Hi there. I'll be moving soon, and I need to outfit the kitchen. I love to cook, so I'd like to get a pots and pans set that will last. I spotted the Belgique copper bottom set on clearance at Macy's the other day, and the pieces seem perfect (nice big stockpot, good assortment of sizes, etc.). Does anyone have experience with this line? I've heard mixed things on other boards--some people said the bottoms of the pans melted (???!!!) and others claim the pans take forever to heat up (an hour to boil water for frozen corn, apparently). Do these claims sound familiar? Are these people perhaps not using the pans properly (I noticed the pans say not to use them above medium heat) or should I steer clear of this set and try another? Are there any suggestions for an alternative? I'd love All Clad (of course!) but I don't have the money for it. I'm hoping to spend less than $300 on a set.
Thanks for your help!