Rusty Cast iron

Discussion in 'General Dutch Oven Information' started by c farmer, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. c farmer

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

    I have a Lodge cast iron pot that I bought at Wal-mart.

    It looks like this.



    What should I do to get is usable again.

    Start all over?
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hard to tell from the pic.  The bottom doesn't look all that bad?

    Looks like maybe something acidic was stored in it?

    A partial takedown and reseasoning on the sides might or might not work?

    Good luck and good smoking
     
  3. c farmer

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

    Cooked onions was in it over night.
     
  4. Give it a good seasoning. Bee's wax works well for seasoning.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  5. c farmer

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

    Leave the rust in it?

    The new oil will coat over the rust?
     
  6. Give it a scrub down with a scotch bright pad. I tell how bad it is in the pictures.
     
  7. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    if its just surface rust, wash it in hot water and dish soap, dry it (dont just let it air dry)

    and hit it with your prefrence of seasoning oil, and bake it.
     
  8. mark66

    mark66 Fire Starter

    Re-Season it! About 6 slices of bacon.
     
  9. Everyone had an opinion but I've been told never use soap.. Just hot water, a light scour and a wipe with oil..
    If it's bad reseason it. Lots of techniques on YouTube
     
  10. I don't use soap on any cast iron. I have put it in the fire overnight. I have bead blasted it. But never soap. I have found some really nice cast iron at garage sales that they say just take it. It is in to bad of shape to ever use. I just smile and wave as I drive away.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  11. c farmer

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

    I haven't used soap in it. Maybe I didn't season it good enough to start with plus it sits in my basement.
     
  12. Tomato's  will also cause that. Gumbo is so good. But if you add a tomato you may get that from the acid. Other food also has acid in it.

    Not a big deal. Just remove the rust and re season.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    You can scrub out that stuff with a kitchen pad and oil. Basically you'll be seasoning it all over again,   Once it develops a denser type of seasoning you won't get that rusty/crusty stuff in the pores like that. 

    It takes a while to get a really good coating....it's a process imho. 
     
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  14. c farmer

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

    I will give it a shot sunday maybe.

    Beeswax might be hard to find?

    Crisco work?

    How do you season it, I will be using a oven.
     
  15. c farmer

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

    I am very new to cast iron. This is the only one I have but I want to get a skillet.

    I need to learn how to take care of this pan first.
     
  16. It's odd. I probably have that same pot, mine was from Cabela's, and the same thing has happened. I also bought a very similar pot at "the auction". If you've ever lived in Schuylkill County, you know this place. For those who haven't yet had the luxury of visiting this weekly circus, think of a cross between a 10 acre yard sale and a flea market every Sunday morning.

    The pot I bought was actually in really good shape. I've actually never re seasoned it and cook in it at least once every 2 weeks on the stove top/oven. I wonder if the iron blends changed from years ago?

    Our bear camp has a frying pan that has to be 2 feet across and has been there as long as anyone remembers. It's the same way. No re seasoning and just water and a sponge to clean. The thing is like teflon!
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014
  17. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Adam, IMHO man cast iron has to kinda be "babied" in a way..... Gotta keep it oiled, I use veggie oil or lard is good too ! But it's constant with CI, it requires TLC !
     
  18. Absolutely! Wipe inside and outside with oil after every use.
     
  19. c farmer

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

    My wife used it. :devil:


    She won't do this again.
     
  20. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yea like already mentioned keep it oiled well, I wipe down with oil before hanging mine up.  
     

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