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Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 12-09-2018, 06:25 PM
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Posted By AGruber
Unusual Damage on a Favorite

Picked up a Favorite from an auction the other day of the "Best To Cook In" variety. After lye and electrolysis, I found some unusual damage. See pictures.

At first, I thought it was deep pitting,...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 11-12-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,488
Posted By AGruber
A Couple Clarifying Questions About Smoke Point

Does the smoke point of the seasoning oil limit the temperature at which the pan can be used? For example, if I season using grapeseed oil (smoke point 420), then later cook on it at 450, will this...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 11-09-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,064
Posted By AGruber
Re: Electrolysis Single Item

I see-- good to know that was without merit.

Where do you get your graphite?
Forum: New Collector's Corner 11-07-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,155
Posted By AGruber
Other Than Griswold, Who Made Cast Iron Mailboxes?

I've seen many pictures of Griswold cast iron mailboxes online.

Was Griswold the only company that made cast iron mailboxes? Are there Wagner or Wapak or Favorite mailboxes floating around out...
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 11-07-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,064
Posted By AGruber
Re: Electrolysis Single Item

Be careful with using stainless steel with electrolysis, though. As it dissolves, the coating will put chromium in the water as a biproduct of the electrolysis, which is not good for humans.
Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 11-04-2018, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,447
Posted By AGruber
Re: Ultrasonic Cleaning

I havent cleaned any of my CI in an ultrasonic but I used to clean old tools in one, and I use a smaller one now for my fountain pens. Based on my experience with the tools, I'd say skip it....
Forum: General Cast Iron 10-29-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,443
Posted By AGruber
Does This Look Like a Fake?

I'm looking at this eBay auction (

Forum: Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning 10-14-2018, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,106
Posted By AGruber
Greenish-yellowish Brown Residue on Old Favorite

I found an old favorite pot, smiley logo era. After a few rounds of lye and electrolysis, the residue after wiping it down with a paper rag has a green yellow hue, a bit like normal grime mixed with...
Forum: General Cast Iron 10-13-2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,888
Posted By AGruber
J D Weed & Co

I found a couple of spider skillets today with the label J D Weed & co. The store had them labeled as Savannah, GA. That leads me to believe that either (a) this is the same company as Weed and...
Forum: New Collector's Corner 10-09-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,585
Posted By AGruber
Maker Closest to Fosters OH

I've been collecting local tools for a long time and have recently moved into cast iron. My collection interest is primarily motivated by my family history.

My great grandfather was born in...
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