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Jan 1, 2013 06:03 PM

Rack for cast-iron cookware

I need a rack to hold my Staub pans in a bad way. I have a 9-qt., 7-qt., and two 2 3/4-qt. round ovens. That's just shy of 50 pounds of cookware ..

Now, I adore it and want to see it, I don't want to hide it in the cupboard or pantry.

The only corner rack I can find is the Le Creuset, but it indicates it caps out at the 7-qt size.

Any suggestions? I don't want to spend a fortune but it's going to need to be fairly sturdy.

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  1. How about 'industrial post' wire racks of the kind that Storeables sells? It's sturdy, keeps the contents visible, and is highly customizeable.

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    1. re: paulj

      If I were putting in new shelves in my pantry, I'd do that but I was planning to display these in my kitchen area. I don't think industrial racks would blend with my craftsman style kitchen :)

      1. re: paulj

        Shelving store sells corner unit chrome wire shelves in 18" and 24" shelf sizes, both arched front and straight front.

        It is still that chrome-y industrial/contemporary look.... But very sturdy and lots of option for bigger pots.

        That said, I have the le creuset corner rack (I scavenged 3 sets semi-cheaply off eBay) with the post heights then trimmed to optimize storage for my assorted pans.

        More can fit on the LC corner shelves than you my first think. The mid size round brazier with the 26 on the bottom sits on the shelves perfectly, my larger oval oven with 29 on the bottom (i dont keep track of the qt sizing for each piece, it is in the 4.5 to 5.5 size range) fits with the front of the oven just at or even a mm or two over/beyond the font edge of the shelf. I also keep the huge shallow risotto pot with the 30 on the bottom on these shelves (12" dia not including handles), but it overhangs the front of its shelf noticeably, though is still completely stable and secure on its shelf).

        1. re: bemocked

          Thanks for the details! Right now I have a 30 round DO which is the 9-qt. It will sit at the base of whatever shelf I find. I also have a 28 and two 22's.

          Thanks for the Shelving Store link. They have some nice things, I do like the corner wire racks. I might need that for my pantry instead. I also like the wine racks ..

          I do think I've decided on the 8-shelf Enclume because I do have intentions of getting more pieces in the future. Well, I've decided in as much as I haven't found something better yet.

        1. re: jljohn

          Hey, Jeremy:

          +1. Good taste as always.

          To the OP: If you do go this route, and I recommend you do: (1) Buy the model that has the maximum number of tiers you think you could possibly use (I need a welder to scab on more material to add a few more); and (2) You need to be a little careful about stability--the etagere itself is very stable, but the way the openwork triangular "shelves" are configured. it is easier than you think to have a pan pachinko. I ended up cutting thin plywood disks to make actual shelves on mine.

          Also to the OP: Get *something*. If you don't you are going to chip enamel at some point. No fun at all.


          1. re: kaleokahu

            Thanks. They are currently displayed on the room divider wall between the family room and kitchen nook. I'm calling it art. They are gorgeous so they aren't being jammed into cupboards. It's just not a satisfactory long-term solution.

          2. re: jljohn

            I've seen these but think they look rickety since they have tiny turned out feet. It'll go in a corner but it's going to have a lot of weight. I just worry about it toppling over. That said, I do like them but the website has no info on any weight or size restrictions.

            1. re: eperdu

              Hi, eperdu:

              I have a 6-tier (not Enclume) holding probably 50 pounds of copper. Not tippy on its own, and even less so under load.

              A possible downside to these is that, to fit them really tight into a corner, one foot has to go there. And when you do that, saucepan handles tend to stick out into the room (because that's the only way you can access them). If all you're stacking are ovens, that's not an issue. I chose to put two of the feet into the corner; the rack sits out a little further, but it allows the handles to be put out of the way.


              1. re: kaleokahu

                Who knew pans would require so much consideration? :)

                1. re: eperdu

                  Hi, eperdu:

                  Well, for many here, our pans are extensions of our selves. I would go so far as to say that a cook who doesn't care about his/her pans probably doesn't care enough about his/her cooking.

                  Hanging racks can work, too, depending on your kitchen. But I'd rather trust those 3 spindly feet on the stand than 2 lag bolts and some decorative chain. Whatever gives you security and easy access is great. Display is just a bonus.


                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    This is the system I use in the kitchen and pantry

                    Hang tracks are bolted to the framing at the top of the wall (just under ceiling). Slotted standards hang from that, and wire shelves are supported on brackets. And pots hang from hooks under the shelf.

                    This is a sturdy but flexible way of mounting shelving above head level (with clearance for the fridge door). Having place to hang pots was a bonus.

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      I have a very large granite island in the kitchen with very high vaulted ceilings so it would not be ideal to hang them.

                      But yes, I'm proud of my pieces and want them to stay beautiful as long as possible and I want to be admiring them all the time. They've been sitting on my stove (rotating use) and they just make me smile.

                      They also make great bread ... ;)

                2. re: eperdu

                  I would just chain or wire it to the wall where it can't topple over.