Stripping and reseasoning cast iron.

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  1. Dusty road

    Dusty road Active Member

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    I've had good results stripping ci with a lye bath but now I'm considering putting together an electrolysis tank because it also removes rust as well as old seasoning. Does anyone have some tips/tricks or suggestions? Also going to try using Crisbee to season my ci with. Has anyone used it before?
     
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    Get evapor rust. Safer , eaisier, and less complex. In the past i just used salt and made a paste, scrubbed it real good then a good coating of oil ( forgot what i used) . Ot didnt season great, so i cooked a lot of bacon in it. That did the trick. My pans were badly rusted, but came out great. Found them in a house sale, cost was free.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have always used the method that was taught to me by my Dad and Grandfather , I start a fire with oak or other hard wood, then put the cast iron into the fire, when it cools down I then re season the pan in an oven.
     
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    There's a guy on another forum who's a cast iron junkie.. he links this video for cleaning often. The guy has several video's on differing steps to cast iron restoration.. perhaps it helps?



    I have some I need to reseason, a newer Lodge I originally did with vegetable oil before I knew better. I'll be using Crisco paste.. but collectors recommend flakseed oil.

    Here's another source of info some might find useful.

    http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/01/a-science-based-technique-for-seasoning-cast-iron/
     
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    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    I have done several. When I did I had access to a bead blaster that took them down to bare cast iron. I’m not sure what I would do now to get the old stuff off but the seasoning procedure would be the same.
     
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    I’m with SJM9911, Evapo-rust . I use it to clean rust off rusty lantern parts. It’s nontoxic and just takes the rust off and leaves the good metal alone.
     
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