluminum skillets for eggs. You should be able to find 8" pans made of thick aluminum and nonstick coated for $5 - $10 in discount stores or places like Costco, Sam's and BJ's. They usually last me 5-10 years, then I toss them without guilt and buy another.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:19 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've tried the 3-for-$30 non-stick skillets from Costco, and the heat distribution just doesn't do it for me. So I went and bought the $90 skillet, and then it got ruined.

Some of the recent spooky talk about Teflon is worrying me as well, so I figured I'd try something that's tried-and-true, known-safe, inexpensive, and completely indestructible. Now I just need to find the right shape :)
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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There is no issue with teflon as long as you don't overheat it. If you do, it doesn't matter how much you paid for the pan.

I mentioned thick aluminum pans specifically because they provide excellent heat distribution.

You could try a search on google for 8" pans. Another alternative is to shop flea markets. There always seem to be CI pans at flea markets.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:00 PM   #5
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I just came up with this from My Favorites theKitchenStore.com Product Search

I was trying to find the link Uncle Bob gave me last year..... maybe it's on another computer, but I have a non-stick that I've cooked a LOT of eggs in with sloping sides that I like a lot. I know it's not CI, but it's a good little pan. I'll go check my other PC and post the link anyway just in case you are interested in giving it a try.
And, at the time I was looking, there wasn't an 8" to be had locally. Now I just noticed even the hardware store has them
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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Found it
It was the 7" I ordered, but I see they have 8", also. It's a nice pan for eggs.
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I like two-egg omelets, and IMHO an 8" skillet is the perfect size for that. I had a very expensive Calphalon One skillet with the perfect size/shape, but _someone_ in my household (who shall remain nameless, honey) burned eggs in there until they caught fire, and the coating is ruined.
You are right, I know what you mean, I've got one and it is perfect for 2 egg omletes. I have an old Wagner 8 inch skillet. It is one of my favorite CI pans. Try eBay for one. Keep looking til you find one, you won't regret it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:20 PM   #8
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[whoops, i was replying to pacanis, but bethzaring types faster than I do]

Thanks, but I'm specifically looking for a cast-iron skillet without a non-stick coating. The Pro-Logic line by Lodge (linked above) seems to be exactly what I want, except that they no longer have an 8" model :(

As Andy M. notes above, any Teflon-coated pan I buy will eventually get destroyed by . . . someone else in my house. I really abhor waste, so even if it's cheaper to buy pans and throw them away, I'd much rather invest in one that will last a long time.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:23 PM   #9
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You are right, I know what you mean, I've got one and it is perfect for 2 egg omletes. I have an old Wagner 8 inch skillet. It is one of my favorite CI pans. Try eBay for one. Keep looking til you find one, you won't regret it.
Hmmm. Does yours have sloping sides? Or is it more of a traditional skillet with nearly-vertical sides? I'm a flipper :), and with the wrong shape to the pan, even _more_ of them will end up on the floor. Makes the cat happy, but not me so much. I'm thinking that shape will be even more important with the far heavier weight of the CI.

Googling for Wagner now . . . .
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:01 PM   #10
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:08 PM   #11
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This will make you happy!
Thanks, but I really am looking for something in cast iron.
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:18 PM   #12
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Thanks, but I really am looking for something in cast iron.
When you find a 7" or 8" Cast iron with sloping sides please buy two!!!!
One for me...One for you. I will pay all cost associated with the transaction!!
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When you find a 7" or 8" Cast iron with sloping sides please buy two!!!!
One for me...One for you. I will pay all cost associated with the transaction!!
I think I may have found a bunch of these on ebay:

cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220007839853

He currently has 11 in stock, and the price is OK at $12.99, but $27 for shipping? That's absurd!

If you buy the 10" one directly from Lodge they charge you $5 for shipping.

Still, I can't seem to find it anywhere else. If he were charging anything more reasonable I'd have bought already instead of dithering here. Is it worth another few hours of searching to save $15 on freight?

p.s. to everyone here, please don't buy the last one!
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #14
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That's similar to the one I posted the link to, the one you recommended to me a while back. Except that one has rivets and comes from a different source (still a Lincoln though ). I love mine, but Steven is set on CI.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:23 PM   #15
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OK. Why are not all the posts showing up until I reply
Sorry, I was replying to the last post showing up on my PC, Bob's link post. This is the second time this happened today here...
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:02 AM   #16
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Lehman's - Products for Simple, Self-sufficient Living

this is what I've got, except mine is a Wagner Ware, I've had it at least 30 years. This ad implies they still carry some unseasoned Lodges.
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uh-oh

I just checked eBay, dangerous activity for me..and they have precisely what I have
Wagner Ware #5 Cast Iron Round 8 inch Frying Skillet - eBay (item 360095339349 end time Oct-12-08 18:34:20 PDT)

and they have a GRISWOLD

Griswold Cast Iron Skillet No. 5--8 Inch - eBay (item 230299012860 end time Oct-14-08 16:16:23 PDT)
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I talked to the ebay seller, and he offered to reduce the shipping charge to ~$9.30, so I bought it! Total cost, $22.29, which is reasonable.

Now awaiting shipment . . . .

We'll see if I can flip properly in a CI skillet :)
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I talked to the ebay seller, and he offered to reduce the shipping charge to ~$9.30, so I bought it! Total cost, $22.29, which is reasonable.

Now awaiting shipment . . . .

We'll see if I can flip properly in a CI skillet :)
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