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How to Polish a New Cast Iron Pan New Cast Iron VS Old Cast Iron

Feb 24, 2020
hello welcome to the gourmet backwoods today we have a box of mammoths and a new large frying pan to play with you guys stay tuned so this is what we will do today we will do another versus this time it will be

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. versus and we're going to take this brand new Dodge it still has this decal on it and then here's my old Lodge three notch number eight plain bottom this is nicely seasoned okay do a little comparison on them real quick the thickness is a little a little more thicker on the new than on the old, but the biggest difference is that they only end on the inside.
how to polish a new cast iron pan new cast iron vs old cast iron
My little cameras are pretty good at detecting macro and you only see this kind of gritty texture on that, so what are we going to do? we're going to take the new pan here fresh out of the box we're going to remove it I'm going to

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the inside we're going to season it again and then we're going to cook in it and compare it to the old type so just like with some of the other videos that we're going to start, we have the advantage of hiding that stripper strip and the disc. I've had this one for years so I'm going to go ahead and just try to get a season out of it.
how to polish a new cast iron pan new cast iron vs old cast iron

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That's all I really want to achieve in this step. I'm going to go in here with a flap like a flap desk ok it's designed for corner edges you see it has rounded edges and that's not it let's go into that corner and this is 40 grit ok I have to take it easy. with that it is fine and i have this on the cam of my angle grinder. I'm going to use very light pressure and I'm going to grind our grit into that transition between the bottom and the sides. I really don't know how much they got it.
how to polish a new cast iron pan new cast iron vs old cast iron
I've had problems with their camera, just turning off and doing stupid things. See that little curve right there where it comes out on the sides? That's nice and smooth now so we're going to change the wheels and we're going to work on the sides up here so now I change my desk to a flat one with an angle that has an angle that grinds g-blade or grinding flap wheel , so now we're going to work on the sides and we're going to do this very gently this is just 80 grit so it's not as aggressive so I'll try to keep it moving so we can't go too deep so if you can see that's where we've been growing and we're going to keep moving that thing around the tray and eventually it won't be us you know a solid silver color this is just a rough part we're going to work on it with a sander sander for the final finish but we want to get most of this roughness out right now this is what your tray should look like when i'm done with this part now i'm using very light pressure and going very slow.
how to polish a new cast iron pan new cast iron vs old cast iron
I'm trying to avoid doing huge digs you know I've got a little spot here probably could use a little more work but that feels pretty soft to the touch now we haven't done anything in the background yet but what are we going to do is get one that we can go over it very very lightly with this 80 grit just to get the high spots out and then we're going to get the sander out so what I'm finding here is the bottom of this is really rough it just I was going to tap it lightly but there are very deep, very deep holes in there so I'm working a little more than I wanted but I'm trying to hold the base at the angle of this flat brush or flap sander and I'm going to go down a a little bit further and we'll probably see we can finish it off first let's process that's basically what it's going to look like you can feel it inside very slippery I know you can see the bird you know the swirl marks from the pinwheel I've had to use the curved flap wheel to get back here again, touch this up again and this sting was so deep you can still see some of it there.
I actually went through the bottom as well and it came back to that 80 grit again and shot it back up to this super slick and smooth but we're going to go one step further we've been out of this for about 40 minutes it's always been has dedicated to this that tray is slippery ok still some little tool marks you can see the sander we have sanded thats 150 grit ok i did a little bit of hand sanding just in that tradition which it triggered the transition there because this grit was like a 40 grit disc you might have found when it was 80 didn't have one with that profile if you can find one with 80 they'll get you it's a little less aggressive but the bottom is nice and slippery we even buff here on this top edge which is nice and slippery so this guy is ready to be seasoned made in the usa we're going to season this we actually carved a gourmet backwoods logo right into the bottom of the pan and we use a dremel tool the little carbide engraving bit so if you want to initial or mark your

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this works great because it's very soft metal so the way l like to do the first step of seasoning a new pan, especially an uncooked one like this one.
Put it here on a propane burner for a while on low heat and let the whole pan get nice and toasty. you know the first oil we apply will soak it up, okay give it a little chance to warm up. I am going to use a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and a cotton cloth to give all surfaces a good clean, especially bare surfaces. it's a quick turn hopefully no hands give it the bottom plus everywhere ok ok wait no its going to let it cool for a minute can you do it one more time before you put it on the grill , which is where we go? season first as I like to do my cast iron I'm going to put it here in the Weber Kettle 3/4 of a charcoal fireplace we want to get a 500 I'm going to put this one since this seasoning cool in a bottom up first now I already have this hot grill and I have space so might as well take another one this is one of my old old three nice lodgings moving on I just cut with a few too, since we already have a hot grill, let's go ahead and put that in here. heat something like this if you can fit it you might as well go ahead and put it in there it'll cost you like a penny of oil no more heat so there's the gourmet backwoods the new one and we're going to go ahead and put the lid on and we've got the vents wide open it's close to 450 now which even if it doesn't increase the NAT I'm not going to break the lid and let the heat out it's fully open at the bottom open at the top we're going to leave it there, let's stay there all night, you know, until it goes out and they cool down on their own night and tomorrow we'll do this again, okay, second time on the grill and it's been working. for about two hours right now it looks beautiful we'll go ahead and leave it there until it's burned and we'll k check on it in the morning so after seasoning this guy here twice in the weber kettle and then in the second time we gave it a mid clean there with another coat of oil we did the exact same thing with this one recently got this one it didn't have a great seasoning I just did that same double seasoned whole grain on that a very short time ago but you can see that I think the new one actually looks as good or better than the old one. the old three notch lodge new with the gourmet version of the same pants so the next thing we're going to do with these is cook with them and compare them and see how they make a couple of pancakes so this was old versus new and I'm going to call this a tie mainly because there are only two seasons in those pants as we have found out.
I don't know how many were in this. This was an antique I got recently so the new pan will get better and better as we use it so I think it's going to get better it's as good as any of the old ones ok so the big question is how much is it worth well worth the time and effort to take a new big pan, grind it up and have it cook like an Old Lodge thing and that question can really only be answered by you in the first place, do you have the tools and skills to be able to perform this project?
If you don't have them, it will be much cheaper by heading to the antique store and trying to find some old three-notch cabins. some Griswolds some old wagon conscious you know 75 to 100 bucks or you can't find them go find the field company or the stargazer you can buy those new pans already ground when you get there so thanks for looking backwoods gourmet if you eat what we're making Please hit the like button or down there subscribe to our channel check it out here for our latest video it will be there and for a full cast iron and dutch cooking playlist check it out. see you up there next time

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