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Ken E.
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T-fal is not the only one!
Ken E.   4/8/2013 9:47:52 AM
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I feel your pain, I have some small pans that do the same, even if I orient the handle in-line with the support underneath.  They won't sit flat until significant content is added!

That said, I like T-fal products, I believe they have the most durable non-stick coating.

Jim_E
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Drill some holes in the handle
Jim_E   4/8/2013 9:53:20 AM
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I know how I would try to remedy that situation; I'd take the pan out to my drill press and drill a bunch of holes in the handle to lighten it.  Any chance that would work for you? 

Either that, or cut some of the length off of the handle.

Ann R. Thryft
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Calphalon has the same problem
Ann R. Thryft   4/8/2013 11:52:46 AM
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This reminds me of a problem I've got with two expensive Calphalon pans: an overly long, heavy handle makes these wide-diameter items--a griddle and a grill pan --not lie flat on the electric burner of my stove. I avoid celebrity chef cookware, and before it existed have opted for the stuff chefs supposedly use themselves, like Calphalon. But with the rise of the celebrity chefs, I've noticed a decline in the quality of good cookware. While the griddle and grill pan have superb cooking surfaces and are well made, it's the dumb design decision that makes them hard to use. I'm very sad to see that monkeys have invaded cookware design, as well as practically everything else.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Calphalon has the same problem
Rob Spiegel   4/8/2013 1:20:46 PM
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Yes, Ann, the proliferation of monkeys is discouraging. They're showing their cute little faces in seemingly all industries. Yet cookware design seems so basic --not that many places to go wrong. How could they miss something this simple.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Drill some holes in the handle
Ann R. Thryft   4/8/2013 3:03:53 PM
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Jim_E, thanks for that fix. I think we'll try it.

Elizabeth M
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Re: T-fal is not the only one!
Elizabeth M   4/9/2013 4:21:03 AM
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I've had the same problem with a pan, but it wasn't T-fal, it was just something generic and cheap I bought. But the same thing happened on a four-hob stove because the handle was a bit too big; it was very unstable and sometimes fell over at the most inopportune time! You would think something with Jamie Oliver's name on it would be a bit better well designed!

electron rancher
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Re: Drill some holes in the handle
electron rancher   4/9/2013 10:12:58 AM
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I have a similar problem with our pans at home. The just balance on one edge and want to spin around at the slightest touch.

If you do not want to modify the handle, create a stainless steel counterweight that will hang on the oposite edge of the pan.  Don't know why I didn't think of that until now.  Thanks for the postings to stimulate the idea.

btwolfe
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Re: T-fal is not the only one!
btwolfe   4/9/2013 10:28:20 AM
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What's happening here is that the manufacturer is using the celebrity's name to sell the product, but not to the celebrity. Jus like the Beats audio headphones from Dr Dre, his name may be on the product, but you will find him wearing Bose headphones in the studio.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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CAST IRON cookware....
OLD_CURMUDGEON   4/9/2013 10:30:19 AM
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We have the SAME problem w/ an 8" frying pan w/ "non-stick" surface treatment.  It's an aluminum pan, and sits obliquely on the Calrod (electric stove), UNLESS it's filled w/ foodstuff.  (Purchased at WAL*MART)

Alternatively, there's NOTHING like the good, old-fashioned cast iron open cookware.  Have several sizes from small frying pan to the comics-book sizes.  Some are older than the hills, but still in good shape.  Unfortunately, their non-stick surface has always been a goodly amount of CRISCO.... not necessarily beneficial for the human plumbing system!!!!!

Battar
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Tefal?
Battar   4/9/2013 10:42:47 AM
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Tefal ? (thats short for teflon-aluminium). Haven't you all switched over to ceramic surface cookware? If not, give it a try - you'll be pleasantly surprised. Tefal is leaning on celebrity endorsements because teflon is rapidly losing its' market share.

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