Borough Furnace is a metal casting workshop in Owego, NY. We make our products by hand in small batches, using a traditional casting process that has been updated for environmental responsibility. Founded in 2011, Borough Furnace is owned and operated by John Truex and Liz Seru.
At startup, the core of our business was the Skilletron, a barrel-sized metal melting furnace that burns Waste Vegetable Oil at 2700°F to melt scrap iron. By using old fryer grease to fuel our furnace, we eliminated the massive energy consumption of a typical metal casting operation. We’ve recently moved into a new workshop and have transitioned to electric power, running on wind off-sets as we build towards on-site solar energy. Our cookware only uses recycled iron as source material, keeping with our mission to consume as little as possible.
Cast Iron Care
Our skillets are pre-seasoned and are ready for use right out of the box. Cast iron care can be very personal topic for many (opinionated!) cooks, but this is what the two of us do at home with our own skillets. The seasoning on your skillet will improve the more you use it, making it more nonstick. Avoid cooking acidic foods like tomato sauce, as they tend to degrade the seasoning (and can pick up a metallic taste.) If your skillet has taken some abuse, you'll want to reseason the whole pan. We use organic flax oil to pre-season them - you can read up on flax seasoning here. Enjoy!