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Caldron cast iron different-- why?


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Old 09-15-2017, 08:42:19 PM
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Default Caldron cast iron different-- why?

This pot is about 24 inches in diameter and has 3 hooks on the rim. 2 for hoisting and a 3rd one to tilt and empty it. Why is the bottom made the way it is. I have never seen this before.
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I've seen dozens if not hundreds of scalding kettles but I've never seen that before. I want to say that it was for a gas fired kettle but I don't have anything to back that up.
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This pot is about 24 inches in diameter and has 3 hooks on the rim. 2 for hoisting and a 3rd one to tilt and empty it. Why is the bottom made the way it is. I have never seen this before.
The kettle is made that way to capture more heat by increasing the surface area that is exposed to the fire. It is definitely an odd one.
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Agree with Mike and Kirk , grandparents just had a big round on the bottom one , thats a real nice looking one You got there
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The kettle is made that way to capture more heat by increasing the surface area that is exposed to the fire.
It would do that, but I see that it doesn't have feet of any sort, so I'm guessing it was made to stay stable when placed into a bed of hot coals.
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