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Fix a warped skillet?

We’ve tried on several occasions to fix a warped skillet, with little success.  However, we recently came across an article that talked about heating and pounding out a warped pan.

The technique is to heat them up, put a 2×4 long enough to go from edge to edge of the pan on to the crowned side, and beat the heck out of it — all over it’s entire length, while revolving it so the entire pan surface gets its share of whacking.

If the pan is warped so the crown is on the outside, you have to rest the lip of the pan on a flat surface, so that the handle doesn’t touch the surface; a stair step is good.  If the pan is warped so the crown is inside, you have to cut the 2×4 to fit — as closely as you can but without making a big deal out of it.

Just keep reheating the pan and keep on whacking ’til you get bored.  The flattening will hold longer if you do both the inside and outside, but you can get most of the goodness if you only flattened the crowned side.

If anyone tries this, please let us know if it works.

2 Responses to Fix a warped skillet?

  1. Aldine V Wallace March 10, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    I have this 14″ Reverware skillet that is a family heirloom. I treasure it for making speghetti sauce etc. The other day I let it heat over a small flame and small amount of grease and it began to warp. I quickly turned the heat off and let it cool for a few minutes then put it back on with high heat with good coverage of liquid all over the bottom. This made it happy, and after a few more tries of heating it all over at once it is just about perfect again. I believe it is very important to have the heat reach the whole bottom of the pan as it heats, and like the others say, a smaller pan should be on a smaller flame.

    • RevereWareParts March 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

      For smaller pans the danger is more the overheating of the Bakelite (hint, you won’t like the smell) than the warping of the pan. There are two situations I am aware of where warping is likely to occur:

      1. If the pan is left on the heat with nothing on it; this causes some areas to get hotter than others, which can cause the warping.
      2. Cooling down too quickly. Probably the most common reason why pans warp. I think this is mostly due to one side of the bottom contracting where the other side doesn’t as much, which pulls the side in contact with the water together, pushing the other side out.

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