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Fourneau Grande and Levée

Bake artisan quality bread at home

Fourneau Grande and Levée

Bake artisan quality bread at home

$90,340
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
478
backers
38hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 21 2019 7:30 PM UTC +00:00.

About

What is more delicious than fresh homemade bread?

Nothing! That's why Fourneau creates cookware and recipes to help you bake artisan quality bread at home. Meet our two new products:

Fourneau Grande is the ultimate system for baking artisan bread at home

  • Simulates the baking environment of a commercial steam oven in your home oven
  • Bake a multitude of shapes in the elongated baking chamber
  • Bake big loaves – up to a 1000 gram loaf or two 200 gram loaves (gram of flour)
  • Bake more in less time – maximize oven throughput with the Fourneau tray system
  • Enjoy multi-generation longevity with enamel-coated cast iron

We launched the original Fourneau in 2015 and have shipped thousands of Fourneau ovens all over the world. Fans have been asking for a taller, wider version for a while now and the Grande is our solution!

The cast iron Fourneau Grande cloche excels at maintaining baking heat while trapping steam to create the perfect environment for baking lofty, crusty breads.

Safe & Easy Handling – The Fourneau Grande is loaded from the front so it stays in the oven throughout your bake. That means there is less hot, heavy equipment to handle.

Make All Kinds of Shapes – The oblong cloche accommodates all kinds of bread shapes, from batards to boules to baguettes.

Load Bread Your Way – The Grande is equipped with a new handling tool that can be used as a peel or as a baking tray.

Maximize Oven Throughput – The Fourneau tray/peel makes it easy to bake twice as many loaves in the same amount of time. Sping your loaf in the baking chamber then remove it to finish in the open oven. 

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Get Steamy – The Grande's tight seams effectively retain steam. Add water to your the Fourneau tray for a super-steamy bake!

Bigger and Better than 2.0 – 

  • The Grande is almost twice the volume of the Fourneau 2.0
  • Cast iron parts are enamel-coated rather than oil-seasoned
  • Enamel finish applied at 1300ºF – withstands normal bread baking temps (see FAQ)
  • Thinner walls and cordierite base make the Grande larger yet lighter than the 2.0
  • Use the cloche with the Fourneau stone or your existing baking stone or steel
  • Precision machined edges to ensure tight seams between parts 
  • Large aluminum handle that is easy to grab with oven mitt or pads



 Fourneau Levée works with your existing dutch oven

  • Easy to load and unload loaves from your dutch oven (dutch oven not included ;)
  • Gain protection from "bottom burn", common in dutch oven baking
  • Folds flat for storage and disassembles for cleaning
  • Bake more in less time – maximize oven throughput with the Fourneau tray system

The Levée makes baking bread in a dutch oven way easier, protects the bottom of your loaf from burning, and allows you to maximize oven throughput. Levée provides some serious performance advantages for bakers who aren't ready to invest in a dedicated cloche.

The standard model fits the Le Creuset 7.25 quart dutch oven, #28. Tell us what dutch oven you have and we'll make a custom Levée to fit!

Safe & Easy Handling – The Levée is lifted by two stainless steel arms. The arms lock in the upright position so there is always a spot to grab and lift. 

Maximize oven throughput – Bake twice as many loaves in the same amount of time. Once a loaf has sprung in the baking chamber it can be removed to finish baking in the open oven and a new loaf can be loaded into the baking chamber.

One 500gram (flour weight) boule ready to finish in the open oven, another about to get started

Score Like a Pro – The Levée is a platform for your leaves. Spin it around like a turntable to make scoring easier.

Cooling – The Levée lifts your finished loaves up, aiding your post-bake cooldown. 

Rewards

Your pledge provides the funding needed to produce your reward! Your pledge is essentially a pre-order.

Please see the schedules below to get a better sense of our estimated production and fulfillment timelines.

  • Standard size fits Le Creuset #28 dutch oven (Le Creuset 7.25 quart dutch oven)
  • Custom sizes will be designed and made to fit your dutch oven
  • 9" diameter aluminum tray with stainless lifting handles
  • Silicone baking mat


  • Cast iron cloche with black enamel finish
  • Cast iron hatch with black enamel finish and aluminum handle
  • Dual-purpose bread peel and baking tray with wood handle
  • Silicone baking mat
  • For bakers who wish to use the cloche with an existing baking stone
  •  NOTE: The cloche must be used a baking stone at least 14.75" x 11.75". The cloche will not work without being placed on a baking stone or baking steel. 


  • Cast iron cloche with black enamel finish
  • Cast iron hatch with black enamel finish and aluminum handle
  • Cordierite baking stone
  • Dual-purpose bread peel and baking tray with wood handle
  • Silicone baking mat

Multiple Rewards and Combinations

You can select any combination of rewards you want. Unfortunately, Kickstarter makes you do math to figure it out :) Here is how it is done: 

  • Select one of the rewards you wish to receive
  • Enter a pledge amount that reflects the sum of all the rewards plus shipping that you wish to receive
  • Message the project creator with a list of the rewards you pledged for
  • Look for confirmation of the pledge and reward list before the end of the campaign

Here are two examples of how it looks on screen:

The pledge amount of $60 reflects a pledge for 2 Levée rewards, including shipping. The equation is ($25 + $5) x 2 = $60
A pledge for the Fourneau Grande Cloche Kit plus a Fourneau Levée. The equation is ($225 + $20) + ($25 + $5) = $275

Goals

$80,000 – All or nothing goal. If we raise this, rewards go into production. If we fall short of this, pledges are canceled and nothing gets made. Our goal is based on a breakeven equation. The campaign only becomes profitable once the goal is exceeded. 

Stretch goals are a way for us to share "profit" with our backers. If the campaign reaches these thresholds backers will receive these reward bonuses:

$120,000 – Stretch goal #1 Free extra tray with every Fourneau Grande

$180,000 – Stretch goal #2 Choose from black plus one colored enamel option for Fourneau Grande

$220,000 – Stretch goal #3 Choose from black plus two enamel color options for Fourneau Grande

$280,000 – Stretch goal #4 Free pair of bannetons with every Fourneau Grande

Two trays are better than one!
Sample of Fourneau Grande cloche in grey enamel finish

Progress & Timeline

The images and video in this campaign represent the current stage of product prototypes. These have been tested dozens of times. You can expect a handful of small detail changes in the production product.

The production molds for Fourneau Grande are already underway and production samples are expected in mid-November. The Fourneau Levée is manufactured entirely with digital tools and production starts as soon as the campaign is funded.

Fourneau Grande

  • November: sample approval
  • December: production
  • January: production
  • February: production
  • March: production
  • April: shipping
  • May: shipping
  • June: fulfillment

Fourneau Levée

  • November: holiday reward production
  • December: holiday reward fulfillment
  • January: custom Levee design
  • February: reward fulfillment
  • March: custom reward fulfillment

Getting Started

If you are new to baking artisan bread at home, Fourneau has you covered. Fourneau's starter recipes are great for beginners and seasoned bakers alike. Our products work equally well with commercial yeast doughs and naturally leavened doughs.

Sourdough bread

Fourneau Grande and Levée are perfect for sourdough bread making.

  • Turning dough from a banneton onto the Fourneau tray and Levée is easy.
  • Baking on the Fourneau tray minimizes disturbances to risen dough.
  • Cast iron maintains a high baking chamber temperature for oven-spring and crust.

Check out the new NYT Cooking guide to sourdough baking at home!

No-knead bread

Just getting into making bread at home? Or just love the convenience of the no-knead method? Fourneau Grande and Levée will give you the oven spring and crust you're looking for.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread

About Fourneau

We launched Fourneau in 2015 on Kickstarter. In 2017 we introduced the Fourneau 2.0. The Fourneau Grande has been in development for almost 2 years and its manufacture is built on an entirely new supply chain. We're bringing several manufacturing processes in-house to control quality. Our iron casting is being carried out with a foundry partner who specializes in nothing but cast iron cookware.

Thank You!

A special thanks to Stacey Ballis for all of the testing and feedback and for insisting early on that a larger Fourneau is needed. Thanks to Teresa Greenway for pushing for the larger size and sharing the Fourneau 2.0 with readers. Thanks to all of our customers for supporting Fourneau and providing honest feedback. Thanks to everyone who has worked with Fourneau on testing and recipe development. Thanks to Alex Roman for testing the very first Fourneau with us. Shout out to Ryan Henderson. Katie, Abra, and the whole Granor Farm family, thank you! Thanks to Kathie, Patty, and Ariel for all of your hard work and creativity. Thanks to Don and Michael. Thanks to Bensound.com for the video soundtrack. We don't know you, but thank you Jim Lahey and Mark Bittman for all that you've done to make home bread baking more accessible with the no-knead method. Thanks to Kenji Lopez-Alt for reviewing the original Fourneau way back in the day. Thanks to Peter Mehan for writing about the OG Fourneau. Thanks to my mom and dad for getting us into bread making in the first place. Thanks to the rest of our family and friends! Making products is hard work and there is no way we would do it without the participation and support of awesome people like you.

Risks and challenges

Fourneau began in 2015 on Kickstarter. Making Fourneau has not easy, especially the iron casting. But after almost 5 years working with foundries, we're aware of a lot of the challenges and do our best to plan for them.

We've cast several prototypes of the Fourneau Grande and have tested them extensively. We're confident in our casting partners, who specialize in cookware production. We're working with the same foundry that our sister company, Ironwood Cookware, has worked with. So we're building on an established relationship.

All that said, when production and logistics issues come up, we will do our best to keep you informed of challenges and the decisions we make to address them.

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    Fourneau Levée

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    While the standard Levée fits the Le Creuset #28 dutch oven, we can customize the Levée to fit any dutch oven size. Let us make a loading tray for your dutch oven model!

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    Fourneau Grande Cloche Kit

    Front-loading, cast iron, cnc machined seams, enamel finish – a feature-packed cloche! This kit ships without a baking stone for bakers who wish to use the cloche on an existing stone.

    NOTE: The cloche must be used with a baking stone that is at least 14.75" x 11.75". The cloche will not work without being placed on a baking stone or baking steel.

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    A front-loading cloche for ease of use. A peel and baking tray system that maximizes your baking throughput. A versatile baking stone.

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    Front-loading, cast iron, cnc machined seams, enamel finish – a feature-packed cloche! This kit ships without a baking stone for bakers who wish to use the cloche on an existing stone.

    NOTE: The cloche must be used with a baking stone that is at least 14.75" x 11.75". The cloche will not work without being placed on a baking stone or baking steel.

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    • Silicone baking mat
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    The front-loading cloche provides ease of use. The peel/tray system maximizes your baking throughput. CNC machined and enameled parts provide ultimate performance. The stone gives you a versatile baking foundation.

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    • Cast iron hatch with black enamel finish and aluminum handle
    • Cordierite baking stone
    • Silicone baking mat
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