Let it run for several hours, so all sorts of stuff will have time to bubble off. As long as it’s a plastic tub that you are placing it in, yes. Here are after shots of the two pieces now that they have been seasoned. If you use a plain steel drum it will be perforated quickly depending on how thick it is. Schumacher makes some reasonably priced manual chargers that are good for rust removal by electrolysis. Hazeltine-Shedd July 30, at 5: You could get hurt if you are not careful. There is certainly nothing new or novel about it.

My interest, at this point, is not in studying electrolysis per se, but how to use it for cleaning cast iron. Here it is now scrubbed up and ready to season. As you add water, make sure to create as much turbulence as possible to help in mixing it into solution with the water. You will have carbon, polymerized fats and other organic matter, maybe even paint or other things that the piece was exposed to. I’ve also seen some washtubs, but they are mostly all galvanized steel and also too short about 11″. These are hydrogen gas bubbles. As long as it’s a plastic tub that you are placing it in, yes.

Affix the wire to the tank with a clamp making the electrical connection creating an anode deep inside the Dutch Oven. I get some water going into the bucket from the hose and while it is swirling around I slowly add the washing soda. Hello, I hope you are still responding to questions.

DeltaNative May 14, at Arctic clraning this post. In the picture above, clfaning is a 12 skillet and a 3 acst cover. Daniel L July 11, at 7: When I get around to emptying this tank I will add a picture of it as an update. The farther a surface is from the anode, the weaker the field is. Dave Sanders August 14, at With the tank selected we need to mix up some electrolyte.


Then determine the distance between the tank and the inside bottom of the piece in this case a Dutch Oven bend the wire at a right angle the distance from the tank wall, keeping the coil you made on the end about an inch from the inside bottom. Deep skillets, Dutch Ovens and the like take much longer. When I see caxt level go down an inch or two, or three I add some water.

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I’ve recently bought a couple nice larger pieces to fry fish. I have never tried this with plated pieces. Use this info at your own risk, OK?

I’ve also seen some washtubs, but they are mostly all galvanized steel and also too short about 11″. A stone axe approach – but it works. Just use a wire brush and clean them after each use. The brown color you see are impurities that are now floating on the top of the tank. It is cleaninng manual type battery charger.

Do not stick your hands into the electrolyte solution when the power source is running. I would think a stock pot would be too small for some pieces without the metals touching. What was in the tank in the above picture you ask? I bought a strainer to scoop the solids off the top of the tank as it is working.

I have decided to do a little tank maintenance as I go with this new tank. L Erskine January 2, at 3: For the 12v source I have a 20 amp power supply that I use for my radios. Now I have a tank, mixed up some electrolyte, I need a way to hold the item in the electrolyte suspended so that it does not come in contact with the tank anode.

I believe that keeping the walls clean will improve the efficiency of the process. In this case, the tank is the anode which simplifies things a little. A mere 4 hours later and we are ready to scrub this one up. Electrolysis has been in use in science and industry for many years for various processes. You have to make that decision for yourself and by following the method outlined here you accept all risk and responsibility for your use of this information.


Finally, depending on the age and how many layers of seasoning are on the piece, you may need to use steel wool to remove some of the last bits of the material. Flip the pan degrees in the solution every time you pull it out.

The internet clsaning full of great information about the cleaningg involved so I will not be covering any of the science related to how or why it works. Turning the piece around will get the other side cleaned up easier. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. As you can see the barrel has gotten pitted in many areas with tiny but deep pits.

Which would be easy to do since you’ve got the two metals so close. This is the electrode that is connected to the positive terminal of your power source.

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Whoah, that’s a thick layer of rust! Here is a picture of my new tank. Notice in the picture that the positive red etxnk of the power source is connected to the anode tank and the negative black lead cathode is connected to the item being cleaned. I remove the piece from the tank and rinse it off, long enough that I also cool the piece down.