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Arrived with several holes in it. Rust spots formed in less than a few hours after I rinsed and dried it out completely right away. Have tried to season but hasn’t worked out properly for me so far. Not a good buy. Wasted my money and am still wasting space on my counter with this purchase.
I paid full price for this $121.88 CAD+tax at the time, a lot more than the $70~ USD this retails for across the border and about as much as the Amazon.com price plus shipping and duties from the USA here to Canada. It arrived with holes in the seasoning on both handles, worse on one, and rust on the metal on those spots. There seem to be a few micro-pits in the cooking surface and bottom as well but they are too small to show on my blurry camera. I was not impressed. The cheapest foreign cast iron arrives in better shape than this from overseas. Try an Amazon Basics, Cuisiland or Artisanal Kitchen piece for example (made in China I think) and they all have nice smooth complete seasoning at least the ones I have purchased so far did. Below I will explain the photos to give context.
The first picture is what they sent me when I complained of receiving a rusty product with defective seasoning. It should be part of their advertising on this Amazon page if they expect customers to accept products like this. If it's even really official from Lodge it's likely meant to be included with their factory seconds or they (CTN Lodge Direct the Amazon retailer or Lodge the manufacturer unrelated as far as I know) are trying to put one over on people cause that condition is not normal and it IS rusty.
The second picture is of a a sign in Lodge's factory outlet explaining the meaning of "Factory Seconds". It's blurry so I will print it out here: "FACTORY SECONDS (title) A "second" is a product with a cosmetic blemish like a small pit or uneven seasoning, excluding it from Lodge's strict first-quality standards. (next paragraph) These imperfections do not affect cooking performance, and most likely will vanish with regular use and care. (next paragraph) We hate to melt them down, so we are happy to offer them to you at a great price!". End of quote. Lodge sells defective items with holes in the seasoning yes but only when they advertise it before hand with reduced price.
The remaining 8 pictures are of what damage my poor blurry camera could capture. I took multiples because it was a lot harder to see on my camera. There is suffice to say holes in the seasoning and rust. I think this is factory seconds, a cosmetically damaged item meant to be sold at a discount as a more efficient form of recycling.
I was advertised, intended to purchase and paid for 1st quality sight unseen. Now I am trying to return it. I've no printer for labels and it's a pain. I've had this same problem with every Lodge I purchased on Walmart as well. Like some kind of organized cyber-crime is trying to dump second rate stuff on Canada or my area or me personally. I bet if I go into stores in person I'll be able to find a Lodge piece with no defects!
Haven't had any other pieces with damaged seasoning like this from other brands and I've been buying a few.
Aside from the defects the shape this item is cast into is also not very efficient for large batch cooking or baking. I have a 14" with straight walls and a 15 & 3/8" (advertised as 15.5") with sloped walls that have about as much cooking surface on the bottom. The walls on this one not only slope out they actually curve out on the way up just to make it uselessly wider. There is only about 13.6" or so of actual cooking area in this 17" skillet. Buy the Artisanal Kitchen 14" Everyday Pan (straight walls), Amazon Basics 15" Skillet or Cuisiland 15.5" (actually only 15 & 3/8" on the model I received) Skillet instead for $50~ to $70~ after shipping as better value for most uses than this item. On top of that the one I received was defective as I mentioned, I believe it is "Factory Seconds".
Angeblich ist diese Pfanne werksseitig eingebrannt. Nach dem ersten anbraten ist alles wirklich alles angebrannt (Kartoffeln) habe extra viel Öl genommen. Die Reinigung war unglaublich aufwendig. Danach habe ich die Pfanne mehrmals eingebrannt. Aber dennoch die Lebensmittel verschmelzen mit der Pfanne. Habe mich gut über Gusseisenpfannen eingelesen und alle Schritte befolgt, aber es funktioniert nicht. Die Pfanne geht zurück!