Cast iron rust

neumsky Posted By neumsky, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:46 AM

  1. neumsky

    neumsky
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    For all of you who have cast iron stoves....do you have any surface rust inside of the stoves firebox?
     
  2. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home
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    I had a little surface rust inside my Jotul F500 after the long summer just sitting there but nothing out of the ordinary. Whats up with yours?
     
  3. neumsky

    neumsky
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    It's a little around the doghouse and the left/loader door...on the door. Looking at some of these pictures of various stoves...it looks as tho... alot of them have the issue including steel? I figured that I had better ask. I wonder...if because they sit quite a bit right now...that might be happening.
     
  4. meathead

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    I use gun cleaning solvent and gun oil to keep mine from rusting. Hoppe's #9 does a great job removing surface rust and a good spray down with rem-oil once or twice over the non-burning season will prevent any rust from developing. Make sure you wipe it off well before burning (it is flammable), and be ready for a little smoke while the remnants of the coating burn off.
     
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  5. neumsky

    neumsky
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    I appreciate that...but should not have to worry about it now that the season is starting again?
     
  6. fire_man

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    I stored my 1985 VC Cast Iron stove in the basement for 4 years - just sold it yesterday and it had no rust.
    I wonder if the older grade of steel was better?
     
  7. neumsky

    neumsky
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    Fire man...when you say steel...that I'm assuming is not cast iron... I'm thinking cast iron is more susceptible to rust? Even tho...it's really the same material...just a different way it's formed? I know I've had many offset smokers that rust and I mean 1/4 inch steel.
     
  8. fire_man

    fire_man
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    My stove was cast iron. I should have said the iron back then was better. I'm not sure which one rusts easier. It sure surprised me how rust-free that stove was.
     
  9. neumsky

    neumsky
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    I had a steel stove...and it did not rust either.
     
  10. firefighterjake

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    No rust here.
     
  11. corey21

    corey21
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    I have rust on my cast iron legs just surface rust though.
     
  12. neumsky

    neumsky
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    Well...aren't you the privey one...I now wonder why you don't? You live in a humid area do you not?
     
  13. punchy

    punchy
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    i have a bit where my flu leaves the stove. just a size of about 1/2", guess we had a little rain that got in the flu. i'll have to try the hoppe's
     
  14. firefighterjake

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    No more or less humid than other places . . . I do try to clean the firebox out come Spring time (forgot to do so this year) and in the past have also placed a box of baking soda inside or run a candle in the summer when I could smell the creosote smell . . . maybe I just burn the rust off every year with my fires. ;)
     
  15. neumsky

    neumsky
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    So leaving ash in there for the non burn periods is a bad thing?
     
  16. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
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    Not sure . . . I just try to take it out . . . not really sure of the PH of the ash.
     
  17. neumsky

    neumsky
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    I'm starting to think it's not rust...but just a brown residue... Hmmmm
     

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