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Old 05-29-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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range top glass cover on an A122s

Plastic bolts kept coming loose and I guess i over tightened one. Bolt stem snapped right off the head. Anyone got a suitable replacement? If not I guess I'll go to the hardware store before work tomorrow and see what I can find. I know it has to be plastic so the glass won't break.
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:16 AM   #2
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Hi CJ:

We had the exact same thing happen. I finally took a small screwdriver, heated it up with a small torch and melted the threads a little. It was just enough to keep them from falling off but not so they were too tight. Still had to snug them up once in a while, but at least they would not come apart and fall under the stove. Amazing how they could fall under the burners!

Later, snugging them up once in a while was solved by one half of the cover shattering on a recent trip.
When we opened up the camper, the stove was full of bits of safety glass. It was a mundane trip (<50 miles), no rough roads that we recall, no reason we could think of why it would shatter. It was pretty easy to just sweep them under the burners for the rest of the trip. Used the shop vac when we got home to clean it up.

After that I used the remaining half as a template to help me fashion a wooden version with a jigsaw. A little sanding and some tung oil and it seems to work for now. I still have the center hinges and may cut it in half and attach it like the glass one.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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I had the same issue withdrew breaking off. I took 1 into Ace and got some short bolts with plastic washers and self locking nuts, I put the washers on both sides to protect the glass. I have made 2 trips since and no problems at all. I think I spent $5 at the most, cheap fix.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:38 PM   #4
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I had the same problem, snapped one off right at the head. Supper Glued it back together, took all apart, did the same as Mark on the bolt threads and put it back together. Have put a few thousand miles on it and no problems.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:09 AM   #5
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Need a Template?

Thanks for the post. Good to know others have this problem. Should your glass break next as mine did, let me know and I can trace out a template for the plywood!

Honestly, I like it way better than the glass. We are camping right now and it's way easier to set things on. I can put my hand on it to reach something and not worry.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:21 AM   #6
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This will be my next mod. The glass is a concern with every bump in the highway. The stability is a great advantage too. How thick is the plywood?
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:37 AM   #7
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Hi!

It's 1/4". It was a 2'x2' square as I recall. I just dug through the bin at Home Depot until I found a nice piece. The width of the stove is just over 2' so the sides don't match the arc on the left and the right, but the straight lines are probably better than I could cut with my jig saw! I laid the remaining piece of glass on the wood to cut that curve at the front for the opening, that's about the limit of my skill!

I kept the hinges and I will probably attach it at the rear hinges, but then the whole thing would flip up; right now it's loose and it can be tossed on the bed when cooking.

It's finished with Tung Oil and after a day in the sun, there's no odor. Tung Oil smells quite nice at any rate.
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