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Old 08-23-2016, 12:43 PM
NLevine NLevine is offline
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Default What to do with a pan when the handle breaks off

Hey gang,

About 6 months ago I won a beautiful Griswold big logo #11 pan online. I was over the moon with excitement as this is a very rare pan. If you're a collector you know that 2's, 11's and 13's are the unicorns of the cast iron world. I followed the shipping updates and was so excited to come home and see a big box on my front porch. Upon opening the poorly packed box i found 2 things, the pan and the handle. I was so bummed. I mean, this isn't something that can be replaced, as i mentioned 11's are scarce! Long story short, I got a full refund and apology from the seller but still, the damage had been done. So i put it in my basement and it's been there since. My questions are:

Do you guys use broken pans? or have ever tried too?
Even though it's broken, does it still have any value?
Any creative ideas on what to do with it?

Thank you!
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:27 PM
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Default Re: What to do with a pan when the handle breaks off

Is the pan still good? I mean did the handle break in a way that the pan is still usable? (When the handle broke off of my grandmother's pan, it took off the side of the skillet with it.

And I guess it depends on if you want to use the pan to cook in. If the integrity of the skillet is good and you can cook in it ... Cook in it! Keep in mind, I'm an old redneck and would have no problem clamping a Vise-Grip on the side and saying it adds character.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:53 PM
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Hey gang,

Do you guys use broken pans? or have ever tried too?
Even though it's broken, does it still have any value?
Any creative ideas on what to do with it?

Thank you!
I do not use, own, or buy any broken, cracked, or "repaired" pans.

To me, it has no value. It may to someone else.

If I ever should break or crack a pan, it'll be used for target practice in the back yard.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:09 PM
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Default Re: What to do with a pan when the handle breaks off

I would the grind the handle down and use it on the grill. I love searing steaks in a CI skillet but hate all of the smoke and grease smell in the house from using the stove. I have a Wagner #8 spinner (I have an electric stove so its awful to try to cook in) I picked up at a yard sale that I throw on the grill and sear steaks in. Works perfect for me....
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:47 PM
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Frying a steak in a skillet on a grill totally defeats the purpose of the grill IMHO, but to each his own.

This is the way I want (and do) my steaks on the grill. Save the skillet for mushrooms and onions.

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Old 08-23-2016, 04:53 PM
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Wow! Nice grill!
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: What to do with a pan when the handle breaks off

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I do not use, own, or buy any broken, cracked, or "repaired" pans.

To me, it has no value. It may to someone else.
I go one step further and don't own, use or buy anything that is pitted. There is a clean piece out there.

Hilditch
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:26 AM
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Default Re: What to do with a pan when the handle breaks off

Obviously its collector value is 100% gone, but if you cook a lot, and you want to use it, it could end up as a nice pan for oven use, just grind off the remaining portion of the broken handle and you have what equates to a shallow roasting pan.

You just need to be careful if you cook anything that give off a lot of juices. Don't want to spill them when removing the pan from the oven.

If not, then it is basically scrap cast iron.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:57 PM
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Bad advice, disagree 100%. I have made several salvaged grills ( from drilled, cracked, hammer damaged ) wash pots. I have a #14 Martin skillet that is a deep dish pizza machine. Cracked left side of the handle. You also have a excellent pizza pan. Collector value lost, yes. User value in the eyes of the beholder. I know this is a "collector forum". I still buy spider skillets with the legs ground off. Make this damaged example come alive and enjoy.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:08 PM
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I wasn't giving "advice." I was answering his question. Do with your broken stuff what you want to. I'll do with mine what I want to.
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