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Matthew Beckman
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Hey Permians,

I am interested in buying an enamel cast iron pan but am concerned about the paint. I am like paul in the fact that I would prefer to avoid the toxic gick, but my wife likes how the enamel pans so i am looking into them for her. Thanks for your guys help!
 
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I've got one but it doesn't work nearly as well as my regular cast iron pans that are well seasoned so I almost never use it. The enamel is actually powered glass that is fused onto the metal. It is pretty much chemically inert and I wouldn't worry about any toxic gick unless you were heating it up past 1600ºF which is where the enamel would start to melt again.
 
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Perfect answer. Thanks I appreciate it!
 
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It will cook evenly but I found enamel to be a pain in the butt. The dutch oven one I have sits in the cabinet. The biggest problem I had was removing stains.
 
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It seems to me that enamel comes down to aesthetics instead of functionality. Them look nice but they do not perform as well as a frequently used cast iron pan.
 
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Yep. The same goes with lightweight cast iron. It got super hot and was another pain to cook with. I'm sticking with my Lodge.
 
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