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A Bit About Cleaning Rusty Ovens (Read 16020 times)
 
Dec 11th, 2012 at 10:14pm

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Ive just been digging through the forum looking for some of the threads about rust removal using Molasses.
The following links both give a good idea of what can be achieved and instructions on how to do it.
There are quite a few good before and after photos, mostly courtesy of Mummsy.
Both threads contain more than a few pages and the photos and information is spread through them.
A few warnings and hints before you proceed
Molasses can be bought at most stock feed stores very cheaply.
This works best in warm weather or in a warm place.
Do not leave your oven in this mix for extended periods of time without checking it (daily is best) until you are familiar with the process.

This one has some good shots Mummsy took of the molasses frothing up as it should when working properly.....also some good before and after shots of her ovens.
http://www.aussiecampovenforum.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1266641160/all
The second link gives information on how to......but its spread out through the post...check all pages
http://www.aussiecampovenforum.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1229420513

Over the years Ive cleaned hundreds of different items this way, I will try and add a few before and after shots to this post.
These old traps are just one example.
Its easy to see who hasn't had a bath.
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Reply #1 - Dec 12th, 2012 at 6:38pm

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Saltbush Bill,

Great link mate, they turned out unbelievable, can't wait to have a crack at that
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Reply #2 - Dec 12th, 2012 at 9:58pm

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Thanks for the info and links. They will be a real help for me.

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Reply #3 - Dec 13th, 2012 at 7:50am

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Chally & Teemac, Im happy to answer any questions in this thread if you run into problems, which you shouldn't. A couple of other pointers are. If its hard work getting the rust off you haven't soaked long enough, also try to use the finest and softest wire brush you can find to get stubborn bits off. Those big stiff ones don't work as well. Often 99% of the rust will wash of just being rubbed with bare hands under running water, even better a quick squirt with a pressure washer if you have one.

 
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Reply #4 - Dec 13th, 2012 at 10:38am

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Thanks SBB. I have a 16" Albion I want to try this on as soon as I can get things organised. My son in-law works at the local sugar mill so getting molasses in no problem. Smiley I will have a look around for a brass brush.

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Nice traps Saltbush,
Molasses works a treat,used it heaps of times.
Now I use citric acid ,its no better or worse than molasses just a bit cleaner to use. same results.
As an example say 3 traps in plastic container with 1 container of citric acid cover with water.Cleaned a CO with it as well using 4or5 containers.Works ok on copper and brass also.
 
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Reply #7 - Dec 13th, 2012 at 4:57pm

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Wino Ive heard about using citric acid but never tried it, a bit expensive when your doing the amounts of rust removal I have at times and you have to buy it from the supermarket. If i could find a bulk supply I would prefer to use it.
The traps are another of my obsessions / illnesses.....call it what you will Grin
That little one you have next to the dog trap is interesting.....whats the history on it. My guess is its a American trap of some sort.
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Saltbush,the only Yankee trap I have is an Onieda Jump trap, that little one took me about 3 weeks to make out of scrap.
Its 6inches long with 2inch jaws, about half scale, the spring I cut from an old pruning saw.Might be a collectors item in about 100 years if the human race survives.You are right about the acid, bulk would be great.Ive never worked it out but it might not be much more costly than molasses. Cheers
 
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SBB,

Cheers, will take you up on the offer if required, nice looking traps
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