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Forum: General Cast Iron 02-22-2017, 03:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,409
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Do Not Do

Some people believe that the lead can be eliminated with proper cleaning. Lye will eventually dissolve lead completely. A lead test is necessary to confirm if cleaning has been effective.
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 02-22-2017, 03:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,678
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Possible to restore or beyond repair?

I've heard that people use some type of solvent to clean these up, it dissolves the grease and crud but not the enamel, but I don't know what kind of solvent. I will probably do some experimenting...
Forum: General Cast Iron 01-24-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,130
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Small CI pot

A solution of lye and hydrogen peroxide will dissolve lead. Jewelers and scrapers use it to remove lead solder from precious metals.
Forum: New Collector's Corner 01-09-2017, 01:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,795
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: What is this skillet? Is it Asian?

I found this same pan, and a 9 inch of the same design. They also had orange paint on the handle. I showed them on several cast iron sites and no one could tell me anything about them. It is my...
Forum: General Cast Iron 01-05-2017, 12:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,328
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Your user size needs

In my day to day cooking I find that I use the Nos. 2, 4, 8, and the 10 inch chef skillet the most. The Nos. 9 and 10 skillets and the No. 6 griddle get used weekly, and the Nos. 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 11-18-2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,225
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: porcelain and electrolysis

I clean those lids with electrolysis, which cleans the the bare iron parts. Use Bar Keepers Friend on the enamel. I've also been known to put them in lye for about 5 minutes if they have sticky...
Forum: General Cast Iron 11-18-2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,468
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Purchase or Not?

Those are sweet pans! "arc" logo Lodge is attributed to be from 1910 thru 1930's. I have a couple of those raised number skillets in my everyday user collection. The casting is as smooth as anything...
Forum: Cooking In Cast Iron 11-17-2016, 11:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,592
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: A tale of Necessity's daughter.

Did you heat the Vollrath lid before putting it in there? I've "cooked" nachos entirely with the heat held by a pre-heated skillet and a lid before.
Forum: Show & Tell 11-17-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,914
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Thrift Store Iron

You've come to the right place; you won't get any dirty looks from the collector community. Well done, I say, good finds!
Forum: Show & Tell 11-04-2016, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,455
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Today I bought an aebleskiver pan from a hillbilly

It looks like you've got one of the Sidney, Ohio made examples given the handle design and the Made in USA marking. I'm sure meeting Hilditch was the real score!
I just used my "apple cake pan" the...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 10-18-2016, 01:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,495
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: E-tank question

From my experience, running 10 amps at 12 volts your average pan with a little crusty seasoning and light rust will come out clean in about an hour or two. Your heavily rusted/pitted customers will...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 10-07-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,306
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: I'm in a slump ...

This is why most folks don't use power tools on cast iron cookware. It does something to the surface and will never season the same. It's possible to intentionally rust the affected areas and get the...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 10-06-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,708
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: National Taco Day

That malic acid is the same stuff that gives apples their tartness. It's good for digestion but as I recently discovered apple crisp left in a skillet overnight actually caused good, hard, well...
Forum: New Collector's Corner 09-10-2016, 11:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,805
Posted By BenjaminO
Two mysterious skillets...

I can't figure out where these might have come from. Labeled "9 INCH" and "7 INCH" Nice quality and super lightweight. Somebody did a good job designing and casting these. Any information is...
Forum: Cooking In Cast Iron 09-01-2016, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,786
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Ready to make some pizza

Old gate marked round griddles are great for pizza! I've got a 14 inch, it's pitted and warped but that makes no difference for pizza. 14, 15, and 16 inch versions are easy to grab off of ebay and...
Forum: New Collector's Corner 08-06-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,984
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: What's the going rate on 1,000 skillets?

Thank you Hilditch for the quaint metaphor. I'm not in any hurry and the seller will probably get tired of my questions before a deal can be made.
Benjamin
Forum: New Collector's Corner 08-06-2016, 01:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,984
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: What's the going rate on 1,000 skillets?

Thanks for the reference, the lot I'm pursuing is a lot more reasonably priced. Understandably it would be a gamble, but I'm having fun toying with the idea. I'll see what they have to say about my...
Forum: New Collector's Corner 08-05-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,984
Posted By BenjaminO
Cool What's the going rate on 1,000 skillets?

I've been in communication with someone who has "somewhere between 600-650 Griswolds and 300-350 Wagners, no names, etc. skillets. There is a 13 and a couple 14's in the griswold lot."
I was just...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 08-03-2016, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,437
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Nickel plating removal

It seems there is a product that is made to take nickel off of steel without damaging the base metal. I'm curious to try it myself......
Forum: New Collector's Corner 07-31-2016, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,778
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Wagner Ware Double Stack Roaster?

Any guess as to what it could fetch at auction?
Forum: New Collector's Corner 07-30-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,778
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Wagner Ware Double Stack Roaster?

I'm having trouble imagining how you would cook in this thing. What would go on that level 2 plate? something dry, as any liquid would drain to the lower level, but then it would only be warmed to...
Forum: New Collector's Corner 07-30-2016, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,778
Posted By BenjaminO
Question Wagner Ware Double Stack Roaster?

Hello CIC folks, I've been away for a while but have come back to share this unusual item I found.
It's an early cast aluminum Round Roaster top and bottom marked 248 with a middle section that has...
Forum: Show & Tell 07-12-2016, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,906
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Great Find but.....

Looks like bronze to me. I'd try putting it in a lye bath for a couple of hours, it may clean the crevices, and will brighten up the rest of it.
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 05-24-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,052
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Is anyone using lard any more for seasoning?

Thank you Hilditch, I will take note of this. I may have had this problem without even realizing it was the bees!

The closest thing to lard I have around my kitchen is rendered bacon grease. Does...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 04-07-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,936
Posted By BenjaminO
Re: Changing Lye Solution

I cannot think of a good reason to change out the solution. Save yourself some time and little money, use it til the skillets won't sink anymore. :)
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