Cast Iron Skillets on Flat Top Stove?

Trying to detremine if you can use them on a flat top electric stove? I am reading articles that some say yes / some say no? Also, mine was from Cracker Barrel, so bottom has imprinit of their logo and is not truly flat on the bottom.
Help please?
Thanks!

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Vince,Colleyacme January 15, 2012
Thank you both.
 
Louisa January 15, 2012
I have a ceramic flat-top stove, and I do use my cast iron skillet, esp. for frying chicken/making gravy. I've never had a problem and I've had the same stove for 12 years. I also use my le crueset all the time on the ceramic top, and it does fine as well.
My cast iron is not flat on the bottom either--there's a ridge that circles round the bottom edge, which I guess keeps the bottom of the skillet from completely resting on the stove top. So maybe that's a good thing your skillet is not flat-bottomed?
 
bigpan January 15, 2012
Yes you can, but, bring up to heat slowly (don't put cold pan on hot element) and do not "shake" pan on the stove top - it will scratch the flat top. Be sure to season the pan before first use ... Wash, dry, put 1/8 inch of high temp oil in it (canola - not olive) and put in oven. Turn oven on to 325 and leave for an hour or two. Pour off oil the simply wipe with paper towel.
 
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