Retinning services for copper pots?

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Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by jpjpjp » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:07 am

Anyone have much experience with re-tinning copper pots?

I have a growing collection of salvaged copper pots from antique stores that I've been meaning to re-tin, but I'm not sure who to go to or how much I should expect to spend. It seems like there aren't too many tinners how there, so I'm wondering if any of you all have experience with this.

Thanks!

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by LaVieestBelle » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:28 pm

Where are you located? I am in Ohio, and I help people purchase copper pots. I have referred a few collectors to this place in Ohio.... https://www.metalcoatingcompany.com/coppercookware.html

They have been around here for about 70 years. I have not heard back from customers, so please keep that in mind. Thought I would at least toss that name out to you.

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by Corradobrit » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:09 pm

Its not as easy as it looks. Give the work to a professional who has experience.

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by enjay » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:10 pm

These guys are very much professionals --they make pans-- but according to the FAQ, it may take some time. Maybe email them to see what the turnaround might be:

http://www.brooklyncoppercookware.com/faq/#retinning

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by Cutuu » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:38 pm

Rocky mountain tinning co. Is good also. Ive bought pans from them.

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by lsboogy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:21 pm

I've had several done over the years by Brooklyn - they are great for service and do a wonderful job.

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by -btm- » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:54 pm

I've used East Coast Tinning and Southwest Hand Tinning. Shipping cost is a big factor with copper, so your location might decide for you. East Coast Tinning has been around a long time and has quick turn around. Jim is nice and easy to do business with. I personally prefer Southwest Hand Tinning for older vintage stuff. The owner is named Val. She does tinning as a side-job/passionate hobby and it shows in her work. Her finishes are much nicer and her work shows more attention to detail than what I've had from ECT. She also gives great updates and photos as she goes through the process and she's happy to answer questions about your pieces. Turnaround can be a little slower, but two weeks seems average for her. I might have some before/after pics if you are interested.

If your pieces are really wrecked... bent out of shape, leaks, holes, broken handles, etc. I'd use House Copper. She also makes her own pans and cast iron handles and she has a ton of vintage tools to do serious repairs.

Rocky Mountain Tinning looks perfectly good too. I've never used them though.

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Post by -btm- » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:00 pm

PS Expect to spend $4-$6 per inch. 2x sides plus bottom to figure a rough price. Most of these tinners have have a quote calculator or will get back to you quickly with a price. Southwest was around $4 and I think ECT is $5 now.

It is actually really satisfying to take an old crusty pan and see it brought back to life!

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by jpjpjp » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:56 pm

I am located in Maryland. I will look into all of these options. I'd obviously prefer to not wait too much longer to get these pans retinned, but a better job is a better job...

Brooklyn and East Coast seem like the most viable because of proximity, and because the pans themselves are in pretty good shape and really only need new tin. But I really do like the sound of Southwest's services.

Appreciate the help!

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Re: Retinning services for copper pots?

Post by -btm- » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:42 am

Yeah, given shipping costs and your location you might stay on the East Coast. ECT just had a spring special with free inbound shipping if you have two or more pans. He runs specials on shipping pretty often. If that has expired you can use his shipping account via the ECT website for discounted shipping.

Brooklyn copper has a lot of good info on their website. They seem to be deep into the science of the metals, etc. They posted a cool method for safely brightening tarnished tin linings using a galvanic technique. I tried it and it worked really well. Fun experiment.

You will be blown away when you get the pans back! Here are a few I recently had done by Southwest...
Val said the small sauce was 1880's, The Duparquet Saute was probably 1900-1910 and the splay was 1860's-1890's.
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