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Old 02-18-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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Wanted: 7 1/4 qt. le creuset round french oven

I apologize in adance if this is against the rules or in the wrong forum!

I'm trying to find a good deal on one of these. Used would be fine if it was in good condition. Sub $100. No color preference. If I can't pick one up in the next couple weeks I might settle for the 5 qt. Chefmate.

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Old 02-18-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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Le Creuset is beautiful, but you might consider plain cast Iron. Here is an interesting article. Best of luck in your search.

Ever So Humble, Cast Iron Outshines the Fancy Pans - New York Times
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:40 PM   #3
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Try on ebay - BUT even used or as they like to call them "vintage" Le Creuset dutch ovens go for alot on ebay.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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Le Creuset is beautiful, but you might consider plain cast Iron. Here is an interesting article. Best of luck in your search.

Ever So Humble, Cast Iron Outshines the Fancy Pans - New York Times
Thanks for the tip! The enamel coating is simply easier to deal with, imho. Even cooks illustrated had trouble with the Lodge 7 qt. pre-seasoned dutch oven: "boiling water picked up a yellow tint and a rusty smell, indicating that our pot had lost its seasoning."
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:06 PM   #5
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yes I definately wouldn't use it to boil water.
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Old 02-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
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Anyone? I'd be up for the All Clad 8 qt. stock pot, as well. Somebody has to have one they don't use anymore!
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:05 PM   #7
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Anyone? I'd be up for the All Clad 8 qt. stock pot, as well. Somebody has to have one they don't use anymore!
Hey, eatsOats, you don't say if you live in the U.S.A. but, if you do, check out an organization called Freecycle. You can learn more about them at Freecycle™: Changing the World One Gift at a Time much better than I could explain it.

In a nutshell, you can post items you want to get rid of or things you are seeking. Money is NEVER exchanged because it's a "stuff" recycling site. Buck and I have had very good luck with the group in our area.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:33 PM   #8
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Look on Amazon for an Innova or Daniel Bolud for under $100. The Innova is about $50--I love mine and have given them as gifts. Mario Batali's 6qt is about $75 on amazon (on Friday). I have never seen LC new for that price (under $100).
caplan-duval.com has LC and even with shipping is a good price.
If you get just cast iron you can't cook tomato dishes in it.
And Target's enamel cast iron was given a best buy recommendation in an evaluation by a food magazine.
Try Tuesday Morning and TJMaxx and Marshall's for good buys from time to time.
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:52 PM   #9
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Le Creuset is beautiful, but you might consider plain cast Iron. Here is an interesting article. Best of luck in your search.

Ever So Humble, Cast Iron Outshines the Fancy Pans - New York Times
Great article, eatsoats!

I have two well-seasoned cast iron frying pans that are my right and left arms. I use them all the time, while my two Calphalons collect dust.

My cast iron Lodge Dutch oven still needs some work to get to the patina, but gets better and better all the time.

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Old 02-19-2007, 07:17 PM   #10
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I doubt you will find one for under $100, but don't give up. You are looking for the perfect size and shape IMO. I got mine for not much more than 100 (maybe 150 or so) so don't give up.
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