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    Birthday Gift to Myself

    I've been wanting a vintage cast iron skillet for a while just to round out my modest collection and say I have one. I just moved back to northern Minnesota and I have to say I've seen a lot more vintage cast iron popping up in estate sales and in Facebook groups than in Phoenix. Today I saw a Griswold #10 for $50 on a Facebook buy/sell/trade page. It was my birthday yesterday so I treated myself. I have it in a lye bath in a well-ventilated space so I'll post more pictures once I have it stripped and reseasoned.

    First impressions: it's very light and very smooth underneath all the crud.

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    #2
    Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

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      #3
      Happy birthday, nice piece!

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        #4
        Happy Birthday, I’m envious of that!

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          #5
          Which have of a century in this birthday in? No matter. Happy Birthday!

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            #6
            Enjoy.. May Mr. Bones or one of the other one of the Cast iron experts can tell you more about your piece.

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              #7
              Happy birthday, great find!

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                #8
                Wow. Very nice. Happy Birthday!

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                  #9
                  Nice pan. Happy Birthday!

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                    #10
                    Happy Birthday!

                    Estate sales are great for cast iron!

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                      #11
                      Happy bday. Nice pickup.

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                        #12
                        Happy Belated Birthday! Nice present!

                        Once cleaned an seasoned up proper, that Griswold is gonna be a fine-arse cookin rig, an I predict that yer gonna love it, an use it more an more an more...

                        As ya noted, they're both lighter, an much smoother than most modern cast iron...this makes em a joy to cook in.

                        If memory serves me right I'm thinkin th combination of 'big block' logo, an heat ring that yers has would date it circa 1920-1930, iirc they went to a smooth underside round '30... if I have time, I might be able to dig out a book or two, an verify...

                        I'm far from bein no expert, but I do have me some CI hereabouts...

                        Perhaps Spinaker will join in here; he's far more knowledgeable than myself...

                        Meanwhile, take pics as ya progress, some of us here drool over all things Cast Iron.
                        Last edited by Mr. Bones; June 18, 2020, 06:10 PM.

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                          #13
                          Here ya go Bones, and everyone. I put the pan in a lye bath in a well ventilated area for about four days to get the last few decades of seasoning and other gunk off so I could start with a mostly clean slate. After the lye bath I transferred it to a vinegar solution to neutralize the lye and help with rust removal. Two hours later I'm about to give it the scrub treatment and toss it in a 200 F stove to hopefully minimize flash rusting. I don't think I'll get all of the old seasoning off, but the pan's a lot older than me so I'll let it slide this time.

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                            After some elbow grease. Ready to season.
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                              Lookin really good, nice job cleanin all th crud offa it!

                            #15
                            Very nice skillet.

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