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Repurposing an old frying pan?

 
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My 10" previously-non-stick frying pan has given up the ghost. Any ideas for repurposing it? It's useless to donate but I'd hate to just throw it out.
 
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It contains a variety of unfortunate (and hazardous) chemicals and heavy metals. Best to not use those for cooking or anything else. Recycle it at the scrap metal yard.
P.S. I always keep an eye out for scrap metal, especially on trash pick-up day. I gather washing machines, bags of aluminum beer cans, old gutters, burnt out bar-b-cues, etc. Once or twice a year I make a nice extra income, --and help Earth.
 
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Two ways I’ve used old frypans:

1. Remove the handle, drill a few drainage holes in it, nail or screw it to a large block of wood/concrete, and use it as a feeder in a chicken pen – stops them tipping it over, easy to clean with a brush and hose, the drainage holes stop messy food from going rank in the pan.
2. Melt lead in it to make fishing sinkers – disclaimer attached!

Another could be drilling a few holes around the rim, use some wire or twine and hang it up as a bird feeder/waterer - the handle acts like a perch.




 
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Nice for target practice!
 
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Use it melt wax for candles :)
 
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The nonstick part of the surface can be used to stop insects climbing. But that only works if they are nonsticky enough still.

Dillon Nichols wrote:Nice for target practice!



lol it is also good body armor and a weapon, if PUBG taught me anything.
 
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I missed my notification about replies! Thanks, everyone. I didn't know that pans were accepted at scrap metal yards - I've never had metal to scrap. I think I'll end up using it as a bird feeder. The lip and handle will give the birds something to sit on, and it will be sturdy in the wind. (We get 15-25 mph winds regularly.)
 
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Chris Wang wrote:The nonstick part of the surface can be used to stop insects climbing. But that only works if they are nonsticky enough still.

Dillon Nichols wrote:Nice for target practice!



lol it is also good body armor and a weapon, if PUBG taught me anything.


Don't you read the tips.. "real pans don't stop bullets, we tried it so you don't have to" But I'm still grabbing one to stop that annoyance with a Kar on the next hill.
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