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Posted February 03, 2012 - 12:54 PM

Anyone here knowledgeable about old iron kettles? I have a large (22"dia) kettle that I've used for 20 years as a coffee table and I've decided on a change, but have No Clue about what to ask for it. "20" is cast in the base which figures out to be about 20 gal. Its all intact -feet, handle loops etc., but has 1 crack at the rim.--- I think they were chuck wagon pots or lard rendering pots..? Any help greatly appreciated--
:worshippy1: Here's a POTPIC:

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 01:16 PM

Fill it with lead, make a heck of a weight.:bigrofl:

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 01:19 PM

:bigrofl:

Fill it with lead, make a heck of a weight.:

Shoot Kenny--I couldn't afford the tire and wheel----------:bigrofl:

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 03:51 PM

Talked with my Dad about this. He says they usually go for around $75 in good condition with NO CRACKS. If cracked, even a little one, it's a flower pot. $25

You can band the top to keep the crack from spreading (hopefully).

These are fantastic to cook corn in the husk in. If you ever entertain outside in the summer, it's a keeper.

Edited by MH81, February 03, 2012 - 05:17 PM.

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 04:26 PM

Throw it in the pool and hope for an artificial coral reef is 20 years lol.

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 05:32 PM

Throw it in the pool and hope for an artificial coral reef is 20 years lol.


---and a CONTEST to see how long it will float---?:bigrofl::bigrofl::bigrofl:

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 07:19 PM

At Auctions seems like folks go crazy over them. I never sell cast pots, skillets. Cast and Horse drawn tools I have to find a spot for them to REST in.

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 07:50 PM

---and a CONTEST to see how long it will float---?:bigrofl::bigrofl::bigrofl:

Ya know, I bet that thing would float until it rains a few times. LOL

Or a hole rusts in it. :bigrofl:
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Posted February 03, 2012 - 09:15 PM

If I was closer I would love it for doing maple syrup in . You can try ebay I would start it at $50 but you need to weight it so you can get an idea of shipping . But I am sure someone would pay well for it even with a crack . We have a guy here that sells small pots at the flea market for $100 to $600 so i am sure you couls make a couple bucks off it. You can try an antique store.
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Posted February 03, 2012 - 10:40 PM

If the crack is near the top, drill a tiny hole just at the very end of the crack. The crack will almost always stop. This works on cracks in plexiglass as well.
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Posted February 04, 2012 - 04:35 AM

If the crack is near the top, drill a tiny hole just at the very end of the crack. The crack will almost always stop. This works on cracks in plexiglass as well.

Thanks, I had forgotten about that trick. Since its been indoors all this time and now outdoors, I'll get a drill out.

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Posted February 04, 2012 - 08:41 AM

Here is a link to agrisupply cast iron cookware. I am pretty sure this is chinese stuff.

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Posted February 04, 2012 - 02:49 PM

That would be great for boiling wort for beer. You could make 4 batches at once, using the typical home-brewers 5 gal. recipes.

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Posted February 04, 2012 - 05:09 PM

That would be great for boiling wort for beer. You could make 4 batches at once, using the typical home-brewers 5 gal. recipes.


As little beer as I drink, that batch would last me about 10 years. Now, a batch of Scotch on the other hand..............:bigrofl:




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