Arrived early in delivery window; very clear instructions enabled easy construction; impressive design and functionality. Looking forward to the first sunny day to enjoy its products, would recommend to any BBQ enthusiast.
Having only ever had cheaper simpler open and kettle BBQ's, its noticeably more pleasant to be able to cook in an oven, with the ability to add fuel without having to remove a grill full of meat! Having a flue means you don't get a face full of smoke when the wind changes. For the money its reasonably well made, all the parts lined up and screwed together fine, and the unit does fix to the base, I assume this must have been modified since the other persons review,
Its not the biggest BBQ in the world, but having said that, I had a large pork shoulder, 8 sausages and 4 burgers on at once. My only other criticism is that it could do with being a little higher, as I had to sit it on a platform to get it at a comfortable working height when standing. Maybe its designed to be used from a sitting position? You can see this from the product photo.
simple i had to add more bars to the fire grill to keep a fire bed and heat, but even that did not work with wood i had to use BBQ coals to keep some heat in the oven, had it for some time and used it 6 or 7 time still cant get it to cook, oven burns bottom and top not cooked or the heat drops so fast u have to add more wood or coals and end up with smoked pizza, not nice. the customer service were not any help at all at la hacienda and the info on how to use the oven was all most no use i say all most, it was good for fire lighting. sorry but may be it is me but i could not get this oven to cook pizza.
This seems to be very much the prototype design with a few technical issues to iron out. Namely the fact that the base does not attach securely to the main oven with the screws provided (which are the wrong size as well as needing bolts). I addressed this serious safety issue to the company, who chose to enthusiastically ignore it. Imagine the scene: Heavy and potentially hot oven, someone unaware of the fault attempts to drag it somewhere, oven detaches from base. Instead of a nice day of al fresco dining, you are now queuing up in A & E all day waiting for someone's crushed foot to be seen to etc etc. The pizza stone arrived in 'mosaic' style. I was assured a new one would be sent, that never happened. I've re-designed the attaching bolts and sorted my own bbq out but the customer service to rectify faults was frankly shocking. Still, it now works quite well as an oven and very well as a chimnea for when the evening cools down. This could be a great product if only they listened to their customers.
Great little oven, wood fired pizza's are delicious, the thermometer helps to ensure good results are achieved every time. We've also used as a BBQ that was good although when we tried smoking our food we found that because there was no seal around the doors it made it difficult to maintain heat in the top oven for long enough to cook the food and when stoking the fire below it flamed and burnt the food. All the sites on how to use a smoker say it takes practice and not to expect your first attempts to succeed so don't let this put you off. We absolubtly love it as a BBQ and pizza oven.
Amazing pizza oven for the price ! As with many other buyers the pizza stone was broken in transit (a problem with the way La Hacienda seem to package it) but I contacted the seller (Oxford BBQ's - cheapest option through Amazon) and got a replacement sent through in excellent time ! Sturdy design and fairly easy to use once you can control the temperature - took a while to get the temp stable using a mixture of paper, cardboard and wood using BBQ charcoals, but once I got that steady knocked out 5 pizza's in less than an hour ! Aim for 200-250 C and cook for 8-10 minutes. I did invest in a cover (£23 from Oxford BBQ's too) which fits perfectly and will help to keep the oven in good nick. Amazing value for money when you consider the next cheapest option will cost upwards of £600-700 !