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Putting cast iron pans IN stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ducky, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Ducky

    Ducky Member

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    I have a cast iron pan that I didn't get to sandblasting this year. As a result it's super dirty, rusty ect...

    Can I put it in my wood stove for say, 10 minutes to clean it?

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  2. UncleJoe

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    I took a couple rusty cast iron skillets that we got at an auction and threw them right in the wood furnace we had at a previous house. Left them in there all night. In the morning the fire had burned down far enough that I could reach in with a glove and pull them out. They still needed a final cleaning which I did with steel wool. They are now nicely seasoned and I use them regularly.
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  3. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    We actually cooked in a dutch oven in our stove a few times. So, yes.
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  4. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    Hell Ya.That's how I cleaned my mother's sixty plus year old cast iron fryers caked with years of grease.Put them in the stove and start a good fire over night.Next morning the crud is nearly gone and just scour off the remainder.
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  5. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Good to Know.
  6. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Given the size of cast iron skillets and fryers, scaled against the size of the average woodstove firebox, how did you arrange the pans and wood?
  7. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    At the time I had the PE Summit.Put the pans in first face up and put the splits on top and light up a Supercedar.That's it.I did two good size pans at a time.
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  8. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Cool. This is one for the memory banks. I'm sure it will prove useful, someday.

    I normally use electrolysis for cleaning stuff like this, which does a fantastic job, but can be messy and slow.
  9. Dave A.

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    I have a steel enameled roasting/baking pan (small) was going to put in the self-cleaning oven, next time I ran it. Can't see why putting it in the stove wouldn't be just as effective.
  10. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Just less controlled.
  11. Fake coal burner

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    Put them in stove 1 at a time if they will fit. Or if you have a bbq put in there if they will fit,
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    For sure this is one of those old time fixes that really works.
  13. BrotherBart

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    At grandpa's house I remember sitting and watching him start a fire in the back yard and then putting the crusty cast iron cooking gear on the top of it and burning the crusty crud off.

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