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Old 05-10-2017, 07:14 PM
David S David S is offline
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Default New skillet in bad shape

I just got this one cleaned up and it is in pretty bad shape. Do Ya'll think its worth seasoning or is it scrap iron? Any idea who made it?
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Old 05-10-2017, 07:17 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: New skillet in bad shape

Bad shape how? Just looks well-used. It's a late unmarked Wagner. Get some seasoning established on it, it should be a fine user.

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Old 05-10-2017, 08:06 PM
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Default Re: New skillet in bad shape

I thought some of the pits were pretty deep but I guess if they fill in with seasoning it will alright. I am new to this and have only done 6 or 7. This is by far the worst one so I wanted to see what Ya'll thought.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:41 PM
Kyle S. Kyle S. is online now
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Default Re: New skillet in bad shape

You will find worse than that one trust me. Put a few rounds of manual seasoning on it and it will look and function much better. Make sure you wipe it down good though when you season. Sometimes oil will hide in those pits and then leak out and cause splotchiness in the oven. I have a #9 Griswold that has some pitting. Bare iron it looked terrible, but after some seasoning and use it is one of my go to pans.
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:04 PM
Steven C Steven C is offline
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Default Re: New skillet in bad shape

That will make a fine user. A couple of months of use and light cleaning after a meal you'll be glad you stuck with it.

Now this one has a little pitting the inside looked pretty good and it is flat. Not much for collector value, but I cook with it 4-6 times a week. It turned out to be a nice pan for what I wanted it for.
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:30 AM
NateN NateN is offline
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I agree, season and use.

I don't know how you removed the rust; I used an electrolytic tank on my skillets. I had one BSR with some very fine pitting on the cooking surface; I seasoned it and just left it upside down in the oven to cool. The next day I warmed up the oven again (gas) and found that when it got warm and I pulled the skillet out to wipe on some more lard that it had flash rusted. So I had to start over.

Here is what I found. Even though I'd e-tanked the skillet, scrubbed with steel wool and vinegar, rinsed repeatedly, and even wiped down with oil before attempting to season, apparently there was still some loose rust and dirt in the pits. Here's what actually worked. Using Jeff Rogers' seasoning method but with lard instead of Crisco, after initial heating and wiping on/off the lard, my wipe off rag was coming away brown. So the hot lard was pulling stuff off the iron that soap/water, cold oil etc. wasn't getting. So if my rag came away dark, I'd wipe on more lard, stick it back in the oven for 10 min. or so @ 200 degrees, rewipe. If it came off dark, do it again. It took 4 rounds of this to get a clean rag. That skillet is now one of my best users, and I restored it only a month or so ago.

Just thought I would pass this on in case it helps anyone else with a similar rusty skillet issue.
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