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Already in garbage bin
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2018
I received this dutch oven about 10 days ago, read included usage and maintenance instructions and washed the oven by hands with just water and soft cloth, no soap or detergent.
The first time I cooked in it, the oven got covered by rust inside, and food became grey and got black flakes in it.
As was mentioned in instructions, I thought that the oven needs additional seasoning with vegetable oil. I cleaned the oven with water and cloth again, no detergent. Then let it dry and covered with olive oil inside and out.
The next cooking gave the same result: rusty insides and dirty food that I had to throw away.
My husband researched in the internet and found other people with similar problems. Some say that Lodge would do a better job if they didn't season their oven at all as this seasoning seems to be of not very high quality. In my case it was uneven, flaked away and didn't prevent from rust.
After gathering some suggestions in the internet, my husband spent a whole evening trying to put a thicker seasoning over the oven: he put multiple layers of olive oil and kept the oven on the stove at middle temperature to let the seasoning stick.
The next cooking again gave the same black-rusty results.
In addition to that, leaving the warm oven lead on the table during cooking left a black circle on the surface that I can't wash away. And drying washed oven on the table left another rusty circle on the table that I also can't wash away.
After all these highly disappointing experiences, I decided to throw away this oven before it destroyed my countertops completely.