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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 4:47 pm 
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Any tricks for cleaning the black soot off of pots and pans, either from propane or campfire cooking? Elbow grease and effort are great, but is there something that would help?
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 5:24 pm 
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 6:46 pm 
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Thanks!
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 9:15 pm 
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Bar Keepers Friend would be my suggestion.
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 9:28 pm 
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^^^ I thought of that too.  And maybe a better "scrubber" - like fine steel wool.

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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 9:56 pm 
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FWIW: This  is awesome for cast iron and removing burned on debris.
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 11:54 pm 
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Thanks for the tips. Most helpful.
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PostThu Aug 13, 2020 2:48 pm 
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My dad always had me rub a bar of soap on the outside of a pot I planned on using on a wood fire.  I haven't done it since i was a teenager, but worth a shot.
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PostThu Aug 13, 2020 3:50 pm 
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slugsworth wrote:
My dad always had me rub a bar of soap on the outside of a pot I planned on using on a wood fire.

What we learn from our dads! My dad taught me to scrape a bar of soap under my finger nails before working on something dirty.
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Randy wrote:
(link to chain mail pot scrubber)

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but I have to ask: how many of those would I need to buy to make a stainless steel chainmail tunic?

we always just took the pots and pans down to the river and washed 'em with a handful of sand.
but I stopped cooking over a fire about.... 30 years ago.
somebody invented a thing called "STOVE" up.gif

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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 11:36 am 
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You can soap your pots, but I just don't worry about the campfire soot on pots. I get a stuff sack or other bag and nest the pots in each bag if they're soaped, or just don't worry about it. A quick rinse gets soot out of the inside from nesting, and a decent scrub gets most of the stuff off that comes off with a light touch. Otherwise, elbow grease and an SOS pad is the only hope.
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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 3:24 pm 
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Ski wrote:
but I have to ask: how many of those would I need to buy to make a stainless steel chainmail tunic?

IDK, but a colleague of mine that is Society For Creative Anacronism fan / CosPlayer felt the right way to have a proper chain mail shirt was to buy split rings by the gallon and "weave" his own while watching TV.  It took months, but made a good impression at a ComicCon.
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PostFri Aug 28, 2020 3:31 pm 
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One thing I recall from scouts was the "soap the pot" approach to easing the removal of soot.  It does help.

However avoid the mistake that another troop made at a Camporee I once attended who had only read in a book about soaping the pot and applied soap to the inside as well as the outside.  The whole troop had explosive diarrhea.
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PostMon Aug 31, 2020 2:32 pm 
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just a thought, why scrub? I was taught that a black pot heated faster and saved fuel. I only scrub the inside.

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