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Beertooth
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 11:36 am    Post subject: Neglected or well used? Reply with quote

I have this cast iron pan that I have posted a pic of on here before. I got it after my mother passed. She had it for as long as I can remember.

What I am wondering is what do you guys that have been around cast for a long time, think of it's condition?

Here are some shots of it. If you hold it by the handle and look at the bottom, you can see the number "10" and that's about it.

The photos if you click them will link to a larger shot.

Should I clean it up? Wipe it out and use it? Scrub the crap out of it? Glass bead it? I don't know how it has been cared for in the past.




















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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd clean it and start again with a good seasoning.

On the last picture the seasoning has flaked on the bottom, I'd be tempted to cleat it off and work at it from first principles, but I keep my cast iron out of the way of the kids when they're washing up. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it possible that the metal is eroding away? Is it okay to sandblast/glass bead it? Or should I just scrub it REALLY good?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd clean and reseason it.
To clean, put it in an oven and run a self cleaning cycle.
If you don't have a self cleaning oven, bury it in the coals of a small camp fire until it starts to glow.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just take a weedburner to it .................
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my post below about cleaning.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert I would clean it up and re-season it, I do not think the metal is eroding, rather the old seasoning is coming off. It appears that there is a lot of crud in the bottom due to over heating and sticking, also the lack of seasoning on the bottom looks like maybe it was used on an electric stove at a pretty good temperature. You could bead blast it but make sure you do not pit the inside. I would try hot water and a soft wire brush first.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pitting on the bottom is caused by gases from a cookstove. The burner covers could be removed and the skillet placed right over the fire.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11 09 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That will likely be the best piece of cast iron in th e house after You clean it up a little..

We seen the before pics cant wait to see the after pics..

I dug out at least another 6-8 skillets Yesterday so I to will be busy this weekend clean and seasoning Yet more cast..

Have a good one Beertooth.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12 09 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all of the input. I'm gonna have to try and get it cleaned up soon.

I'm working too many hours right now because of harvest.

I'll be keeping an eye on the throw down for ideas. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20 09 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a cool old pan. It will be interesting to see how it looks when its cleaned up. It looks like it may have been overheated and posibly warped. I have a few old spinners, warped pans that rock when you push down on the handle or spin when the handle is pushed side ways when sitting on a flat surface, that I use for corn bread and such.

I cant recomend cleaning it with high heat or blasting on account of doing some serious damage to the pan if its not warped. I like to use a lye bath or oven cleaner (easy off) spray in a plasic bag. It will take a couple of weeks for the lye used in either method to clean the carbon off. Or I like to use a fine wire wheel on a grinder or drill to remove the carbon.

Keep us posted, however you do it.
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