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When I was looking to purchase this for my grill I wanted to know if this could double as a cooking skillet. Pictures on Amazon and on the lodge website never showed the inside or the bottom good enough to make a determination. Reviews on Amazon were mixed with some saying "yes" and some saying "no". I couldn't get a straight answer so I took a chance. I wanted the item for adding wood chips of my choice for flavor on the grill, I like lodge products, so it wasn't a huge deal breaker if it couldn't double as a cooking skillet. SO, I'm here to tell everyone that this CANNOT double as a cooking skillet. If you're looking at this because you think you can cook eggs, bacon, and other food in here look elsewhere. There are holes in the lid AND holes in the bottom. This is for smoking wood chips in a grill and nothing more. I just wanted to make it clear since apparently some reviewers think you can cook in a skillet with holes in the bottom.
While this is in the familiar shape of a Lodge skillet, it is not. Both top and bottom have teardrop holes for smoker chips. I found the holes a little large. I got this for a propane smoker that does not have a chip tray or anything. Unfortunately, this Lodge chip pan doesn't quite fit for My application. Also, due to the propane flame, it burned off nearly all the seasoning to the cast iron. While surely this would work well in other applications, such as on a BBQ grill to add smoke, I will continue to look for a more appropriate chip tray for my Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain smoker. I will also keep this cast iron because it is quality and I can easily reseason and reuse.
At first, I thought this pan was small and couldn't find a larger one, so i bought 2. After using one, I realized if there was a larger size, there would be no room for food on the grill. Packed it with wood chip/chunks until the lid just barely touching the pan.
End result, the flavor penetrated all the way through the meat. Way better than placing wet chips on the coals, and using less.
I had relatively low expectations but works great and really does add smoke flavor with basically no fuss. Just get it ready and throw it on before preheating the grill. It’ll be smoking by the time the steaks hit the grill. I now use it every time which says a lot since I don’t like any BS I can avoid.