First try: E Z Off-Fume Free. Leave it about an hour and wash.
Second try: Amonia up to covering the spots-in a plastic bag; close bag and
leave for 24 hours.(do this outside). Clean as usual.
Scrubbing with Brillo or some such will scratch the hell out of the pan.
If that doesn't work-consider how much a new pan costs. It't probably worth
I bought a commercial product - I think it was "Goo Gone" - from the
Ace hardware store - it's a product not unlike paint remover - I used
it very successfully on the enamel outside of a non-stick electric
frypan. I wore disposable gloves, though ;-) If I find the name is
different, I'll post again, but I think that was it. It should be safe
for most any non-painted outside of a pot - but test it in a small
area. Or read the warnings.
Angle grinder with wire wheel (4.5") at 10,000 rpm.
It will take a minute or two, but the baked-on stuff will fly right off
(do this outside).
For the remaining grease, some dish soap should make it squeaky clean.
Might have a few scratches in the surface if it's not stainless or cast
I once made the mistake of using it to totally clean a cast iron lid
that was getting a bit cruddy. Stripped that puppy SO clean, it was
silver colored... and rusted like hell. :-(
Took me a bit to re-season it but I've found that grape seed oil
polymerizes faster than olive oil by far. ;-)
"Easy Off" brand and a bit of sunlight.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a bitch"
A little unconventional, but diesel works wonders on cosmoline, which can be
considered a grease. Diesel won't hurt the pan and it isn't horribly toxic
Personally, I would try something more conventional first, after all you
will be eating from this thing and it will be exposed to open flame
On 23 Jun 2006 09:39:54 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
On the outside of a metal pot, I might use a bench grinder with a wire
wheel in place of the grind stone.
I have an aluminmum popcorn pot, with built-in stirrer, that is about
50 years old and has been used more than 1000 times for popcorn. It
keeps getting dirty on the INSIDE and I've been pretty successful
boiling water in it, until it runs dry and then leaving it on until
it's red hot. (This was a mistake both times, but it works.)
On the outside of a pot that doesn't have to look pristine, I use
steel wool, brass wool, or copper wool, depending. I forget the order
they go in but they are of different hardness. I use steel wool the
least because it rusts. The others can be left by the sink.
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