The Chilefoundry is closing

by Thelurch on February 12, 2014 · 15 comments

in Product Reviews

I have been Editor of Chilefoundry for nearly 18 months now, and it has been really enjoyable to have been allowed to take on the role of editor by the site owner David Floyd. I took over because David was becoming too busy to run the site.

Now unfortunately I have come to the point in my life where I can no longer give the site the time it deserves. The site has grown to the point where it requires daily input, and that doesn’t include all the site updates/backups etc which David continues to try and carry out.

Many readers and producers who send us review products are often amazed when I tell them that the whole review team, including myself write and keep the site running as a hobby. We all have full time jobs and family commitments which have to come before Chilefoundry, and it is for these reasons that I can no longer carry on keeping the site going. This has become a full time hobby in itself.

Unfortunately for reasons beyond my control, this will mean that there will be no editor taking over which means there will be no new content posted, the ultimate future of the site is not decided yet. The existing content will still be viewable for the meantime.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Floyd for letting me step into his shoes, and to the team which have made Chilefoundry what it is over the past years.

Namely Darth Naga aka Tony Ainsworth, David Kelly, Martin ‘Scooby’ Arnold, Marty Greenwell, Lady ‘Cin, Rob House, Clare Cameron, James Fowkes, and new members of the team The Shepsters.

And a massive thank you to all the companies, producers, manufacturers who have contributed/helped out too.

The final thank you goes to you the readers, thank you for visiting to read our reviews and watch Darth Naga put himself through a lot of pain.

To all those producers who have sent us products and not yet received a published review, the aim is that these items will still be reviewed, albeit not on here but one of the team, Marty Greenwell is in the process of setting up a new Chilli site from scratch called Chillifiends where the rest of the team will continue to review your products and this is where all outstanding Chilefoundry review products should be reviewed.

I am still going to be involved in the UK Chilli scene, attending as many events and festivals as time will allow, and will continue to monitor our email address, and our twitter page for the immediate future, as these take less time to deal with.

I hope the Chilli Community will understand my decision, and I look forward to seeing a lot of our UK readers at festivals this year.


Chris Saunders – Editor

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar David Kelly February 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Just a brief note of personal thanks from myself (as a member of the reviewing team) to Chris & Dave for all the hard work in managing things and maintaining the site.
For me it’s been great being part of the ChileFoundry team and getting to meet & know so many of the individuals in the UK Chilli community as well as some international figures such as Ted FBI Barrus.
Thanks too for all your comments guys – it’s nice to know that people have enjoyed reading our witterings here on the ChileFoundry 😉
Whilst it’s ‘so long and thanks for all the fish here’ on the ChileFoundry, we’re aiming to continue our work over on the new ChilliFiends site – we hope to see you there 🙂


avatar Ted Barrus February 13, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This is a big loss for the chile world. I loved reading the news & reviews from you guys. Wish you all the best.


avatar Bim February 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

So sorry to hear this news but it’s difficult to argue against the harsh reality presented! Your site has been a great source of encouragement, inspiration and information. It certainly opened our eyes to the chilli community we didn’t even realise existed! We have met many of the team in person and met many now fellow producers. We remain very chuffed at the great reviews our products have received and, more personally, your support from when we started out. We wish you all the very best in whatever new hobbies you take up and most definitely look forward to still seeing you around.

From all of us at Bim’s Kitchen:-)


avatar scott February 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

i am gutted.

this site has been a real source of inspiration and entertainement. i can credit this website as the place that changed me from someone who simply loved vindaloos into someone who now experiments with capsaicin extract and has an extensive sauce collection. ive checked the articles weekly for years, and have enjoyed every review and tasting.

thankyou thankyou thankyou

i only hope this chillifiends place is half as good.

thanks again!


avatar Barry 'ZeeGy' Warren February 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

Very, very sad news but I appreciate your decision. You stated that the site will be up for now. If the cost of hosting ever becomes too much then please get in touch. I will happily host this site for free, hell, id be honoured to!


avatar Hot Juan February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

Hi, Thanks for the offer, I will keep the site hosted, but there will be few if any new articles. I will try to keep the events section up to date.

It has been a pleasure to run the site, if I had an independent means I would be still doing it.



avatar Ady February 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

That’s a shame mate, I’ve been hanging around since CF was a shop, it will be missed. I often CBA to keep my little thing ticking over, cant imagine the hassle to keep this place going.
At least keeping up what you already have is a great legacy and resource for chilliheads.

My thanks to all the team!


avatar Nathan Chantrell February 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Sad to hear this, I have enjoyed following this site since the beginning (and from before that when it was David’s shop – loved the crisps). If there is nobody willing to take over and Marty is starting his own rival wouldn’t it make more sense for him to takeover the reigns here than start a completely new site from scratch? Or at least allow him to grandfather the old content in and rebrand if required? It would be a shame to see all the history here disappear as will inevitably happen.


avatar Daniel February 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I am soory to hear this. I will be sad to see the chilli foundry gone as I looked forward to getting my news letter every month. Is there an alternate site that you could advise me to follow?

In appreciation and sadness

Daniel Silvaggi


avatar Gav February 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Damn, you will all be missed! Hopefully we will see you all in some capsicum, sorry i mean capacity one way or another, take care! And thanks for everything chilli related you guys have given us!


avatar MartyG February 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for all your hard work as Editor in Chief Chris – I hope existing Chile Foundry fans will follow the team over to Chilli Fiends.

Marty 🙂


avatar Hot Juan February 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

Hi Marty

Good luck with Chilli Fiends, I will be a reader.



avatar MartyG February 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Thank you David.

However, you know that Chile Foundry could have continued as is with me at the helm and with me willing to take over the costings and maintenance of the site with the skill to do so.

It’s very disappointing that you won’t let that happen.


avatar Hot Juan February 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Hi Marty

Well, you have never contacted me about this directly, tact not a strong point.

I wish you luck with your new web site.



avatar Bob the Brit February 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Sorry to hear of the site’s impending closure, I’ve greatly enjoyed reading and watching the reviews.
I guess the chilli scene is just becoming mainstream, which for us chilli heads can’t be a bad thing.
Thanks again, live long and prosper.


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