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Jun 13th, 2016 at 1:31am
 
I have fallen in love with the cast waffle irons.   The problem is, well, I know nothing about them other than I think they are beautiful  and really neat.   When I purchase one, it will be a user.   I would like a nice one.  I would like one that will hold its value.    Is there anything to look out for when buying?  Specific damage, missing parts, wear areas, etc..? What is a good price range?  I am not scared of a really cruddy and dirty one that needs some tlc.  In fact, I prefer that.   One, for the lower price, two, for the fun in cleaning it up and ringing it back to life.    I will be using it on an electric stove with traditional coil burners.   Do I need a low base or high base? 

Please help me.  I need Waffles.  Smiley
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Reply #1 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 1:44am
 
A high base was the one design for modern ranges. As the paddles can rotate or flip without hitting the burner, or electric eye. The low base was designed for use in a wood/coal burning stove with the "eye" removed. the waffle paddles, when rotated, would swing through that eye hole when flipped to the other side. Does that make sense to you?
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Reply #2 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 1:47am
 
That makes perfect sense.   So, I will be looking for a high base.  How bout the other stuff?
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Reply #3 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 1:52am
 
What type of stove do you plan on using it on?
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Reply #4 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 2:01am
 
  I will be using it on an electric stove with traditional coil burners.
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Reply #5 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 3:33am
 
Tommy, for cooking on coil burners you would want a round as opposed to square or rectangular waffle iron, high base as Dwayne recommended,#7 or #8 size. I will warn you they are a PITA to season so you may want to consider buying a WI cleaned and seasoned from a WAGS member.

Personally, I prefer the metal handles.  It is risky to treat wood handled WIs in a lye bath since you have to keep the handles out of the water.  But the handles are a matter of preference.  I hope this helps.
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Reply #6 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 3:40am
 
The #7 Griswold New American, High Base, Coil Handles is the one I got to use on my Electric range... fits the coil burner perfectly, and flips through with no lifting. (The #8 High Base requires a little 'lift' when flipping the paddles).

The Problem Is, that it is in such excellent, perfect condition, that it looks too pretty in the display case... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  and now I don't want to get it all dirty! Cheesy Cheesy
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Reply #7 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 5:26am
 
Cheryl Watson wrote on Jun 13th, 2016 at 3:40am:
The #7 Griswold New American, High Base, Coil Handles is the one I got to use on my Electric range... fits the coil burner perfectly, and flips through with no lifting. (The #8 High Base requires a little 'lift' when flipping the paddles).

The Problem Is, that it is in such excellent, perfect condition, that it looks too pretty in the display case... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  and now I don't want to get it all dirty! Cheesy Cheesy


Grin Grin Grin Cheryl I know EXACTLY what you mean. When I want to put a piece back into the workforce I look for the fugliest piece cause I don't want to use a nice pretty one, or I'll mess it up.  Embarrassed Grin
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Reply #8 - Jun 13th, 2016 at 10:48am
 
EVERYONE gets the urge to try it and you usually do. But most of the time they are just displayed Wink Have used tall & short frames on an electric range. Have your dog close at hand to gobble up the mistakes Grin
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Reply #9 - Jun 21st, 2016 at 2:20am
 
I have a Griswold #8 with a low base. It works just fine on my electric range, although it does require an extra lift when flipping it.

A couple key observations from my experience.

1. Season it a couple of times before trying to use it, and add some extra oil to the batter. If you (a) have enough oil and (b) there is a good coat of seasoning and (c) the waffle iron is at the right temperature, the waffles shouldn't stick at all. (More on (c) in a moment.)

2. When cooking, flip the waffle iron twice: once immediately after pouring the batter, and once after a minute or two. Then leave it on the heat for another minute or two. The first flip ensures that both the top and bottom paddles are sufficiently hot to get it cooked nicely on both sides without burning or being doughy.

3. My electric range seems to like the heat being on about a medium setting. If it's too hot, your waffle will burn on one side, and the resulting crispy critter will be difficult to remove. Too low and it won't get cooked or browned. Early on, err on the side of too short a cook time, rather than too long. It's easy to add cook time, but impossible to take it away if you go too far.

4. Use a thicker batter. It reduces the risk of having an overflow onto the burner and makes fluffier waffles.
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Reply #10 - Jun 27th, 2016 at 5:14pm
 
I got a #8 Alfred Andreson Heart Shaped Waffle Iron, with a short base.  I have used it a couple of times, but it mostly stayed on display.

The first batch of waffles I made on it was from a recipe that was part of a 1905 ad for that exact waffle iron.

I used the short based iron on a ceramic top range.  I just lifted the iron up to about 45 degrees before flipping.  They came out great.
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Reply #11 - Jun 28th, 2016 at 2:26am
 
Roger Muse wrote on Jun 27th, 2016 at 5:14pm:
I got a #8 Alfred Andreson Heart Shaped Waffle Iron, with a short base.  I have used it a couple of times, but it mostly stayed on display.

The first batch of waffles I made on it was from a recipe that was part of a 1905 ad for that exact waffle iron.

I used the short based iron on a ceramic top range.  I just lifted the iron up to about 45 degrees before flipping.  They came out great.


Would you mind posting that recipe? It sounds interesting.
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Reply #12 - Jun 28th, 2016 at 4:44pm
 
Jonathan Sutton wrote on Jun 28th, 2016 at 2:26am:
Roger Muse wrote on Jun 27th, 2016 at 5:14pm:
I got a #8 Alfred Andreson Heart Shaped Waffle Iron, with a short base.  I have used it a couple of times, but it mostly stayed on display.

The first batch of waffles I made on it was from a recipe that was part of a 1905 ad for that exact waffle iron.

I used the short based iron on a ceramic top range.  I just lifted the iron up to about 45 degrees before flipping.  They came out great.


Would you mind posting that recipe? It sounds interesting.


The recipe as written was this:

"Take 2 cups flour, 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 eggs with whites and yolks beaten separately.  Have waffle iron hot and well greased."

There were no directions on the assembly of the component ingredients, so I put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and added all the wet, except the beaten egg whites.  Once mixed, I folded in the egg whites.

The recipe is either in an old advertisement posted somewhere here on WAGS, or possibly on CastIronCollector, can't remember which.
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Reply #13 - Jun 30th, 2016 at 4:14am
 
There are also some waffle recipes in the WAGS cookbook, which I hope to try soon.
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Reply #14 - Aug 4th, 2017 at 7:23pm
 
Jim Glatthaar wrote on Jun 30th, 2016 at 4:14am:
There are also some waffle recipes in the WAGS cookbook, which I hope to try soon.


Forgive me as Im a new member but is the WAGS cookbook still available for purchase?  I searched and could not find it.
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Reply #15 - Aug 4th, 2017 at 8:12pm
 
Jeffrey Lietzke wrote on Aug 4th, 2017 at 7:23pm:
Jim Glatthaar wrote on Jun 30th, 2016 at 4:14am:
There are also some waffle recipes in the WAGS cookbook, which I hope to try soon.


Forgive me as Im a new member but is the WAGS cookbook still available for purchase?  I searched and could not find it.


Excuse me if I'm mistaken but isn't the WAGS Cookbook on line and its free? That's what I was thinkin.  Undecided

AND, I wonder if that ole boy got his waffle iron up and running? Undecided Undecided
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Reply #16 - Aug 4th, 2017 at 9:45pm
 

The WAGS Cookbook is a Board on this Forum: 

http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=food


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Reply #18 - Aug 4th, 2017 at 10:25pm
 
Cheryl Watson wrote on Aug 4th, 2017 at 9:46pm:


Thank you Cheryl. I can use all the help I can get.  Smiley Smiley
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Reply #19 - Aug 6th, 2017 at 1:55pm
 
Cheryl Watson wrote on Aug 4th, 2017 at 9:45pm:
The WAGS Cookbook is a Board on this Forum: 

http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=food


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Reply #20 - Aug 6th, 2017 at 6:04pm
 
The waffle Irons are just like the waffles.  You can have just one  Wink
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