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Old 10-29-2019, 04:24 PM
BryanB BryanB is offline
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Location: West Tennessee
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Default Re: Large Kettle Clean Up

Not 100% lime. That is a wash pot that had a build up of Borax or lime soap to clean clothing under a wood fire. I have cleaned several southern kettles that look like yours. Was the "crust"thicker in the bottom? That was from allowing the water to cool and the settlement to drop to the bottom. The ones I have cleaned were stored in a dry environment, like a barn. Most were left outside and the rust formed under the scale and popped off. At least no one hammered a hole or drilled a hole to make a planter.
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