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MeatyOakerSmoker
08-30-2015, 09:10 PM
Hello

I finally got a La Caja China. It was definitely well used. Most of it doesn't show too much wear and tear however the charcoal grates and the pan that they sit on have a good amount of rust.

Outside of sandblasting them, any good tricks for dealing with rust on a cooker?

Thanks
Sam

SmokinJohn
08-30-2015, 10:36 PM
Steel wool and elbow grease.

dadsr4
08-30-2015, 11:02 PM
Steel wool and elbow grease.
And them oil or grease the grate.

S.Six
08-30-2015, 11:04 PM
I seen on YouTube vinegar and water (3:1 i think) mixed then parts soaked till rust comes off. Pretty cool.

Demosthenes9
08-31-2015, 01:41 AM
If you want to remove the rust, use Evapo Rust.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Grill Restoration - Evapo-Rust Team Fitzgerald - YouTube

MeatyOakerSmoker
08-31-2015, 06:04 AM
If you want to remove the rust, use Evapo Rust.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Grill Restoration - Evapo-Rust Team Fitzgerald - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDh0GU4_Org)

This is what I was considering but I didn't want to do it unless someone around here had experience with it.

alecksjaycubs
08-31-2015, 07:35 AM
Yep. Evaporust. Harbor Freight carries it. I have some grates from a Craigslist buy soaking in some right now. Give it time and take a scouring pad to it once a day to remove the stuff that's loosened up.

Shagdog
08-31-2015, 07:40 AM
A wire brush on a drill will work wonders.. Usually a corded drill works better.. Spins faster.

Demosthenes9
08-31-2015, 11:09 AM
A wire brush on a drill will work wonders.. Usually a corded drill works better.. Spins faster.


If going that route, get a $10 4" angle grinder from harbor freight as well as a 4" wire brush cub. Much quicker.

SmokinJohn
08-31-2015, 12:30 PM
Isn't evaporust made by the same company that makes Tenda-Rub?

A coworker swears by evaporust, but says not to leave the metal in longer than it says to.

SmittyJonz
08-31-2015, 12:45 PM
If going that route, get a $10 4" angle grinder from harbor freight as well as a 4" wire brush cub. Much quicker.

Those things are one job use. I've burned up a few.

Demosthenes9
08-31-2015, 01:07 PM
Those things are one job use. I've burned up a few.


Meh, depends. You definitely don't want to run one continuously for a long period of time, but 10 - 15 minute intervals have been fine with me. I picked one up to strip the outside of a Weber Genesis firebox and end caps. Used it on another Genesis with no problems and am now using it for a third time on a Genesis.

Stripping 3 Genny's for $15 for the grinder and the cup brush ? That works for me.