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A discussion started in 2003 but continuing through 2021

September 26, 2008

Q. I have a Magnalite 5 qt pot. The screw that held the knob on the lid broke and now I have a lid with a hole in it for the knob. Does anyone know where I can get this repaired?

Tina Bradel
- Nederland, Texas


September 28, 2008

Q. Does anyone know where to get replacement handles for Magnalite pots and pans -- with Wagnerware stamps on the bottom? I have Wagnerware that dates back to the 1940's and some of the handles are brittle.

Thank you.

Maura Stone
- Santa Fe, New Mexico

January 23, 2016

Q. I have been a fan of Magnalite Cookware for many years. I recently inherited a few Magnalite pots from my aunt who is currently 94 years old. She is unable to cook anymore and was glad to pass some of her pots to me. However, 2 of the pots have broken handles. I have looked at several web sites to see if I could find replacement handles and have called numbers that were on some of the sites but have not been successful with any information.
Can anybody out there help me find replacement handles.

Marie Nelson
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 9, 2018

A. You can purchase replacement handles at www.wagnerware.com!

Alida Guilbeau
- Puyallup, Washington

June 1, 2021

A. You can buy replacement parts for Magnalite on eBay.

Ron Cecil
- Yukon Oklahoma

September 29, 2008

Q. HELP ! EASY-OFF & MAGNALITE = DISASTER! My mother mistakenly tried to clean her 20x12 Magnalite cooking pot WITH EASY-OFF. You can only imagine what it looks like. She has had for YEARS and LOVES it! PLEASE help me make my Mommy happy! What can I do to restore good enough so she can make some more of her famous Pot Roasts?

Jim Rodrig
- Modesto, California

November 17, 2008

A. I just spoke to an employee of Kaleidoscope Polishing in Gardena, Ca and they polish most pans (although I still haven't received a definitive answer about whether or not they actually re-anodize). They're going to call back with an estimate to polish. Hope this helps!

Susan Oberman
- Pasadena, California

March 15, 2009

Q. How do I re-season my Magnalite.
It was purchased in the 90's. It is the dark charcoal or black Magnalite type of cookware. It was put in the dishwasher by accident and now food sticks to the pans. I seasoned it when I purchased it, however, I don't remember what the procedure was that I used to season them. Please, advise me as to "how and what" to do to restore my wonderful cookware to it's original cooking quality.
Thank You.

Teresa Day
cookware owner - Santa Maria, California

March 25, 2009

A. I still have the brochures that came with my pots purchased in the 80's or 90's. Verbatim from 90's brochure: "Preseasoning Recommended: Although as Magnalite Professional Cookware is used, it is naturally seasoned by the oil in your ingredients, you may want to preseason your cookware. First wash the pan with warm soapy water.

To season Magnalite Professional Cookware, use vegetable or peanut oil. *Put the oil on a piece of paper towel and rub the inside and outside of the pan. Place the pan in a 300 degree oven for 30 minuets.

While the pan is still warm, wipe it with another piece of paper towel to remove any excess oil that might be on the pan. Your pan is now ready to use.
NOTE: Never pour oil directly into the pan. Only a light application is necessary.

Helpful Hints When Cooking with Magnalite Professional.

*An uneven seasoning pattern will develop on the exterior surface of your Magnalite Professional pots and pans. This is the natural patina of the cookware. To spread this patina evenly across the exterior of the pan, apply a few drops (2-4) of vegetable or peanut oil to a paper towel and rub the exterior surface of the pot or pan. Wipe away excess oil with a clean, dry paper towel."

Hope this helps. I'm trying to sort out the various evolutions of Magnalite Professional and fear I may have inadvertently purchased a non-stick MagPro. Anyone have experience with these or know about Eclipse coating?

Eileen Weeks
- Petaluma, California

May 7, 2009

Q. My Magnalite pots were submerged in Hurricane Ike, and I want to follow the suggestion of 10% Chlorine followed by wiping with oil and putting in a 350 degree oven. Will this hurt the handles on my saucepans?

Carrie Sanders
Consumer - Orange, Texas

June 2, 2009

A. I have several Magnalite pots, some 20 years old. They have been through Hurricanes Rita and Ike and are still cooking just as nice as new. I was a little concerned with the salt water damage but decided to try to save them. I used a brillo pad to remove the salt and filled them with water and a touch of bleach (to disinfect) and boiled each pot for 1 hour. Granted, they are not as beautiful but in the south we cook for flavor not to show off pretty pots.

Erica Waters
- Johnson Bayou, Louisiana

August 3, 2009

Q. My Magnalite pan is bowed on the bottom and I am not able to use it on my new flat surface stove. It is a beautiful pan otherwise. Any idea how to repair / replace this? This seems like a defect in the product that I am just now noticing...

Nadine Ham
- Raleigh North Carolina

August 19, 2009

A. The loss of anodization does not harm the cooking ability of the pots. They will work as well as they ever have. There is an excellent webpage telling all about Magnalite and the different varieties:

I have used mine for years (the original variety) some still have their anodizing and others don't. They are the best cookware I have ever owned.

Tom Beeker
- Hopkinsville, Kentucky

September 1, 2009

Q. I love my Magnalite professional I have used it following mfg curing and cleaning inst. with no problem. Pancakes come out great. I would love a larger one. I am not sure how to get the rubber handle grip off for oven use without tearing it. Any Ideas?

Rose Horan
- Windsor Locks, Connecticut

September 7, 2009

A. I tried the Bon Ami process provided by Pam S of CA today. I washed the pan in hot, soapy dish water, and then put in Bon-Ami [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] and scrubbed the pan with a dish rag (and ruined the dish rag) creating a gray sludge. Rinsed it out and dried the pan. Applied a coat of vegetable oil with paper towels and placed in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, then wiped out the remaining oil with paper towels. Used it tonight to cook jambalaya (can stick very easily to a pan) with no sticking, no problems. Just like new! Highly recommend you try it!

Larry Stiffler
- Manassas, Virginia

September 14, 2009

Q. I have a huge Magnalite roasting pan that I use several times a year to cook a traditional old-world fish dish for large family gatherings. I LOVE THIS PAN, but it absorbs the fish smell. If I leave it filled with a 50/50 mix of ammonia and water for about a week, the smell will pretty much be removed. It's very discolored inside, but I really only care about getting rid of that smell.
Any suggestions as to how to avoid the smell absorption and/or how to rid it of the smell afterwards?
Thanks all!

S Goldberg
- East Brunswick, New Jersey

July 9, 2010

Q. I've had my Magnalite 10 inch saute pan for almost 20 years and just recently am seeing gray on foods I'm cooking in it. For instance, I sauteed chicken and they turned gray. The gray also rubs off on my fingers when I rub it. It's got a CHG logo and Chicago Cutlery stamp on the bottom. Will re-seasoning the pan take care of this or is something else going on?

Joanne Stover
- Yuma, Arizona, USA

September 14, 2010

Q. I am new to Magnalite. I purchased a used "chicken fryer" frying pan. Magnalite 4570-P Wagner Ware Sidney - 0 - I read all of the posts but I need to know if the handles are oven proof or do I remove them to season the skillet? It does not have a teflon coating. The interior of the skillet looks like aluminum. Is there a big difference? I also inherited a Magnalite stock pot in May that was damaged in Ike. I am going to try the Bon-Ami solution and will let you know how it turns out.

Sandy Arnett
housewife - Houston, Texas USA

October 19, 2010

A. I found out a lot of information about the Magnalite Pots and pans. You can have them restored like new and also purchase the original Magnalite pots (not made in China). Go to www.wagnerware.com. Mr. Peter Pike who is the owner of the company is very professional and helpful.

Hope this helps everyone with their Magnalite problems...

Rick Galancey
- Gretna Louisiana USA

October 24, 2010

Q. My mother purchased a set of Wagner Ware cookware from a door to door salesman when I was a little girl over 50 years ago. The only piece she had left was the oval roaster (not the large one, unfortunately) and I have coveted that roaster for decades. In August mom passed that roaster on to me and I nearly cried. I now want to get one of the larger 18" ones, but am confused....is Magnalite made by Wagner (the 18" one my friend has says made in China), or is Magnalite a knock off brand?

Deb Milner
- Jacksonville, Florida USA

January 24, 2011

Q. I have inherited my mother's Magnalite Dutch Oven. I'm sure it was purchased in the 50's or early 60's. The inside appears to be pitted but is smooth to the touch. What would be the best way to clean this. The pan also came with a rack, which is in perfect condition. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

Cheryl Mechling
Hobbyist - Kittanning, Pennsylvania, USA

November 5, 2015

Q. We have a 60 year old Magnalite 7 quart pot that has become pitted with black spots. Seems to occur in areas that were used to hold the food cooking. Is this potentially unhealthy? And how can I restore to original appearance in the top two inches and on the outside of the pot. Some of the pits look fairly deep. I've had great use for this item given to me by my father in law.

Therese Pelletier
- Centerville, ohio

November 21, 2015

! I have Guardian Service cookware handed down from my family. Love the items except for the carbon buildup. Use Carbon-Off [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] ; great product but you have to use it outside, fumes can kill ya! I also have an aluminum pot I put in the dishwasher by mistake -- came out dull. I did all the recommended cleaning, nothing. Used CLR [affil. link to info/product on Amazon], it brightened it up. Not like brand new, but ten times better than before. Used it full strength Wear gloves.

mary denny
- Saint Louis missouri usa

November 28, 2015

affil. link
Cream of Tartar

Q. Hello:

My name is Jimmy Becnel. I have some Magnalite Pots that I have been cooking with for 35 years. I would like to know the ratio of cream of tartar and vinegar to clean the inside of the pots?

RFQ: Secondly I would like to find a place that I could send my pots to get the outside cleaned and polished. My pots are in pretty good shape but I still would like to make them shine again.

Jimmy Becnel
Cook - Luling, Louisiana USA

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December 30, 2016

Q. In August, 2016, my home flooded along with my Magnalite pots. I have been told it was black water. Also, someone said the pots should be discarded as mold spores would continue to grow in them, My pots have been a part of my family for many years and I can't bring myself to put them to the road. Can you advise me as to if they can been cleaned and sanitized properly, I don't anyone to get sick from me cooking in them and everyone is waiting on my New Year's (big) pot of cabbage and black eye peas.


Mary C. Roberts
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

January 16, 2017

Q. My elderly neighbor just gave me a beautiful Magnalite large covered frypan. It has never been used therefore needs to be seasoned. Will putting it in the oven at 350 degrees for the 30 minutes do any harm to the handle on the pan? Your response will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Susan Ciannilli
- Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania USA

July 11, 2017

A. Remove the handle.
Remove the button handle on the lid.
These are Bakelite they don't handle high temperatures.
Then season.

Eric L. Riner
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

August 28, 2018

I have a very large Magnalite pot which was very expensive. The cover does not fit the pot any longer. Would this be considered a warranty issue?

Margaret Dugas
- Donaldsonville, Louisiana USA

December 11, 2018

Q. I have a Magnalite Sauté Pan, 7.5" base, with lid. Although I haven't used it since moving to Arizona in 2002, there are small, deep holes like the ones in my stainless steel cookware, which are caused by the very hard water here. The holes in the Magnalite must have been caused by the water in Buffalo, NY, where the water is softer. Therefore, I surmise that aluminum is less resistant to hard water corrosion than stainless steel.

Also, I'm sure you have answered this question many times, but isn't aluminum bad for you?

Robert Brainerd
- Fountain Hills, Arizona USA

Ed. note: Yes, the dangers or lack of dangers of aluminum pots and pans have been discussed many times here, including in thread 8962 and thread 22551.

February 22, 2019

Q. HI I have one of a Wagnerware sidney Magnalite set and it was washed with oven off. Is there any solution to clean? I don't know if or its solvable. Help
Thank you : Terri

Terry Parks
- Henry ,Tennessee usa

February 2019

A. Hi Terri. As you've discovered, oven cleaner shouldn't be used on aluminum because it dissolves it. We have threads here about successful restoration of aluminum with Cream of Tartar (topics 34157 and 41066). If you're game for spending a lot of elbow grease it may be worth a shot. Good luck.


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March 12, 2019

Q. I purchased a complete set of Magnalite cookware when we were newlyweds in 1974. At that time we were offered a 50 year warranty (we chuckled and asked if we would still be married..we are!). I used them for many years but have ceased using them due to reflectance of contaminating our food. My pans never had a non stick coating on the inside. My pots never had a bright shine on the outside either. In addition, on the bottom of my pots one reads:MAGNALITE GHC USA and another pot reads: MAGNALITE PROFESSIONAL ITEM NO. 5383 MADE IN THE USA BY CHICAGO CUTLERY HOUSEWARES, A DIVISION OF GHC.


I would appreciate any suggestions about the 50 warranty or their company sponsored refinishing program. Thank you.

Marlene Wilson
- Alameda, California USA

March 2019

A. Hi Marlene. This page already has numerous suggestions about the warranty, which I have reviewed and summarized here ...

- "the manufacturer of Magnalite has been taken over by American Culinary. They can be contacted through their web site at americanculinarycorp.com"

- "the company that makes Magnalite is General Housewares Corp. Their address is 1536 Beech Street, Terre Haute, IN 47804"

- "General Housewares (800-999-3436) just told me to call 888-327-8472, who told me to call 800-767-5160, who told me they are only honoring the Magnalite warranty on pans made in Korea"

- "I called General Housewares ... about 8 years ago ... and they replaced them"

- "please e-mail wagnerware.com or americanculinarycorp.com"

- "After several e-mails to American Culinary Corp., I am about ready to give up the quest ... the company doesn't respond to e-mail"

- "I looked on the bottom of my Magnalite classic pots that I bought in 1996 and it has a phone number 1-800-545-4411"

- "purchase the original Magnalite pots (not made in China). Go to www.wagnerware.com"

After decades of acquisitions & divestitures and trademark sales, there might not be one single answer for Magnalite of all ages, or even for your two different types. At this point please try those leads. Please get back to us with how you make out. Thanks!


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
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June 26, 2019

Q. Who sells replacement handles for Magnalite pots?

Marguerite Town
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Re-anodizing Magnalite Cookware

November 27, 2020

Q. I have well used and beloved Magnalite cookware. Its anodized coating is wearing thin. The interiors of the pots are showing aluminum; exteriors showing anodizing fade. Is this an expensive endeavor to bring back to original new condition or somewhat close to it?

Andrew AntioQuia
- San Francisco, California

May 31, 2021

Q. Need help identifying this Wagner Ware piece.

19047-3a   19047-3b

Can anyone help?

Ray callahan
- Sidney ohio

"Collectors Guide to Wagner Ware and Other Companies"

from Abe Books


(affil. link)

May 2021

A. Hi Ray. Back in 2006 we gave a link to this book about Wagner Ware. You can see if you can find it in a library or, if you're a serious collector, it looks like you can get a copy for $20 - $30. It might help.

E-bay has over 1500 pieces of Wagner Ware and Etsy has over 600; that's too much for me to want to scroll through, but you could take a look for similar stuff.

There are also pay services on-line which answer questions like that, but the cost can easily exceed the value.

Your posting is very welcome here, but this is a metal finishing site where the administrator and regular readers are not involved in the antiquing business or hobby, and readers looking for help outnumber those offering it by 100:1 or more, so one identification/hallmarking/history question usually just leads to 99 more questions but no answers, so don't hold your breath :-)

Luck & Regards,

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