Separating Pots That Are Stuck Together

June 10, 2015

menage photo of processThis is foolproof technique.

1) Immerse the stuck vessels in water by adding weight into vessel, anything heavy.

2) After water goes into the lower vessel, heat it on a flame, dry heating.


3) The water in the lower vessel evaporates. The steam pushes the upper vessel.

4) The vessels are thus separated effortlessly without causing any damage to the dishes.

Source: Mother's experience.

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November 1, 2010

I had 2 pans that were stuck together. After trying everything I've heard of, I finally sprayed WD-40 into the sides of bottom pan, put them in freezer over-night, dropped them on concrete this morning, and VOILA!

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November 16, 2010

Separating 2 pans that have become stuck together can seem like a daunting problem. But it's not.

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May 21, 2021

This way is easier than the hot water and ice method. Fill the under pot with water by finding a way to put the water in through the rim.


When you have a nice quantity, bring the pot to a boil. The steam will push out and up the pot at the top. That's what worked for me.

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March 20, 2016

I made a mistake and thought I had the double boiler pans, not so. Now they are vacuum sealed together. I got the bottom one boiling then dumped ice in it, that did not work, so I frozen it overnight, dumped boiling water in the top, that did not work.

Finally I tried to slide a thin knife between them. Anyone have any hints for this?

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March 21, 20160 found this helpful
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For the boiling water/ice to work, the bottom would have to be hot (to expand) and the top cold (to contract). That is the only thing that I can think of, and I encourage you to try it again. However, what I would do is fill the top pot with ice, and then set the bottom pot in a sink of very hot water.


You have to make sure the two pots have different temps. If that doesn't work, I'm out of ideas!! Good luck!

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March 13, 2019

How do I remove a pizza pan stuck inside a stainless steel pot? It's really stuck.

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March 13, 20190 found this helpful

If you can fit it in the freezer overnight, the metal should shrink a bit and they pop apart.

There is another method with hot water and ice cubes, but I would have to Google that to remember how it works. The first one usually works for me!


Hope it works for you.

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March 13, 20190 found this helpful

I was going to suggest freezing it, too! Try it, I think it will work

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March 13, 20191 found this helpful

Dip the pan in hot water, and at the same time put ice cubes in it. The pan should expand and the pizza pan should shrink

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August 6, 20200 found this helpful

It really works. Tried the almost boiling water for bottom pot and ice cubes in the top top pot and pulled the pots apart. Thanks a million!

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November 1, 2010

One of the children (possibly the one named "not me") had nested two of my pots and they have become stuck together.

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November 16, 2010

How do you separate two pots that were put together to form a double boiler?

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