My microwave plate is broken. Can't I just use a Melmac, plastic, or glass plate and drill in 3 plastic inserts that are cut just long enough to allow the plate to be turned? I'm trying to be creative and save 30.00.
I would not recommend doing this as Microwaves can react differently than other appliances.
Usually these plates can be found in thrift stores - according to what size you need but I would suggest you look up the thrift stores in your area and call each one to see if they have your size. Be sure to check Humane Society and Salvation Army as well as the church thrift stores.
Another suggestion would be to check FreeCycle and Craigslist (free section) and if no luck place a wanted ad on both of these sites.
Nextdoor.com is also a good place to check and/or place a wanted ad.
Melmac is not microwave safe--unless there is some new version of it that I am not aware of. It is known become extremely brittle and eventually crack if you use it in the microwave. Also, it can leach dangerous chemicals into the food if it comes in contact with it directly.
I have found replacement plates on eBay in the 25 dollar range (total--cost plus shipping). I have also seen them for less than $5 at the flea market and at places like Goodwill.
Perhaps if you advertise your need or one on a local free site (like if you have Next Door or Facebook marketplace for local people who need things --like Sale Want Trade (SWT) groups, you can find someone who will sell you one for very little or even give you one.
Just be sure to know the make and model and size you need.
I understand trying to save money, but microwaves can be dangerous with the wrong parts.
Prayers and blessings for an affordable solution.
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I cannot locate a glass microwave tray for my microwave. They are all too large. I need about a 10 inch tray, but the smallest is 12 inches.Can one be cut down to fit? It's a older microwave, but it still works great. The microwave oven is in my 1979 Chevy Jamboree motorhome.
I had a similar problem when my microwave tray broke - the type that moves round with a turntable. When mine broke I put a plate upside down in the microwave so that the turntable mechanism did not not touch it, and stood the food on the upside-down plate.
Since your microwave is original with your 1979 Jamboree it would not have a turning mechanism as this type microwave had not been produced before 1979.
Since newer microwaves are so much more efficient and very economical, I would suggest you give up on this older one and opt for a newer model.