Frying pans are essential to the art of cooking. Frying pans come in many varieties with specific differences in shape and base material.
The average chef knows that a well cured cast iron pan is probably the best to work with. However, cast iron pans require a lot of maintenance and tender care.
One must lubricate the pan with oil after every use in order to keep the pan "non-stick."
Non-stick pans are available for cheap, however, they are not as durable. High quality non-stick pans are usually intended for eggs and other items alike.
A professional chef would rarely fry with a non-stick teflon pan because they are too delicate. Permanent burns from grease are usually what is found on a poorly treated non-stick pan.
Frying pans also make an excellent weapon against the undead when worse comes to worse.