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Joey Dawson
(inabag) - F

Locale: Northern VA
MYOG Pot Lid on 02/18/2011 11:42:10 MST Print View

I have the following pot....

I love the size and dimensions, and it fits great on my stove. I have no use for the skillet/lid. I would prefer a flat lid with a single small handle. I only boil water in my pot.

Can anyone suggest ways to create a lid for the top? Preferably inexpensive materials readily available. I was thinking a small aluminum pizza pan type pan if I could find one in the right dimensions. Unsure how I would cut down to size.

Any ideas appreciated.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: MYOG Pot Lid on 02/18/2011 13:37:57 MST Print View


I have the same pot.

Just thinking out loud, the pot has an outwardly flared lip at the top. If you use the aluminum pizza pan as your lid material, measure the inside diameter of the outwardly flared upper edge of your pot. Draw a circle on the pizza pan with the same diameter as the one you measured. Cut it out with some aviation snips or tin snips "leaving the line". Use a file to clean up the rough edges and work it down to the finished size. Use your drawn circle as a guide. You're trying to get it small enough to drop into the flared upper lip of the pot but not so small as to fall into the bottom of the pot.

You can find small wooden knobs in the hardware store. You can attach the knob in the center with one stainless self tapping screw of the appropriate size.

Be careful that the materials that you use that will come in contact with your food are "food grade". Not all metals are made for cooking.

Follow this link to Jason Klass's website to see a picture of what I am describing. You may have to scroll down just a little bit.

Party On,


Edited by Newton on 02/18/2011 13:46:52 MST.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 02/18/2011 14:24:22 MST Print View

Buy a pie or cake or whatever that comes in a thin aluminum pan, eat the pie/cake, wash pan (or you could just buy a pan without anything in it).

Pinch out some to make the handle, form the rest into a circle (it'll be all wrinkled)

Top view:


Side view:


Put it on top of your pot and bend it over the sides of your pot, cut off the excess

By the lid going over the top, if fir needles or whatever fall from above, they won't end up inside your pot

Joey Dawson
(inabag) - F

Locale: Northern VA
Re: Re: MYOG Pot Lid on 02/18/2011 14:34:51 MST Print View

Newton - thanks that is exactly what I was envisioning. I will find a small aluminum pan of some sort and see what I can work out. Will update later.

Joey Dawson
(inabag) - F

Locale: Northern VA
Re: Re: Re: MYOG Pot Lid on 02/20/2011 11:38:15 MST Print View

I was wandering around Wally World looking for cheap pizza pans or aluminum pans of some sort to cut into to make a lid for my pot. I found something cheaper/lighter to try out. Hefty Foil Casserole Pans. They were $2 for 2 pans, about 9" x 3". I cut them to size using my actual pot lid for reference. I then used some duct taping to strengthen the hole I punched, and I put some triptease through as an easy pull. It is not very rigid, but I was able to shape it into a perfect fit. If I turn the pot upside down the lid does not come off, but pulls off easily with the loop of triptease. Not sure on weight, but its liiiight. Will report on actual usage after my trip this weekend. Was thinking could maybe make more rigid by combining a couple pans together. Pics below.






Edited by inabag on 02/20/2011 11:38:58 MST.

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
using can wall on 02/21/2011 10:56:15 MST Print View

I posted a sequence of photos on OutdoorsMagic on making a mug lid from a can sidewall.

They're in my gallery.

The sequence is missing one detail step, which is the difficult bit of folding the edge over neatly, and trimming it. Hopefully, you'll get the idea of what I did. It's an 'external lid', but I'm sure the method could be used for an internal lid that rests on a stepped lip.