Borough Furnace Cast-Iron Skillets
Burn, Baby, Burn
by K.B. GOULD




As your great-grandpa knew (if he was a cattle rancher, a prospector or any other early explorer of the American West), a well-seasoned pan perfectly sears steak and features natural non-stick properties that increase with age. But with the introduction of Teflon-coated aluminum cookware during the 1960s and '70s, cast-iron skillets fell out of favor. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011, cousins John Truex and Jason Connelly opened a micro-foundry called Borough Furnace in Syracuse, NY in the hopes of bringing cast iron back.




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Although cast-iron cookware isn't new -- the Chinese used it during the Han Dynasty for salt evaporation -- the upstart Syracuse foundry added several modern innovations in their handmade cast-iron skillets, which are available for the first time this year. Slanting the skillet's edges outward allows easier access to food while cooking, and increasing the size of the skillet's "helper handle" makes it easier to transfer the skillet from the stovetop to the oven. The skillet's functionality -- enhanced by its award-winning design -- made it one of the hottest (ahem) summer kitchen products on the market; the first batch of 9-inch skillets, released June 18th, sold out within five hours. 


On top of all that smart design, you'll also have the benefit of knowing you're promoting a company committed to leaving a small carbon footprint: in order to power their "Skilletron" custom furnace, the cousins use waste vegetable oil, and they only use recycled iron as source material. So what are you waiting for? There's cornbread to be cooked.


$280,  boroughfurnance.com 



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Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



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The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


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Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


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Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
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