Thursday, June 1, 2023


Buying cast iron: What to look for in a cast iron skillet

I know from our recent reader’s poll of RV kitchen essentials that many of you already carry a cast iron skillet in your rigs. And since they last forever, you probably won’t need a new one. But for the rest of you, the video below from Cowboy Kent Rollins on what to look for in a cast iron skillet will be invaluable. I strongly advise, don’t buy a cast iron skillet before watching it!

A cast iron skillet is undoubtedly one of the most versatile and useful items you can have in your RV kitchen, but Kent says there is WAY too much conflicting information on the internet about buying cast iron. Instead, he wants to make choosing cast iron easy so that you can easily pick out the right cast iron skillet for your needs and your budget.

In the video, Kent discusses the skillets he uses most, both at home and on the ranch. His choices are all 100 percent American companies with products made in the USA, something that’s important to him:

  • Field Company
  • Stargazer Cast Iron
  • Marquette Castings
  • Lodge Cast Iron
  • Finex Cast Iron

The factors he says you need to consider, and that he discusses in detail about each of these brands, are

  • Design
  • Seasoning
  • Weight
  • Price

Kent admits that his very favorite cast iron cookware pieces are old vintage skillets from brands no longer accessible. So the purpose of this video is to help consumers navigate through the choices that are readily available today.

Be sure to watch the video as he evaluates all of the brands listed according to these factors.

Whether or not you buy these brands, watching this cast iron cooking expert evaluate them will have you come away with important factors and features to look for and avoid when buying ANY brand of cast iron.



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John S
1 month ago

I carry 5 – 8 cast iron skillets, griddles, Dutch ovens…In the bed of my F450. Almost all of our camp cooking is done outside over a fire (cast iron tripod and grate).

1 month ago

My favorite cast iron skillet is made of Stainless steel and has a copper bottom.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  STEVE

😅 Have a great day, Steve. 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago

Maybe the camera could point more at the pans and less at the cowboy…while he is explaining.

Bob p
1 month ago

The late DW had a complete set of cast iron cookware, over 35 lbs. from the cornbread fritter to a 15” skillet and everything in between and used most of them on a regular basis. After removing them from our first 5th wheel it breathed a sigh of relief. Lol

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

All three of our cast iron skillets came from thrift stores or hand-me-downs. We also have a vintage Swedish Plett pancake pan in cast iron. None of these are in our RV, however.

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