After almost six months of waiting I have finally got my porch heater installed. It was a mottled looking mess of rust, old stove black and shiny steel when I did my first test burn. In the process of that burn I fried some eggs in a frying pan on top of the hot plate, and discovered that a bit of spilled butter had turned the hot rusty metal a shiny black. Taking inspiration from my beloved cast iron frying pans I decided that before I spent any money on stove black or any such spray can product, I would try seasoning the stove as if it were a big cast iron pot. I melted a good quantity of shortening in a frying pan and brushed it all over the stove with a pot scrubber brush. That daylight burn was a smokey one, but the finished product is a beautiful all over dull to shiny black on the hot parts, (two 130 pound truck brake drums and a 1/2" steel hot plate) and a nice brown sheen on the not-so-hot parts. (legs, ash box, etc.) I am very pleased with the results, and confident that this will offer some weather resistance to the metal, since it is exposed to the elements. I also noticed that everything moves easier with first the added lubrication, and now the shiny seasoning Certainly, there is nothing new under the sun, but this was a new one on me.