Curing of New Racks in TEFS

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by goingcamping, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Hey all.

    Just want to be sure I'm squaring these things away...

    So today I spent $70 on some 3/4" expanded steel and some 1/2" x 1/2" angle to make some better more supportive racks. They are made out of cold rolled steel (SS was way too pricy) I cut and welded them now on to the "curing".

    I washed real good with a heavy brush and dish soap, dried and sprayed with canola oil, placed in the TEFS at 325* for 1/2 this enough to cure these, rendering them safe to use?

    I made three at 24" D x 18" W...these should work very well!


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  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those do look nice!

  4. Thanks for the compliments on my racks....But does anyone know if what I mentioned above is enough to "cure" the cold-rolled steel?

  5. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It works for cast iron so it should work for those racks.  Although I would run them at temp for at least an hour.  That's the general rule on re-seasoning cast iron that has been over cleaned (ie, dish soap & scrubbing used).  You could let them run longer, but let them cool slowly in the smoker when done.  

    There has been quite a few posts about seasoning cast iron lately and apparently Flaxseed oil from the health food store is better to season with than cooking oil.  Reported to leave less of a sticky coating and more of a hard carbon coating than cooking or spray oil.

    Nice job on the racks & the smoker!!!


    Just found this article from Cooks Illustrated.   They even did a torture test of two pans after seasoning by running them through a cycle in the dishwasher to compare flaxseed oil seasoning vs veggie oil seasoning.  The flaxseed oil pan was still seasoned and the veggie oil pan was stripped back to unseasoned cast iron (photos below).

    So it's official. Flaxseed oil is the best way to go....
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013

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