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Old 01-28-2020, 01:43 AM
GabrielleStriker GabrielleStriker is offline
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Default Is This Kettle/cauldron Too Far Gone, or Can It Be Restored? Is It Even Worth It?

Hello everyone! I'm very new to the forums and a bit new to restoring cast iron, as well.

My husband and I have wanted a nice large kettle for some time, and I found one that piqued my interest at a nearby antique mall, but it needs a lot of work.

Here are a few photos of the piece:

I have a couple concerns about it before I go back and buy it.

1) It's priced at a hundred bucks! I like it very much, but I don't know that it's worth $100. Not only does it need a lot of attention, one of the feet has been cut off about halfway up. So I'll need to cut the other two feet to match if I want it to stand up properly.

2) I'm a little concerned that I may not have the experience or skills yet to restore something from this level. So even if it is worth it, monetarily, it might not be a good idea for me to take on a job like this, at this point.

If it is worth it to try it out, could this be accomplished without an e-tank? I've only used lye and then vinegar baths so far. I don't have the setup to try electrolysis yet, and to be honest it's kind of intimidating to me.

Thanks in advance for any input, tips, etc. This is my first post here, but you all have already been such a help to me as a lurker for the past few months!
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