Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >
Oct 13, 2009 02:20 PM

A small hole in my cast iron skillet?

Hi all, so my cast iron skillets by lodge finally arrived and there's a hole about 2mm deep and >1 mm wide on the outside of my 8 inch skillet. Do you guys think it's a big enough problem to ask amazon to replace it or is it just a surface imperfection. I'm just worried that the skillet would crack or something as I use it due to that imperfection.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Is this a "hole" all the way through the metal, or more like an indentation? Is it in the side of the skillet, or the bottom?

    1. Eivuwan,

      2mm deep... so you are not talking about a bad seasoning surface, right? All my cast iron Lodge cookware arrived with bad seasoning surface and I ended up reseason them in my oven.

      I would say if you are really worry, then you can return it. If the 2mm deep is only on the side, I think it is ok, if it is only 2 mm. The thing is that if the skillet cracks on the side (worst case scenairo), you will be safe. Whereas if the skillet suddenly cracks on the bottom, then it can be a mess.

      I think a smooth round 2mm deep 1mm wide hole is fine if the hole looks smooth and round. If it is smooth and round, then it is just a superficial imperfection during casting. Maybe a sand was there, I don't know. If the hole is rough and look like a tiny crack to you, then you probably want to return it.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        If the skillet cracks on the bottom, you may start a fire in your kitchen as well as risk severe burns. "Mess" is an understatement. Send it back and get another one. 2 mm is between 1/16th and 1/8 of a inch. It is not seasoning, it is a defect.

        1. re: RGC1982

          Wow wow wow, let's not use "fear tactic". For all we know Eivuwan may have a karate black belt and have very quick reflex. Just because I cannot dodge a full pan of boiling hot oil, it does not mean Eivuwan cannot.

      2. Since it concerns you enough to post about it, I'd suggest that you ask Amazon to replace it. The hole may just be a cosmetic blemish of absolutely no practical significance, but who knows? It may also bug you on some subconscious level every time you use the skillet.

        BTW, if you've never dealt with Amazon's customer service department before, I suspect that you will be very impressed with how accommodating and efficient they are. I received a large DVD boxed set (the complete West Wing series) from a friend in the US, who had it shipped to me here in Japan. On arrival, I found that one disc was missing. I called Amazon US and told them about the problem. They apologized profusely and immediately shipped me a new boxed set. They asked me to wait until the new one arrived before I returned the old one to them so that I could confirm that the new one was okay. They also asked me to send them an email informing them of the return shipping costs, which they would immediately credit to my charge card. When I asked them if they needed some sort of receipt for the shipping, they said, "No, we'll believe you." I should also mention that since this was a gift, I had no receipt or other proof of purchase.

        2 Replies
        1. re: tanuki soup

          Thanks tanuki, I'll try to return it to amazon just for a peace of mind.

          1. re: tanuki soup

            I think Tanuki's advice - especially in terms of bugging you - is spot on.

            I would have no problems with the pan. It was almost certainly a mould imperfection. It is so small that it will not cause a strength problem and unlikely to be a fracture initiation point, particularly if it is smooth.

          2. Hi, it is 15 months later and I have just bought lodge cast iron skillet through Amazon and have exactly the same defect that you describe!

            I must admit to being irked - am (still) daft enough to think that if you buy something new it will arrive "perfect", especially cast iron, it's not as if it is fragile.

            So saying the consensus seems to be that it is a minor defect, which won't impair performance, so I'll cross my fingers and give it a whirl.

            4 Replies
            1. re: ajw5366

              ajw5366: This is likely the result of a casting flaw and there may well be other voids in the CI that you cannot see. Obviously it is weaker where there is no metal, and it MIGHT break.

              I would return it. I would also go to a brick-and-mortar place that carries Lodge where you can handle potential replacements and buy the one you like.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                I may just do that - unfortunately my city in the UK does not stock Lodge; cast iron is relatively scarce and is generally Le Creuset or similar.

                I quite like the idea of the second loop handle on the Lodge product which is ultimately why I chose it.

              2. re: ajw5366

                >>>>I must admit to being irked - am (still) daft enough to think that if you buy something new it will arrive "perfect", especially cast iron, it's not as if it is fragile.<<<<

                Actually, cast iron can be very fragile, especially in winter, especially during shipping. A friend got a French oven recently that was cracked at one of the handles, going clear down to the bottom of the pan.

                And I would return the skillet, ajw.

                1. re: Jay F

                  :-) I thought I might be tempting fate with my sweeping statement.

                  I guess the crux of irked-ness is that someone knowingly shipped a flawed product - fair enough if you are selling "seconds" but knowingly distributing a sub-standard product - tut tut. And if they didn't know, what does it say for their QC system - spotting the problem takes a glance, not a forensic microscope - it is not rocket science.

              3. Sounds to me as though there were a flaw in the mold, which would be confirmed if both skillets had exactly the same defect in exactly the same spot. I'm a bit curious as to just where that is or was - if it's up towards the lip and well away from the handle I'd not fret about it, but if it's down where all the heat action happens I'd raise some hell.

                7 Replies
                1. re: Will Owen

                  Is it the Loge line that is made in China?

                  1. re: ospreycove

                    Hi, I am not sure from the label and the stamp on the base of the ban I'd guess the pan was made in the USA, but I could be wrong. It is from the Lodge Logic line and is a 10 - 1/4" skillet.

                    The stamp on the base of pan says "Lodge USA 8SK"

                    1. re: ajw5366

                      Is it enameled? Lodge AFAIK makes its non-enameled CI in Tennessee.

                      1. re: Jay F

                        Hi, no the pan is not enameled - another reason for choosing Lodge, most cast iron I see here is enameled, and I didn't want that.

                        1. re: ajw5366

                          Then it was made in the USA, unless something has changed lately.

                  2. re: Will Owen

                    Hi, if the long handle is at 12 o'clock the fault is at 14:50hrs and about 1.25-1.5 inches in from the edge of the pan.