Christmas Everyday!

Discussion in 'General Dutch Oven Information' started by foamheart, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    While across the street digging in the old garage looking for something that I forgot I was looking for, I found a pot I didn't even know I had. I have some large jambalaya pots over there but I found this one which is a median size. Personally I think its going to be quite handy because its almost light enough so I can carry it. I am getting to be such a weenie baby anymore.

    Heres the pot w/ a stand, it looks about comparable to a #14 DO

    I dug out and old burner assembly, I knew I had it but, it was never used, for years, never used...LOL It was for when I was thinking seriously about cooking chili.....or jambalaya.

    It even has a cute little temperature adjustment I think, or may, since it snaps be a self contained lighter? Its another mystery to enjoy solving when I get some hose. All my hoses seems to have dry rotted and the quick-connects rusted. When did all this stuff get so old?

    Now for the work! I don't know if you can see, but the seasoning needs some love.

    I am thinking maybe a good scrub with Ajax, or steel wool? The botton is pitting with rust. Or should I cut out the country boy cleaner and step right up to a wire wheel on an angle grinder? What about oven cleaner, would the burner work to activate it?

    I  have some flax oil.. But it has to be cleaned first. I am not worrying about the curing process, I am planing to use it first to make cracklins. It looks the perfect size to support my speed at cooking these days.

    So suggestions? Ideas? Warnings?
  2.  Neat find! Sandblast or wire wheel and start over. Not a big deal.

    Happy smoken.

  3. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    Hi if I may suggest that I know there's a video on YouTube where a guy put an alkaline battery in a bucket of water. (Not exactly sure but more in those lines) If you do a search on how to rid cast iron of rust I think you find it. Little or no elbow grease involved lol. Hope this helps.

    Happy smoking!
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I read oven cleaner on it, put in a sealed bag for 24 hours then wire wheel. 

    Then reseason.
  5. Does oven cleaner work on cold metal? I always thought it had to be heated, first?
  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lye in the oven cleaner will clean the seasoning off. (don't forget your rubber gloves) After that I would wire wheel it then give it a scrub or 1/2 hour soak with 50/50 vinegar and water. Touch it up with the wire wheel one more time and then season it.

    I have changed my thinking about using flax oil. I seasoned a bunch of pans with it and the pans that get used frequently have a problem with the flax seasoning chipping off. I spoke to some collectors who had the same problem and knew all about it. The Griswold Society and these collectors said that flax is beautiful and the pan gets black faster but because of its low smoke point it breaks down after repeated heating and chips off.

    The Griswold group recommends using the original Pam (canola oil) or any oil with a high smoke point. I rinse the cleaned pan with cold water and dry with a paper towel. Then I put it in the oven until it gets to 150. I take the pan out and wait until I can just handle it with my bare hands. I spray a small amount of Pam on the pan and wipe it around with a folded up coffee filter. The coffee filter does not leave any lint. After it is covered with Pam it goes back in the oven set at 500 for about an hour. It normally takes 2-3 coats.

    The Pam does not get as black as flax oil at first but will get black after some use. It will have more of a brown or bronze tint. I have not any more chipping problems since switching to Pam. Seasoning with Pam has the same cooking nonstick quality as Flax.

    Here is some I just did last week end. (3 coats) You can see the color difference.


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