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Best Fatwood Versus Best cast Iron cookin !

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by Keyser Söze, Aug 4, 2016.

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which one you think is the best bushcrafty activity i did ?

Poll closed Aug 4, 2017.
  1. the Best Fatwood presentation

    14.3%
  2. the Best Cast Iron cooking

    20.6%
  3. Both are awesome

    65.1%
  1. Keyser Söze

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    since i didn't want to start 2 different threads , i would like your opinion on which topic and bushcrafty endeavor was the best , all this i did this morning , it had to be done because i'm choosing a cast iron pan clean and
    seasoned for my bicycle interstate bush crafting ,biking- tenkara fishing, stealth camping, fish cookin, water purifying and coffee making future adventure

    so i show how to identify the Best fat-wood piece of all that can be found from mature pine tree blow downs, it is the Knot piece where the branch is connected with the trunk of the tree , heavy and is the most dense fatwood to be had , shaves super thin and is concentrated
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    and the cast iron cook in ...i burn them in so i can clean and season them all good
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    While the fatwood is fantastic, I voted for the cast iron cooking because I haven't seen it done like this before, and it made me smile. :)

    Looks like you had a fun morning, Mr. Soze!
     
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    Very cool post Keyser! Both of these could have definitely stood on their own. I voted "Both are awesome". I had never seen this technique for cleaning new cast iron and I really like it. I'm going to be shopping for some soon so this was definitely appreciated.

    On the other hand, I'd like to offer a respectful dissenting opinion on the ideal fatwood piece. In my area, I actually avoid those knots because they are so hard to work with. It may be different where you live, but my number one quality in a piece of fatwood is a straight grain.

    Edit: I took over Keyser's thread with too many fatwood pics. Removed with my apologies for getting too enthusiastic. :3:
     
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    See above.
     
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    Where there's smoke there's fatwood. Both are awesome. In my area as well the joints are usually the best, straight grained is as common as unicorns around here.
     
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    Dey boff 'em super fantastic Mr. Keyser!
     
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    ahww man , now you made me feel more awkward that that Hindu Dude at the gas-station...that i ask every time i go in when his gonna start selling Cow Hot dogs ??
    ..and his like " ohh no no no sir no hot dogs ...while shaking his head, Hindu stile ! " now sometimes i go in and i give him a break especially if is full of customers...and he goes " thank you boss ! "
     
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    I voted cast iron because I love it....but I love the smell, look and effectiveness of fatwood...dangit, can I change my vote? Nice show KS
     
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    That's pretty awkward. :9:
     
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    dang that looks like a good way to spend an afternoon!
     
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    Your poll is too complicated.
     
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    So, how did the pans taste?
     
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    -more cast iron love,

    check out the white one LOL that's cool'' its a Wagner
    i cleaned them all with wire brush and ash ,
    -and also looks like nobody likes fat wood



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    Voted for the cast iron cause there's flames involved. Always vote for flames.
     
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    I voted both are awesome. I too have never seen that technique to clean cast iron. Now that I have, it makes sense.

    The lightered knots (most times) extremely saturated with resin. I'll use one just for scrapings and shavings.
    Otherwise I like the straight grained pieces to send off to folks.
     
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    I voted both, and just see cooked cast iron not cast iron cooking. Work that magic with some food.
    What is your preferred re-seasoning oil?
     
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    vote for cast iron

    what did you use to season them?
     
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    I went with fatwood as we use cast iron a home as well as in the woods. Don't tell my wife she's being bushcrafty
     
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    fatwood, definitely, because any good cast iron will do, no matter whether you season it in stove or fire. fatwood burl or joint is the best, and pretty, too ...
     
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    Fatwood. Because fat and axe.

    I picked off a 50's era Lodge camp oven last week and need to reseason. Unfortunately, my wall oven decided to crap out the same day, so I need to wait until the board is repaired and reinstalled to get after it. Maddening.

    So/consequently/ergo/thus - fatwood presentation.
     
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    Tasted like ash....so I had to season them ! :44:


    I used crisco blend of canola ,sunflower and soy bean...wanted some 100% sunflower but can't find it
     
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    Use linseed - pure, not "boiled" hardware store poison - you can get it at beauty supply (I know, I know) and art supply stores (stand oil). A ten dollar bottle will be enough to last for a long time, depending on your MO.
     
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    "Come an' get it!"
     
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    Thats the same way I de-season my pans when its time to start over----when my wife decides to "wash" my cast iron cause they don't seem "clean"...
     
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    What cut of meat is that? Looks good!

    SFH
     
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    Boston shoulder with T bone at one end...there I just cube the meat
     
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    Geez...you're the king of cast iron. That's a lot of pans Keyser!
     
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    Damn Gabe, I thought Shnick was the king of cast iron...looks like he has been dethroned. Long live the king

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    I have always heard that cleaning cast iron that way can cause cracking but I have never tried it so it may be just one of those things that people say. Have you ever had any cracking? I would think as long as they heat up slowly and cool down slowly that there would be little difference between that method and using an oven. I might be a little timid about putting a super nice Wagner or Griswold buried in red hot coals for any length of time. With the pans all stacked up like that, have you ever had the logs shift and had the pans drop down and bang into each other?
     
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    "mahaney, post: 3048979, member: 6095"]Damn Gabe, I thought Shnick was the king of cast iron...looks like he has been dethroned. Long live the king
    J



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    GKiT, post:
    I have always heard that cleaning cast iron that way can cause cracking but I have never tried it so it may be just one of those things that people say. Have you ever had any cracking? I would think as long as they heat up slowly and cool down slowly that there would be little difference between that method and using an oven. I might be a little timid about putting a super nice Wagner or Griswold buried in red hot coals for any length of time. With the pans all stacked up like that, have you ever had the logs shift and had the pans drop down and bang into each other?


    I did over 60 pans like that , lodge ,Wagner and Griswold and other brands included with no issues & excellent overall clean very satisfactory reseasoning results, like always people talk...& .... talk...&..:confused:
    I used to be timid ... but now I can drink beer :D
     
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    Lately I've been seasoning mine with copious amounts of bacon fat! :4:
     
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    What is your secret to seasoning them after?
     
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    i put as many in the oven as i can , i wipe them with , thick oil like blend of crisco or when i have coconut...now i got some from costco the Big Jar ... i let them warm up good ...take them out one by one and add some more oil ...then let them sit on 400 in the oven 1-1;30 H ...then let them cool down ...i let excess oil in them , they become black and shiny
    The "secret" is when you cook in them not to use high heat , i dont have gas now for cooking so is electric, just warm up the pan on high for 2 min right before it will start to smoke, reduce heat to 35% and cook , then reduce heat to 20% and let seat /simmer , i add a top to stream the food right after i close off the heat ...then i scrape the pan , i got a rag full with oil i keep in a plastic bag ...and i wipe it clean
    Do not use Towel Paper...it will leave small paper fibers in the pan and you will have to rinse , its " A Lot of Work " lol , but it beats all them aluminum ,SS, Ceramic Gizmos out there that Will Fail after 3-6 months

    ohh and food gets cooked not burned
     
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    The cast iron thread had..............cast iron :D , fire, food, beer, and even a cameo knife appearance. It's an almost unbeatable thread. Throw in dogs and some pretty woodsy women, and you'd take home the gold.
     
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    It can crack them and that is why people say it. What can happen is someone gets a fire up to temps that are in the forging range or like you said something can shift and bump or someone takes a cold pan and adds it to a hot fire or goes the other way and takes a hot pan out of the fire and dumps water on it or some other CI abuse. Still this method is a good way to get the build up off of a piece of CI that needs it. Just take it easy and don't get in a rush to heat or cool it. A moderate fire works fine.
     
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    I use SOS pads, elbow grease, and season with Crisco. I cook over fire, but have never tried cleaning with fire.
     
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    Some had a crust on them that you couldn't see the makers stamp. So i clean with fire in volume as seen .As I said did it many times without isues

    I don't care how dirty or rusted they are. When I ghather 10-15 pieces I purify with fire
     
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    I have stripped a few in a camp fire. But seasoning gets pretty complicated especially once you use the google box.....It seems like everyone has "the best" way to season cast iron. My problem is that I seem to get a weird sticky feeling to them sometimes. I think I am putting too much oil in them at too high a temp to get a good seasoning started...
     
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    Good stuff both, so I voted both are awesome!:dblthumb:

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    Look at the stamp on the back of a Wagner that's how you reseason


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