Daily Offer 3/12/15: Fontignac Cast Irons

Today at Home.Woot, instead of one thing in the daily deal spot, we’re giving you ALL THE CAST IRONS AND FONTIGNACS THAT COULD EVAR BE CAST INTO A SALE!!!

And since it’s a special kinda sale, we thought it needed a special kinda discussion place that you can find here.

LINK TO THE OFFER: http://home.woot.com/plus/fontignac-cast-iron

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Fontignac Cast Iron
Price: $59.99 - 79.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $20 One-Day OR $10 Two-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Friday, Mar 13 to Monday, Mar 16) + transit
Condition: New

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I have a Fontignac cast iron grill pan that I love. Very high quality, Made-in-France, comparable to Le Creuset. Bloomingdales carries it, and often has it heavily discounted. My pan is blue. The blue is real purty.

Sacre bleu! I just noticed these have plastic handles. The Fontignac I’ve seen at Bloomies does not have plastic handles. The point of having a cast iron dutch oven is that it’s indestructible, and can go into a hot oven. This is a good price, and I’m sure it’s good stuff. But I’ll keep looking

[MOD: Lid handle is Phenolic]

These SHOULD be entirely cast iron, with a steel knob on the lid, oven safe to 465 F. Why would the French destroy the utility of the pot with PLASTIC ?
Can someone clarify the issue. The only part that could possibly be plastic is that black knob on the lid, but then it could not be oven safe to 465.
Please speak now or forever hold your cassoulet.

The handles are black. They’re not chrome, and unlike other Fontignac I’ve seen, they’re not matchy-matchy same-color cast iron.
I did a search and I found the black-handled stuff at Bed Bath Beyond. “Rural last knob is heat resistant to 465 degrees.”

[MOD: Lid handle is Phenolic]

I am seeing cast iron handles the same color as the pot, with a black knob on the lid of ???

Where are you seeing the black handles ???

The top knob sure looks like black plastic to me, but…

From the Fontignac website:
Do the handles and knobs get hot?

Yes. All of our knobs are either SOLID stainless steel or brass that can withstand temperatures up to 600°. So, handles and knobs will get hot! Please use caution when handling your Fontignac cookware and use appropriate pot holders.

But the BBB website says ‘duraplast’, safe to 465. So, hm.

[MOD: Lid handle is Phenolic]

“Rural last knob” = Duraplast knob. Thanks, Siri.

So the black knob on the lid is some sort of heat resistant plastic resin or is Duraplast a steel/brass/iron composition ??
Anyone examine one of these at BBB ?

[MOD: Lid handle is Phenolic]

I don’t know about you guys, but searching online for “Duraplast” led me to nothing but foam board manufacturers and European band-aids.

DurOplast is a thermoplastic, and is used in the construction of old Soviet Trabant cars.

The only reference to Duraplast on these things I see is at Bed Bath and Beyond My Budget. Everyone else calls them steel, but those also don’t have these black knobs.

These plastic-knobbed ones must be a special lower tier model or something.

I have a Le Crueset dutch oven that I’ve had for over 15 years. The knob doesn’t “matchy matchy”, it is black just like the one pictured and I’ve never had any kind of problem.

Guys, even if the knob on the lid is plastic, it will be screwed in. You can take it off and replace it with a metal one if you really care or are worried about it melting in the oven. I would not worry too much about the knob.

[MOD: Lid handle is Phenolic]

Got the green 6.5 qt a while back on Woot. Love it. Definitely worth the money and better than any “value” cast iron oven.

I have the 5qt Red, which I purchased from BBB for much more than what Woot is offering. Even with the ubiquitous 20% coupon. I love it.

First - the lid knob is indeed heat-resistant plastic - “DuroPlast” they call it. It is also removable. I’ve had mine in the oven at over 400 degrees without issue. My oven runs hot, btw. However, it is easily replaceable if that’s what you want.

This is a French-made product, not Chinese. The company has been around since 1928, but with just a recent American presence. The enamel seems to have a thick coating. It is not white like LeCreuset D.O’s, but a cream/yellow color. Under the lid are spikes in the form of a fleur de lis that is supposed to help with self-basting.

The 5qt is large enough for me - a single dude, no kids - to make a good pot of chili, a roast, or Serious Eat’s All Day Red Sauce. However, for larger families the 6.5qt might be better. It did do a family-size, Thanksgiving portion of mashed potatoes beautifully though.

It cooks great. The lid fits well. I’m glad I bought it. I’m tempted to get a 2nd one just because it is so useful.

OK, now my brain in locked on that old 60’s French instrumental “Love is blue.”

Blue, blue, my pan is blue;
By it on Woot and you can have it too.

I would have loved to ride in an East German Trabant. The engines required that you mixed together the oil and gas, so they were called “little stinkers.” There was a quicky little movie made right after the wall came down called “Go, Trabby, Go!” but I have not seen it.

Per the description:

“The Round French Oven is great for stove top and oven use, and can be safely used under the broiler, without the lid.”

Ok for oven, don’t use lid under broiler (am not certain why you would want to?).

LOL. If you keep the lid on ANYTHING that is under the broiler, you should just stop cooking. Never cook. Anything. Ever. Please.

Also - while I agree that Woot has some…questionable deals (looking at you, “mach3 replacement razors”) this is actually a pretty decent deal. This is a high-quality product, and much better than the Chinese-made Lodge enamel-coated Dutch Ovens.