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Old 11-28-2008, 01:08 AM   #1
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Enamelled Cast Iron Safety Question

Just noticed that one of my enamelled cast iron dutch ovens has spiderweb hairlines on the inside bottom.
I cannot see any visible separation or chipping. It is a 6qt Lodge, the one with metal handle on lid, purchased from Sam's about 3-4 years ago.
IS IT SAFE to cook in it?
Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Old 11-28-2008, 02:09 AM   #2
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Enamel is inert and the iron is , well, iron, so there should be no danger of getting poisoned.

If the enamel flakes off (by rust) it could get a little scratchy in passing .... if you know what I mean.

The enamel shouldn't pop off with velocity.

I think the biggest concern is aesthetic, but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:16 AM   #3
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I think what you're seeing is crazing of the enamel on your pot. It should be no danger, and is not a sign of problems with your pot.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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If you're concerned, I suggest you contact Lodge.
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