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Just Bought a Brand New Le Creuset...

BrookBoy Apr 1, 2007 05:10 PM

...8 quart Oval French Oven, purchased at Costco. Brand spanking new... Looks great, and price was right.

So I decide to look it up on the Le Creuset website and I am totally surprised to find that I cannot locate such a product. No eight quart (or 7.5 liter) oval French Ovens anywhere on the website. Others of various sizes, and an 8-quart stockpot (NOT what I purchased), but no 8-quart Oval French Oven.

So I Google the 8 Quart Le Creuset French Oven. Again, not a single hit. Well, actually, a lot of hits, but nothing that leads to an actual 8-quart Oval French Oven by Le Creuset.

I checked the box the Le Creuset came in again, and it certainly says 8 quart oval French Oven. I looked at the nifty little Le Creuset orange booklet that came with the product, and it is generic, no mention of specific products.

Can anyone offer me some advice on this? Does Le Creuset make a line that is offered only to Costco, for example? Have they just introdued a new size that isn't yet online? Or might I be dealing with a counterfeit product?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated...


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    Mel RE: BrookBoy Apr 1, 2007 05:22 PM

    is there a stamp on the inside of the lid (or the name on the top)... i have not seen Le Creuset at Costco here, but who knows....

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      BrookBoy RE: Mel Apr 1, 2007 05:42 PM

      No stamp, but the lid has "Le Creuset" in raised metal on the outside, and the outside bottom of the oval oven itelf has "Le Creuset" followed by "33" followed by "France", all in a circular pattern embedded into the metal. None of these identifiers could possibly be removed without melting the metal down.

      Perhaps that's a sign that the product is for real...

      Thanks for the reply...


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      RGC1982 RE: BrookBoy Apr 1, 2007 08:28 PM

      All my LC have circular stamps with Le Creuset in raised letters and "France" on the lid. I don't shop at Costco, but I do know that Sam's Club frequently offers slightly different product sizes or specs on their discounted items -- I suspect in order to make it difficult to compare versus other discount pricing available. I wouldn't be surprised if LC made a special size pot for Costco. They even make special colors for Williams Sonoma.

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        BrookBoy RE: RGC1982 Apr 1, 2007 11:58 PM

        Thanks for your response. That's what I've begun to think as well. It's obviously very well made and it's unlikely to me that Costco would deal in questionable goods.

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          C. Hamster RE: BrookBoy Apr 2, 2007 12:51 PM

          If you go to the LC site you can look up the products and see what ##s are associated with them. All the french ovens have a number.

          The 6 3/4 oval is #31

          The 9 1/2 is #35

          Since the 33 is, indeed missing from the official site, I suspect it is specially made for Costco or is a discontinued size.

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            Candy RE: C. Hamster Apr 2, 2007 02:48 PM

            I just dragged a bunch of mine out and no 33. I am suspectiing a discontinued size. I used to sell the stuff and when they had their annual factory sale and i could buy it at cost. I have a bunch but no 33.

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              BrookBoy RE: Candy Apr 3, 2007 04:20 AM

              Thank you all for your replies. I think you are right, it is either a discontinued size or a size made specifically for Costco. I'm glad we found it, though, as 8 quarts is perfect for us.

              Thanks again...

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                ijhhot RE: BrookBoy Apr 3, 2007 08:34 AM

                many compwill make a large lot for stores such as cosco, this allows them to protect other retailers and dealers, ccosco is very good at making these types of deals, if the pot is enamled do not worry it will work and last for a long period of time. bargan hunting is a very competive business.

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          Sugarx2 RE: RGC1982 Jan 19, 2011 06:32 PM

          This is what I found. Are you sure it holds 8 quarts? Measure with cups of water...

          Le Creuset Oval Oven Size Chart







          *Size = number found on the inside
          of the lid and on the base of your oven.
          Dimensons are from side to side in US inches.

          Le Creuset Round Oven Size Chart





          6.75QT Wide




          *Size = number found on the inside
          of the lid and on the base of your oven.
          Diameter is in US inches.

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          niki rothman RE: BrookBoy Apr 3, 2007 09:30 AM

          I'll be going to Costco next week myself. You've got me interested. How much did your oval pot cost? Did Costco have any round ones? Do you remember sizes and prices on those?

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            sarahleah RE: niki rothman Apr 13, 2007 05:09 AM

            I saw the 8 qt LC oval ovens in red and blue at Costco this week. I think there were $159.

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              hotpot RE: sarahleah Apr 18, 2007 12:03 AM

              the 8qt is probably made specifically for costco. sold out at most costco in socal. manager told me the next shipment will be in august.

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                MMRuth RE: hotpot Apr 18, 2007 04:06 AM

                I noticed on the Le Creuset UK website they feature a 8.25 qt oval French Oven.

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            ngardet RE: BrookBoy Apr 18, 2007 12:57 PM

            You have two lines of products in the US. Le Creuset of America manufactured in the US and Le Creuset manufactured in France and imported. The latter is much more expensive.

            1. Sugarx2 RE: BrookBoy Jan 19, 2011 06:43 PM

              I also found this, but this piece of Le Creuset IS NOT CAST IRON. Matches the Cast Iron sets though.

              Le Creuset 8-Quart Stockpot, Blue
              Visit Store
              The Le Creuset stockpot is styled and colored to match other pieces in the collection, but due to its size is made of steel with an enamel coating. If it were made of cast iron you'd never be able to lift it safely, especially with bubbling soup or stew inside! The lid fits tightly to keep all those delicious aromas and flavors inside. This 8 quart pot is wonderful for simmering chicken stock or marinara sauce, boiling pasta for spaghetti night and steaming bulky vegetables.


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                blondelle RE: BrookBoy Jan 20, 2011 12:48 PM

                It's probably a size made just for them. Bloomies sells a 4.5 oval that's also made just for them. Le Creuset of America is LC's company selling their goods in the US. All their cast iron is made is France. Their stoneware is made in Thailand. Not sure where the silicone is made. LC does not produce CI in the US as someone mentioned here. There is no lower priced LC CI line made here.

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                  cutipie721 RE: blondelle Jan 20, 2011 12:55 PM

                  Some silicone spatulas are made in US. They are coming up with new ones which are made in China! I'm stocking up.

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