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What to do with this dutch oven?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

We've had a cast iron dutch oven for years and love using it.  We also have a wood fire oven.  One night after making pizza we decided to make bean hole beans in the wood fire oven.  For pizza cooking the temp is close to 1000 degrees.

 

We put the beans in the dutch oven, put the lid on, into the oven and closed the door.  Well . . . the oven was way too hot.  The next morning when we got out the dutch oven we couldn't open it.  Let it cool for a while and the lid came off and we had cremated beans.  Not burned beans, cremated.  Too much heat retained in the oven when we added the beans.

 

We dumped out the beans and there were ashes.  But, there was a lot left behind.  The pot was scrubbed and re-seasoned.  But now it seems to be flaking off the sides in places. 

 

What can we do, if anything?  There's no rust, but it sure looks like it's peeling.

 

TIA.

post #2 of 18

Would you be able to post a picture of it?

post #3 of 18

Welcome to SMF!  Would you mind popping in at Roll Call so we can give you a proper SMF Welcome?  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/133/roll-call

 

Please...if you could show a picture of the DO....maybe we can help out.  It could be that the older seasonings have gotten burned and that is what is flaking.  I hope it's not the actual DO that is!!!  Yipes....but that happens some times when they get too hot.  It can happen in very camp fires and the metal changes and it starts to "flake".  Pictures would help!

 

Kat

post #4 of 18

I found this article from google, just scroll down a bit

http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/blog/2012/07/how-to-reseason-a-cast-iron-skillet/

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Here's a picture.

 

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by kirakat View Post

Here's a picture.

 

i am going to say burn it out. then re season it. i think you will be OK.

happy smoken.

David

post #7 of 18

It looks like you burned off the original seasoning, take a wire brush to it and/or burn it out like themule69 said and re-season it….as long as there are no pits forming under were it is flaking you should be fine…. ShoneyBoy

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by onewondershow View Post

I found this article from google, just scroll down a bit

http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/blog/2012/07/how-to-reseason-a-cast-iron-skillet/


I was thinking more time in the pizza oven but around 600 degrees. I recently overheated my dutch oven when I seasoned it and it looked exactly like the frying pan in the link. Then season with flax oil.

post #9 of 18

Yep, what others have said. The original seasoning is shot. It's a work scrapping all the old seasoning off, but it needs to be done so the new seasoning will adhere to the pot. Try and get it done as soon as possible so the pot doesn't begin to rust.  For more Dutch oven stuff, be sure to check out SMF's own Dutch Oven sections.

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies.  I've seen references to putting cast iron in a self cleaning oven, but to remove the racks so the heat and weight don't bend the racks. Can I put it on the oven bottom?

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by kirakat View Post

Thanks for all the replies.  I've seen references to putting cast iron in a self cleaning oven, but to remove the racks so the heat and weight don't bend the racks. Can I put it on the oven bottom?

i forgot to say welcome1.gif. i have never tryed the self cleaning oven idea. i fireplace is what i use. leave it in overnight. give the oven a try and tell us how it works.

happy smoken.

david

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Woodcutter View Post


I was thinking more time in the pizza oven but around 600 degrees.

You are correct, Place it upside down in the cooking stove oven and run it through the cleaning cycle. the rack will be OK.

running the dutch oven through the cleaning cycle works good I have used this method a number of times .

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

I put it through the self cleaning cycle and it worked like a charm.  Now I'm reseasoning with flax oil.  On the third of six cycles.  I'll post a picture when it's done.

 

Thanks for all the help!

post #14 of 18

glad you got it going your way.

happy smoken.

David

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

The self cleaning oven cycle and six coats of flax seed oil as recommended by Cook's Illustrated worked fantastically!

 

post #16 of 18
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The self cleaning oven cycle and six coats of flax seed oil as recommended by Cook's Illustrated worked fantastically!

 

Looks like that did the trick.

happy smoken.

David

post #17 of 18

Looks nice and just wait until you cook with it. It will clean up great.

post #18 of 18

Looks great now.....keep that baby working for ya!

 

Kat

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