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Old 06-29-2016   #1
Chandler, Arizona
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Cambridge Fire Pan


I'm sure many of you have used or are currently using a Cambridge Fire Pan. I picked one up for a recent trip and it worked great. However, when I got home I was really surprised to see how much it had rusted. I have a lid and ran a strap around it, stored inside a NRS bag and cleaned it up with a wire brush and a wet rag after each use. Didn't notice the rust until I got home. No flips or rain, but did have to extinguish some hot coals one day (after removing the grate). I really don't mind the legs or the pan rusting, but the grate seems to be excessive to me. I'd like a rust free steak. Am I crazy? Is this normal and just need to be "seasoned"?


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Old 06-29-2016   #2
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Get some burger grease on it and you'll be good.

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Old 06-29-2016   #3
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You're on a river. It's made of steel. It will rust. Don't worry - will still cook fine, just wire brush it before use and rub the side fat of a rib eye on it to grease before grilling
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Old 06-29-2016   #4
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I have a partner steel mini fire pan that telescopes inside itself for storage. I also have he large Cambridge too. They rust up pretty easily. The fix is a bottle of rustoleum high temp engine or grill spray paint from the big orange home store. That will cure the rust on the pan and legs. The grill is a grease thing.

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Old 07-01-2016   #5
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Use it alot and the grate will "season up" so to speak. Mine is rusty everywhere except where it gets cooked on.
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Old 07-01-2016   #6
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It's defective.

If you send it to me I'll fix it and return it.

I'd take that deal n crawfish, then drill that ole devil in the ass.
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Old 07-01-2016   #7
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The grate will season and the legs will rust. Don't keep knocking or brushing off the rust unless it gets excessive. The rust forms a thin protective layer and will slow future corrosion. If you continue to clean it off you will wear away metal, one thin layer at a time.

This is surface rust, not that deep flaking rust that rots away metal. Embrace the patina.
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I season my grate just like a cast iron DO every winter. I season it in my BBQ grill, no smell in house. I like to start the new year out with a very clean seasoned grate. +1 on the high temp paint for legs and outside of pan.

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