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Old 04-02-2016, 11:27 AM
MEValery MEValery is offline
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Default What to do with my growing collection of door stops

I've been trying to buy crud coated cast iron hoping to find something special underneath. My luck has not been good:
An $25 ERIE #8 from around 1905 that turned out to be cracked at the side of the handle (might still be OK to use)
A $26 Victor #8 from around 1905 that seems to have had some type of thick plating that has been severely damaged and scratched so the cooking surface is rough.
A couple $7 #8 unmarked, maybe Wagners, which may be from the 1920s with a very thin plating that has a hint of rainbow like colors.
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Anyway, I'm going to start running out of wall space.

What do you do with your cracked, poor plating, warped,... cast iron?

Thanks,
Mark
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:34 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Great question Mark. I await the answers also.

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Old 04-03-2016, 08:51 AM
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Looks like someone is selling them to you.

I try hard to give each piece my multi point test. If a piece does not pass all points, most times I walk. But if it passes all but one, depending on the rarity of the piece I might purchase it. But we all will and have been fooled, just part of the fun.

So of ALL the iron that has passed through my hands, I believe I have purchased less than 12 pieces with cracks. Three of them were purchased knowing of the cracks, and two have been repaired. One is in the mail on the way to me now, and will hang in my kitchen. One piece was purchased twice by different sellers, in different states. But I got my $$ back and they got the skillet back, both times. (posted about this).:head pop:

"What do you do with your cracked, poor plating, warped,... cast iron?"

Cracked - So if it worth it too have a piece repaired, I do it and sell them.

Poor plating - Clean, season, sell, still a good user for someone. I do not purchase plated pieces in bad condition. If I do not see most all the plating I do not want it. I like iron.

Warped - I stay clear of pieces like this. But they once in a while they just show up, they find a new home.

It is all good.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:01 AM
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I only have one 'spinner" and I don't remember buying it. It is one of those 1891 Wagner #10 (?). I am going to use it on the grill. Grill heat doesn't care if it's a spinner.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:08 PM
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Thanks for the info.

I will keep some of my old spinners for the grill. That's a good idea.
One spinner I have to keep and not use on the grill ever. It was my moms BSR and I warped it in a sell cleaning oven. It was the first pan I tried to clean and I hadn't read up enough. I do expect my mom to haunt me at least a few times for that mistake.

Jeff, who repairs the cracks for you? I would like to keep that 6th series ERIE. It has sever sulfur pitting over most of the bottom, but I would like to use it to cook with.

I talked to a local antique store today and they'll look over some of the things I'm not interested in keeping.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:50 PM
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Default Re: What to do with my growing collection of door stops

MEValery
I have yet to discard one piece of cast iron that is cracked, broken, or badly repaired by someone else.
A little thinking "out-of-the-box" and you can find many ways to resurrect these pieces into very useful and beautiful artifacts. It helps to be a multiple tasked or a jack-of-all-trades. Attached are a few of the pieces I have saved that may give you some ideas. Cracked skillets, broken waffle irons, and worn out food choppers are a few of the pieces I have made into pleasing gifts for grand kids and family members. I had more but have given them away without taking pictures.
Good luck and never say never....
http://imgur.com/a/KoKHT
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:32 AM
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Thanks for the info.

Jeff, who repairs the cracks for you? I would like to keep that 6th series ERIE. It has sever sulfur pitting over most of the bottom, but I would like to use it to cook with.
I have a friend that is a welder and he uses nickel rod on the repair.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:34 AM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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This discussion has helped me decide. First Id like to say to MD that I respect your creativity, attitude, efforts and workmanship a whole lot. I like to recycle, but to a point. A few years ago I committed a pair of waffle irons that had one hinge ball broken to the woods for nature to recycle without feeling bad after the fact. My present irritant is a #8 BSR Dutch oven spinner that has been on the kitchen floor for over a year. It was about to go to a community thrift shop to be passed on to another.

I now have a better idea out of the box. Tomorrow it will go down in the woods near the salt block (I dont kill wild critters) right side up so the critters can get a drink and nature can recycle over time. The thrift shop will get the glass lid. Tis good.

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Old 04-05-2016, 01:01 AM
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On those do cracked or spiners a good idea is find a little grill and convert it to a little hibachi.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:22 PM
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On those do cracked or spiners a good idea is find a little grill and convert it to a little hibachi.
What mr. Edgar mentioned would be fun to do.


Cast iron does not weld well. Various welding rods will produce a seal but you have a corrected pan/pot which might be functional but will look like fido's rear end. Often the isolated heat will warp the item or cause fatigue/brittleness.
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