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Cleaning Rusty Cast Iron Camp Ovens with Molasses



 Cleaning Rusty Cast Iron with Molasses

 

Just like cooking a chicken, there are so many ways you can do it. Same goes for cleaning a rusty camp oven! I have always used a wire brush on a grinder but that way is quite abrasive, especially when dealing with old camp ovens. With all the hype online about how easy it is to do it this way using molasses, I had to give it a go. You will find a step by step guide on cleaning rusty cast iron with molasses below. Feel free to make a comment at the bottom of this page.


 Step One

Things you need: A container with a lid, your rusty item, molasses, *wire or coat hanger and water.
*the wire allows you to remove the item without putting your hands in the mix
Where to get molasses: Molasses is available from stockfeed retailers as it’s generally used to feed cattle. I bought my molasses from my local stockfeed retailer www.oxenfordstockfeeds.com.au
Things you need: A container with lid, your rusty item, molasses, *wire or coat hanger and water. *the wire allows you to remove the item with out putting your hands in the mix


 Step Two

Using a piece of wire, tie it to the item and place it in your plastic container.
The wire allows you to remove the item without putting your hands in the mix.

Using a pice of wire, tie it to the the item and place it in your plastic container, the wire allows you to remove the item with out putting your hands in the mix.


Step Three

Fill the container with water to cover the item and add enough molasses to make a 9:1 ratio (9 parts water to 1 part molasses).

Fill the container with water to cove the item and add enough molasses to make a 10:1 ratio


Step Four

Cover and leave for at least two days.

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Step Five

After the second day, I checked the progress and the lid was good but the base was not ready yet so I left it for 3 days total.
Cleaning rusty cast iron with molasses camp ovens dutch ovens potjies


Step Six

After three days I took the items from the molasses and washed them using the hose and a scourer to make sure I removed all the molasses residue.
Sorry I did not get any photos of me washing the oven.

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Finished – Unseasoned

I then washed and dried the item. It is really important that you put a coat of *oil to stop it rusting until you season it. Also remember the molasses is reusable over and over again.
*It does not matter what type of oil as long as it is used for cooking.

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How to Season

The easiest way to season your lightly oiled cast iron piece is to place it in a hooded barbecue for about 40 minutes and then let it cool down. You may need to repeat the process a second time.
I learnt this method from Derek Bullock of www.aussiecampovencook.com

Cleaning rusty cast iron with molasses camp ovens dutch ovens potjies


Finished – Seasoned

Here you go, doesn’t it look great! Feel free to ask questions or let us know how your attempt turned out.

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17 thoughts on “Cleaning Rusty Cast Iron Camp Ovens with Molasses

  1. Heather Watson says:

    I heard of this once before it was on TV a story about a man up the North Coast of NSW who makes things out of old rusty tools and it worked well for him. I used to season my cast iron frypan with oil but found it was still oily afterwards and needed to be kept in a plastic bag in the kitchen cupboard and it would still go rusty while waiting to be used! I got sick of this and went online to find a better way, a man on YouTube showed how he did his with both butter and oil but I’ve since found that BUTTER ONLY works best! I rub the butter around the hot pan then wipe it dry with paper towels, let it go cold and put it away in the cupboard.[you can wipe it once more with paper towels but only if you think it needs it]

  2. vince & helen purcell says:

    I had a rusty camp oven and after seeing the guys at the gold coast caravan show gave the molasses treatment a go i left mine in the solution and forgot about it for two weeks got it out washed it in tap water.best thing was i cooked devilled snags in the 4.5 quart oven they were great by the way receipe came from cast ironboys cookbook

  3. Bruce says:

    Hello mick, I was at agfest in Carrick tasmania two weeks ago and asked the very same question regarding the cleaning of an old cast iron tea pot to a blacksmith who was demonstrating his skills there. The missing information that you have provided is the nine to one ratio of water to molasses. I’ll take some before and after photos and let you know how it all turns out.

  4. mark says:

    Hi I was reading on the net and it was saying it ferments does that mean It needs to be done in warmer weather or kept inside in winter ?

  5. John says:

    This is great for a lot of rusty items, i have used it for cleaning railway spikes, old sawws and even an old shotgun barrel (display only). As you mentioned the important bit is the ratio as molasses is very strong.
    Thanks for the effort.

  6. Mamie Lewis says:

    Very useful method. I hate cleaning. It looks awful. Dirty oven disgust me. I am trying to clean mine every time when I used it. Thank you for sharing this article. Best regards!

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