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Old 06-03-2020, 12:41 PM   #1
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Dometic Glass Top Replacement

As luck would have it, we broke (shattered) the glass top on our Dometic cooktop while on our maiden voyage.

Never let a disaster go to waste.

After learning that a replacement top is $500 (plus labor), I set out to find an alternative. I first searched out Corian to match the countertop. I just could not find a workable solution. Then I looked at glass and the cost was $$$$.

Then there was good old stainless steel. I bought a 24" x 24" sheet of 304 brushed #4 from McMaster Carr for less than $100. A little bit of metal epoxy to hold it together and....better than new (at least in our opinion).

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Old 06-03-2020, 06:55 PM   #2
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Looks good! How did the glass break? One of my fears is breaking it.
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:37 PM   #3
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Great idea!! It looks really good. I have a stainless steel top on my stove and it scratches easily, so be careful!
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:23 AM   #4
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We had some heavy glass beer steins in the overhead cabinet. When my wife opened the cabinet, one fell onto the glass top - boom! Since it is tempered glass it shattered into thousands of little squares - what a mess. Now we have bins and elastic straps in the overheads.

The only pain about the repair was that I had to take the stove out in order to put the top in. The spring loaded devices that are inserted into the the top just don't go into their slots unless you open up the top flange of the stove. It's pretty easy to do. 6 screws along the top and 4 on the front (open the oven door). The stove slides out easily and there is plenty of slack in the power and propane lines to set the stove on the floor. Then on one side of the stove, unfold two of the tabs that hold the sides of the oven together. This will allow enough flex to insert the spring loaded pins and the new top. It goes back together easily. It took me about 15-20 minutes with just a Phillips screwdriver and a pair of pliers.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:33 PM   #5
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I love the Fabrication. Beautiful... I have zero idea why they do these stupid things.. glass as a cover. Might as well make a paper refrigerator door.
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:52 PM   #6
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Boy, this incident makes me glad our 2007 stove has a simple painted two-piece folding top.
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Old 06-10-2020, 12:19 PM   #7
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Our kids thought the glass cover worked just like the electric glass-top range in the house. After a few minutes of the burner heating up the closed cover we had shattered glass everywhere. This was one week after getting our new 30' GT.

The dealer wanted over $700 to replace the top. I found a replacement top and spring hinges for the Dometic CU434 for $335.32 including shipping. https://rvpartsexpress.com/product/d...ls-blk-sq-s-o/

One thing I learned, the screws in the hinge tabs DO NOT need to be removed prior to install/uninstall. In fact doing so will make reassembling the spring hinges that fall out a pain. Just follow BryonJ's instructions and nothing else.
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Old 06-15-2020, 07:07 AM   #8
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Ouch!

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Our kids thought the glass cover worked just like the electric glass-top range in the house. After a few minutes of the burner heating up the closed cover we had shattered glass everywhere. This was one week after getting our new 30' GT.

The dealer wanted over $700 to replace the top. I found a replacement top and spring hinges for the Dometic CU434 for $335.32 including shipping. https://rvpartsexpress.com/product/d...ls-blk-sq-s-o/

One thing I learned, the screws in the hinge tabs DO NOT need to be removed prior to install/uninstall. In fact doing so will make reassembling the spring hinges that fall out a pain. Just follow BryonJ's instructions and nothing else.
Wow. Glad all that went wrong was the glass. Never would have thought about this happening, but after reading your story, I can see it easily. I mean how is a kid supposed to know the difference.
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Old 02-07-2021, 06:56 AM   #9
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Bryon,

I was searching online to see why our newly purchased classic’s stove top was ss and not black glass. Found your post about it breaking on its maiden voyage. We bought it from Ft. Worth Explore USA. If this was yours we would love to hear from you and learn a little about our new home’s history and where it’s been!!

Thanks much!
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Old 03-27-2021, 09:39 AM   #10
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Wondering how the glass was removed from the front “handle” and rear hinge? Guessing its glued in at both ends.
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Old 07-07-2021, 09:26 PM   #11
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Another Solution

I just had the same “shattering” experience with the Dometic oven glass top this week. I showed my wife your fix with the stainless steel (which I thought was very clever), but I was outvoted.

After an extensive online search, I was seeing prices for the glass top around $450, with 12-16 week lead time for delivery. I also noted that Dometic has discontinued the CU-434 oven model.

But then I located a Dometic CU-423 cooktop, which is identical to the CU-434 (except no oven). Same black glass top; same burners, igniters, regulator, knobs. The CU-423 I found on eBay was brand new with minor damage to the top trim pieces. And cost less than the list price of the replacement glass top alone.

So this afternoon I replaced the glass top. Perfect fit; your installation suggestions were very valuable. An added benefit (in addition to the Happy Wife) is I now have a supply of spare parts if something else goes out on the cooktop.
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:50 PM   #12
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Dealing with the Same Situation

We had the same situation as norcim ...although we couldn't blame the kiddos.

While using the oven, one of the knobs on the stovetop had been (barely) turned on...after a few minutes....BOOM.

The gas must have gotten trapped under the glass and the heat from the oven was enough to ignite it.

We happened to be outside the trailer when it happened....but the glass did at least break as you would hope (i.e., imploding into small pieces) and didn't blast everywhere.

I'm in the process of getting a quote to replace and will also explore some of the other options mentioned here.

It does surprise me that the knobs don't have some sort of child safety on them to avoid them easily being nudged into the on position)

Oh well...live and learn.
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Old 01-16-2022, 02:03 PM   #13
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Bryon, what was the thickness of the 304 Brushed Stainless Steel you obtained from McMaster-Carr?

Please let me know.

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