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Authentic and Innovative

Over the generations, our scientific understanding of our white Larnage clay has gotten better and better. Our customers’ demands have changed, too, so to meet the changing needs and demands of the market, we’ve modernised our methods and manufacturing technology. Even so, most of the techniques used in our Tain l’Hermitage factory have remained unchanged for almost two hundred years. You’ll see just what we mean when you watch these videos. 

Using a specific sequence of steps, our ovens are still manufactured using traditional techniques and processes:

Delicately extracted from our quarry, the white clay is mixed with water and is then shaped. We still do some of the cuts by hand.

The raw clay parts are then slowly dried by the wind for a few weeks before being fired at extremely high temperatures in our historic tunnel kiln for 36 hours. The fired clay parts are then stacked on pallets to be shipped all over France and around the world.

The Le Panyol oven concept

Over time, we’ve applied our expertise and constant Research and Development work to the development of a simpler and faster assembly system for our ovens. The basic principle is simple: a number of fired refractory clay parts are shaped as “voussoirs” (orange segment shapes”) or mortise and tenon joints, and are held together mechanically by a keystone.
We maintain a careful balance of mass, volume and form in order to provide the same performance as a traditional oven and give our clients - both professional and amateur - a tool that helps them cook beautifully.

Tradition and environmentally-friendly design

We are aware of just how important it is to protect nature, and that’s why we’ve put in place an environmentally-friendly production process and are working our way towards “zero waste” manufacture.. 

  • The quarry is a natural resource that we manage in a sustainable fashion to ensure that it will still be there for future generations.
  • Most of our products are wind-dried near the Rhône River for several months.
  • In terms of energy, we have a system in place that allows us to recover the heat from our tunnel kiln and dry our parts more quickly if we need to.
  • Solar panels have been installed on the roof, lowering the overall energy consumption of our production site.
  • Thanks to these, we reduce our yearly carbon emissions by around 20 tonnes. 
  • Every step of the production process is completed either in the Larnage quarry or in our Tain l’Hermitage factory, greatly reducing our carbon footprint. 
  • Finally, our brick waste is recycled or ground into grog and used to insulate our ovens.