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Hi, I want to smoke something by frying or roasting some cherry chips on top of my cast iron. The issue is, will that ruin my cast iron? I did it with my SS pan and the pan became burned and I had to use some oven cleaner to clean it. I was wondering if my cast iron would pick up bitter notes of burnt cherry chips that would be hard to clean off. I don't want to have to scrub off my patina I worked so hard to build to get the burnt taste of cherry chips off my pan.

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  1. I smoke fish in my wok. I just use at least 5 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil before I put the smoke ingredients in (I use Lapsang Souchon tea and brown sugar). That way, the whole gluggy mess lifts right out and into the bin, leaving my wok untouched.

    1. It will leave the yucky residue burned to the pan. This is precisely why you should spend $25 on one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...