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Old 08-20-2015, 11:48 PM
Travis G. Travis G. is offline
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Default Replacement bail for DO

Hello all. What are your thoughts on the subject? Searched a plethora of places and didn't find a lot of info. Do you use round stock? Or just some kind of thick wire? Is there somewhere I can pick up the ones with the wrapped wire handles?
Thanks for any and all info.
Travis.
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:28 AM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Default Re: Replacement bail for DO

1st I'd check HD. I think I've seen 1/8" steel rod there in 3' pieces.

Next, Lodge sells Dutch ovens with both the bail and spiral bail. They do not list parts on their site, but a phone call could be worthwhile. Start with; "I NEED help." and you might get lucky.

Flea & Yard.

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Old 08-21-2015, 03:08 AM
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Are you looking for one to match a particular size/model? I see a lot of dutch ovens with fatal cracks but usable bails. Maybe one of us forum users has just the bail you are looking for.
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Old 08-21-2015, 04:07 PM
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Default Re: Replacement bail for DO

Travis G.
I go to a flea market in Winnie, TX every month. It is held the weekend prior to the second Monday of the month. There is a vendor there that sells nothing but new cast iron cookware and accessories. I believe I saw a display of replacement bails there.

Unfortunately I have no contact information for the vendor but I will be there again on the wekend of 9/12-9/13/15. I'll try to remember to ask about the bails and get the contact info.

Don't hesitate to send me a PM reminding me a day or two before.

At least one of the CIC members is a blacksmith but I don't rember his name. I do remember him posting about making a new bail for a DO he had bought. Maybe he will see this and contact you.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:19 PM
Shawn R Shawn R is offline
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I've seen replacement bails on ebay. The picture shows several, I don't know if you have to buy a pack of several or if it's just a display of what they offer.

I made my own bail for an 11 in gate marked dutch oven. I got a piece of round stock at Home depot. It works great.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:32 AM
Travis G. Travis G. is offline
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Thanks all -

I'll probably just pick up some round stock and make something that works until something that's right crosses my path. I think it's a 5 qt unmarked Wagner with the glass lid. I'll see if I can get a pic of my collection of users posted.

https://goo.gl/photos/oBz7Ky2F28BFSTom6
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:53 AM
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The tomato plant protective wire cages make a great handle. Since they are round and graduated the arc is already made for you. A couple of cuts with a hefty cutter and a touch up with a file or grinder and they look as good if not better than the originals. Be sure to get the heavy gauge wire and not the cheep stuff.
Good luck
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:12 PM
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Default Re: Replacement bail for DO

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Originally Posted by Travis G. View Post
Hello all. What are your thoughts on the subject? Searched a plethora of places and didn't find a lot of info. Do you use round stock? Or just some kind of thick wire? Is there somewhere I can pick up the ones with the wrapped wire handles?
Thanks for any and all info.
Travis.
I was going thru some of the post, I figure I could help on this one. Something I asked some time in May.

FROM LODGE:

Reba Wooden <rwooden@lodgemfg.com>

Yes, we sell bale handle for $5.00 each. You will need to call customer service at 423-837-7181 and place your order.

If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

Thank you,

Reba Wooden
Lodge Manufacturing
423-837-7181

Hope this helps
Serge_G
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:50 PM
KevM KevM is offline
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Default Re: Replacement bail for DO

the bail off of 5 gallon plastic pickle buckets, sheet rock buckets should work
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:19 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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I always understood the process to be shape the wire, then temper it, so re-shaping already-tempered wire may not be so simple. The shape at the attachment points is also different between brands, Griswold's locking feature being one example.
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