Tetsubin cleaning tutorial

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Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:56 pm

@flo62134 It's hard to tell from the photos what's going on there. But it should not look like this. From the style of the pot and the link you shared it looks like one of those "enameled" cast iron pots for making tea. So if the brown stuff is just a layer of tea residue, you can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or sodium percarbonate (even better) to clean it. If it is rust then follow the instructions Victoria shared, however in this case the pot is not suitable for tea making IMO as the exposed iron would react too strongly with the tea affecting its taste, but could still be used for boiling water (maybe).
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:07 pm

Hello, I bought used Tetsubin and its kinda sticky on outside, most probably because it was not used much and it was kept in the kitchen where steam from oil sticked to it after long time. I cant seem to wipe it off with a wet cloth? Any suggestions please? Inside is not sticky
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Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:57 pm

Robert wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:07 pm
Hello, I bought used Tetsubin and its kinda sticky on outside, most probably because it was not used much and it was kept in the kitchen where steam from oil sticked to it after long time. I cant seem to wipe it off with a wet cloth? Any suggestions please? Inside is not sticky
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Welcome to TeaForum @Robert. Moved your new topic into this Tetsubin Cleaning thread which you might take a look at. Have you tried running very hot water over the underside and scrubbing with a soft brush? You could also simmer the whole tetsubin for 15-20min in a big pot with green tea leaves, rinse with hot water and make sure it is completely dry before finishing process. So it completely dries out you might (at the end) put filtered water inside tetsubin and place on heating element to boil water, remove water and allow heated tetsubin to evaporate residual moisture.

p.s. can you show us a close up of the rim of the tetsubin, shown in last image? Is it possible that this is an iron teapot not intended to be placed on a stove.
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:04 am

Thank You Victoria. I will try to follow Your instructions.

Please see the photos. I think this is not enameled teapot therefore it should be ok for boiling water right? Also the marks on the bottom of the pot are in Japanese apparently so It was made in Japan right? Or can chinese fake japanese writing in order for these pots to look japanese? :D maybe a stupid question :D.

I have boiled water in it many times but I havent drink from it yet but there are are tiny particles in the water very very very little pieces, maybe this is lacquer coming off or iron?

Please help me I would be very grateful for this :)
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:19 am

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there are are tiny particles in the water very very very little pieces, maybe this is lacquer coming off or iron?
What kind of particles? If it's white it might be just limescale precipitated from your water, which is completely fine. If it's dark, then it something that shouldn't be there....
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:49 am

very tiny much smaller ten a a needle pin, I think its the lacquer coming off or iron maybe? i scopped a small piece out and broke it very easily it was very soft. I will wait for more expertise until I will drink a water from this.

Thank You :)
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:12 pm

Robert wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:04 am
Thank You Victoria. I will try to follow Your instructions.

Please see the photos. I think this is not enameled teapot therefore it should be ok for boiling water right? Also the marks on the bottom of the pot are in Japanese apparently so It was made in Japan right? Or can chinese fake japanese writing in order for these pots to look japanese? :D maybe a stupid question :D.

I have boiled water in it many times but I havent drink from it yet but there are are tiny particles in the water very very very little pieces, maybe this is lacquer coming off or iron?

Please help me I would be very grateful for this :)
Robert it’s very hard to tell from your photos what’s going on inside, they’re pretty blurry. Lacquer chips are usually hard and formed pieces, so the bits might just be iron. Thinking the previous owner might have oiled the outside or it is urushi. How does the water taste after boiling? After cleaning the tetsubin, boil some water, if it tastes good then good to go it seems. And yes the Chinese are mass producing Japanese ‘style’ tetsubin.
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Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:45 am

Sorry Victoria I have a shitty camera but I asked my uncle to take a photo with his camer so here You go :) This is full iron right? my uncle is a woodcraftmen and he says its full iron for sure but still he is not an iron craftman therefore I will wait for Your expertise also.

Tetsubin is quite small so maybe its Kyusu which is made of full iron with no enamel but then still this should be good to use as testubin to boil water right?

I tasted the water from it couple of days ago and it tasted nice actually nicer than the one from the electric kettle
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