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Cast iron maintenance?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Johnpolk, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Johnpolk

    Johnpolk New Member

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    Hello. Just wondering if any of you guys do anything to your cast iron stoves to keep the finish looking good? I was wondering if a guy should occasionally wipe the stove down with cooking oil? Kinda like seasoning a frying pan? My stove is a few months old now and I'm starting to notice a bit of discoloration on the stove top

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    I use Crisco for seasoning my cast iron frying pans, but would suggest stove polish for the stove.

    pen
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    No, you need to do it like the old timers always did it. Bear grease! Really put it on thick every spring when done burning then the stove will not rust on you. Lack of bear grease, just buy a 5 gallon bucket of lard..;)
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    I used the lard last year when the stove was on and i smoked the house out. beware
  5. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I tried Olive oil at the recommendation of a long time wood burning friend ! It looks great but man does it stink for a few days like well burning olives. I will never do that again !

    Pete
  6. Johnpolk

    Johnpolk New Member

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    Hmm. So far not sure what to do. Bear grease, crisco, or olive oil. Do t know who's serious or who's kidding. Sounds like a little of both
  7. rijim

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    Leave it for now, pick up some stove polish from the dealer and clean it all up and polish it when you clean the chimney and shut it down for the summer. You'll get some smoke when you fire it back up in the fall so be prepared to open a window.
  8. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Is your stove painted?
  9. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    The last time I tried to grease a bear he got really pissed! !!! Better just use stove polish ;)

    Ray
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  10. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Jotul probably used stove bright paint.. Contact your dealer and see what they recommend..

    Ray
  11. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    WIll stove polsh work on matte black painted stove? I would think not.
  12. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    With a flat black cast iron, I use stove polish. I used it on the Vigilant, the Heritage, and the Defiant. It works for me. Quickly covers up any blemishes and surface rust. Keeps the castings looking new.
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    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    Thank you Sir. 1st. Spring project for a 12 year old castne. Thanks again Mr. Browning. I know your a regular here so I will not hesitate to take your advise.
  14. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Actually Mr. Browning is an irregular here ;)

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  15. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    Thats cold
  16. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    It wasn't said seriously lol..

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  17. ArsenalDon

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    And this is why I am glad I got the enamel coating......I do season the black cook top though...I just do it like a cast iron pan with crisco...my wife said it made the house smell great.
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    Extremely irregular. An oddball, really.
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  19. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    The chipping of enamel is why I avoid the enamel coatings.
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  20. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    LOL I figured you appreciate that :)

    Ray
  21. raybonz

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    I agree you can always touch up paint but enamel is another story..

    Ray

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