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How do I restore my Rusty Camp Oven?

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Having a camp oven form some surface rust is a common problem we all face at some point, however, the good thing about cast iron camp ovens is that its easy to restore them back to a usable state in no time at all. You just need to remove the rust first then re-season it.

What method should I use?

This is where it gets a little confusing, as there are so many methods and depending on a few variables: like how rusty it is and if it’s new or old, so this will depend on what method you choose, let’s look at the most common ways to remove the rust.

  • Steel Wool – Great for “light to medium” surface rust, not recommended on vintage camp ovens.
  • Wire Brush – Great for “medium to heavy” surface rust, not recommended on vintage camp ovens.
  • Flap Disc – Great for “medium to heavy” surface rust, not recommended on vintage camp ovens.
  • Molasses – Great for “medium to heavy” surface rust, recommended method for restoring vintage camp ovens.
  • Electrolysis – Great for “medium to heavy” surface rust, recommended method for restoring vintage camp ovens.
  • Coca ColaI do not recommend this method, while it works its unreliable, costly and only works on “light” rust.
  • VinegarI do not recommend this method, Vinegar works however I do not recommend this method as its an acid and can cause long term effects.
  • Sand Blaster – Great for “medium to heavy” surface rust, however not recommended on vintage camp ovens.

https://www.thecampovencook.com.au/the-camp-oven-cook-articles/cleaning-and-maintance/

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