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Well, I was just gifted all of these. A few are missing lids. Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Any one have any info on this big dutch oven just looking at it? It had a crack in the bottom and is welded up pretty darn well. Do you think it will still be usable?

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Nice score there, the big one with the crack if it doesn't leak should be fine. You will be having some fun cleaning and seasoning them.The Flax seed oil does a great job on them.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/157500/later-teflon-hello-cast-iron-frying-an-egg-in-a-cast-iron-pan

Squib did a great job here

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Nice score there, the big one with the crack if it doesn't leak should be fine. You will be having some fun cleaning and seasoning them.The Flax seed oil does a great job on them.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/157500/later-teflon-hello-cast-iron-frying-an-egg-in-a-cast-iron-pan

Squib did a great job here

Yes that big one is leak free! I just wish she had the lids for the smaller DO's. I guess I will have to find some bulk flax seed oil somewhere. Some of these pans fit the dutch ovens for lids she said. Never have tried that before. I want to build a tripod for that big one now.

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Try to find a Lodge dealer they will sell just the lids.

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Try to find a Lodge dealer they will sell just the lids.

I will have to measure them I guess. They are very very old and none of those are lodge. Some have markings and some don't. Once I get them all cleaned up maybe I can tell the manufacturer just for curiosities sake.

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Nice score!

 

For that many I'd seriously look into using electrolysis for cleaning.

 

If the rust isn't too bad you can do a vinegar bath too. 1 part water 1 part cheap white vinegar. Submerge entire pan and let set for 30-45 min. scrub with stainless scouring pad, repeat if required.

 

No need to get a massive bottle of Flax oil. A little bit goes a long ways. Also flax seed oil even when refrigerated goes bad too fast. The layers that you put on are super thin and as you get more layers on it takes even less to maintain. So  buy the small bottle and use until it either goes bad or you use it up. We have 15-18 cast iron pans, dutch ovens lids etc, and I can't get through a whole bottle before it goes rancid.

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Nice score!

 

For that many I'd seriously look into using electrolysis for cleaning.

 

If the rust isn't too bad you can do a vinegar bath too. 1 part water 1 part cheap white vinegar. Submerge entire pan and let set for 30-45 min. scrub with stainless scouring pad, repeat if required.

 

No need to get a massive bottle of Flax oil. A little bit goes a long ways. Also flax seed oil even when refrigerated goes bad too fast. The layers that you put on are super thin and as you get more layers on it takes even less to maintain. So  buy the small bottle and use until it either goes bad or you use it up. We have 15-18 cast iron pans, dutch ovens lids etc, and I can't get through a whole bottle before it goes rancid.


They were really dusty and the colors kind of look redish from the light in the kitchen that day. No rust. In fact most of them are fairly well seasoned. Of course I want to redo them all and will when I have time. But the one that I really want to use like right now is that big old dutch oven. It needs a lot of love but will be beautiful whenever I get through with it. I will try that vinegar trick on the huge tea pot she gave me that weighs like 20 pounds and 15 of it is rust. lol. Might need to go mad scientist and bust out the battery charger like you said on that one.

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Here are a few FB sites you can check for the covers you are needing.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/castironauction/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nothingbutcastironclassifieds/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/595830113831910/


Thanks Todd! Awesome.

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