When the lovely folks at Ooni reached out to us and asked if we’d like a new cooking companion to take on board with us on our latest trip, we jumped at the chance! In our van-kitchen we only cook on a stove top which can be limiting in terms of what you can make and sometimes we really miss having an oven. So the prospect of having a wood fired oven on board was very exciting and we couldn’t wait to try it out!
They kindly sent us the Uuni 3 outdoor oven to test and review, it’s the worlds first portable wood-fired pizza oven. It can heat up to 500 degrees in 10 minutes and can cook 13” pizzas in 60 seconds! What we were also interested in was the fact that not only does it cook pizza, you can also roast vegetables, meats or fish along with many other recipes.
Ooni also supplied us with a 10kg bag of hardwood pellets which is the fuel that makes the magic happen, the main benefit of the pellets for us is that they take up a lot less room (ideal for living in a van) than storing logs or another gas bottle, instead we can just fit the bag in the boot neatly where it can stay dry. The second benefit of the beech pellets is that they very efficient to use due to beech being a hardwood it has a higher density than softwoods, hardwoods tend to burn to a higher temperature because of this. We have found this to be better for cooking pizzas! Being less dense you need sometimes up to as much as twice as many softwood logs for the same energy output. They are also cleaner to cook with than a lot of the softwood we come across in Portugal and Spain, which is often to damp, meaning smoke and residue. Finally they are inexpensive to buy and contain no additives or glues which is ideal if your wanting to cook food using them.