If you know carbon steel pans, ours are like the French steel pans chefs have used for generations, however our pans are rivetless, and no welds or screws. Ours are also thicker (3mm) than most, and won't warp under high heat like thin carbon steel pans. Wrought iron is also more conductive than carbon steel (ours are very low carbon: 99.7% pure iron). We have a pouring rim all around, to avoid drips down pan sides (spouts aren't necessary).
Wrought Iron Weights...
Across the board, our pans aren't exactly half the weight of cast iron pans though it does depend on the size and make, our statement is a good average. Our smaller pans are slightly more than half the weight, our mid-sized pans are close to half the weight, and our large pans (coming later) are much less than half the weight of bigger brands such as Lodge. As our pans get bigger, our 3mm bases, and our thinner walls make an even bigger difference in reducing weight. There’s also lots of brands and styles, so our ‘half weight’ is a good average for average pan sizes for average brands.
Despite being around half the weight of cast iron, our pans are also tougher and will last much longer, because our wrought iron can’t be cracked. Even thick cast iron pans regularly crack with impact or thermal shock.
New 'hipster' machined cast iron pans can be as light as 4lbs for a 10” pan, so only about 25% heavier than ours, but they’re also very fragile. Cast iron is already fragile for impact or thermal shock, and machining them thin makes them even more fragile. At some point there will be an accident…..and that’s a shame when you think a pan is tough enough to hand down as a family heirloom. We see the sad stories often on cast iron cooking forums: "I'm devastated. Today I dropped my great grandmother's cast iron pan.....". That will never happen with our pans.
US-ION™ wrought iron dimensions:
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