Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch Review

Lodge LPGI3 Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch, Black

  • Foundry seasoned, ready to use upon purchase.
  • Use on all cooking surfaces, grills and campfires
  • Some induction tops may not be compatible with double-burner griddles
  • Features grease trap on each side, Oven Safe
  • 20 inch x 10.44 inch.
The Lodge Cast Iron reversible Grill/Griddle features a slight slope for a generous grease gutter. The Grill/Griddle measures 20-inches x 10.44-inches with an actual cooking surface is 19.25-inch x 8.5-inch, serious enough to straddle either a campfire or two burners on your stovetop. The reversible feature, of this crowd-pleasing cooker, means you can use the smooth side for cooking flapjacks, eggs, and grilled cheese sandwiches, and the ridged grill side for hamburgers, steaks and sausages. A

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3 Comments on “Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch Review
  1. 1,612 of 1,652 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t even THINK of trying another griddle, May 1, 2005
    By 
    L. Bernstein (Indiana) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch (Kitchen)
    I absolutely adore this griddle, and I use it almost every day.

    At first, I wasn’t sure that I wanted a cast iron griddle. They are HEAVY and not dishwasher safe . . . so I tried a few nonstick brands first –top dollar brands with high ratings.

    I hated them. The nonstick surface was inferior. On a reversible griddle, the underside became sticky and difficult to clean. The heat was distributed unevenly. One claimed to be dishwasher safe, yet when I put it in the dishwasher, some of the nonstick surface came off.

    I am extremely health conscious, and I use very little oil when I cook. Food often stuck to the “non-stick” surface — go figure.

    I wanted to find a great griddle that I could use for many things, including cooking like the chefs in Japanese Steak Houses — I dreamed of using a small dash of my favorite oil and flinging shrimp, chicken and veggies on the griddle like a pro. No, I didn’t think I could toss my tools in the air or catch the shrimp in my pocket . . . I just wanted the flavor and the ease of cooking.

    By this time, I was on a quest, and the non-stick stuff just wasn’t cutting it. I did a little research, and I learned that pros recommend the Lodge griddle, so despite my apprehension, I thought I’d give it a try.

    Wow! The pre-seasoned surface is perfect and better than any non-stick surface I have ever used. Just a tiny bit of non-stick spray is all I need, and everything from pancakes to eggs flip with ease. Grilling Japanese style works perfectly.

    On the grill side: whole steaks, chicken, fish — fabulous, fast, and everything has those beautiful grill lines. Nice for grilled vegetables, too.

    The griddle is indeed heavy, but it’s okay. I wouldn’t recommend lifting it if you have serious muscle or joint problems, and I wouldn’t want to drop it on my foot, but otherwise, go for it. I’m a softie, and if I can handle it, so can you.

    As for not being able to put the griddle in the dishwasher: I don’t believe I’m going to say this, but I don’t care about having to handwash it. The griddle cleans so easily, a few swipes and I’m done. If I forget to clean it and wake up to it the next morning (okay, so I’m not Suzy Homemaker), I just lay it straight across the top of my sink — not IN the sink, but rather, balanced from edge to edge, on top . . . and I run a little water over it, let it set for a few minutes, and it’s easy to clean.

    A word of advice: Just as it says in the instructions, you need to clean the griddle without soap (water only) to preserve the pre-seasoned finish. However, should you want to use soap, you can. There are instructions included in how to re-season the griddle — it’s easy.

    I frankly didn’t like the idea of not cleaning with soap. I didn’t feel as though the germs were destroyed . . . but soap doesn’t really kill germs, it merely works as a surfactant that makes water wetter so things become easier to clean.

    If you want to kill germs, heat is one of the best ways to do it. Every time you use the griddle, you preheat it on the range for about five minutes or so — you’re killing far more germs than if you had used soap!

    You can also rub your griddle with a very light coating of oil, stick it in a hot oven and disinfect it that way (this is also similar to how you reseason it).

    This is one of the easiest, most wonderful kitchen tools I own. It is a breeze to use, I feel like a pro flipping all that food around. Everything comes out great, and it is very easy to use, and food does not stick.

    I have since added six more pieces of cast iron to my collection, one triangle cornbread/scone, a round muffin/biscuit, and four cast iron skillets. Two of the skillets are antique — talk about well-seasoned! I do not use the bread/muffin bakers as much as I thought I would, but I use the skillets almost every day. I love them.

    PS: I remember reading somewhere that using cast iron also adds iron to your diet — not sure how true or how much, but if it does, it is a nice extra, yes?

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  2. 691 of 717 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Does exactly what it should, November 10, 2007
    This review is from: Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch (Kitchen)
    Goodness – I see two chief complaints posted here: First, some people say it’s heavy. Well, yes, it is. It’s over 200 square inches of iron, folks. The weight is clearly advertised, so I’m having a hard time understanding this complaint. The second complaint some have is uneven heating. Lodge could fix that – all they have to do is make it thicker – and much heavier, and even more people would be unhappy about the weight.

    Since the number of comments about the weight and the uneven heating seem about equal, I’d say Lodge did a great job of hitting a happy middle ground. Personally, I count on a little uneven heating, I’ll sear breakfast chops on one end over a high burner and flip eggs on the other over a lower burner – I’ve even been known to run mine on just one burner, cooking on one end and warming on the other. When I was a grill cook, that’s how I ran my grill, hotter at one end. You also have to allow for some “settle time” for cast iron – compared to aluminum, it’s a fairly slow heat conductor, which gives cast iron it’s wonderful thermal stability. But it takes time for the heat to distribute, so give it a few minutes.

    I can’t comment on the factory coating – I strip and season the cooking surfaces on all my iron, new or used. I made one modification to mine, which Andrew pointed out – I took a dremel and ground a shallow notch in the outer lip of one end of the grease gutter to help pouring the grease out – if you do this, be sure to smooth the edges of the notch to avoid heat stress cracks – they love to start at sharp corners – and don’t make it too deep – just a small notch makes a big difference when dumping grease.

    While I’m at it – I’m a heretic – a blasphemer – an apostate. My confession? I sometimes clean mine with soap – to be more precise, detergent, which most modern dish soaps actually are. I think the “no soap” thing is a bit of mythology that’s come down to us from Great-Grandma, whose dish soap was basically lye and some type of animal fat (my grandma used bacon grease for her soap). So yeah, maybe lye soap was a bad idea, but it had a very different chemistry from today’s dish detergents, and as far as I can tell, modern detergent won’t touch the baked-on grundge on the bottom of my aluminum and enamel cookware, and they don’t touch my properly seasoned iron either. I do always make sure to rinse very thoroughly, and re-oil after cleaning, however, as that thin film of oil is life to cast iron.

    I love this grill on the cooktop, but if you want to see this beauty at it’s best, and you have at least a 20″ charcoal grill, set it on your charcoal grate and have some fun. I don’t think mine ever cooled off during the week or so after hurricane Charley, while we had no electricity. I had stocked up on hardwood charcoal before the storm, and as my neighbor’s fridges warmed, and their freezers thawed, they kept bringing me food to cook before it spoiled – and of course, they shared with the cook. The neighbors saved some of their food, the Lodge grill got quite a workout, and my family ate very well!

    It’s a well-made product. It’s American. And it’s a great value. What’s not to love? Just don’t drop it on your foot – did I mention it’s heavy?

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  3. 174 of 183 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Grill!, May 23, 2009
    By 
    Sam

    This review is from: Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch (Kitchen)
    This is my first review on amazon so people may not find it reliable, but let me just say that the only reason I never reviewed anything before is cuz I never found something this great!

    I am a home chef and I spent months, literally MONTHS, deciding on an indoor grill. I was really hesitant to get cast iron because so many were complaining about food sticking, burning, etc. but I had heard wayyy too much negativity about electric/non-stick grills and griddles. So after reading almost all 200-something of the reviews for this product, I decided to give it a shot.

    Based on all the reviews, I knew I should probably season this thing before the first use, but I was too excited to try it out right away. I went with some “experimental” pancakes (just mixed water into flour and baking powder) so that if they were ruined, it wouldn’t be too much of a loss. I took the advice of all the others and was careful about pre-heating, timing, temperature control, etc. This was my first time cooking with cast iron so I was really positive that my first try wouldn’t be successful — but lo and behold, PERFECT PANCAKES! They were all the exact same, solid, golden brown color and perfectly cooked through. They didn’t stick at all even though I hadn’t seasoned the griddle (just brushed lightly with oil before pouring on the batter), and I think the reason people are having problems with sticking is because they try to turn the food over too soon. You have to wait for the first side to be COMPLETELY done, and you’ll know it’s completely done when one slight push will release it from the surface. I don’t think there’s really anything that would get stuck so badly that high heat wouldn’t release it, so even if you have some particles of food stuck, just crank up the heat until they loosen up.

    Obviously, it wasn’t as slick and smooth as non-stick, but I’m positive that with a few more seasonings, it would be pretty darn close and will give you better tasting, better quality food. I also don’t understand why people are making such an issue out of having to season it and calling it “hard work.” All you’re doing is brushing it with oil and sticking it in the oven, probably once a month depending on how much you use it. What’s so hard about that?

    I haven’t tried the grill side yet so maybe I won’t have as much luck with meat on the first try, but the plate definitely does heat up and cook EVENLY and quickly, so I’m not as skeptical as I was before. I think it’s just a matter of patience and practice, trial and error. If you’re into different cooking techniques, particularly grilling, this is definitely worth getting. But if you’re buying this without having any real grilling or cast iron experience and think it would be as simple as throwing some ingredients on and watching them transform into a delicious meal without any effort, you are likely to be disappointed. You really have to learn how to use it properly to get good results. Using this grill requires patience, time, knowledge, and effort, but it’s well worth it in the end!!

    Oh and by the way, it’s really not THAT heavy. If I can move it around without too much strain, anyone can (I’m about 5 ft tall and 90 lbs)

    EDIT (5/17/10): I have been using this grill regularly for a year now and fully stand by what I said before — this is a cooking tool that you have to learn how to use and if done properly, you will fall in LOVE with this thing. I now enjoy delicious steaks/bbq chicken/grilled corn on the cob/etc all throughout winter instead of just summer. Yes you do have to season it regularly (I use this grill probably once a week and season it very well once a month.) I lovvve the griddle side as well for pancakes, french toast, sautee’ing veggies.. the large surface makes it sooo much easier than using a frying pan when making big batches of these things. You name it, this grill can do it. PLEEEASE don’t get nonstick, it will be a total waste of your money when the enamel starts sticking to food and peeling off. This is a great item to have for anyone who enjoys cooking. I will mention again that it takes patience and practice, just like outdoor grilling.

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