Can You Recycle A Cast Iron Stove?

how to recycle a cast iron stoveMany older homes have bulky and heavy cast iron stoves that often times are scrapped because of their inefficiency in a modern home. While we are fans of the looks of cast iron stoves, some people just want to get rid of them and try to recycle them with the local scrap yards. Cast iron stoves are very bulky and usually at least a few hundred pounds, so they can be a good score for your scrap trip. When scrapping a cast iron stove there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you make the most money on it when bringing it to the scrap yard.


  1. The best place to start is to see if you have the ability to move the cast iron stove. If you have the right equipment the remove and transport it to the scrap yard then you are in good shape.
  2. How much weight do you have? Check with your local scrap yard if they have a cast iron weight minimum. If you aren’t sure how much it weighs, get an estimated length, height, and width of the cast iron stove and contact your local yard. They should be able to give you a good idea of how much it weighs. This can also give you the opportunity to ask them how much they pay for cast iron.
  3. Check the inside and outside for any pieces that you could take off that may be stainless steel or copper. Once you have done that you can load the stove onto your truck or trailer for transport.
  4. Be sure to use the right safety equipment and tools to get the stove loaded and unloaded correctly once you have arrived to the scrap yard. Remember that you should have the stove tied down well enough to prevent any shifting or moving while traveling to prevent receiving any tickets.
  5. Once you arrive to the scrap yard, you may either have to weigh up at the truck scale and unload the stove or unload the stove onto a scale. Check with your local yard beforehand so you know what to expect.

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