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Old 08-07-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Is it ruined?

My stove top grill (cast iron) looked like it needed attention. It's been sitting in a drawer for a long time so I figured I'd re-season it. I brushed it with veg oil and put it in my outdoor grill on high for about maybe 1/2 hour. When I checked on it it was very hot and the paint had burned off half of it and the paint was bubbling on the other half. I let it cool down and scraped it with the wire grill brush. It smells of petroleum which I assume is the paint that did not peel off completely. Maybe it's not paint but just a coating on the pan. At any rate the pan is mostly a gray color instead of black. It's lighter in color than I remember it being when it was new so I don't think it just burned off its seasoning. Now my question is do I dare to try to use this pan again? Is it ruined or can I try to season it at a lower temp and still use it. I don't want to poison my family (well not all of them anyway) Should I just chalk it up to experience and toss the pan?

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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The grill got too ot nd burned off the seasoning.

Put it back into the grill and bake it on high until everything is a uniform grey. Brush it off clean. Preheat your oven to 350 F, lightly coat the grill with vegetable shortening and put it in the hot oven for an hour then turn off the oven and leave the grill in there to cool completely. This may be repeated one more time.

A sheet of aluminum foil on the shelf below the grill will catch any drips.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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What about the petroleum odor, I am worried that I will harm my family.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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I think you may be thinking you are smelling petroleum, but really it's just good ol unseasoned iron. Raw iron has a smell to it that you can feel in your fillings. I'm almost tasting it just thinking about it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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My stove top grill (cast iron) looked like it needed attention. It's been sitting in a drawer for a long time so I figured I'd re-season it. I brushed it with veg oil and put it in my outdoor grill on high for about maybe 1/2 hour. When I checked on it it was very hot and the paint had burned off half of it and the paint was bubbling on the other half. I let it cool down and scraped it with the wire grill brush. It smells of petroleum which I assume is the paint that did not peel off completely. Maybe it's not paint but just a coating on the pan. At any rate the pan is mostly a gray color instead of black. It's lighter in color than I remember it being when it was new so I don't think it just burned off its seasoning. Now my question is do I dare to try to use this pan again? Is it ruined or can I try to season it at a lower temp and still use it. I don't want to poison my family (well not all of them anyway) Should I just chalk it up to experience and toss the pan?
I'm confused JF. The CI stove top grill has /had paint on it?
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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Was it enameled cast iron???
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #7
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No, it is not enamaled. And it probably wasn't paint but it has a petroleum odor. Whatever it was it came from the factory that way. Perhaps it was the factory seasoning.
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Should I just chalk it up to experience and toss the pan?
I guess when all is said and done, JF, you will always question the safety of it for your family. If it was me, I'd cut my losses and replace it.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:02 AM   #9
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Unless the pan is cracked, it is not ruined. If it were mine, I would clean it off to bare metal and restart. There are any number of sites showing you how to do this. My best guess is that the seasoning oil was too thickly applied. IMO it is better to season with very thin layers applied a few times. If it is too thick, it will gum up intsead of polymerizing.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:41 AM   #10
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I'm with Andy, I think you are smelling the iron. Bake it once more, let it cool and go after it with course salt and a halved lemon. I've had good luck with this combo and some elbow grease to get mine clean. Use good old crisco to re-season ... I put a thick layer on (like it's all white), put in the oven and bake for an hour or so, wipe out and let cool. Cook with it and you'll know if you need more oil.
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