|Forum topic by MsDebbieP||posted 10-12-2013 10:23 PM||931 views||1 time favorited||31 replies|
10-12-2013 10:23 PM
I’ve been cleaning up an antique cast iron kettle and today, as I was working on our next eMag, I thought that perhaps it might be of interest to my fellow LumberJocks.
A brief history on the project: I bought a rusty old cast iron kettle or bean pot several years ago and it has sat around with a potted plant sitting in it. I was told that it is from the 1800’s and should be cleaned up. So… I did.
It started with a night coated with the lye solution “Easy Off” oven cleaner. That took off the built up gunk but the thick layers of rust were still there. Because of the major pit marks in the bottom, the typical strategy of soaking it in a vinegar solution was ruled out because the vinegar would eat through the remaining metal and I would end up with a sieve. So the experts told me to try molasses (not that they had tried it before but apparently it works and is gentler than the vinegar).
So off to the local feed store I went to buy a bag of feed molasses (the required element.) I mixed it with water at a 1:6 ratio and stuck the kettle in it. Apparently the process is a 2-4 week event but because, I think, I had chose the 1:6 instead of 1:10, it only took 4 days for the rust to be gone.
I also put a rusty hammer into the mix and after just one day it was a sparkling grey, ready to be oiled up. (Sorry, no pictures of the hammer .. I wasn’t thinking LumberJocks at the time.)
My blog about the process can be found here: LINK
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)