Firebox Rust

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Master of the Pit
Original poster
OTBS Member
May 5, 2007
After trying all sorts of high-temp paints and watching them flake, crumble and peel off, I think I finally found a solution to keep the rust at bay.

I was surfing the internet one day (thanks Al Gore), when I stumbled across a post by a gentleman who was having the same difficulties as me. His solution was to sand/wirebrush all the loose paint and rust off the affected area, wipe clean, then apply vegetable oil and build a fire. The idea is to "season" it like you would an iron skillet.

I tried this and it seems to work well, at least so far. Plus, it turns black, like the paint! I figure if I keep treating it, it should never rust again... at least from the outside...

Anyone try this?

triple b

Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Feb 27, 2007
I never tried it before.But sounds like a good idea.
I'm going to try it on my Case (ecb).It is flaking and rusting on the bottom.
Thanks for the idea,


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Feb 24, 2007
key west, fl
Header paint stays to 1200F. Mine's worked in grills for years, but you repaint once a year. Once you've oiled it, though, the paint won't stay on.