There’s solely room for one or two items of wooden at a time, although. Don’t lose observe of the removable deal with that permits you to open the again door, since you’ll be opening it a number of occasions throughout a cooking session. Also, there isn’t a secondary burn right here—after one use, the smoke rising from the oven’s mouth blackened the highest of the oven. It wipes off, however only a warning.
Too Hot to Handle
The Pi is remarkably compact, particularly when positioned subsequent to an unlimited oven just like the Gozney Roccbox. But as I cooked with it over the course of two weeks, different benefits shortly confirmed themselves.
First, the cooking area is 15 inches in diameter. It’s large enough to suit our 12-inch Lodge cast-iron pan, however—and that is loopy—my pan’s deal with stands out. The physique of the pan heats as much as 600 levels, sizzling sufficient to roast asparagus inside a few minutes, however the deal with stays comparatively cool. As somebody who has burned themselves via heat-resistant gloves, it is a revelation.
Second, the highest is flat. This shouldn’t be a function that it could have occurred to me to request in a pizza oven, however it’s a remarkably handy and sturdy place to shortly put a burning sizzling pan when you shortly tong out the asparagus, put them in a serving bowl, and change them with potatoes. This is clearly one thing that has occurred to Solo Stove as effectively, because it not too long ago got here out with a lid ($75) for its firepits.
I used to be additionally somewhat bit fearful that there’s a noticeable break up in the course of the pizza stone—that it could be troublesome to wash, or that the dough would sag or burn within the center. It seems that when the oven is 700 levels (and you’ve let the stone preheat for a minimum of an hour), pizza cooks shortly sufficient that it’s not a trigger for concern.
Like most issues involving recreation, your alternative of your yard cooking implement comes down to cost and private preferences. That’s the one quibble I’ve with the Pi—the choice I attempted is the one with swappable wooden and gasoline attachments, which prices a cool $645 at its present presale value. That makes it a tough promote when in comparison with the Ooni Karu 12 ($399), which can also be a fairly nice, engaging, and easy-to-use oven.
However, in the event you get pleasure from cooking with wooden—and you want your dinner to be quick, sizzling, and on the desk in half an hour—it’s laborious to think about a greater, no-brainer summer time purchase than the wood-fired model. I work full-time and have two school-aged youngsters, and with a small, high-heat pizza oven, I can nonetheless have dinner cooked outdoors and on the desk in a matter of mere minutes. I would even sip a relaxing beverage whereas I’m at it.