Pros: consistant, even heat. durable. usable on/in range, oven, campfire, grill
Cons: Must be properly seasoned and cleaned. Does not come with a lid.
I've always loved the classics and you don't get much more classic than a cast iron skillet. The 10 1/4 inch skillet from Lodge is everything a cook could ask for. You could spend more time and money hunting down a Griswold or Wagner, but for bang for the buck, you can't beat the Lodge. I paid $15 USD at Bed Bath and Beyond. I've seen prices range from $12-20 online and in stores. If you like flea markets, you stand a good chance of scoring one for under $10. Don't let anyone trick you into paying more because it's "seasoned". (However a Griswold or old Wagner could cost you a bit more than the Lodge.)
I have two of these great skillets. One was purchased about 10 years... (read more)