Cast Iron Collector Forums  

Go Back   Cast Iron Collector Forums > Cast Iron Collector Forums > Introductions


Introductions New Members Say Hello and Tell Us What Brought You Here

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-10-2019, 09:51 AM
Tom St.Clair Tom St.Clair is offline
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Indy
Posts: 4
Default New Hoosier

Hi all,

I m from Indy.
I have been cooking in Cast for almost 50 years. I was first introduced to using & caring for CI at age 11 when I joined Boy Scouts. Then remained active in Scouts for 35+years.
By age 14 I had started acquiring pieces for personal use.
About half of the pieces have been new Lodge. But I have bought some from yard sales, garage sales and flea markets. I also have been given some pieces.

over the past 15 or so years I have all but stopped using my cast iron to cook in.
In the past 6 months I have decided I need to get all my CI out cleaned & put back to use.
I watched some YouTube videos about the best way to get it back into shape. There I saw everything... Fire, sandblasting, sanding, wire wheels, Self Cleaning Ovens, oven cleaner... Then saw other videos saying how any & all of those methods were BAD. And if you used any of them that your "eternal wellbeing" was in danger......
Then I found this site & have been reading here. & finally decided to Join the group.

Anyway.....In getting out my the pieces I have readily available I have "found" a few pieces that surprised a #10 Wapak Indian Head, Wagner #11 Arc/straight Sydney O, Lodge 3 notch.
as well as an "unmarked" #9. The unmarked has either an "8, B or 3" on the bottom right by the handle.
All of these have a bit of seasoning built up on them making some of the markings hard to see.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 07-10-2019, 03:33 PM
WallyF WallyF is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 333
Default Re: New Hoosier

Welcome Tom.

Think you will a lot of satisfaction in restoring and using those old pieces
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2019, 04:34 PM
Tom St.Clair Tom St.Clair is offline
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Indy
Posts: 4
Default Re: New Hoosier

Now I need to figure out if I need a lye tank, e-tank, or both.
and then figure out where to put either/both. We don't have a garage or an out building with power.
We do have an unfinished basement that only we go into....but not sure about potential fumes.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2019, 05:57 PM
GTurner GTurner is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 756
Default Re: New Hoosier

If you can, do both. The lye tank will do the bulk of the work while the e-tank will finish it nicely. I only have a lye bath, then the scrubbing begins!

I don't have a place to do an e-tank since I'm in an apartment without a balcony/porch.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2019, 10:07 AM
Rodney Walker Rodney Walker is offline
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Centralia, WA, USA
Posts: 61
Default Re: New Hoosier

Welcome Tom,
I keep my lye tank under the eaves of my house. I wouldn't recommend an enclosed space for the E tank. The process releases hydrogen so ventilation is important.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2019, 04:53 AM
Greg Brunett Greg Brunett is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 137
Default Re: New Hoosier

Welcome Tom from a fellow Hoosier and an Eagle Scout. Im about 50 miles SW of Indy. Lots of good info here.
Reply With Quote


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


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 or its affiliates.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:49 AM.

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