Restoring cast iron was a daunting task until the E-tank.
When I first began finding and cleaning cast iron I used Easy-Off Oven Cleaner and a lot of elbow grease. Sometimes it was more work than what the piece was actually worth.
I had found a #10 3 notch lodge, it was excessively cruddy. So I cleaned it as I normally would. After some sore hands and 2 cans of over cleaner, I discovered that it had been ground down on the outside. So it went from a decent find to scrap. That was the last straw.
I had wanted to make an etank (electrolisis tank) but the idea of water and electricity had me wary.
I did some research to figure out how to make one of these contraptions.. youtube has some great videos.
I started out with a 5 gallon bucket but quickly moved to a large plastic tub.
So.. how to make a tank.
- Rubbermaid Storage Tote
- Copper wire
- Steel plate
- 50 amp battery Charger
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 55 oz (Pack of 2)
- Piece of pvc or plastic tubing
Clamp steel plate to side of tub, connect positive clamp to plate/clamp.
Attach skillet to copper wire that hangs from tubing. Connect negative to copper wire on top.
You will need to use 1-2tbsp of baking soda per gallon of water. Make sure skillet is completely submersed.
Turn on battery charger. And wait..
Wait a day or 2 before removing skillet from tank. BE SURE TO TURN POWER OFF BEFORE HANDLING.
You should be able to peel most of the crud from skillet off by hand. If there are any stubborn areas that won’t come clean. Just place it back in tank for another day and check it again. Repeat as needed.