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Portland cookware company creates special cast iron skillet to support wildfire victims

Finex is producing 500, limited edition 10" skillets, with a majority of the purchase price donated to the American Red Cross Wildfire Relief fund.

PORTLAND, Oregon — If you've ever had a cast iron pan handed down, you know how invaluable they can be to cook just about anything. They last forever, and even if it seems rusted or past it's prime, you can always scrub and season it right back into shape.

Finex, based in Northwest Portland, makes beautiful ones. "We have our five quart Dutch oven, in addition to skillets, our sauce pot, and a variety of grill pans," says Michael Griffin as he showed us around their showroom. All their items have a coiled, stainless steel handle and machine polished bottom to make it near non-stick.

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A few of the cast iron cookware options Finex makes and finishes in Oregon.

"They're also eight-sided so this allows you to pour from any angle, it's nice and drip free, and you can get a spatula behind deep dish pizzas, cornbreads or even pies."

In their beautiful Instagram shots of the pans at work on the coast, in the mountains, and at campsites across the Northwest, Finex touts it's outdoor versatility. That's why their limited edition run of 500 new skillets will have a different look: an outline of Mt. Hood, a Douglas fir tree, and the words "Keep the PNW Green."

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Finex's limited-edition Wildfire Relief skillet, $175. With $100 of that going to the Red Cross Western Wildfire Relief Fund.

These are made in the U.S. and will last forever with a lifetime guarantee, but for those reasons they are not cheap. The pan costs $175, but $100 of that, 57-percent, will be donated to the American Red Cross Western Wildfire Relief fund to help those who've lost so much in the Oregon wildfires.

"Seeing those initial images on tv and smoke billowing up from forestlands and the wonderful communities out there, it really hit home for us," Griffin said. "We all said what can we do? What's our angle to help out? because lots of folks who work here, our fans and the chefs who use our products, a lot of those people we know had to evacuate, several people we know lost their homes."

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Finex cookware is perfect for campfires and outdoor stoves as well as the home

Finex is taking pre-orders right now on their website, here. The charity-relief skillets are in production right now, and will ship around Thanksgiving, but the money from each order goes out immediately to the Red Cross.