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Old 11-20-2018, 10:03 PM
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Default Cleaning or Replacing Thermometer in Wagner Dutch Oven?

Hi folks,

I've been scratching my head about this one for a while. Bought this beautiful unmarked (Wagner?) hammered dutch oven a while back and have been trying to decide what to do with the crudded-up aluminum thermometer in the lid. Does anyone have a technique for removing it so it could be cleaned, or a suitable replacement if removed?

The thermometer seems to be made of two aluminum parts that screw together so that one flange is on top of the lid and the other below, with the round glass disk sandwiched between. I could try to fill the joint full of penetrating oil and unscrew it, but the aluminum body seems so fragile that I'd likely only destroy it without a good non-marring means of getting hold of it.

Any ideas? I've seen a few of these out there, maybe one of you has come up with a solution.

Mark

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Old 12-03-2018, 02:38 PM
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Update: I finally did get it apart with persistence and penetrating oil. This is a three-part unit, two above the lid and one below, and they all screw together. Have not removed the dial face and etc. from the top (bezel) part yet but it's all doable. What I'm not sure about now is how to go about restoring the crudded up dial on something that may get to, I dunno, 400 degrees in use. Seems like paint would be about the only option at that temperature. Has no one out there ever attempted to restore a temp gauge like this?
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:48 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning or Replacing Thermometer in Wagner Dutch Oven?

Hello Mark!
I just got a Wagner Ware Dutch oven with temperature gauge too. You say it's a 3 part? Any tips from your own experience at getting it apart? I've never done one and want to clean it. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning or Replacing Thermometer in Wagner Dutch Oven?

Best to note the dates when responding to search results. The OP only ever posted here twice, both times this thread. Perhaps someone else will see and have the answer.
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