Ok, here is the situation. I purchased a new unseasoned cast iron skillet today at out local grocery store ($9). I scrubbed it out, dried it out on the stove top, then put a really really light coat of lard on it. I set the oven to 400 degrees, and put the skillet in upside down with a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil on the rack under it to catch any potential drips. I had the windows open in the kitchen along with the exhast fan on oven the stove. Well, within 15 minutes my whole house smelled nasty and started filling up with smoke. I have birds (they are one of the many reasons I got rid of my teflon) that I don't want to harm, not to mention my family, so I stopped the process. What did I do wrong? Is there another way to season the pan? I don't own a grill, so I can't do this outside. If this is the only way to do it, will it harm my birds? Any help would be appreciated!