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UUNI Pro Burn-In and First Pizza


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Super-Easy to setup.  Seems to "burn" as advertised.  Coasted at 700 degrees on charcoal for my initial burn-in, then did some pizza (2 day cold ferment using the dough recipe on the Uuni site). 

 

 

At home next to the Keg!

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Burning In....stones will likely never be this clean every again!

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First pizza.  Ended up being -15 degrees C out when I cooked so the stones probably could have used a longer heat soak (underneath did not have nice spotting), but happy for a first go!  Really have to stay on top of things...this was around a 90 second pizza.uunipizza.thumb.jpg.2c4fd9d7b58134d141c0d8d0e628af87.jpg

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That's what is cool about the PRO, it is an easier to use oven than the previous Uuni's, since you don't have to fuss with pellets.  The charcoal allows a fairly high base temp that stays for quite a while and then you can add wood for the extra boost.  Couple this with better insulation and the oven performs temperature wise very consistently.  The learning curve is much less steep than with the smaller Uunis.

 

I bet with the gas burner, it will be almost dummy proof.

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2 hours ago, Benm3 said:

That's what is cool about the PRO, it is an easier to use oven than the previous Uuni's, since you don't have to fuss with pellets.  The charcoal allows a fairly high base temp that stays for quite a while and then you can add wood for the extra boost.  Couple this with better insulation and the oven performs temperature wise very consistently.  The learning curve is much less steep than with the smaller Uunis.

 

I bet with the gas burner, it will be almost dummy proof.

 

I'm really hoping someone figures out how to get a steady 400* charcoal temp. That would allow you to do other dishes. Baked Italian dishes, fish etc..... 

 

 

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18 hours ago, ckreef said:

 

I'm really hoping someone figures out how to get a steady 400* charcoal temp. That would allow you to do other dishes. Baked Italian dishes, fish etc..... 

 

 

I have..... you have to change the chimney and ceiling wheel to modulate the airflow.  With the gas burner though it will be a no brainer as you can modulate the gas, low, medium, and high.

 

I've done at this point over 50+ pizzas on it and it excels at it.  I blame the oven for making me even go out and get a GI Azzura pizza peel to reduce the amount of flour that was getting into the oven.  At the high temps, excess flour burns so fast and will actually catch fire.  The peel is very cool with the laser cutouts so excess flour falls out and you also need very little flour due to the reduced drag.  

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On 11/4/2017 at 9:37 PM, SmallBBQr said:

Super-Easy to setup.  Seems to "burn" as advertised.  Coasted at 700 degrees on charcoal for my initial burn-in, then did some pizza (2 day cold ferment using the dough recipe on the Uuni site). 

 

 

At home next to the Keg!

deck.thumb.jpg.25ab95e800e8afcae08341d99c6f664c.jpg

 

 

Burning In....stones will likely never be this clean every again!

burn-in.thumb.jpg.fbd1a7018a8a669496994a685adff029.jpg

 

First pizza.  Ended up being -15 degrees C out when I cooked so the stones probably could have used a longer heat soak (underneath did not have nice spotting), but happy for a first go!  Really have to stay on top of things...this was around a 90 second pizza.uunipizza.thumb.jpg.2c4fd9d7b58134d141c0d8d0e628af87.jpg

 

that’s an awesome pie 

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Yes.  Been a cold, snowy week here.  Normally, around this time of year, daytime temps get up to about the freezing mark, and lows at night are around -7 to -10  (that's Celcius).

 

This week has been about 5-10 degrees colder than normal.  And yes...snow.

 

A little cold and snow slows us down, but doesn't stop the BBQ!!

 

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On 11/5/2017 at 1:43 PM, ckreef said:

 

I'm really hoping someone figures out how to get a steady 400* charcoal temp. That would allow you to do other dishes. Baked Italian dishes, fish etc..... 

 

 

After failing with a quick bread because of uncontrollable temps, I'm taking a page out of the KJ book and will fabricate a cover over the intake so I can control airflow better. This should solve the issue. The Uuni Pro has an air intake so massive it's worthy of a Mad Max sequel.

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Did you try reducing the ceiling vent down to a lower level, or even shutting it completely...there are two side vents that will still draw air up the chimney even with the ceiling vent completely cut off, but it certainly drops temps....it's supposed to be nice here this weekend so going to do a bit of experimenting.

 

Another trick I found that helps in below freezing temps is to pre-heat heat stones in my indoor oven.  I get a good pile of charcoal going to get the steady base temp, then put in the hot stones, then starting adding chunks of oak hardwood to get it up to pizza temps (which works FAST!).  I think I have a smooth, easy process down now for "winter" cooking.

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I tried both limiting airflow with the ceiling vent and closing it entirely. Neither method helped control the volcano in the back. Neither am I enthusiastic about moving around stones that are several hundred degrees. I've also decided that just because I CAN doesn't mean there aren't better tools in my baking bag, like the Kamado Joe right next to it. I've got a lot of other projects (not just cooking/baking) on my plate right now, so I have decided to work on my Jedi skills with the Kamado Joe, reserving the Uuni for pizza and high-temp applications, getting more familiar with the Instant Pot, and bread baking.

 

Good, good. Let the charcoal flow through you....

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