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Replacing glass in LG Range?

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pdurusau

Replacing glass in LG Range?

I have been steaming bread with the cup and pan method but every time I do, I cover the door window on my LG range with a large towel. Which takes time. Which lets heat out.

I checked with LG and they don't make a replacement door with no window.

Has anyone replaced the inner glass in an LG or other gas range with metal? Thinking if I got the exact dimensions on the inner glass, I could salvage an old metal oven door and have it cut to git. Then replace the inner glass with the metal.

Suspect it would change the heating characteristics a little but then random drips would not be the scary issue they are now.

Thanks!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Patrick

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LindyD

Rather than going through all the work and cost of trying to replace the glass in the door, why not just use a small watering can with a long spout?

I have a glass window in my oven door; used to cover it with a piece of cardboard when steaming, then received a Haws watering can.  Puts the water precisely where I want it with no worry:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/27937/im-distraught-and-need-help-folks-who-routinely-produce-beautiful-breads-gas-ovens#comment-209536

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Laurentius

May, I ask why you cover the window? It will not break and will recover from the fog very fast.

LindyD's picture
LindyD

If you do a TFL search on cracked oven glass, you'll come across reports of unhappy bakers who, while steaming their preheated ovens, inadvertently splashed water on the hot window glass of their oven doors, shattering the glass.  

Fog isn't an issue - the OP is concerned about spilling water on the hot glass.   Me too, which is why I use the Haws watering can.

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pdurusau

I really like the simplicity of the watering can as opposed to my proposed solution!

On the other hand, what prompted this post was pasting the top of a baguette yesterday every 30 seconds with a brush. So the danger of drops/spillage on the window was much greater.

For that case, the sheet metal with magnets would be a great choice. (I am a little leery of peircing metal when I don't know what is on the other side. I know there is insulation inside, but not what kind)

Thanks again!

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pdurusau

I mentioned the magnet solution to my older brother, an electrical engineer, and he says the magnets can fail due to high heat.

Searching on that notion, I found that if a magnet reaches the "Curie temperature," it will lose its magnetic field.

On that, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curie_temperature

For an iron magnet, that is 770 degrees Celsius, or about 1,482 degrees Fahrenheit.

At least with my LG model, I think I am fairly safe. ;-)

Will report back if the magnets I use start to lose their magnetic fields.

Now to find some "safe" magnets that aren't coated with stuff that makes the kitcken a toxic zone. Some substances do odd things even in normal cooking range temperatures.

 

 

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barryvabeach

I agree with the suggestion you should cover the glass - even with the watering spout, all it takes is a few drops to crack the glass.  You might have some success with the high temp magnets.  I used super magnets on my oven door ( the springs on the hinge failed and they don't sell replacement hinges) for a while but the magnets lost their strength pretty quickly - so by the fourth or fifth time I used the oven they had very little strength even when cold.  I think the easist thing would be to buy a baking sheet that is bigger than the window and use that as a covering.    There shouldn't be much of a problem drilling into the door,  I ended up drilling into the top of my door no problems.  You will only need 4 very small holes and 4 sheet metal screws. Special glass is also available that is more resistant to thermal shock than normal heat treated glass but it would be extremely expensive. 

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Mini Oven

with a couple of hooks?  Easily hung and easily removed.

Existing screws could be lengthened if needed (if stainless use cloth between regular skrewdriver and screw) and hooks added.  

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pdurusau

Thanks again!

To get outside the lip around the inside window is going to take a pan about 23 x 16, maybe a little less.

I am thinking about a full sheet pan cut down and bent to the right size.

If I can get a good fit, likely to go with the screws. The window just lets me see something is in the oven and I should know that already if I am baking. ;-)

I can't judge color, etc., through the window.

Hope everyone is looking forward to a baking weekend! It's good weather for it!

Patrick

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pdurusau

Curious, do you have a wall mounted oven or one on the floor? I have always had floor models so no experience with judging color where I have a better line of sight.