I don’t think the surface texture is going to be a big deal if you’re seasoned well. My issue is the pots that have raised drawings, lettering, etc. I have a Lewis and Clark edition that is a PITA to clean or season the outside of the lid. As to inside cleaning, I’m a fan of liners.I just bought a CampChef set that bass pro shop had on sale, it seems to have a lot rougher surface than lodge so I'm hoping its not a lot harder to clean. Cleaning is not my forte.