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lulu88 Dec 10, 2013 07:32 AM

I've been following some of the discussions on copper pans. I've always coveted them but knew little about them. My husband recently ordered a 5-piece, 1.5 mm set by Mauviel, but I notice that most of you have 2.0 mm or more. I haven't received the pans yet and am loath to return them, but except for the obvious differences, do you consider 1.5 mm pans inferior? I enjoy cooking, but I'm hardly a chef!

  1. sherrib Dec 12, 2013 09:50 AM

    Hi lulu,

    I own mauviel pieces both in 1.5mm and 2.5mm. There's definitely a difference. The 1.5mm ones are not bad, but you're definitely not going to get the same benefits as with the 2.5mm. With the 1.5mm, you might not even understand all of our hoopla with this material that stains and tarnishes. With copper, the thicker the better. The thick stuff is where that "aha" moment will present itself.

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    1. re: sherrib
      lulu88 Dec 12, 2013 08:23 PM


      I just received one of the 2.5 mm pieces I ordered, and I can see the obvious physical difference between it and a 1.5 pan I have. I'm sure that once I start cooking, I'll notice the difference in performance. Can't wait!

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      INDIANRIVERFL Dec 10, 2013 07:57 AM

      Also try http://chowhound.chow/topics/927155

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
        lulu88 Dec 10, 2013 02:43 PM

        Okay--now that I've read many of the copper-related posts, I'll be returning my pans when I receive them and go for 2.5 or more.

        Thanks for the reply and the link.

        1. re: lulu88
          DuffyH Dec 11, 2013 11:59 PM

          Hey lulu? Welcome to Chowhound! :)

          1. re: DuffyH
            lulu88 Dec 12, 2013 06:39 AM

            Hi, Duffy--thanks! I've been having a great time reading older posts and looking things up. I can see that I'm going to have to watch myself--it's too easy to spend hours on this site. I'm impressed by how knowledgeable and supportive everyone is.

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        INDIANRIVERFL Dec 10, 2013 07:35 AM

        Check with Kaleo.

        Change your order to a minimum of 2 mm. I had 3mm tin lined that were heavy but wonderful to cook with.

        Most 1.5mm are considered wall hanging decorations.

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        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
          lulu88 Dec 10, 2013 07:41 AM

          Ugh--my heart just sank! Thanks for your reply. I may just send it back.

          1. re: lulu88
            INDIANRIVERFL Dec 10, 2013 07:49 AM

            Wait for a reply from Kaleo. He is the resident guru on all things copper. And if yours are steel lined, they may be perfectly fine.

            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
              lulu88 Dec 10, 2013 07:50 AM

              The interior is stainless steel. I'll await word from the guru!

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