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« on: January 12, 2017, 10:21:35 pm »
Just a quick question.  I have gotten into collecting and restoring cast iron cookware.  along with cooking with it.  How many on the forum is into this if any.  I have set up lye baths and electrolysis tanks to clean and restore iron.  There is a guy who makes crisbee to seeason pans with beeswax and lye is used in soaps so may be a good descussion for us keeps  posting and active on the board
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2017, 08:04:00 am »
I have collected some to use and hang on the wall,I cook mostly with cast iron.
 I now just look for ones to upgrade what I have but I am cheap,so many times I pass on the nice ones.

 I have a friend that cleans out houses and every once in a while he finds some, I have him save them now for me because
he was taking them to the recycling plant,he thought they were worthless.

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Re: cast iron
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 07:08:00 pm »
Just like bringing cast iron cookware back from the dead I am bring back this long dead thread. 

I find it satisfying to cook waffles in a 100 year old Griswold cast iron waffle iron.  The older Griswold, Wagner, and Volrath skillets are great to cook in also.

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Re: cast iron
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 07:14:58 pm »
We use one or two to cook with, one is old passed down through the family but has always been in use so there has been no need for restoration.
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 12:13:06 pm »
My last purchase was a griddle - advertising piece.  I got it at a yard sale for $1.  It was in great shape, so it appeared, but has now been relegated to wall hanger status as it has about a 6" hairline crack  3/4 way across the bottom.

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Re: cast iron
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2018, 11:26:57 pm »
rat, i love cast iron, from stove top, to oven, campfires and even grill with cast iron. i have a number of cast iron skillets and griddles. each for whatever the recipe calls for or i want to use!.......... :D

i have had most of my cast iron for well over 25 years, some newly acquired, and a lid or two.  i did have to restore one griddle pan some years back........my son took it outside for, okay never mind, ....... :D and i didn't find it until very late the following spring, after the snow melted. pretty rusty.
still using that piece today.
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2018, 09:57:13 pm »
Count me in as well. I have been collecting cast iron for about four years now. I prefer using electrolysis tanks in cleaning up my purchases. Yes it is nice to view and look at nice seasoned pieces in antique shop BUT I prefer to purchase rusty caked on gunky cast iron for a few bucks and restoring them to their prior glory days.  :)
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2018, 08:14:38 am »
I use lye bath and electrolysis tank.  Here is a few of my waffle irons.  I may have to have an intervention. Excuse the mess I am rearranging to add more shelving


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Re: cast iron
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2018, 12:51:20 pm »
"Here is a few of my waffle irons.  I may have to have an intervention."

............. :D :D :laugh:

btw, that is not messy!
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2018, 04:37:52 pm »
I use lye bath and electrolysis tank.  Here is a few of my waffle irons.  I may have to have an intervention. Excuse the mess I am rearranging to add more shelving



Showed this to Sweet Wife and the look I saw in her eye made me a little jealous.
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2018, 07:08:27 pm »


Neil this ia a fraction of the collection.  I think I have 150 to 160 waffle irons most are hard to find with a few common pieces and probably another 100 to 150  other piece in collectors condition like dutch ovens, skillets, muffin pans, etc I dont have up for display yet
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2018, 10:41:59 pm »
Okay, that settles it-we are not coming to visit! :)
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2018, 09:14:56 am »
Okay, that settles it-we are not coming to visit! :)

We got plenty to eat.  Or it's a fear of cast iron fever spreading
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2018, 02:39:22 pm »
Riverrat,

If I showed up with Sweet Wife, I might be going home alone! :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2018, 10:40:52 pm »
rat, you selling any of this........or are you just hoarding?!............. :D

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Re: cast iron
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2018, 01:57:29 pm »
The ones I have counted are in the collection and in top shape.  I do sell a few when I find a better piece or buy several pieces to get a piece I'm wanting
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Re: cast iron
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2018, 02:02:53 pm »
I'm picking up a piece on way to St Louis Tuesday that surfaced only one known to exist that is complete.  Before there was a paddle know and listings in catalogs it a 2 paddle Wagner commercial corn dog maker makes 4 corn dogs.  Others that are known to exist was single paddle not double.  I could have set up a small apiary for price of this one


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