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Offline statesofmind

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Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« on: August 22, 2011, 09:41:14 AM »
Hey All!  I decided it was time to restore one of my woodstoves.  Quite a bit of surface rust, but nothing that made it un-restorable.  Started with a wire brush and drill to remove all that I could.



I decided that I did NOT want to use hi-temp paint and all the problems that go with it.  i wanted to do it how it was apparently done for many years... oiling the stove and seasoning it like you would a cast iron pan.   i researched that Lard was what was used for many years. 


So I melted down a stick and began the process.


Using some steel wool and rags, I coated the stove as it was heating up.  I continued to wipe on many (10-20) light coats throughout the entire process, while the stove was hot.  This allowed many layers of coating and really helped blend all the colors for a nice look.



Once it began to smoke, the color started coming to life. 


It was at this point that I realized my first and only "issue".  I left the fire bricks in the stove, afraid to overheat the stove.  This caused only the top to begin the seasoning process.  I continued and figured I re-burn the following day with the bricks removed, being careful not to over-fire the stove. 


You can see that the process was working... albeit only on the top half of the stove.  No worries, I'll fix it with a re-burn.



The color changes from a burnt orange to a deep brown/black once it reaches the correct temperature.  Here are the final pics during and after the 2nd burn. I'm very happy with the way this turned out.  A nice deep, gloss finish that is easily retouched in the future. 


This is not a "show" stove, this one works for a living.  I wouldn't recommend this process with a "showy" stove.  I was just MUCH more interested in doing this the "natural" way, much as our forebear's would have.  I mean why pay all that money, wasted paint/chemicals and prep work when it's not necessary?  The whole process ran me $2.50 for the lard and some elbow grease... not much either.  Hope someone finds this helpful. 
« Last Edit: August 22, 2011, 10:47:13 AM by statesofmind »
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Re: Restoring-Reseasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 10:08:20 AM »
Wow, nice work! It looks great, and should be easy to maintain.


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Re: Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 11:32:22 AM »
beautiful!
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Re: Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 12:20:50 PM »
great idea, thanks for showing it to us.


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Re: Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 12:36:36 PM »
Perfect timing for a great tutorial! :)
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Re: Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011, 01:29:39 PM »
Thanks for the kudos.  It's a great little stove that will keep my home nice and toasty in the event of a loss of power.  It's actually my secondary heat source.  My first is a wood pellet stove that's been treating me very well here in Northern Maine.  I also have oil fired boiler as a third source... but I haven't spent a penny on oil in 2 seasons, and I'm not going to start now! 
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Re: Re-Seasoning a Rusty woodstove... the old-fashioned way!
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2011, 10:13:28 PM »
Nice stove rusty or not