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Old 10-14-2015, 01:22 AM
RickC RickC is offline
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Default Finally, Another one from my home state of California.

A while back I picked up an American Brass & Iron chicken fryer & lid. Combined they probably weigh 50lbs. Was not impressed with the casting, & really not impressed by the weight being as I had to lug it all the way out of the flea market with a few other pieces. You can see it HERE if you really want to.

BUT... A few weeks ago, on my way out of the flea market. Tired, Hot (It's been around 100f here for months) I spotted two pieces sitting on top of an old suitcase. On enameled, and one that looked like it had alligator skin on the outside, and about 1/8" coat of still runny oil/grease on the inside. *Yuck* I couldn't tell what brand it was, but the smooth inside, and the handle had me curious. "How Much?" "Five dollars" "Sold"

I brought it home, and too curious to wait for the lye to do it's thing, I scrapped off just enough of the 1/4" thick crud off the bottom at the 12 o' clock position that I could see:

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COOL!!!! A piece made 60 miles down the road from me. It's not old, it's not particularly rare, it's not the greatest thing I've found lately, but I like it.

1 week in the lye, about half the crud came off, after 2 weeks, all clean.

Curious about exactly how much crud was on it, I weighed the skillet before and after cleaning. 2574 grams before, 2460 grams after.

Renfrow Ware L.A. No. 8 Skillet.


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Old 10-14-2015, 01:52 AM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Default Re: Finally, Another one from my home state of California.

Good for you! I like that chicken fryer too. The first I've seen that could comfortably handle one of todays 4 to 5 lb. chickens without cutting the breasts in half and the shape is perfect. My 3 qt. is much happier with a half of a chicken.

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Old 10-14-2015, 02:06 PM
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Default Re: Finally, Another one from my home state of California.

Nice find. This is what I like about collecting CI, you don't have to have what everyone else has. You just have to have what you like.
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:20 PM
Jeffrey R. Jeffrey R. is offline
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Nice find. This is what I like about collecting CI, you don't have to have what everyone else has. You just have to have what you like.
Have no fear, RickC has the collection only a hunter like RickC can score. You should see his egg video in one of his cast iron skillets. Top of the line.

Sorry RickC for spilling the beans, I could not control myself.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:47 PM
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Have no fear, RickC has the collection only a hunter like RickC can score. You should see his egg video in one of his cast iron skillets. Top of the line.

Sorry RickC for spilling the beans, I could not control myself.
No worries. I pick up what I like, and leave the rest behind for someone else. I may have an eclectic collection but it's MY collection. Slowly but surely working my way through getting it all cleaned up so I can use all of it whenever I want.
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:06 PM
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RickC, I am looking forward to seeing your scotch bowl cleaned up.
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:25 PM
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RickC, I am looking forward to seeing your scotch bowl cleaned up.
Lye tank isn't all that big, but I've planned on doing some pots.

Yankee bowl needs cleaned.

Scotch bowl needs cleaned.


The other Yankee bowl needs cleaned.

And quite a few other pots... I need to do a stack of No.3's. Maybe I can get the pots in the middle and drop a bunch of No.3's in around the edges this weekend.
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:36 AM
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RickC - cool find...not familiar with the brand, but like we say, it is the thrill of finding CI like this. Anyway to tell approximate year of manufacture?
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