Fire Damage & Wire Wheel Damage

Bad Advice

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Despite people saying cast iron has been restored by fire for hundreds of years. Don't do it! This method will mess up your iron.

Turns it Red or Pink

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When cast iron gets too hot for too long, it will turn it reddish pink. That color can never be removed and it will not hold a seasoning.

Know What To Look For

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If you find cast iron with this look, stay away from it. It has heat damage that cannot be fixed. The oven method can do the same!

More Bad Advice

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Some people will tell you to use a wire wheel or cup brush to clean cast iron. This will also ruin your piece due to making it shiny.

Wire Wheels Are Horrible

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It's easy to see the wire wheel or cup brush cleaned pieces. They hold seasoning with an odd color and bad marks on the piece.

Don't Use Power Tools

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If you find a piece with deep shinny marks with blotchy seasoning pooling up then chances are it's been cleaned with a power tool.