Cast iron cookware is widely variable in quality and cost. You can buy $12 skillets or $200 skillets made from the same materials. Camp Chef has always produced high-quality cast iron at affordable prices, and their new Heritage line brings the characteristics of the most expensive pans at a price you can afford.
Heritage Cast Iron
Camp Chef’s new Heritage collection is designed to fit in with your highest-end kitchen tools, but it’s still campground-tough. This line is comparable to $200 cast iron skillets.
The key thing expensive pans offer is a machined finish, creating a much smoother cooking surface. Traditionally, cast iron cookware has relied on the seasoned finish to provide a smooth and easily cleaned surface. The machined finish allows for smoothness with less seasoning. It also means that if you end up re-seasoning your pans, they’ll be ready to use with less effort.
The Heritage skillets and dutch ovens are machined and seasoned, ready to use out of the box and they do it starting at $49.99.
The pans are the same thickness as their original cookware, less the machining that takes off the outermost texture on the cooking surface. The dutch ovens are leg-less for use on electric ranges.
Along with the machining, the new skillets and dutch ovens feature cool-touch handles and shiny steel lid handles. The rubber handles are oven-safe, but you should be careful about using them in a campfire. Using them on camp stoves is fine.
Camp Chef’s new Heritage collection includes a 10″ skillet, 12″ skillet, 10″ dutch oven, and a 12″ dutch oven priced $49.99, $64.99, $69.99, and $84.99 respectively. They will be available from Camp Chef starting this month, February 2022.