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Borough Furnace Skillets?

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Ok...I will be the first to admit it. I am a cookware addict. I like good cookware.

I grew intrigued by a project on Kickstarter for a start up firm that wanted to make cast iron skillets out of recycled iron in Syracuse NY. I didn't bite, but then I started to read some blurbs about them and became interested.

Well, it took me a while but I finally managed to score one, and it is on its way. (They are a hand made, limited production, so they only make a few per week).

Does anyone else have one or know someone who does? I am interested to see what some of you think.

I will give a full report when mine arrives.

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  1. Hi Wabi - I am a cookware junkie too and CI is my drug of choice - so I was very intrigued by your post. I also love small artisan industry too so the idea strikes a lot of chords. The whole concept is exciting. The skillets look really nice stylistically they are definitely a modern design and not retro reproductions - cool.

    The two things I don't love are the fact that they are not machining the iron - while I can see the appeal of a more rough hewn natural aesthetic the machined surface is something I like about the vintage stuff that is just not done anymore

    and the price point $280 for a skillet seems high to me but maybe there is a benefit to positioning yourself as such a luxury item.

    I hope they are successful and hope someone buys me one for xmas because I wont pay that myself

    please do report back I am curious how you like it when you get it in your hands.

    1. Well the USPS tracking website says it should be here on Monday...I'll let you all know what I think once it arrives.

      1. $280 seems obscene. I'm as addicted as anyone (today I made æbleskivers for the first time ever because I now own not one but two æbleskiver pans - a Griswold & a Jøtul...)

        I probably have 20+ pieces that all together didn't cost $280... Of course the time and effort put into restoration is something else altogether...

        1. this fall, i scored a pan from AB&I foundry which is a west coast foundry. it is also made from recycled iron, and beautifully machined. It cost me something like $50 because it's so big - 14". got it at the antiques show, perfectly cleaned and seasoned. really a beauty. contacted the company and they said they made these for a short time, and they were a complete set from small to large. someday, i will hope to find more!

          1. Then Finex skillet has a machined surface and a much nicer handle for a lot less money. Still not cheap at $195 and there is a few more weeks of waiting. http://finexusa.com

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            1. re: Alpncook

              That handle will be a nightmare to clean though.

              1. re: Sirrith

                Not to mention the possible replacing of a hexagonal lid.

            2. Looking back on what I wrote it occured to me my post might have landed as "judgemental" and I wanted to be responsible for that. Putting a kitchen together with pieces you are proud of is of course something we all do and we value things that speak to our taste. Having read more about what this company is doing, I can appreciate that you could value their efforts!

              So sorry if my response seemed critical. I was coming from a place of spending the last few years hitting up thrift shops, junktique stores, flea markets and yard sales to find quality undervalued pieces for my kitchen - starting from scratch with a $10-15 a week budget... and my first thought was the knee jerk reaction of someone who imagined how many Griswold skillets I could score around here - probably a dozen! - with that budget. Again, I think its cool you are supporting these folks, I was just in "find the value" mode.