Cast Iron pans can be daunting to take on, but my information can demystify the cast-iron skillet. One of the largest myths is that you must buy new I find this to be incorrect. Look at thrift shops to buy used cast-iron skillets that will not take much time to put a layer of non-stick protection on.
Cast iron pans can also be intimidating to clean. They cannot be left in water for fear of rust. They also cannot go in the dishwasher. Surprisingly, kosher salt and a little oil are an effective cleaner. If you make a mistake on cleaning and maintenance do not worry. These are resilient pans made to last the test of time. They will not hold up with continual misuse, but are sturdy enough to handle improper care every now and then.