Advice on repairing a stovetop?
I wonder if anyone on this forum can advise. I got an older tappan gas range free from a neighbor. It's a good stove for me since it is non-electric using pilot lights instead of electric ignition and we don't have electric in that part of the kitchen, plus the pilot lights would help heat the frigid back of the house. He said it works great. But it has a 3 x 1/2 inch chunk broken off the edge of the lift off cook top. There are also a few cracks branching off the hole. Neighbor said he guessed the top had a natural weakness in the metal at that part. Is this something that can be repaired by welding? I don't care about looks although I wouldn't want any lead solder on a cook top. If so what kind of place would I take it to be fixed? An auto body shop? Any ideas would be appreciated