The Bradstreet Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink: Designing with the Sink in Mind

May 2017

We’ve recently added a new material to our product portfolio: fireclay. While we primarily offer copper sinks, the material isn’t the only thing that’s super important to us; we are mostly focused on ensuring that our products offer quality, durability, value, sustainability, and satisfaction to our customers, regardless of the material which we use to produce them. While copper sinks deliver on all of these criteria, we have expanded our portfolio of products to offer new material and color options to our customers; while still offer the same quality and value.

Our Bradstreet Reversible Fireclay sink offers you two options of apron front facing. One side is a sleek and simple design, while the other side has just a hint of detail to perfectly match whatever style kitchen you have. The 30-inch Bradstreet fireclay farmhouse sink is designed to be a durable and beautiful centerpiece in your kitchen. Fireclay sinks are fired at extreme temperatures to bond clay and glaze which form a highly durable finish that resists stains, heat, and chipping. Variations in exact dimensions will occur due to the handmade nature of all Sinkology kitchen sinks. We protect all of our kitchen sinks with a full lifetime warranty. 

For this particular design, we were inspired by the fact that while these sinks are classic and timeless, they can also be placed in modern kitchens. With accents like wood, cork, and vibrant colors, this sink compliments any style of design. Cork is a great accent for contemporary design. It can be used on your counter top because it is fire resistant, good for natural sound insulation/reducing noise, insulated heat and cold. But it can also be placed on walls for hanging reminders, mail, and even your kid’s artwork, all while looking great and bringing in a natural accent to your design. Bright colors like reds, oranges or teals will liven up your space while still keeping it modern, while playing off the crisp white of your sink. Adding floral accents for color and bringing spring inside your home, your kitchen will feel fresh, bright, and vibrant with this style. 

 

The Sinkology + Pfister Kits

Along with the timeless look of the white fireclay, we chose new Pfister faucets to pair with our newest sinks. The Pfister faucets come with their Pforever seal, advanced ceramic disc valve technology with a never leak guarantee. Our Sinkology + Pfister kits are available at The Home Depot. This kit comes with the Wheaton pull-down faucet in stainless steel finish. It also includes a stainless bottom grid to help protect your sink even more, an ISE disposal drain, and our breeze scrubber, to help keep your sink clean. 

While fireclay sinks are super easy to clean and maintain, and are scratch proof, it’s still important to keep your kitchen sink sanitized and free of clutter. Sinkology has recently released a collection of sponges called the Breeze Non-Scratch Scrubber. These sponges are perfect for scrubbing your kitchen fireclay sink, pots and pans, or your copper bar and prep sink without worrying about scratching them. These lightly lavender-scented sponges are made from 100% silicone, so they dry fast and are resistant to odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. They come in packages of 1, 3, or 6.

Why Fireclay?

Fireclay is a mixture of clay and glaze that is fired at extremely high temperatures (1600-2200 degrees). It is extremely durable, heat-resistant, chip-resistant, and scratch-resistant. Fireclay sinks are also extremely easy to care for and maintain. The material also looks very similar to enameled cast iron sinks, but definitely has the edge over cast iron. For example, with a cast iron sink, you cannot use any abrasive cleaners and the enamel is prone to scratching; but, fireclay is much more resistant to cleaners and scratches. It’s true that both are heavy, but Sinkology fireclay sinks (~100 lbs.) weigh nearly 30% less than our competitors’ cast iron sinks (~140 lbs.). Also, when enameled cast iron chips, the color of the cast iron will show through; but, IF fireclay chips, the chip is must less conspicuous.

Because of all these benefits, fireclay sinks are the clear front runner over enameled cast iron, but the best part is the value. While fireclay outmatches enameled cast iron in quality, durability, and more; it also outmatches it in price. With Sinkology, our fireclay farmhouse kitchen sinks come in at about 2/3 of the cost of most cast iron farmhouse sinks.

 

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