Imgur user, Sandytoo, found this old cast iron pot at a yard sale for five dollars.
New Life for Old Cast Iron
Here is what Sandytoo said about it:
I bought this dutch oven for $5 at a yard sale. The woman I purchased it from didn’t think it could be salvaged.
I don’t know the manufacturer, but it the words “No.10” and the size are stamped on the bottom.. This is a huge dutch oven… it is more than a foot across. I thought we could save it.
It was so rusty, the seller thought it was beyond repair.
Sandytoo proved the seller wrong by using a wire brush drill attachment to sand down the rust…
Then rubbing a sizable amount of lard all over the pot and cooking it at 350 degrees for about an hour.
She did that four different times…
And it came out looking brand new.
Turns out, an Imgur user commented that the number carved into the bottom of the pot most likely indicates that it was made by the “Birmingham Stove & Range Co. in the 1930s or 1940s.”
This pot is worth much more than $5.
The inscription No. 10 is that of the overall size, and 12 5/8 In(ches). is the circumference.
IMGUR users who read Sandytoo’s story point out that the rust could have been cleaned off using vinegar, salt, lemon and baking soda, or even by leaving the dutch oven on a flame at very high heat.
For a demonstration on how effective vinegar is as a cleaner of rusty metal, check out this video: