Should I use this old iron pot?
My recently acquired home came with a pot in the fireplace, hanging from a large swinging hook. I believe it is the only part of the room to escape being de-westernized--it once was one of those 50s TV western-inspired rooms.
Anyway, it's a #9 Wagnerware "Drip Drop Roaster". I'm going to assume it was intended for roasting meat, and not cheesy fireplace decor, but in the oven or on the stove? And how? Is the trivet thing functional? Can I make rice in this pot? I think I want to use it. New house has an induction cooktop, and I don't have any pots that work on it of this size and as it came with the house, it seems appropriate that I use it.
Is there any reason not to use old cast iron? Anything I should look out for when cleaning it that would indicate a problem?