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Forged iron pans?

sccrash Apr 10, 2013 09:00 AM

On Food52 today, they're offering forged iron pans. Has anyone used them? Is there a significant difference in performance between forged and cast iron?

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    GH1618 Apr 10, 2013 09:19 AM

    It is more like a carbon steel pan than a cast iron pan. Cast iron has more carbon and is more brittle, hence is made thicker to compensate. But I don't have one.

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      Rigmaster Apr 10, 2013 09:44 AM

      I don't have one. If the surface has been polished or treated for uniformity, forged and cast usually perform about the same. You can see performance differences in true hand-hammered woks versus cast woks. Both are usually made of thin steel or iron, but the hammered ones hold contents on the sides due to the small indentations and imperfections caused by the hammering.

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          sueatmo Apr 10, 2013 05:31 PM


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            subal Apr 10, 2013 07:48 PM

            Iron is the type of material.
            Cast and forged are the process used to make the pan.
            The forged pan would be stronger from a structural point; therefore it could have thinner base and walls.
            Thinner walls would heat/cool faster than thicker ones!

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              GH1618 Apr 10, 2013 08:19 PM

              Cast iron is a different material, not merely a process. Cast iron is typically about 4% carbon by weight. Carbon steel is somewhere around 1% carbon, and wrought iron is less than .1% carbon.

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                paulj Apr 10, 2013 08:47 PM

                According the Wiki article
                wrought iron is no longer made commercially. Mild steel is now used in traditional wrought iron applications.

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                  GH1618 Apr 11, 2013 12:37 AM

                  Whether it's made commercially or not, it is still defined. Whatever they are using for "forged iron" pans, it isn't cast iron.

            2. Chemicalkinetics Apr 22, 2013 09:11 AM

              I happened to stumble upon this:


              Needless to say, it is very much based on the post here. I have a feeling that it has summarized your exchanges into something else.

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