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Rejuvenating my new purchase (Read 1551 times)
 
Oct 26th, 2022 at 8:59pm

PhilB   Offline
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Hi all,

As mentioned in my introduction (Newbie from Phillip Island), I have bought a very rusty Camp Oven and two large, heavy Cast Iron Frying pans which I plan to get to a useable state.

After a fair bit of lurking on the forum, below you will see the CO and now sitting in a Molasses tub. I’ll continue to post photos as we progress, unless it all turns to crap and I start from scratch, either way you’ll know and see…

I’ll check back in, in about a week or so from now.

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Reply #1 - Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:28pm

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Hi Phil
Good luck with your camp oven.
Thanks for the photos
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Reply #2 - Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:28pm

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The molasses will do a good job. That oven of yours is actually a dutch oven as the lid is rounded with no dip in it to hold coals and stop them from falling onto your food when you lift the lid. You could make up a metal ring to sit on the lid to hold the coals in place if you are wanting to roast or bake with the oven. I look forward to seeing it all cleaned up.

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Reply #3 - Oct 27th, 2022 at 6:30pm

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Wow, you molasses mix is working well. 

I have one of those cast iron pots up in the shed.  Bought it new near 50 years ago.

Looking forward to the end result.

Thinking of running my old Ozpig through a molasses bath to give it a clean up.
 

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Reply #4 - Nov 2nd, 2022 at 9:41am

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Hi all,

See below the results after 4 days in the molasses bath...

Scooping the mould off with a donated stocking. Interesting the two circles on the surface where the oven and lid are located in the molasses...
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After a clean once out
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After 2 seasonings
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Pretty happy with the results! I got 2 very rusty Cast Iron frying pans in the same molasses bath now. I'll update the results once finished in a few days.
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Good job on restoring the oven; it looks great and ready to cook in now.  Smiley

Those pans should come up well also.

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Reply #6 - Nov 2nd, 2022 at 9:13pm

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Welcome Phil,
I have two ovens that look like the one you have. The two I have were bought from a hardware store who had stores across north Queensland, Armstrong, Ledlie and Stillman, known as A L & S. This group of stores started In Herberton in the late 1890s from memory but they have long gone the way of the Dodo.
I cut the legs of one 40 years ago, but the other still has it legs, and I use the steel ring around the lid to keep the coals in place.
 
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Reply #7 - Nov 3rd, 2022 at 5:23am

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Top job Phil,
I had a camp oven the same, my grandfather gave me when I went into the shearing sheds in the early 1960's
sold it a few years ago.
I used a circle of chain on the top to stop the coals sliding off.
Muzz
 

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Hi Phil
That was a good job you did with the CO.
I had a camp oven with a lid like  the one you have
I used metal strapping used in the building trade and make circles by riveting  them together. They hold heat  beads on the top and also under neath. I made them for al my ovens.
regards Kev  (Kevvie) Wink
 
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Reply #9 - Nov 3rd, 2022 at 8:33am

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Sure did come up nicely.  Well done.  Now you need to cook something in it.
 

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