Flare Pans Prove Cooking Really Is Rocket Science! Beth Snyder July 29, 2014 There are people in the world who find cooking as easy as falling off a log, and there are people in the world who regard cooking as challenging as rocket science. I fall in the former category, which means I truly don’t understand where the latter is coming from. However, the joke may well be on me, because a genuine rocket scientist has developed a line of cookware that improves on what I always thought of as a perfectly acceptable design. Thomas Povey is a rocket scientist (I’m sure he has a more official title, but I like that one) at Oxford University, who also happens to enjoy climbing mountains. While he was at high altitudes, he noticed most of the heat from his fire was being wasted, which in turn caused his water to take much longer to boil. Being a rocket scientist, he set out to fix the problem. There was a great deal of trial and error, because not only did he need his pans to be functional; he needed them to look attractive or no one would buy them. I think he succeeded admirably on both counts when he came up with Flare. Put simply for those of us who are not rocket scientists, Flare pans take the science used in rocket and jet engines’ heat transfer and applies it to cookware, thus letting far less heat go to waste while applying it directly to the pan’s surface. Instead of the traditional round design, his pots have fins which increase the surface area of the pot. This means more heat is being applied to more area, and water will boil faster. Not only that, but they just look neat. His original idea was that these would be used outdoors over open flame, but they’re certainly attractive enough pretty much anyone would be happy to use them in their kitchen as well. I would even hang them on the wall instead of hiding them away in a cupboard. Flare pans have been picked up by the British home shopping company Lakeland, where there are two different sizes of frying pans, a stock pot with lid, and a saucepan available for anywhere from 49.99 (about $85.00 US) to 84.99 (about $145.00 US). You can also get a set of three for 169.99 (about $289.00 US). I would not complain even once if someone were to gift me a set. Source: TreeHugger Share This With The World!