After the wood stove was installed, we were basically broke. Let me also be the one to tell you that you better have a pretty penny if you want to buy a wood stove and wood stove pipe! Holy potatoes!
So, anyways, the air is really dry when you are burning wood heat and you usually need a cast iron kettle to moisten the air filled with water. I stalled as long as I could because kettles are not that cheap either. But, a couple weeks ago I found this kettle at a yard sale for $5.
I used a wire brush to rub off the crusty rust that was all over and inside of it, then rinsed with water. After that I stuck the kettle in the sink and put baking soda all over it. Then, I grabbed my husband so he could see... I poured vinegar (white and apple cider; just for shits and giggles) all over it! It fizzled and foamed and was so cool to watch! I added some hot water and let the kettle soak for about an hour. The above picture is after the soaking (I was dumb and didn't do a before picture!) It was basically orange when I bought it.
Here is the soaking after an hour. EWWW! It was completely black. The kettle is actually in the sink at that moment.
I took the kettle out of the sink and let it dry. Once it was all dry, I sprayed it with high heat spray paint. This little tube of spray paint came with the wood stove we bought for an touch ups. I just sprayed the kettle with it.
And here it is! My kettle looking very brand new! Woo hoo!! Now, I am on the hunt for a trivet to set it on. Wish me luck on my yard sale/thrift shop adventures.