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I recently came across a few old farm dumps near my place which are full of metal. Found a heap of 5/8" rods about 5ft long. Before I use them, I want to make sure I'm not gonna be burning anything toxic. They are covered in rust, but for the most part are free of pitting and I see no signs of lead paint. Is it possible for galvanized metal to rust over? I am guessing that these dumps are from around the turn of the century, so is it safe to assume that it is good iron?

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Pretty difficult for rust to cover any metal coatings as they are a sacraficial coating to stop rusting, ergo, if the metal is rusty the coating is gone. Like Larry H said, if it's that old it's probably wrought iron. Andrew

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