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Jul 3rd, 2022 at 1:15pm

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Being as it is Sunday, this morning I fired up some heat beads and got ready to put on my usual chook for weekday lunches.

Since I like to live on the edge, this week I thought I'd be really out there and change up and use a spun steel CO. The steel ones haven't had much use and I thought it's time to fix that.

Heat beads ready, chook in CO and two hours later done.  All good.

When I went to clean it there is an issue. The black seasoning patina started coming off in great big flakes.

So I scrubbed it down and fired up the gas bbq to try and re-season. As I heated it, there must have been moisture under the black stuff because I could see it lifting.

It is still on the heat as I type but I suspect I may need to take it back to steel and start again.
 

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Reply #1 - Jul 5th, 2022 at 7:10pm

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Unfortunately people make the mistake of trying to season a steel camp oven like you would a cast iron one.

It doesn’t work that way as all you end up with is burnt oil stuck to the steel that looks like the patina on a cast iron camp oven but it will quickly peel off as has happened here.

I have a Bedourie that is over 40 years old that I had from new.  Never rusted and still in use.

Wash all the manufacturing oils off and bring it to bare metal.  Lightly cover in oil and heat.  Covered BBQ is best so you get even heat.

When hot and just starting to smoke wipe the oil off with a paper towel.  It will be covered in a black residue. Wipe again with new oil, heat and wipe again. 

It will sometimes take up to around five goes but keep going until no black comes off when wiping.

Then cook in it.

Never need to do it again.
 

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Reply #2 - Jul 6th, 2022 at 5:05pm

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I guess it might be time for the wire wheel to make an appearance...
 

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