Heavy duty carbon pan cleaning??
I just "inherited" some ooooooold carbon steel pans from my restaurant that have seen some vastly better days. Not only are they pretty rusty, but the seasoning looks like it's flaking off in some places. Any tips on how to clean them? I want to strip off EVERYTHING and start from scratch.
Has anyone tried heating them in the oven and spraying with oven cleaner?
Yes, a long soak with oven cleaner. Don't overheat them, or the cleaner will boil off and you do not want to breathe that in!
Also, if you have woodstove,you can throw them in that and everything will burn off. Just don't leave the air inlet on high and melt them!
Would this be at all bad for riveted handles? Since one downside of rivets is them working loose over time due to expansion/contraction of the different metals at different rates, I'd be worried that the high temperatures of self-cleaning ovens would accelerate that process.
Or am I completely wrong?
<Since one downside of rivets is them working loose over time due to expansion/contraction of the different metals at different rates>
Hmm. Good question. I suppose that you may be correct about this. I can see repeating this process many times may lead to this possibility. I have only done the oven bakeoff (using the self cleaning cycle) once and the riveted handle is perfectly fine, but I cannot say what would happen if I do this 10-20 times.
Maybe the chemical approaches (such as using oven cleaner or lye) are better if this is the concern.