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Old 04-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default Special Shape/Pattern Waffle Grill/Maker

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Heed some help .....

I want to have a special waffle shaped and patterned to reflect my business logo. Where and how do I go about to have an iron waffle grill fabricated? I am not talking about complicated waffle maker like the one you see at motel breakfast rooms. I just need one that I can clamp the top and bottom half and put it over my stove.

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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If you know the material you want it made out of, any half decent machine shop should be able to make it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Forgive my ignorance.

Are frying pans made of cast iron? Does my customer waffle grill have to be cast? Would it be easier to start out with a piece of 1 inch or 3/4 inch steel plate and carve out the shape?

Don't know where to begin looking for a machine shop. Yellow page or Google search I suppose.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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Forgive my ignorance.

Are frying pans made of cast iron? Does my customer waffle grill have to be cast? Would it be easier to start out with a piece of 1 inch or 3/4 inch steel plate and carve out the shape?

Don't know where to begin looking for a machine shop. Yellow page or Google search I suppose.
I would suspect that mass produced waffle pans would be cast, as that is more economical in big production numbers. As for a one off prototype/promotional item, casting would be crazy expensive and machining would be the way to go. Cookware isn't exactly my area of engineering expertise, but I would think you would want to use some type of stainless if you were going to have it machined.

Look in the yellow pages for machine shop, tool and die shop, mold makers, pattern makers etc.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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raw stainless would stick like crazy. You would need to look at getting it coated in something, or use a TON of grease.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:39 PM   #6
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raw stainless would stick like crazy. You would need to look at getting it coated in something, or use a TON of grease.
Good suggestion, I'm not very well versed in the various coating options, maybe someone on here can chime in. Obviously Teflon is a well known coating, but I have no idea about the process or other options.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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So, uhh. a little google and I found this: http://monad.com/kurt/waffle_iron/waffle_iron.html
I think I need a custom waffle iron, too.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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Cast iron is often used because it is somewhat porous... It can be "seasoned" with fat making it a natural non-stick surface. A machined surface won't be able to soak in the grease the way a cast one does.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:50 PM   #9
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Thanks guys ... you've been a great help.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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I saw an old cast iron waffle maker (non-electric) at the flea market recently for $20. Check on flea-bay no sense re-inventing the wheel. JMHO.
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I saw an old cast iron waffle maker (non-electric) at the flea market recently for $20. Check on flea-bay no sense re-inventing the wheel. JMHO.
He's trying to get one made that will make waffles that look like his business logo. Might be hard to find that at a flea market.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:05 PM   #12
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If you have a foundry around your area (most towns have some sort of small foundry--I have one a couple of miles from my house), I would make a mold out of wood (you will want to ask you foundry the basics of making a mold for casting--or look online).

A foundry can take this wooden mold 'positive,' and turn it into a sand 'negative,' then pour your metal of choice into the mold.

I would choose cast iron (that is what the griddle and waffle plates are made of on my home electric waffle iron). After greasing these repeatedly, they will become 'seasoned' and somewhat 'nonstick.' You should be using a spray release agent (Pam, etc.) on your waffle irons anyway.

Sounds cool. Post pics.

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #13
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hmmm i remember seeing an old episode of american choppers where they tried to make molds for pancakes with their logo and they had the machinist guy machine them out and they didnt work worth a crap everything stuck to them.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #14
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Waffle irons are cast and need to be seasoned. Like said above having somebody make a cast plate out of a mold.

Best course of action would be to have this plate fit a mass produced, commercial waffle iron. Few reasons to get something commercial. You will be actually able to get parts for it and you will be actually able to remove the plates. Do some research as well, as not all brands are created equal.
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