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16 camp oven in bad condition

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Brad Chalmers:
I recently bought an abandoned farm.  This weekend I found this camp oven in the back of a barn on the property.   I wouldn't buy anything in this condition but I still would like to get it in usable condition if possible.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Brad Chalmers:
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Russell Ware:
Judging from the lid, this is a #16 oven.
If you would like to restore it, first give it a good scrub down with soapy water and a stiff bristled brush. After that, I’d look for any damage like cracks. It might not be worth restoring if there is any serious damage. If there is still any organic matter on it, you’ll need a lye bath to remove that. Then it will need a whole lot of electrolysis and continued scrubbing until you can get down to bare iron. A #16 is a big and heavy piece. You will need a good sized electrolysis tank to hold that job.
It can be done, but needs serious work.
I wouldn’t be surprised if pieces of iron actually flake off from the oven in the electrolysis tank.

Brad Chalmers:
Yeah I know it's a 16 that was a typo, just edited that.  It's super heavy and huge.  I had an electrolysis tank years ago.  May build another but like you said it would have to be huge.

Dwayne Henson:
Im aure you've seen the prices 16 COs bring, or were bringing on eBay. Unless cracked it is worth cleaning up.


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