|If you click on this picture, you can get a better glimpse |
of how dirty Marjorie the Margin Gem had gotten.
|Her cooktop was particularly unbecoming.|
|Grease from frying chicken had cooked onto the stainless steel trim|
that surrounds the cooktop.
I started out with a stainless steel soap pad on the top of the reservoir.
The soap pad and I were soon good friends. We spent a lot of time together.
|The soap pad skittered across the stainless steel cooktop trim, |
followed closely by a damp rag. Then, the soap pad waltzed all
over the backsplach and stainless steel section of stovepipe.
In the picture above, please note how rusty the stove collar is at the base of the stainless steel stovepipe. When Marjorie arrived last year, like all new cookstoves, her highly polished cast iron cooktop had been coated with a thin layer of some type of petroleum product in order to keep it from rusting before it was put into use. Unfortunately, whoever had applied this coat of oil, missed putting it on the collar. Hence, the collar began to rust even before we had installed the stove in March, but I hadn't done anything about it yet.
The next thing that I did was begin working on the cooktop. I rub a grill brick all over the cast iron. This effectively removes any food and grease that has cooked onto the stove. It also smells very strongly of sulfur.
|A view down the stovepipe from the top of the warming oven|
|The soot rake scraping across the top of the oven.|
|The manufacturer's identification plate masks the|
oven clean out door. The soot rake is pulling
creosote from beneath the oven.
All other surfaces were wiped clean and parts replaced, and the ashes which had missed falling in the ash pan were also scooped out. The water reservoir was refilled, and a new fire lit. As the coat of vegetable oil burned onto the stovetop, the kitchen took on the scent of a large hot breakfast griddle, and Marjorie was once again a gleaming beauty gracing our kitchen.