View Full Version : DO help!

01-29-2009, 01:52 PM
First off, I have no experience with Dutch ovens…cast iron skillets, yes, but DOs no. I’ve been wanting to find an older DO for some time and last weekend one just kinda fell into my hands. It’s very rusty and in bad shape, but I look forward to cleaning it up and taking care of it.

I have done a lot of research on the best way to remove the rust, but thought I’d ask for other opinions. I think it will probably go in the oven first and then maybe a soaking in white vinegar and water or maybe Coke. What do you guys think? Should I use steel wool to scrub it off? That seems so harsh to me, but...…..????

Also, I’ve never seen a DO textured like this one. I would love to learn more about it so if anybody has any guesses on manufacturer and/or age, I would appreciate it. I can't see any markings on it yet, but maybe I'll find something after it's cleaned up.

Thanks in advance for any help! This came from a friend who owns an old farmhouse in the Daniel Boone Forrest.

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Inside lid:

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01-29-2009, 02:24 PM
I may not be the best person to answer this, there are a couple guys here who are the shizz with CI. I would use a wire wheel on a grinder to lightly remove the rust, then I'd rub lard or crisco over the surface and get it nice and hot in a fire to re-season it....that's what I'd do, but I'm no expert....
I'd ask Cacus what he did here (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showpost.php?p=27125&postcount=1). That thing cleaned up quite nicely.....

01-29-2009, 03:44 PM
Soaking in vinegar won't hurt, might even try scrubbing it with salt, but I think the rust is past that and a wire wheel or brush and then steelwool is going to be the best way to clean it up before re-seasoning it.

Neat looking old pot.:thumbs up:

01-29-2009, 04:07 PM
Hi sweet_magnolia

It looks like you have the begining of a pot of lady bug soup that you can make when you get your DO cleaned up. I am not an expert on cast iron but the DO you have has a hammered finish on the outside. My guess is it is a Griswold, it should be clearly molded into the center of casting if it is. I have a Griswold camp fire DO that has the exact same handle on the lid, although its a different style DO.

I have always used a wire wheel to clean my cast iron, just a few pieces so far, but there are several other ways to do it. If you dont have a grinder with a wire wheel you can use some oven cleaner in a plastic bag or a lye bath then use a wire brush to get whats left on off. If you have a bad a$$ battery charger you can use the electrolysis method, but I wont get into that now. The pan man has some good tips here:


01-29-2009, 04:23 PM
Somebody has posted a thread on the electrolysis last year. I think it was maybe Short one or Peculiar Mike. It's an easy process, and I would seriously consider it. It will get rid of all the oxidized iron, and with a porous metal like CI, it's very difficult to get the rust all the way out of the metal any other way.

redneck cooker
01-29-2009, 07:32 PM
The only way to bring rusted cast iron back to life is to have someone bead (sand)blast it, we have one here in our shop and thats the only way of getting all the rust out of the pores in the iron...then oil it up good put ion your oven for 4-5 hours at about 300 degrees..better than new!!!:thumbs up::msn-wink:

01-29-2009, 07:35 PM
Bead blasting would be an excellent option. What type of business would be a good one to refer her to in order to find one? Automotive machine shop?

01-30-2009, 06:37 AM
I read somewhere that blasting it would give the CI a grayish color that is undesireable to collectors. I wonder if that was sand or bead blasting?

01-30-2009, 09:04 AM
Folks, bead blasting is NOT sand blasting. Bead blasting uses tiny glass beads as the abrasive blasting medium and leaves a smooth fine surface. It will remove any "patina". And it probably would work great on this DO. Might check with an automotive machine shop for this service.
Another medium that would work is blasting with walnut hulls. It is not as harsh and leaves a totally different surface. Probably have to go to a sand blasting outfit to get this.
If there is a gray surface left after bead blasting it should not be a concern. That is just bare cast iron. You will have to reseason the DO and it should turn black again.
(And I can repost the electrolysis method if you might want to try it. Need a pretty good capacity battery charger and takes a day or two to complete)

01-30-2009, 10:33 AM
Thanks everyone for the help. I will have research the electrolysis method and see what all that entails. :sign0092::sign0092:

Cacus, I didn't even notice the lady bug. At times there have been so many of them in the upstair bedrooms that you couldn't walk without crunching :D