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Old 07-10-2019, 09:51 AM
Tom St.Clair Tom St.Clair is offline
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Location: Indy
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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 me.......like 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.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:33 PM
WallyF WallyF is offline
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Welcome Tom.

Think you will a lot of satisfaction in restoring and using those old pieces
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:34 PM
Tom St.Clair Tom St.Clair is offline
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thanks
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.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:57 PM
GTurner GTurner is offline
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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.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:07 AM
Rodney Walker Rodney Walker is offline
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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.
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