Home PageCleaning and Seasoning“Cleaning” a Cast Iron Pan by Throwing it into a Fire is a Bad, Bad, Idea!

“Cleaning” a Cast Iron Pan by Throwing it into a Fire is a Bad, Bad, Idea!

Jul 26, 2016

In:Cleaning and Seasoning

cleaning cast iron pan skillet fire heat self cleaning oven how to clean vintage antique pans

Just say NO!

Some folks believe that you can clean your crusty cast iron pans by throwing them into a fire, getting them red-hot, and then letting them cool.

This is a bad idea, as I explained in an earlier blog post (which you can find here).  I recently came across a pan that had endured this treatment. Take a look for yourself:

cleaning cast iron pan skillet fire heat self cleaning oven how to clean vintage antique pansFire2Fire3Fire5Fire4Fire8 Fire7 Fire6

The pan also cracked – presumably from the heat – you can see it in the third photo. It now also is irreversibly warped, and rocks and spins.

Please treat these old treasured pieces of American history with care. Clean them properly – don’t throw them into  a fire!