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Should I return this carbon steel pan?

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  • klflowers
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    My 12" made in cs pan is slightly warped and I just got it. I am not sure how it warped, but they are going to replace it. I really like the pans, I also have a 10" and the paella pan.

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  • DavidNorcross
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    Carbon steel will warp if it gets too much heat too quickly. The key to cooking with warming it slowly.

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  • MT_Cinnabear
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    I have a set of Misen carbon steel and really like them. I wanted the Made In but they were a little pricey for me.
    it took a lot of work to season the carbon steel, even more than my cast iron collection (I have almost 39 pieces that are 50-120 years old) but I have to say that the Misen cooks really evenly and holds heat well.

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  • Allon
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    I have never ever had a problem with my wok.
    I'll have to drag it out and take some pictures.

  • rickgregory
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    First, you should absolutely return it. Second, this is why my carbon pans are Winco, from the restaurant supply store. No prizes for looks, but then work quite well and are inexpensive

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  • Uncle Bob
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    I thought I was going to have a solution for you with the 14" deBuyer pan like the one I have, but everywhere I looked online it's labeled discontinued. Sucker looks at least twice the thickness of the one you pictured. It weighs almost 7 lbs...........for reference, the Made In you might be thinking of weighs just over 4. No help here, sorry.

    edit: this one(s) look close, German steel supposedly: Amazon.com: Matfer Bourgeat Black Carbon Steel Paella Pan, 14 1/8" : Home & Kitchen
    Last edited by Uncle Bob; August 6, 2022, 02:58 PM.

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  • rickgregory
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    Carbon steel shouldnt warp like that new unless it's really thin. There's a line between being thin enough to get the advantages like quick temp change and thick enough to resist warping. You want about 2-3mm thick steel.

  • Oak Smoke
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    If you know a body shop guy he could pull it flat with a shrinking hammer on the under side, too much trouble.

  • DogFaced PonySoldier
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    I get it, and I understand the science behind it... I'm just not sure it's worth the hassle. Yeah, I'm an 'instant gratification' kind of guy, I guess. We'll see...

  • texastweeter
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    Good products

  • Bkhuna
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    I have a 12. in Made In carbon steel pan. I noticed when I got the skillet that it would be absolutely flat when I started cooking but would develop the smallest of rocking after heating up. This is what Made In says:

    Carbon steel can warp if heated or cooled too quickly which happens most frequently on glass stovetops and induction ranges or by running a hot pan under the faucet. This is a result of the exceptional conductivity of carbon steel as a metal.

    Tips to introduce heat to your carbon steel pan:
    • Heat your pan with low-medium heat
    • Introduce a fat, oil or protein and then add heat gradually
    • Never leave your pan exposed to heat for extended periods of time and never when empty
    • Use a burner that is sized appropriately to the pan and will heat the surface evenly
    I don't have the problem since I started following these instructions.
    Last edited by Bkhuna; August 15, 2022, 04:42 AM.

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  • DogFaced PonySoldier
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    Kinda my thought, too - I thought about taking a mallet to it and making flatter, but I don't think I'm ever going to get it to be as "right" as I want it.

    And I do think it's probably too big - if I replace it with another, I think I'll do a 13" or so.

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  • Oak Smoke
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    I think you should return it. It would more trouble than it’s worth to fix it and it will never get better on it’s own.

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  • bmillin
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    The dome seems like a flaw, so I'd return it. Also wouldn't expect it to transfer much heat outside of where you apply it. I have a 15" lodge skillet and it really doesn't cook much outside of the burner range. It is great on a grill, open fire or wood stove though.

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  • RonB
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    I think it should be flat right out of the box. And since it already has a domed shape, heating will accentuate the dome. Send it back.

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