The special pan is a problem. I’ve been researching some far less alternatives. The pan does NOT have to be a Le Creuset. It just needs to be cast iron. The cast iron creates an oven to bake the bread in. Why can’t you just bake it in the oven? I don’t know, but you can’t! There are several cast iron enamel covered pans out there. I receive one tip that Walmart has a Paul Dean brand. I purchased one from Costco for my daughter for around $50. Just keep your eye open. I purchased one of my pans from TJ Maxx, and two from Down East Home. Remember that you can use your camp dutch oven. I’ll keep you updated on sitings for “cast iron enamel covered” pans. Keep baking!