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Seasoning a cast iron skillet
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Jim    Posted 01-14-2003 at 13:11:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a huge wonderful old cast iron skillet that was passed down to me. Well I hung it from a nail in my kitchen and it's weight promptly pulled the nail and it fell and snapped the handle clean off. So my question is really 2 part -one- can I get it welded and how and -two- it's in serious need of seasoning. I'd like to put it in use this year when the fish start biting.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Ron/PA    Posted 01-15-2003 at 07:01:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jim, it sure can be welded, a skillet handle is too small to step weld, so the best way would be to preheat the area, and weld with a good compatable rod. I used to always use nickle, but in the past few years I have gone to certanium, It seems to cool a little slower and allow the cast to cool slower as well, that will lessen the chance of cracking the cast.
Best shot would be to take it to the pro's and let them do it,

DeadCarp    Posted 01-14-2003 at 19:07:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep like the fellas said, cast iron CAN be welded but it's kinda tricky. Years ago, we had to cool a lumbermill down when their big flywheel cracked in cold weather. A new one would take a month to get here and cost like half what the place was worth, so it was decision time. Well an old blacksmith studied the thing and offered to try welding it, but he'd need hands. On his directions, we dug a pit in the ground and started burning slabs in there til we had melted the snow aways around and had a great heap of coals.
He started filing the crack until it was right, then we rolled the flywheel over there, let it down in the hole & covered it with sand, then built another fire on top and left it overnite. Next morning, the fella brushed away a few inches at a time, welded aways along the crack and covered it with hot sand again. Another bonfire on top and the next day we dug it up, turned the wheel over and buried it again, the next day started the other side.
The whole job took i think 6 nights but once the flywheel was balanced again, the thing ran for 20 more years i guess. The blacksmith (who'd stayed over) got a dollar, a new girlfriend (oh that gal could cook) & we all got free coffee, rolls & jobs :)

Salmoneye    Posted 01-14-2003 at 13:44:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Father-In-Law could fix you up quick with the welding part...Nickel rod is the key...

Below is a thread from a while back where you will find the 'secrets' to seasoning a cast iron pan...


This helped with mine    Posted 01-14-2003 at 13:44:06       [Reply]  [No Email]

PS:If washed with soapy water again, the skillet has to be re-seasoned.

ooopppsss    Posted 01-14-2003 at 13:50:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The link I just posted, didn't show up..
but salmoneye sent a better one.

Manitoba    Posted 01-14-2003 at 13:19:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Jim...
I took mine to the local welding shop and
he welded it with a nickle rod....
It wasn't pretty but it has held up just fine..
They tell me you can weld cast but it has to be heated first in a special oven then cooled a special way as might have to seek out a professonal welding shop or an old time blacksmith... good luck

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