Originally Posted by Butcher
Im looking for cast iron pans and want to know what some good brands are. I checked out walmart and they had lodge logic pans and didn't like the interior surface, it seemed pretty rough.
Lodge is good, but as you say, the cooking surface is rough.
If you buy new Lodge, just take some 120-240 sandpaper and lightly sand the cooking surface until you have *about* 50% smooth (or bright) surface. Don't overdo it, you're just trying to knock the high spots off. Then season it, then start cooking bacon or sausage (or both!) in it.
Old Lodge, Griswald or Wagner cookware is great, but can be expensive.
I wouldn't buy or use chinese cast iron if you paid me.