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very rusty cast iron pot

OtobizOtobiz Posts: 82
edited 10:14AM in EggHead Forum
Had my mommy out looking for some cast iron bean pots and she found a bunch of them in an old barn sale,2$ a piece, no lids but they are very rusty ,whats the best thing to do to bring them back, should I have them sandblasted, or just wire wheel them or are they junk.

Thanks for the input



  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,768
    Nope Follow the pictures below..






  • I sandblast all the old CI I have acquired, but I have access to a nice sandblaster here at work. They come out like brand new unless they're badly pitted. If you go this route, don't handle the pieces by hand unless you're going to season them immediately. I left the first piece I did in the garage for a few days before I was ready to season it and by the time I got to it, there were rusty fingerprint marks on it where I had handled it. Mark
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    Yes you can sandblast them. If you have access to one its going to be really fast. I did one about a month ago and it was completely clean in about 5 minutes. After that just cover in crisco and slap em in the oven.
  • mr toadmr toad Posts: 666
    c. wolf
    a very nice photo story - well done
    mr toad
    In dog Beers - I have had only one !
  • NilsNils Posts: 82
    My eggsperience was with no access to a sandblaster.

    As a kid, I was digging in my grandparent's back garden, and found a cast iron skillet. It wasn't Grandma's, so Mom took it home, and had Dad clean it up similar to how Celtic Wolf shows above.

    *cough!* 38 *cough!* years later my parents are still using that skillet.

    Just depends on what you have access to!

    $2 is a good find!
  • DryFlyDryFly Posts: 351
    How can any decent, right thinkin' American let the nation's original cookware deteriorate into that condition, CW? He ought to be sandblasted!
  • I've found that good old fashioned lard works better than Crisco when you get ready to reseason. Take my advice and do as Celtic Wolf as suggested on the BGE, makes for a nasty smell in the house if you do it in a gas oven.
  • OtobizOtobiz Posts: 82
    I think I will give smokin wolverin my pot to get sand blasted at his work, i Gave him one of the 2$ pots im not sure if he had his done yet or not,

    Thanks for the help guys
  • Boy, that's the truth. Learned that the hard way.

    Just one more thing the Egg is Eggcellent for.

    Spring "Stink Is Not A Good Thing" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,768
    Actually my ex-wife should be. She put them in a basement that got flooded, before I won them back.

    I have three more I need to restore and now that I have time I am going to do just that.
  • BuxwheatBuxwheat Posts: 727
    Might want to try Coca-Cola. I soaked a small piece of very rusty CI in Coke for a couple of hours and it came out rust free.
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