Right now, I am on my third round of oven cleaner. Instead of following the directions I am getting online, I am being impatient and only waiting an hour before I rinse and scrub. So, while I have made progress... it has involved a lot of elbow grease and some disappointment.
|This was from the first round. Soaking in a plastic bag on the porch.|
|This picture doesn't do the amount of clean justice. There is still a lot of black gunk on the sides though.|
Even though I feel a little guilty, I am stripping this whole thing down to bare metal. I feel bad that ninety years of seasoning is being erased. But it looks like a previous owner seasoned right over the top of rust, which has me going nutty and wondering if that is what ruined the logo in the middle. Anyway, I am going to control my urge to scrub and head off to bed. Tomorrow is another day! And if I can wait 24 hours like I am supposed to, the oven cleaner should have done it's job. Then I can start seasoning!