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I was given a spring form pan that would be good to use as a firepot, but I'm not sure if it's stainless or galvanized. The hinge shows signs of rust, but the pan itself is rust free. I put a magnet to it to see if there was a zinc layer that wouldn't attract it, but it stuck without any issue. However, I know this rule doesn't apply if the zinc layer isn't thick enough or if certain other galvanizing methods are used. I looked up the company name that's stamped on it (Rowoco), but they don't have this pan listed anywhere. Does anyone know a way to test this instead of just heating it up and watching for smoke?1.jpg

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Looks stainless, but the bigger issue is it's way too thin for use as a firepot no matter what. You need at least 1/4" thick.

 

You can always scuff up a spot and put warm vinegar on it. If it turns dull, bubbles, and eventually browns a bit it's galvanized.

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I've heard that that's a common method, but their are no open junk yards or anything like that around me. We have something called the Trading Post, and I remember seeing an old charcoal grill in there. Fingers crossed that it still is.

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That's what I used for my first forge. Lined it with fire bricks and burned both hard wood charcoal and coal in it.

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