I see a crack, is there a way I can ‘fix’ it?
Minor surface or hairline cracks may show up on the bottom, and it’s normal for this to happen and shouldn’t affect the functioning in any way. Other deeper cracks could happen rarely and only if the pot has been exposed to prolonged periods of high and/or uneven heat, or if there were no liquids in the pot and the food inside got very dry. This does not always and necessarily mean you had put it on high but some stoves regardless of the setting just burn high or generate a lot more heat, so it helps to know your stove a little and avoid those burners that may heat too fast or burn too high.
These cracks can be ‘healed’ by doing the following (method 1): Thoroughly clean the pot with water and baking soda and wipe it dry with a cotton cloth, set it aside to dry for about 5-10 minutes (if pot is already clean and dry skip this step). Then apply some oil (any cooking oil, like olive, coconut, or sesame seed), apply thoroughly with your hands onto the full surface of the pot, both inside and outside and heat it in the oven at 250 D F for 25-30 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the pot cool down slightly before taking it out. Take it out and let it sit for 2-3 days for the crack to fully heal.
This process can also be done to strengthen the pot, if you ever experience chipping.
A crack can also be healed using this method (method 2): Make a paste with 2 tsp water + 1 tsp flour. It can be any whole grain or other flour. Now wash the pot thoroughly and apply the paste on the outside and inside of the pot along the line of the crack and spread it slightly to the surrounding area. Let the paste dry slightly, then the pot with lid off o the burner on the lowest stove setting, till the rim is hot to the touch. When the pot is heated the clay platelets come together and the paste will seal the crack. Wait for the pot to completely cool down before washing it. You can repeat this process one more time if you still see liquids leaking from the crack, but in most cases, doing this one time should seal and heal the crack quite well.
After healing the crack using either method, you can additionally put a 16 or 14 gauge copper or steel wire (available at home improvement stores) around the rim of the pot, and twist the edges for the wire for it to stay in place.
It is important that the pot/pan gets to rest for 1-2 days after the healing process. When using for cooking after that please cook only on low to medium-low heat, do not use on medium heat.
This process can heal cracks about 97% of the time.
Having tried this if the pot continues to leak, here are ideas on other uses for this pot.