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Thursday, September 9, 2010

If you're not a collector, this article will bore you - #7 skillet

You won't be much interested in this article unless you're a collector, but anyway.

Cast iron skillets used to be sold by size number; Now they're sold by diameter.

Lodge currently sells a 9 inch skillet, formerly known as a #6, and a 10 1/4 inch skillet, formerly known as a #8.

Pictured above is a Lodge #7 skillet, which is exactly 10 inches, and is no longer made.

They stopped making them because most consumers didn't care about the quarter inch size difference, and it was no longer cost effective.

There's nothing you can cook in a #7*, that you can't cook in a #8. It's only a quarter inch difference.

*Except pie; a #8 is a bit too large for a standard sized pie crust. The #7 is the same size as a cast iron pie pan, and has been called a "pie skillet".

If you can't get one of these skillets and you want to make pie, the Lodge 9 inch skillet works.


  1. Matt uses his Grizzy 8 for many, many things, but my Grizzy 7 is absolutely perfectly the right size for my apple pie, so my cherished #7 is my dedicated pie skillet. A #8 would be too big.

  2. Actually, this skillet is the exact same size as the cast iron pie pans.

    Before the pie pans, I used my 9 inch (#6) skillet for pies.

    My pro-logic sloped sided 12 inch is perfect for most dishes, it has slightly less volume than the regular 12 inch (#10) but more volume than the 10 1/4 inch (#8).

    I've always referred to the #8 as a 10 inch, now I'm going to have to change my habits and start calling it the 10 1/4 inch, since apparently they are indeed different...