A little Uuni company history:
The original Uuni pizza oven was launched on Kickstarter back in 2012. The very next year the company was founded by Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland. The company was formed around Tapaninaho’s invention of the worlds first portable and affordable wood-fired oven used for cooking pizzas and other foodstuffs suitable for high temperature baking. Since then the company has launched a new version of the oven the model Uuni 2 and in 2016 it came out with the 2S version. In early 2017 the company also came out with the Uuni 3 model. As you can see this company is constantly evolving and innovating which is amazing to see. This actually shows us that they are constantly making there products better for us end users.
I was introduced to the Uuni pizza oven from a local friend of mine here in Halifax. I then decided to purchase one to see what the hype was all about. I got mine new from add on Kijiji be-leave it or not lol.
This portable wood fired pizza oven was design for home chefs and backyard grillers in mind. The Uuni 2S is an evolutionary and innovating step above the previous Uuni 2 model. Its is made of very good quality brushed stainless steal which will last for many year of constant use. It will keep weathering after each use. It also comes with a pizza stone and pizza peel. The Uuni 2S was evolved based from the previous years Unni 2 model with the following modifications:
- now includes a pizza stone made of cordierite stone;
- they added a flame keeper which helps the Uuni to run hotter by using less fuel by keeping the heat more in the center of the pizza oven;
- it now has better legs/feet;
- improved pellet burner;
- it now includes a chimney cap.
When you receive your Uuni 2S you will see that lots of care when in its packaging to protect it during shipping and handling.
The burner, is located at the back of the pizza oven. It is meant to hold the wood pellets while they’re lit and to allow the ashes to fall out of the burner. This burner is design to keep the fuel in one place. Its well designed and comes with a nice big Uuni company logo.
The flame keeper
The hopper is located at the back end of the top of the unit. It is used to keep a stack of wood pellets in reserve so that they’re automatically fed down into the burner, as they’re needed. This allows you to cook your pizzas without needing to worry about refueling. However, do to keep a close eye one the level of the pellet supply in the hopper to ensure you have enough pellets and that you don't run out during a cook or have the fire die on you.
The Unni 2S wood fired pizza oven works by burning wood pellets. This unit will cook pizza at temps of 900 °F and takes approximately 120 seconds to cook a 12" pizza. Bare in mind that you have to rotate the pizza every 20-25 seconds or so to get even cook.
Lighting the Uuni 2S:
Lighting the Uuni 2S is pretty easy all you need to do is use the scoop and fill the grate/burner with wood pellets used for BBQing. Never, never use wood pellets used for heating your house with since they are not the same and they contain chemicals.
Now place the full grate back in its slot in the back of the oven and take a torch and light the pellets through the holes of the Uuni Logo. You can also use lighting cubes but it takes a little bit longer to lit but I personally find that using a torch is the easiest and quickest method. Never use lighting fluid!
Ounce the pellets are lit fill the pellet hopper with pellets. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes for it to get at the desired pizza cooking temp. Also during the cooking process and warming up process keep a close eye on the pellet hopper to ensure you don't run out of wood pellet. I strongly recommend using a laser thermometer for checking the Uuni pizza oven temperature since this unit does not have a thermometer fitted unfortunately.