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Old 02-02-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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Baumalu Cookware

I'm looking at buying some new copper cookware. Any thoughts on Mauviel vs Baumalu? Aside from the obvious difference in the lining.

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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Baumalu cookware is a pretty good line of copper, and is generally favorably priced compared to Mauviel or some of the others. Tin lined cookware is generally accepted as being superior in cooking quality to SS lined, but does have some drawbacks. Notably it scratches easily and must be used with wood or plastic utensils. For this reason, I would not recommend tin lined cookware in situations where there are a multitude of users. Retinning is not nearly the problem as some make it to be, but it is expensive. $5.00 per running inch, diameter + height plus shipping at present. Daily use pans should last years with proper care. SS is the better choice if it is not going to get the proper care. Baumalu is tin lined, and seems to be thinner than some other in lined pots. I am assumung you are talking of SS lined Mauviel, although they do make tin lined pans.

Baumalu is the better priced of your choices. Get the 2 mm with no rolled edge. The rolled is a thinner copper. Mauviel has long been considered as among the best. Cast iron handles perform better than brass. Mauviel's CI handles are heavier than Baulmalu

Worthy of consideration is a set of 4 tin lined saucepans with 3 mm thickness that are available at Rocky Mountain Retinning. Peter bought the parts and assembles and tins them on premises. The last I talked to him, he had only a very few sets left. These are top quality with hammered exteriors and heady cast iron handles. With lids, the price is $345. I have purchased 2 sets.



Bottom line. For me, Mauviel feels better than Baulmalu, but I prefer tin to SS. If you have kids using the pans, I would recommend SS. Baulmalu is the better priced and is sometimes priced at low sales prices. Either brand will work well.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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I heard good things about Falk. Where's the best blade to buy online
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #4
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I recently purchased a 6 piece set of Baumalu cookware. The instructions were minimal at best. There was no mention of lacquer coating. AND contrary to the posts I had read, it was not coated. I've used it many, many times and it polishes beautifully with just lemon and salt. I am thrilled with them...j
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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In my research, they say that tin is a better conductor of heat??
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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In my research, they say that tin is a better conductor of heat??
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #8
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Falk has a "try me" pan that is expensive but VERY good, heavy copper, cast iron handle (always a sign of top-quality heavy copper cookware) and that greyish European stainless interior. IMHO Baumalu is slightly below middle quality for copper, although better than NO copper. Falk is very heavy duty, right at the top.
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web, I pretty much agree with that assessment. Right now Falk is running about $50 less than Mauviel for comparable pieces. Both are top line. Mauviel is polished, Falk is brushed. Falk makes the bimetal for both.

Baumalu is a newish company, and newer still onthe American market. Some of their pieces are very thin, others are 2mm thick (much better). They claim hand tinning, but it is the the smoothest/thinnest job I've ever seen. Still, it's all real, and if the price is right...

The pans from Rocky mountain are very heavy duty, real beauties. Small to medium in size and very fairly priced. As they are truly hand hammered, really only good for gas ranges.

Yes I have lots of copper (all different companies, and use it.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:44 AM   #10
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Here is link to Falk try-me piece. 1.5 qt at very reduced price of $145. I know that's still expensive but it's a piece your grandchildren will be using and a good way to see if you like cooking with copper. I bought it (without the lid) from their web site, one of my first copper pieces, and use it several times a week for all sorts of things. Made in Belgium. Great quality. Nice size for one or two or making a side sauce. Falk is also offering a % off other items.
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