Q&A Cast iron vs steel

QandA Posted By QandA, Oct 5, 2001 at 2:20 PM

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    I have a chance to purchase a cast iron stove in seemingly excellent condition I have had however no experience with cast iron since I have only had steel stoves. I have been told that cast iron will easily warp or crack under high heat . I only burn birch which gives of a fair amount of heat. I would appreciate any advice you can give. the offer is only on the table for the next two days



    Answer:

    No, it will not easily crack or warp under high heat, and that is why your car engine block is most likely made from cast iron. Of course, the brand does make a difference. There are excellent cast iron stoves from companies like Jotul (http://jotulflame.com) ....but in the past there have been some poorly made cast stoves imported from taiwan.


    Long story short...make sure the brand is well known and parts are available.

    Link: Jotul Web Site
     
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