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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Streetsboro, Ohio, USA
Living In: Ravenna, Ohio, USA
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I have a cast-iron skillet question. Can you use them on the glass-top stoves? I'm considering a new stove and if I can't use my cast-iron skillet on a glass-top I don't want one.

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Last updated: Feb. 4, 2013 9:35 am
Posted: Feb. 3, 2013 11:15 am
Commented by: Scotdog
Feb. 3, 2013 11:15 am
I've read you shouldn't. But, I use it on mine. I guess if I accidentally dropped it on there, it could crack my stove.
Feb. 3, 2013 11:16 am
But, mine is older. I might have a hard time using it on a brand new one. I agree with you, it's not worth it, lol!
Mother Ann
Feb. 3, 2013 11:18 am
I thought the reason behind not using cast-iron was the chance of dropping and breaking but I wasn't sure. A friend told me it would scratch the stove-top also. I just would be sure not to drag it around on the stove top, if that's the only reason.
Deb C
Feb. 3, 2013 11:19 am
I would be very hesitant to use it on a glass-top stove. I'd say no.
Mother Ann
Feb. 3, 2013 11:20 am
Deb C - Would you be hesitant just for the reason of scratching or dropping it and breaking your stove-top? Or what is the reasoning?
Deb C
Feb. 3, 2013 11:25 am
Mostly scratching because I know I would ruin my top the way I cook. Also, it is a very heavy pan and you'd have to be very careful it didn't slip from your hand.
Feb. 3, 2013 11:26 am
Our stove is a ten y.o. Kenmore and said not to use cast iron on the glass top because it could crack the glass. We've never tried it. We just use it on the grill or in our camper. That said, I've been asking lots of glass top stove owners and they say they use it with no problem. I'm tempted to try it, I love cooking with my cast iron pans and pots.
Commented by: Don
Feb. 3, 2013 11:17 am
Hi, normally can use on any decent stove top, glass included. I don't see a problem for you. Hope helps. cheers.
Mother Ann
Feb. 3, 2013 11:19 am
Thanks, Don!
Feb. 3, 2013 11:20 am
I've been using my cast iron cookware on my glass stove top for year over two years with no problems.
Feb. 3, 2013 11:21 am
Hi, obviously don't drop on top. cheers,
Feb. 3, 2013 11:23 am
they say no- but i do daily- very carfully:-)
Feb. 3, 2013 11:25 am
I have a glass top stove and always use cast iron on it. I just don't slide/move while it's on there. Never had a problem.
Feb. 3, 2013 11:25 am
oops carefully
Feb. 3, 2013 11:29 am
when we got that new stove a couple of years ago and the book said no cast iron- i didn't for about 6 months- but the withdrawal was so bad - i said well - i didn't buy a warrany anyway so what the heck:-)i don't know how anyone cooks without cast iron
Mother Ann
Feb. 3, 2013 11:38 am
Thanks everyone! I'll probably go with glass top and use my cast-iron. The rebel in me will make me! LOL
Cat Hill
Feb. 3, 2013 11:42 am
I have cracked one glass stove top by dropping the lid to my dutch oven on it. I only have 1 smooth bottom cast iron skillet so I rarely use it. Supposedly the danger is 1 scratching, 2 dropping and 3 if your skillet is wider than the burner the heat buildup can cause it to break or so I have been told. This is my 3rd glass top and to be honest, my last! The only thing I like about it is ease of cleaning beyond that I'd really rather have something else. I miss my cast iron!
Mother Ann
Feb. 3, 2013 11:56 am
Thanks, Cat. Now I have things to ponder.....
Feb. 4, 2013 9:35 am
I have a glass stove top and I do occasionally use my cast iron skillet. I am just careful not to move it around on the burner and of course to not drop it. It does make some kind of spots on the glass which is easily cleaned of with comet cleanser. Yes, I said comet cleanser. I use that daily on my glass top and it looks like new still and it is 11 years old. I bought one bottle of the special cleanser and said enough of that. Too expensive and comet does a better job of cleaning it.
Commented by: Grammy5
Feb. 3, 2013 12:09 pm
When we purchased our glass top stove, the sales rep said that cast iron, including the enameled variety holds the heat so well that it could cause the top to crack. I have friends who use iron regularly and have said they have had no problems. It should be noted that if you do use the iron, make sure the bottom is perfectly flat. There is one type out there that has a slight ridge around the outside edge. This will keep the bottom of the pan from coming in contact with the burner. Also, I've noticed that the stove top of the friend who uses the iron pans has a slight "halo" around the outside edge of the burner. I'm not saying that iron pans caused it, but....
Feb. 3, 2013 2:16 pm
I would check the owner's manual for the particular brand of stove you buy, advice from different manufactuer's tends to vary. With all glass top stoves, pans heat more evenly if flat and not warped. Even an old stainless steel pan won't cook as efficiently if warped due to years of use. I have a glass top stove and find them a pain to keep clean, I would never buy one again. You CONSTANTLY have to clean it after cooking even if nothing was spilled. The supposed advantage of that type of surface is offset by the need to continually clean. You also have to be care to not scratch the glass surface and should never slide pans around on the surface regardless of what they are made from.
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