[Sca-cooks] Cleaning metal

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Wed Sep 17 09:43:53 PDT 2008

Well, I tend to avoid methods using nasty chemicals, and lye, the
active ingredient in most oven cleaners, is something I avoid. If I
wanted to use heavy chemicals, I'd use Naval jelly or phosphoric acid,
either of which will do the job quite well. However, salt water and
molasses don't cause a chemical hazard, and either can be disposed of
by pouring down your sink without screwing up your septic system or
polluting your waste water. And, neither ofd my methods requires much
in the way of safety precautions, supposing you're reasonably careful
with electricity.

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM, euriol <euriol at ptd.net> wrote:
> One of the things I've done in the past to clean heavily burnt on food on
> my camp stove and some other pans is to place them in a black plastic
> garbage bag, spray liberally with oven cleaner, close up bag and come back
> the next day.
> Also on my gas stove top, I used the Magic Eraser with great success to get
> it looking like new again.
> Euriol
> On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:24:51 -0700,  wrote:
>> Um, yeah.  I just moved into a new house which is blissfully ant-free,
>> I'm not all that keen to try this method.
>> I would like a pointer to the one with the battery charger however.
>> Selene
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Saint Phlip" <phlip at 99main.com>
>>> To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:33 AM
>>> Subject: [Sca-cooks] Cleaning metal
>>>> After the discussion we had here recently about cleaning up cast iron
>>>> and other steel objects, some of my mundane smithing friends started
>>>> discussing another technique which should work well for those of you
>>>> nervous about playing with the electrolysis method (battery charger)
>>>> and who aren't in a hurry.
>>>> Basicly, you take a bucket, and you fill it with 1 molasses to 10
>>>> water, and let the metal soak in that for a couple of weeks.
>>>> Apparently, it cleans the metal up well, and at the end of the time,
>>>> all you need is some minor scrubbing to finish it up.
>>>> Now, I've never used this method, so I can't swear to it from personal
>>>> experience, but several of the guys I respect most on that particular
>>>> List swore by it. I figure it's certainly work a try, and will likely
>>>> be trying it on a project of mine in the next month or so.
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Saint Phlip

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