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Old 04-30-2015, 09:03 AM
DougH DougH is offline
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Default Re: First Shot at E-tank

I had a bit of a set back in the seasoning process.

Here's what it looked like after a good scrub with steel wool. It's still wet here, which makes it look better than it really is, but still...it's pretty clean.

http://i.imgur.com/XyY9vfh.jpg

I dried it in a low oven and then did my normal crisco seasoning process (wipe on layer on warm iron, then into oven at 300 for 15 minutes. Take out and aggressively wipe down all surfaces, then back in oven for 2 hours at 400. Let the oven and piece cool to room temperature together after 2 hours is up).

I set the oven to turn off after a couple hours, and went to bed. When I checked this morning, it has clearly has some rust in the pitting on the cooking surface.

Exterior: http://i.imgur.com/DQ0JNEt.jpg
Interior: http://i.imgur.com/QcFg8yw.jpg
Interior close up: http://i.imgur.com/o0oPocE.jpg (looking down into the DO, perspective on this picture can be hard if you don't know what you're looking at)

I wondering if maybe I didn't get enough crisco down into the pits on the cooking surface, and then that rust is flash rust because it's bare iron there. I'm not sure. It was harder to season because the surface is a bit rough, so it was eating up my shop towels and leaving lint behind.

If this is flash rust, then hopefully I can season again and be ok. I'm thinking maybe I'll try applying with a towel or rag instead of show towels...hoping they would stand up to the rough surface better.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, or has dealt with a similar problem, I'm open to ideas.

Thanks!

Also, as an aside, I knew this piece would be pitted because of the huge amount of rust I was starting with. But honestly, it's not as bad as I expected it to be. I figure this will be mostly a deep fry pot anyway, so it shouldn't matter much.
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