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Old 09-27-2011   #1
 
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The Rusty Firepan

While it may sound like something you have to pay extra for in Vegas, this is not what this is about.

So, what do?
Wire brush & some rustolium?

That thing wasn't cheap & I want to do it right, I bow to the wisdom of the buzz.

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Old 09-27-2011   #2
 
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treat it like cast iron. you should first scrub the rust with a sponge or steel wool, then rub oil or cooking grease lightly on it to prevent rust. i use crisco, it is non toxic as it burns off. steel oils can be toxic when burnt.
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Thanks bob. Should i 'cure' it? I think it'll fit in the oven.

We had some water in the basement & the pan was on the floor. The whole bottom is afflicted.
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What is wrong with just using it and forget about the rust ?
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Like i said, its all over the bottom.
Don't want my investment to fall apart.
Don't want it to stain anything it contacts.
Dont want it to get jagged & cut folks, boats..
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Every year I spray my firepan with high tempature spray paint. After several years it still looks new. If I see any rust I just use a wire brush.
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strainless steel firepan?
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Old 09-27-2011   #8
 
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Is the firepan painted, or at one point painted?

If it is stainless, the rust is probably just OTHER particles that are rusting and should just be abraded off.

Is it just surface rust? If it is, you just need to clean the surface free of dirt and rust (wire brush, sandblasting, etc...) and then treat it afterwords. Paint doesn't actually bond well with metal so it must be etched/primed before paint if it is clean bare metal. After that paint it black, BUT I would look into paint to use. Some might off gas some nasty chemicals, which you may or may not want flavoring your food.

Here is a quick link to surface prep info RustOleum.com
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I do the same thing as Bob, when i get home after every trip i use a wire brush to get off most of the "stuff" left on it. Then spray it with "pam" or what ever veg. type spray you have. But yeah treat it like you would your dutch oven. Dont think I'll be spraying mine with paint though.
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Thanks.
Pulled it out to test a DO recipe & saw the rust. Figure its going away for the winter after next week & want to stop the damage. Advice appreciated.
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