What to do with this dutch oven?

Discussion in 'General Dutch Oven Information' started by kirakat, May 2, 2013.

  1. We've had a cast iron dutch oven for years and love using it.  We also have a wood fire oven.  One night after making pizza we decided to make bean hole beans in the wood fire oven.  For pizza cooking the temp is close to 1000 degrees.

    We put the beans in the dutch oven, put the lid on, into the oven and closed the door.  Well . . . the oven was way too hot.  The next morning when we got out the dutch oven we couldn't open it.  Let it cool for a while and the lid came off and we had cremated beans.  Not burned beans, cremated.  Too much heat retained in the oven when we added the beans.

    We dumped out the beans and there were ashes.  But, there was a lot left behind.  The pot was scrubbed and re-seasoned.  But now it seems to be flaking off the sides in places. 

    What can we do, if anything?  There's no rust, but it sure looks like it's peeling.

  2. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Would you be able to post a picture of it?
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!  Would you mind popping in at Roll Call so we can give you a proper SMF Welcome?  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/133/roll-call

    Please...if you could show a picture of the DO....maybe we can help out.  It could be that the older seasonings have gotten burned and that is what is flaking.  I hope it's not the actual DO that is!!!  Yipes....but that happens some times when they get too hot.  It can happen in very camp fires and the metal changes and it starts to "flake".  Pictures would help!

  4. Here's a picture.

  5. i am going to say burn it out. then re season it. i think you will be OK.

    happy smoken.

  6. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks like you burned off the original seasoning, take a wire brush to it and/or burn it out like themule69 said and re-season it….as long as there are no pits forming under were it is flaking you should be fine…. ShoneyBoy
  7. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, what others have said. The original seasoning is shot. It's a work scrapping all the old seasoning off, but it needs to be done so the new seasoning will adhere to the pot. Try and get it done as soon as possible so the pot doesn't begin to rust.  For more Dutch oven stuff, be sure to check out SMF's own Dutch Oven sections.
  9. Thanks for all the replies.  I've seen references to putting cast iron in a self cleaning oven, but to remove the racks so the heat and weight don't bend the racks. Can I put it on the oven bottom?
  10. i forgot to say [​IMG]. i have never tryed the self cleaning oven idea. i fireplace is what i use. leave it in overnight. give the oven a try and tell us how it works.

    happy smoken.

  11. You are correct, Place it upside down in the cooking stove oven and run it through the cleaning cycle. the rack will be OK.

    running the dutch oven through the cleaning cycle works good I have used this method a number of times .
    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  12. I put it through the self cleaning cycle and it worked like a charm.  Now I'm reseasoning with flax oil.  On the third of six cycles.  I'll post a picture when it's done.

    Thanks for all the help!
  13. glad you got it going your way.

    happy smoken.

  14. The self cleaning oven cycle and six coats of flax seed oil as recommended by Cook's Illustrated worked fantastically!

  15. Looks like that did the trick.

    happy smoken.

  16. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks nice and just wait until you cook with it. It will clean up great.
  17. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great now.....keep that baby working for ya!


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