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Old 02-22-2015, 05:39 AM
RustyP RustyP is offline
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Thanks for the tips, Doug. So far I've decided to just season over the black stains and live with them.

Glenn- I've been planning on ordering gouging rod from http://www.mcmaster.com/ - I'd give you a direct link but it doesn't work at their website, and it is difficult to find in the catalog. Do a search for "carbon gouging" instead, and you'll find 5-packs of 12" long x 3/4" diameter for $12 (among other sizes). Obviously, you don't want to buy the copper plated stuff, so pay attention if you decide to order.

I'd still rather have those nice big plates Doug found, but all the ones I see are way too expensive.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:10 AM
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Thank you, sir. I'll snoop around and see if I can find some. I appreciate the help.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:49 PM
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These are the graphite plates on sale on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GRAPHITE-PLA...item3f40d54c77
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:42 PM
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Those are the ones I bought. The seller has several other sizes and thicknesses. Seems to be priced roughly by the square foot.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:19 PM
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Thanks Kevin and Doug. I ordered a set.

I've been wanting to try this for some time now and never found them at a reasonable price
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:05 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm new to the site but wanted to share my experiences with using graphite as an anode. I've probably cleaned around 40 skillets in my e-tank so far. Roughly 15 using scrap steel, and 25 with a plate of graphite. Using the graphite has been so much cleaner and easier. The graphite doesn't accumulate any build-up, regardless of how rusty the skillet is-therefore, there is never a need to clean or debris the anode. Another huge bonus is that I cannot see any noticeable erosion to the graphite yet. I think there must be a little erosion occurring though since there is a fine black silt in the solution. I've cleaned as many as 8 or 9 pans without changing the water and still got very good results.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for the tips, Doug. So far I've decided to just season over the black stains and live with them.

Glenn- I've been planning on ordering gouging rod from http://www.mcmaster.com/ - I'd give you a direct link but it doesn't work at their website, and it is difficult to find in the catalog. Do a search for "carbon gouging" instead, and you'll find 5-packs of 12" long x 3/4" diameter for $12 (among other sizes). Obviously, you don't want to buy the copper plated stuff, so pay attention if you decide to order.

I'd still rather have those nice big plates Doug found, but all the ones I see are way too expensive.
Just bought 4 graphite rods, 1/2" diameter, 12 " long. eBay, 18 bucks. Gotta figure how to drill small holes in the top ends to pass my copper wire through each one in order for them all to be connected as anodes.
As far as the black crud removal, I use the self cleaning cycle in my oven which is about 4 hours at 500F. It turns to black ash and washes right off.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:33 AM
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Just bought 4 graphite rods, 1/2" diameter, 12 " long. eBay, 18 bucks. Gotta figure how to drill small holes in the top ends to pass my copper wire through each one in order for them all to be connected as anodes.
As far as the black crud removal, I use the self cleaning cycle in my oven which is about 4 hours at 500F. It turns to black ash and washes right off.
You can go to an electric supply shop and just get a clamp.
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:44 PM
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Doug,
I bought the same size graphite plates as you did. I use an 18 gallon container that is perhaps 20" in diameter. I like to put an anode on opposite sides of the container so that I get both front and back cleaned at the same time. These plates are so wide that I can only use one at a time. I need to cut them in half lengthwise.

In a previous post you said the plates could be cut with a carbide blade or by other means depending on the thickness. Will the carbide blade work on these 3/8" thick plates? If not, how should I go about cutting them?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jack
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:06 PM
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I haven't had occasion to need to cut mine. I can only recommend you do as I did and search youtube for some cutting methods.
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