A beautiful, high performance tool for cooking, made with care.
Introducing the only enameled cast iron Dutch oven made in the USA. Our newest piece of heritage cookware, this kitchen essential is intended to last for generations. Created in the tradition of French legacy brands, but with a standout contemporary design, our 5.5 QT Dutch oven is a do-everything workhorse in the kitchen—letting you simmer one-pot dinners and homemade sauces, bake the perfect loaf of bread, or roast a chicken golden brown.
"The Tiffany of Cast Iron Cookware"
-America's Test Kitchen
Borough Furnace has been designing and manufacturing innovative cast iron cookware since 2011, and our products have earned international recognition. Today, eight years after we first launched on Kickstarter and with a range of skillets and bakeware under our belts, we're excited to expand our factory with enameling capabilities and to introduce a new classic to your kitchen.
There’s a reason why Dutch ovens are the object of many a garage-sale scavenger hunt: they can do almost anything and are designed to endure on the stovetop, in the oven, over a bed of coals or an open campfire.
We looked at the Dutch oven’s longstanding design tradition and made some small but significant improvements with the contemporary cook in mind:
Our tight-fitting lid is cast in one piece, with no knob to melt off or come loose. Pips on the underside help to recirculate condensation, basting your food as it cooks.
This unique lid design means the pot and lid are both oven safe at any temperature.
Dutch ovens are great for meals where you start on the stovetop and move into the oven. Our looped handles make it easy to move the pot wherever you need it—even when filled to the brim with food.
Also, the lid’s handle is designed to be easy to lift off with a potholder or an oven mitt.
The thick cast iron base distributes heat very evenly, and the heft of the pot provides great heat retention, keeping food warm on the table.
Our enamel’s semi-gloss finish is a versatile, easy to maintain cook surface, perfect for browning at high heat or simmering a delicate sauce. Though a rougher finish helps give a good sear, it’s really annoying to clean—we arrived at our semi-gloss finish to give you the best of both worlds.
Our porcelain enamel formula is produced in the US, adheres to strict environmental standards, and will be tested for chemical safety and durability prior to shipment. No non-stick coatings to wear away and leach into your food, no dangerous pigments, just cast iron and porcelain enamel.
Borough Furnace foundry and design studio started making cast iron skillets in 2011, when we launched our inaugural Kickstarter campaign. The project was a success, and after earning endorsements from Saveur, America’s Test Kitchen, and the Wall Street Journal, among others, we’ve made thousands of skillets and are excited to return to the Kickstarter community with a new piece of heritage cookware.
We are John Truex and Liz Seru, partners who run our factory and raise our son in the New York Finger Lakes. Borough Furnace started as a single furnace burning recycled vegetable oil in John’s dad’s backyard, and is now a 20,000-square-foot factory with plenty of room to grow.
In 2014, we had the unique privilege of hosting Anthony Bourdain in our first workshop for Raw Craft, a series highlighting exceptional American craftspeople. We've continuously enhanced our processes and capacity in the interim years, establishing our current factory and expanding our product line. We've also been recognized by the Small Business Administration, winning an SBA Business Excellence Award in 2015.
Creating our own Dutch oven
So why this particular product, and why now? To us, Dutch ovens are all about comfort food—sourdough bread, homemade tomato sauce, a stew or a stock on the stove all day. Food that you eat as a family and share with friends. We cook often, and love our seasoned cast iron, but there are limits to what you can do with it. A Dutch oven is one of our go-to kitchen tools and we’ve always wanted to expand our line to include more materials. Once we started getting into the design process, we realized there were no domestic producers of enameled cast iron cookware.
We made our first Dutch oven in 2016. Running our own foundry gives us the unique ability to manufacture our own designs, and we can also live with our prototypes, cook in them, and make refinements. We’ve been cooking with different iterations of this Dutch oven for a few years now, and have arrived at what we think is the perfect pot.
Driven by Design
John is an industrial designer with an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee (where he first learned to pour iron in 2001). He was an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University for five years while getting Borough Furnace off the ground. Liz has a BFA from Dartmouth and has played an active role in both production and business management since 2011.
John’s expertise in industrial design—and the fact that he designed our current factory—means that we are in control of every step of the production process. Design and craft serve as the bedrock of our company.
This deep connection to making has a tremendous effect on design details, leading to products that are intuitively connected to their materials and a joy to use.
John designed BF's first skillets in 2011 and launched on Kickstarter with the help of his cousin, Jason Connelly. Liz joined the company later that year. In the eight years since, John and Liz have gone from a backyard operation to being established in our own modern factory, sited on a creekside in Owego, NY.
In 2016, we made our first Dutch oven and began working with Porcelain Industries in Dickson, TN to develop the perfect enamel finish. Many prototypes later, as we prepared to launch the project at scale, Porcelain Industries announced the closure of its factory. Unfortunately for the employees and their community, too many of their customers had shifted to overseas production for their enameling.
We decided to take this setback as an opportunity to bring enameling in-house. Using the network of experts that got us to this point, we set up a small enameling line and began working with a material supplier to create that perfect semi-gloss enamel finish.
It’s also important to mention that, for this project—and for the first time in our foundry’s history—we’ll be partnering with a larger foundry to do some of our casting. Based in the Midwest, our partner’s added production capacity and experience with precision castings will allow us to maintain our high level of craft while delivering product more quickly. All finishing and enameling will take place in our shop.
Our ability to prototype and cast small runs will greatly facilitate our work with the outside foundry, leading to what we believe is the best possible design and production quality.
That’s why we are here: we’re asking for your support to help us scale our machinery.
By building a custom enameling setup we’ll be able to make the highest quality product at a fair, market-competitive price.
We've already begun moving a new (to us) automated enameling line into our factory. The next steps are to build a drying oven that straddles that enameling line, and a sintering furnace that will provide the final enamel firing.
To get this done, we'll be working with engineers and a local refractory company that has helped us build much of our casting equipment, as well as with national experts in the enameling industry.
We plan to start shipping rewards in mid-October. This is what we'll be up to until then:
Risks and challenges
As is the case with most physical product launches, our main uncertainty is timing. We know that we can make a great Dutch oven—we already have. The challenge is efficiently scaling up production to meet a larger demand.
What we bring to the table this time around is eight years of experience as a company that produces cast iron cookware, as well as many many decades of combined expertise with our foundry partner and our enameling consultants and suppliers. We have a track record of success with previous product launches, and are recognized for our work both in the culinary industry and business community—we won an SBA Business Excellence Award in 2015.
Working with an outside foundry partner means that our delivery timeline can be impacted by things outside of our control. To mitigate this risk, we will be continuing to cast Dutch ovens at our facility, which certainly isn't as fast, but it means that we will never be in the position of simply waiting for another company to get the work done. Additionally, the foundry that we're working with has ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management, and a >90% on time delivery rate.
A lot of Kickstarter projects are made by people with a great idea but no way of manufacturing it themselves. We are the manufacturers, and we have the means to execute this project. While issues of timing may arise, we are committed to shipping all rewards as quickly as possible, and to keeping our backers updated as we go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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