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Mar 16, 2014 08:00 AM

How to un-warp a pan

I broiled with a pan I guess I shouldn't have broiled with and now it's warped and not flat anymore.
Is there anyway to fix this? My grandmother gave it to me and it was made by her husband as he did metallurgy so I prefer to not just throw it out.
Thanks in advance

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  1. Hi, Siegal:

    I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but it is exceedingly difficult to straighten a warped pan.

    The reason it warped is unrelieved stresses that were in it all along. Even if you could carefully, methodically bend it back to straight (and flat), you would just put stresses back into the metal, and it would be likely to warp again.

    It is possible an expert metalworker could somehow anneal (soften) the material and then press it back into shape without any stored stresses, but this would be an expensive and uncertain process.

    You may have a beautiful wallhanger, though.


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    1. Just keep it for future broiling?

      1. What is it made out of?

        I have some heavy aluminum pots and pans that get warped so they wobble on my gas burners, I just give them a hard whack with the heel of my hand to pop them back, not perfect but they don't wobble.