Uuni Now Available in Our Store
Here’s something exciting for the gazillion people who love wood fired pizza. Pizza enthusiast and inventor, Kristian Tapaninaho (right), has invented a light weight portable wood fired oven named Uuni, designed to replicate world class pizza at home. Only this one will set you back a mere few hundred bucks vs many thousands for a brick oven.
Uuni (meaning “oven” in Kristian’s native Finnish), burns the same wood pellets used for pellet stoves and can bring the oven to a near ideal temperature in the 7-800F degrees range in a just 15 – 20 minutes, hot enough to turn out your dream pizza in under 4 minutes. The finished model is expected to weigh about 11 lbs and measure 5x14x19″. An accompanying user manual will include recipes for pizza dough, naan (an Indian flat bread), Finnish flat bread rieska and more. (Pizza baked in Uuni oven pictured above.)
Here’s a video from the Kickstarter site that Kristian use to raise venture funds:
My first two thoughts when learning of the Uuni were, “wow, I want one” and “wow, if these really work well, I’d like to offer them in the Breadtopia store.” I can’t recall the order of those thoughts, but I did pre-purchase one and was soon on the phone with London based Kristian, inquring about dealer opportunities. He has yet to decide on how they will be distributed, but whether or not we carry them, I’ll demo mine and report my findings here on the Breadtopia site. I’ll compare the Uuni to our existing wood fired oven, our outdoor grill with grilling stone and our regular kitchen stove. Should be loads of fun.
As of late January (2013), Kristian was still refining some design elements ahead of the Feb 28 pre-order deadline. Delivery is expected sometime this summer. If you wish to be notified of my review, use the Contact tab above and send me your email with the word “Uuni” in the message box.
Note: Detailed images and exact specs on the Uuni are purposely unavailable while Kristian secures patent protection.
July 14, 2013 Update: As is common with just about any new product launch, this one is taking a bit longer to roll out than originally hoped, due mostly to a couple of late design tweaks. However, the first production run has shipped to early Kickstarter investors. Here’s a photo of them from the Finnish manufacturer ready for shipping:
I received a preproduction model with scant little instruction but found the set up and operation fairly straight forward. Got the oven up into the 700′s F degrees quickly and knocked out a few test pizzas with very encouraging results. Im taking the oven on vacation later this month and will post more details when I return. See this post: http://www.breadtopia.com/2013/02/10/uuni-wood-fired-pizza-oven/#comment-315193