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As quite a few people are these days, my wife and I are in a difficult financial situation. About 5 months ago we got a HUGE break and purchased a Stove, Fridge, LARGE microwave and Dishwasher for $250 (basically a gift as it was all worth well over $3,000). Two days ago I tripped over my dog , dropped a full pot the stove and shattered the glass stovetop. It doesn't look like anything but the glass is broken but the glass is definitely ruined. I looked up the part from Whirlpool....it's over $360 just for that glass piece....and that doesn't include install.

So my question is this: Are there any unconventional things I can do here to be able to use my stove again? Could I just get a piece of tempered glass? Remove all the glass and cook straight on the burners? Or better yet...are there any places I could get a used stovetop that would fit?

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What is the make and model of the stove? –  James Van Huis Nov 10 '10 at 19:55
    
It is a Whirlpool Gold Super Capacity 465. The Part number in question is 8187853. –  James P. Wright Nov 10 '10 at 20:03
    
Edit your question to include that information. –  Jay Bazuzi Nov 11 '10 at 3:17
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See if your home insurance will cover it as an accident. –  user9968 Jan 7 '13 at 22:27
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Tempered glass will not work at all, it will shatter into thousands of pieces as soon as a burner heats it up a good bit. A lot of uneven heat is not the forte of tempered glass. Ceramic glass used for stovetops and woodstoves is the only viable candidate. –  bcworkz Jan 8 '13 at 1:01
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Tempered glass is almost impossible to cut without shattering it after it's tempered, so you'd have to find a piece exactly the right size. And even then I don't know if it would withstand high temperatures -- in fact it may get hot enough to un-temper it, in which case it would be a lot weaker and likely to break in normal use.

I have no idea if you can cook straight on the burners, but my guess is that since they're normally covered by ceramic glass, they're not constructed to support much weight. Also I suspect they get a lot hotter than the glass surface does on a non-broken cooktop, so you'd be looking at an increased risk of fire if something spilled over.

I did a quick search and found a few online used appliance part suppliers, but I didn't check to see if any had that part available and at what price. You might also call a few local appliance shops to see if they have any ideas on used parts.

A nationwide Craigslist search turns up many instances of that model stove for sale, all at prices lower than your price for a new part. Sadly your most cost-effective option may be to toss this one and buy a used one.

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Or buy a used one and see if you can easily move the stovetop from the used stove to your new stove –  Steve Armstrong Nov 11 '10 at 15:59
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One other option to try before replacing it would be to check with a glass supplier - my local auto glass replacement place, for example, also does a lot of glass for wood stoves. If they have the ability to work with that type of glass, they may also be able to help with a replacement piece for your stove.

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