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Vintage Le Creuset enameled cast iron Dutch oven has a broken looped handle. Advice on how to fix. LC corporate can't help.

I have a vintage (circa 50's-70's judging by its ridged bottom (part of pan that touches the flame). It is my mother's that I have "taken". It broke during Hurricane Sandy and got stashed in the attic where I recently found it. The enamel has held up well with no chips. One of the looped handles is missing and I do not have the broken piece. I am hoping to get it fixed, possibly by a welder or bathtub business. Has anyone had any experience with this? I have reached out to Le Creuset but they cannot guarantee that they can replace it. Much appreciated to all my fellow Food52ers!!

asked by testkitchenette 3 months ago
3 answers 278 views
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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added 3 months ago

You might ask around on social media if anyone has a spare handle or otherqise unusable pot from which you could cannibalize a part.
Otherwise, for aesthetics, maybe replace both handles.

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added 3 months ago

I would let them try. They may come up with something that works for you.

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added 3 months ago

Unless they have different policies for vintage pans, if they can't fix, they will replace or offer major discount on a new replacement, and will not return the original piece sent to them. So, if you want this piece for the sentimental value, I would try the other suggestions first. Might be able to find an artist that works with cast iron and/or ceramics that might be able to help.

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