– Very durable
– Very versatile
– Almost unbreakable
– Food sticks quickly when used incorrectly
The Lodge Combo Cooker is one of our most versatile utensils. It can be used as a classic pan as well as a roaster. You can bake, braise, broil, fry, grill, roast, sauté, and sear almost anything. In addition, it is very well processed and the price very reasonable.
The disadvantages: the weight and the susceptibility to rust. You can live with both and the susceptibility to rust is the same with other iron pans.
Lodge is a family-owned company based in South Pittsburg (Tennessee). It was originally founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896. With over 100 years of experience Lodge has become renowned for producing the finest cast iron cookware in the world. In fact, it is the only remaining manufacturer of cast iron cookware in the USA! The company is probably best known for its Dutch Oven.
Lodge Combo Cooker Review
The disadvantages: the weight and the susceptibility to rust if treated wrong. You can live with both and the rust problem is the same with other iron pans.
The lodge Combi-Cooker is very often used in my kitchen. The combination pot / high pan and low pan can be used for many purposes.
I became aware of the Lodge Combo Cooker in two ways: Tim Ferriss recommends the Combo Cooker for his cooking course in his book “The 4 Hour Chef“. And Chad Robertson, one of the best American bakers, recommends the Combo Cooker for baking bread in his famous book “Tartine Bread“.
Material and Workmanship
The Combo-Cooker is made in the USA. It consists of a pan and a kind of pot, both with a diameter of 10 inch / 26 cm. The pan has a height of 1.6 inch / 4,1 cm. Both are made of cast iron. The pot and pan each have a counter handle to make it easier to hold. The pans arrive already seasoned which is very convenient. Additional seasoning is not absolutely necessary. The workmanship is excellent, these pans last forever.
Handling of the Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron Combo Cooker
The biggest disadvantage of the Lodge Combo-Cooker: it is very heavy. The skillet and pot weigh 13.2 pound / 6 kg together, the pan 6.6 pound / 3 kg of which, the pot 6.6 pound / 3 kg as well. This makes the two parts the heaviest cookware we have ever tested. Swiveling the pan becomes very tiring in the long run. Therefore the two pans have only a short handle: with a longer handle, the pans could hardly be lifted. Due to the opposite grips, however, the pan and pot can be lifted easy. However, it is hardly possible to swivel the pan.
But their weight is also their great strength: the pans can store a great deal of energy. That’s why the Combo Cooker is so suitable for baking bread: it replaces a hot stone and serves as a vessel to hold the steam.
This allows the bread to rise much better and gives it a better crust. The flat pan is also very good for baking pizzas, and here too it replaces a pizza stone.
We found a better crust could be produced with a cast-iron pan than with a pizza stone. This is because the iron pan stores more heat and releases it to the food. The combination also cuts a very good figure on the grill and open fire, the cast iron easily withstands high temperatures.
Thermal Properties of the Skillet
Due to its mass, the pan of the Combo cooker takes longer to warm up than other pans: To get to 212° F / 100° C it takes 1:53 minutes, to reach 392° F / 200° C 3:06 minutes. Due to its thickness, however, it has a very good heat distribution and is very evenly hot: at 392° F / 200° C it had only a temperature difference of 38.5° F / 3,6° C. It also stores heat for a very long time. Unfortunately, the handle also gets very hot and should only be handled with a good pot holder.
Long-Term Test Lodge Combo Cooker
You will be able to pass the Lodge Combo Cooker on to your grandchildren if you treat it right. A recommendation which we are happy to make. Due to the thickness of the material, nothing distorts this cookware. The only thing that can harm the Lodge Combo Cooker is rust. Therefore, dry your pan immediately after cleaning.
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Technical Details of the Lodge Combo Cooker
|Diameter pan bottom||7.9 inch / 20 cm|
|Height without handle||1.6 inch / 4,1 cm|
|Height with handle||1.6 inch / 4,1 cm|
|Length with handle||16.5 inch / 42 cm|
|Weight||6.6 pound / 3 kg|
|Bake in oven||Suitable for any temperature in a normal household oven|
|Time to reach 212° F / 100° C||1:53 minutes|
|Time to reach 392° F / 200° C||3:06 minutes|
|Temperature difference edge and |
middle of the pan
|55.4° F / 13° C at 212° F / 100° C|
38° F / 3,6° C at 392° F / 200° C