Cast Iron Collector Forums  
Google

Go Back   Cast Iron Collector Forums > General Discussion > Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning

Notices

Cast Iron Cleaning and Seasoning Help With and Tips & Techniques For Cast Iron Cookware Restoration

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-20-2020, 09:16 AM
James_C James_C is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 6
Default First Post and a Silly Question on Electrolysis

Hiya All,
I just joined the forum as I've got the CI bug. So far, I'm really limited to purchasing stuff off Ebay as finding vintage stuff in my area is difficult. Anyway, I have a couple of pans that I got, one was beautiful until all the flaxseed seasoning started flaking off. Another one arrived unseasoned with a coat of "oil" on it. I don't know what the guy used but it was a sticky mess. So what better reason than now to construct an electrolysis setup?

My tank is built and seems to be working well. However, I have one really silly question. The container I used only allows me to do one pan at a time if I put the pan fully under the water. If I hang them with the handles sticking out a bit, I could probably do 3-4 at a time. So the question I have is if I leave the handles exposed as I've seen done, how do you get that portion of the handle cleaned up to match the rest of the pan?
Cheers and Thank you,
jc
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-20-2020, 09:51 AM
Jody M Jody M is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 325
Default Re: First Post and a Silly Question on Electrolysis

Hey James, welcome to the site. My suggestion to you would be to buy another container. It will definitely be worth it in the long run. It is nearly impossible to get a part of the skillet sticking out of the tank to match the part that was cleaned. In my experience, it always leaves a line or shadow where the 2 meet. That doesn't matter if they are just for your own use, but not what you want if reselling. I use a tall, kitchen trash can for one of my tanks. It is much deeper and allows the skillet to stay off the bottom. The problem I had with it is that I can only fit a #9 skillet in it. So I also have a 27 gallon Rubbermaid tote, from Walmart, that I set up as a second tank. For this one, I cut apart 2 plastic milk crates and, using plastic zip ties, built a rectangular cage that would hold the cast iron without being hung from a hook, and without fear of touching my anodes. I made sure to make the cage big enough to hold dutch ovens and small kettles. This setup work well for me, but there are lots of ways to build an electrolysis tank. I know a lot of people who use a stainless steel washing machine drum inside a 55 gallon plastic drum. I've been very tempted to try this as well, since i think it would allow me to hang multiple pieces at once.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-20-2020, 10:21 AM
James_C James_C is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 6
Default Re: First Post and a Silly Question on Electrolysis

Thank you! You've confirmed my suspicions on getting the piece fully under water. I thought I had bought a big enough tub but apparently not big enough to do multiple pieces. I do like the idea of making some sort of "rack" as you described if for no other reason than to just make sure the pan isn't touching my anodes...gets kind of hard to tell in that murky water! I'm not in this to re-sell or even become a big collector so I'll probably just make do with what I've got but will look at making a rack. Thanks very much for responding.
Cheers,
jc
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-20-2020, 10:41 AM
Jody M Jody M is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 325
Default Re: First Post and a Silly Question on Electrolysis

One caution about using my plastic cage. Electrolysis is a line-of-site process. The plastic cage can sometimes throw a shadow on the part. Again, for your own use, not a problem. I also use a large graphite sheet on the 2 long sides of my container, connected with a "jumper" wire, to clean my pieces from both sides at the same time.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-20-2020, 11:15 AM
James_C James_C is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 6
Default Re: First Post and a Silly Question on Electrolysis

Yep. I have 8 carbon rods as my electrodes so pretty well surrounds the items but I'm certain with a cage I may have some shadows.
Cheers.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Advertisement

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,
an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn
advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com or its affiliates.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.