Lodge Pro Logic Cast Iron Wok Review

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Continuing on my path of searching for my next wok, I came across Lodge Pro Logic 14″ Cast Iron Wok. This wok will not back down from a face-off with the most expensive aluminum and stainless steel cookware on the market for even heating, heat retention, durability and value.

This wok reminds me of the one we had in China. Our family wok was made of cast iron as well.

For so long, I thought the wok looked so primitive and unsophisticated, but now I know better. No wonder I couldn’t replicate the flavor and taste of my dad’s stir-fry dishes, partly because I didn’t have the right wok nor the right heat source.

With this wok, you’ll have both to cook up some scrumptious dishes your whole family will enjoy.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Helpful Tips | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacity: 6 Quarts

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This wok is measured as 14″ in diameter and 4 1/2 inches deep, which is small or large enough for families of all sizes. Mind you a wok is not just for making classic Chinese stir-fries, you can also use it for making soups, stewing a one-pot meal, etc. Be creative and use the best heat transfer and heat retention to your advantage.

Heating: No High-Tech, Just Pure Cast Iron Goodness

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This Lodge Pro Logic wok is made of cast iron. In case you are not familiar with cast iron cookware, there are two types. One is called “bare cast iron” and the other is “enameled cast iron”. The latter has an enamel glaze over the cast iron to prevents rusting and for easy cleaning.

Made of bare cast iron, this wok is made of a single piece of metal. The benefits of cast iron cookware are numerous. First off, it withstands very high temperature and retains such for a long time. It’s excellent for searing meats and also good for stewing or braising tougher cuts of meat over medium to low temperatures. It’s also versatile to brown meats on the stove top and be transferred to a hot oven to finish the job.

This wok has an improved design appeal with rolled edges and curved lines unlike the traditional cast iron cookware that only focus on function, but not form.

The other beautiful thing about this wok is that it is pre-seasoned through an “electrostatic” vegetable oil spray system so you don’t have to do anything but enjoying this wok from the get-go. This pre-seasoned process also creates a non-stick finish that will prolong the life of the wok as well as prevents food from sticking. The non-sticking part works well when you have it on high heat.

This Pro Logic wok is designed with a flat bottom that fits on most of the electric or gas ranges without a ring to keep the it stationary while cooking. This also makes it more efficient for heat transfer from the burner to the wok without the space in between. The wok also has a set of large loop handles for you to hold on with a pair of mitts.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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No Ph.D Is Required

Using this wok is as intuitive as it gets. Turn on the heat, heat up the wok with olive or your preferred cooking oil. Then slide your ingredients down in the wok. Since it’s cast iron, it will take few minutes to heat up the wok. But once the temperature is reached, it will not going to cool down or boil/steam your food as the other cookware.

It’s quite heavy so you won’t be able to do the fancy flipping tricks as you’ve seen the professional chefs do in their kitchen. It’ll be hard for you to lift the wok to pour out the stir-fry right from the wok. You will have to scoop everything out, one scoop at a time.

So Many Ways to Clean and to Maintain

There are almost as many schools of thoughts on how to clean as the number of brands out there.

Some people suggest you never wash cast iron cookware. Cleaning the wok is to scrub the stuff out of it and season it with a lightly oiled paper towel or a kitchen rag. Other people recommend you wash it with hot water and a stiff brush. Still another, like Alton Brown, the nerdy chef on the FoodNetwork uses coarse salt to scrub the pot and clean it with a paper towel or a rag.

The Lodge manufacturer instructs that you wash the wok by hand with hot water. Some customers mentioned they’d re-season the wok from time to time. All you need to do is to clean the wok and let it dry naturally or on the burner. Then rub some cooking oil on the inside of the wok and heat the wok in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Where to Store

Finding a storage space for this wok might be a bit challenging for some people as it is large and heavy. I thought about buying a heavy duty baker’s rack to keep some of the cookware in the open as decorative pieces as well as for real cookware when I need them. If you store it in the kitchen cupboard, you may want to do so on the bottom shelf as it adds quite a bit weight. Just a thought.

Other Features – P14W3

Color: Black

Dimensions (inches): 14″ inches in diameter and 4 1/2 inches deep, weighing about 13 pounds.

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips

  1. Wipe down the wok with a damp cloth before the first use and coat it with a few drops of cooking oil.
  2. Only use a wooden, plastic or silicone spoon and spatula for cooking to prevent from scratching the cooking surface.
  3. When stir-frying, use high heat from 10 to 15 depending on the types of ingredients so you won’t stew the dish as you would on an electric stove-top.
  4. Make sure your kitchen counter is heat-proof for the wok to be placed on. Otherwise, take necessary measures not to damage the kitchen counter.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5There were over 160 customer reviews on Amazon at the time of this review. It garnered a 4.7 star rating and 139 people gave it straight 5-stars. Many people loved the fact that it was a beautifully crafted and superbly made wok. It made it possible to make restaurant quality stir-fry dishes at home. Life-time warranty? In this day and age, you can count in one hand how many kitchen appliances and utensils in the world offer a life-time warranty.

Pros and Cons

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ProsIt is made of heavy cast iron that excels optimal heat transfer and heat retention. Meats seared at high temperature quickly preserve the juice and flavor better. The flat bottom can fit on a flat surface without sliding or wobbling. The pre-seasoned interior makes it so convenient to start cooking as soon as you take it out of the box. The non-stick surface allows you to cook all sorts of foods, including cornbread and scrambled eggs without sticking (at the right temperature).

ConsIt’s heavy. Handling it can be a challenge and maneuverability is very limited with 13 pounds in weight, plus the food. Cleaning takes a bit more TLC than other cookware. It takes a dedicated space for storage due to its weight and size.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Pro Logic Cast Iron Wok

As I mentioned earlier, Lodge offers life-time warranty for this wok. I checked the price on Lodge’s own website, it is listed over $35 more than the price on Amazon. Do your comparison shopping first when you are ready to buy and make sure you get the best value for your money.

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