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Old 03-18-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Square or Round Pie Irons?

I know it may be silly to ask this question, but I will be purchasing 2 pie irons and have narrowed my choices down to either square or round. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I have no interest in purchasing the double wide. As far as brand, I am planning on Rome unless someone can recommend another good brand.

I would prefer both to be the same shape, so my question is, for those that have experience using pie irons, which shape do you believe is the best design (square or round) for general everyday foods?
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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Ours is round. It is also about 50 years old so it makes perfect pies! We have tried square ones before, but they didn't seem to work as well. We have yet to find a new one that can compare to it. If anyone knows of a modern brand that works really well that you can suggest to 5arnolds, my family would like to get another one. When feeding 15 people, one iron can take a little while.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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We have the square ones. Had 'em for over 20 years so I'm not aware they even made round mountain pie irons. The square ones are made to fit sandwich bread in them so there's little or no trimming. To me, the square irons are the "traditional" ones.

Just guessing, but maybe the round ones are more for making hamburgers or something else using a hamburger bun. I have a hard time thinking someone would cook a hamburger while in the bun inside one of those. The end result would be more like a grease burger to me.

We're simple folks. We only make sandwiches in ours. Although, I'm sure there are more uses for the pie irons than just that if you're a serious mountain pie chef.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #4
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I have 2, one is a single square, the other is a cast iron double square, I like them both, I went with the double because most times my wife and I are having something together so its easier to cook both at the same time. The cast iron I got at Cabllas in Maine, the single is Alunimum. The cast iron is heavy so I bought this support rods that you push into the ground and it take the weight.

Anyway my chice is the square

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #5
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We get them a dozen at the time from the Minute Pie Mold Company and they are the round, long handled, cast iron ones. Have been using them for over 30 years and never had a problem. Some of the stamped steel ones will burn in spots while not cooking through in others.

Biggest problem is the bread is getting smaller and that might be a problem with some of the molds.
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Just guessing, but maybe the round ones are more for making hamburgers or something else using a hamburger bun. I have a hard time thinking someone would cook a hamburger while in the bun inside one of those. The end result would be more like a grease burger to me.
Friends we camp with have cast iron round ones...They use tortillas not regular bread.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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We have both square and round, and there are great benefits to both. You can find books that are entirely filled with pie iron recipes, although we don't own one. The point is, there is a lot you can do with a pie iron besides making sandwiches. On 1 of our camping excursions, my wife made homemade pizzas in them over the campfire and it was one of the best personal-sized pizzas I have ever eaten. Either round ones or square ones, just make sure they are pre-seasoned or you season them before use (if you go with cast iron). Lodge Logic is a good brand, as is Camp Chef, and you can never go wrong purchasing the Cabela's brand at Cabela's. Happy Camping!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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We have Cast Iron Round ones from when I was a kid. The got to be 40 plus years old. "pm1stnau", you are absolutely right, the pizza pies over the campfire are incredible. We've donechillie, Scrambled egss & Pie Filling! We've been told that you can do Ice Cream - hmmmm, I guess it comes out like Fried Ice Cream! May have to try that this summer.
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We have a verity of pie irons. Personally my favorite ones are the old round ones. I think they make the best pies. The downfall to the round irons are, they make small pies, so there is not much room for the filling. We have an older rectangular pie iron that is decent to. It is a little smaller than our new rectangular irons. Personally, I think the newer rectangular irons are to big and you cannot make as good of a pie. They do make a good French toast though.

The key to a good pie is to have the edges of the irons to pinch the bread to make a good seal. Our new big irons do not do a good job of this. Take your time in purchasing a set if you never have used one. I bought a few new ones last year, and I had to go through the shelves a few times until I found some that closed really nicely. Many of them we warped and you could clearly tell they would not make a good seal.

Pizza Pies probably our most favorite

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The key to a good pie is to have the edges of the irons to pinch the bread to make a good seal.
This is the best reason to have a round iron. Making a fruit pie and having the edges sealed is the best, we make bacon and egg pies for breakfast the same way. I can see using square ones if the edge sealing is not a big deal to you.
The only brand I will ever buy is "Rome", gotta be cast iron too. The aluminum ones with non stick just burn the bread and make a mess. Need to have even heat I guess.
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