How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans

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How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans
Cast iron cookware can be saved. (Rusted Cast Iron Skillets on Shed image by Katrina Miller from

Cast iron cookware has been used for generations. When used, cleaned and preserved correctly, these cooking utensils can last for decades. Many cast iron skillets are passed down and acquired from family members and friends. Although cooking with cast iron cookware can be convenient and healthy, improper maintenance can ruin the effectiveness of the cookware. It is important to know how to care for or repair cast iron cookware in the event that it is damaged.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drill with 1/8-inch bit
  • Welding utensil
  • Aluminium filler

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  1. 1

    Clean the area that needs to be repaired, then drill 1/8-inch holes at each end of the crack.

    How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans
    Start with a clean surface. (sudsy image by Micah Jared from
  2. 2

    Preheat the entire area that is being repaired to between 260 and 648 degrees C.

    How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans
    Be careful with extreme heat. (Electric drill with a drill on a white background image by terex from
  3. 3

    Use the welder to fill the crack with a nickel-alloy filler material. Do it while the area is still hot; filling a cold crack will not melt the filler.

    How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans
    Practice safety when welding. (welding fire image by Kaarel from
  4. 4

    Allow the repair to cool thoroughly before the next use. Using the pot too soon could cause cracks in the weld.

    How to Repair Cracked Cast Iron Pans
    Repaired cast iron can be used again. (welding project image by leemarusa from

Tips and warnings

  • Cast iron cannot be repaired while it is cold.
  • Avoid cracks in cast iron cookware by not using cold water on it as soon as your cooking is finished. Allow the pot to cool down before you clean it.

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