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I have a viking stove in a house I recently purchased. It has a griddle, I cleaned it with a grill stone using oil while it was cold (the griddle). It cleaned well. Next, I used flax oil to season it. I have never done this before nor have I owned a griddle. I watched several youtube videos. I turned the griddle on to medium heat spread flax oil with paper towel on it. I allowed it to burn for about 10 min, the smoking stopped, allowed it to cool, I then did it again, this time I got distracted and the heat was left on for about an hour, when I checked it the edges looked black (although scattered and uneven, nothing like what I see on the youtube videos). The middle area (scattered) had an appearance that I burned the oil. Some areas look like a thick and hard. It looks nothing like what I saw on the videos. How do I fix this

  • Not sure if this is an exact duplicate (I can't find a question that references this sort of issue during initial seasoning) but it sounds similar to the type of seasoning issues described here and elsewhere: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/64102/… In short, it sounds like possibly too much oil and too much heat, and you'll be best off stripping it and starting again. Use the oven next time; it maintains a set temperature so it won't cause too much harm if you get sidetracked. – logophobe Jun 12 '18 at 13:39
  • And, for what it's worth, this answer collects some of the better instructions I've seen lately for seasoning cast iron: cooking.stackexchange.com/a/90278/25059 – logophobe Jun 12 '18 at 13:44
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    When you put on the oil, was it before or after the griddle had a chance to warm up? You want it warm, so the oil thins out so you're getting a really, really thin layer. And if it fits in the oven, use that ... you'll get a consistent temperature the whole way across the griddle – Joe Jun 12 '18 at 18:13
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WWGD? (What would Grandma do). To avoid uneven seasoning, best to wash it all off as much as you can and start the seasoning process all over again.

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