Just bought this as a birthday pressie for hubby. Everything arrived intact and was assembled quickly and easily. Very sturdy. Cooked about 10 small pizzas yesterday for the first time. Made dought from a Jamie Oliver recipe - was easy and very nice. We made small pizzas as we don't have one of those paddles to put them on yet so we used the flat bottom of a cake tin - we assembled the pizzas on the tin and slid them onto the hot stone - this worked perfectly. We used charcoal and when the coals were ready we opened the door to the compartment where the coals are and this kept a good temperature throughout cooking (about 250) pizzas cooked in about 10-15 mins and we're nice and crispy on bottom and cheese and toppings well cooked and bubbling. We were cooking over a period of 2-3 hours and just added a little kindling towards the end to keep it going . Am pleased to say we are very happy with our new toy and look forward to trying lots if different things - would recommend buying one if those paddle things though to make life easier . Enjoy.
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.
Having shopped around and seen the very high prices of other pizza ovens on the market I was pleased to find this one at a better price. it took a while to put together but there were no missing parts. The instructions for cooking are vague. The oven comes with a thermometer but no advice on what the temperature needs to be for cooking. We used kindling and then 3 small 8" x 4" seasoned logs first time. The instruction just says, use 2 small logs and cook when they have a coating of ash on them. The thermometer was reading about 400 degree initially but as the flames died down dropped to 150 degrees meaning that the oven wasn't hot enough for the pizza to cook. We added more small kindling which heated the oven massively as the flames came up again meaning that the pizza stone was then too hot and the pizza burned on the bottom, was only just cooked on top and the edges were sooty from the smoke. We had 5 pizzas ready to cook but 3 of them went in the conventional oven in the kitchen. We also ended up putting a wire insert from a roasting dish onto the stone and cooking the pizza on an oven tray to raise it off the stone but the oven temp was too low and it took ages to cook but we did put it on the stone for about two minutes to finish it off. This all means lots of messing about and getting the pizza in and out of the oven. When you have spent ages making your own dough, buying toppings and lovingly assembling you own pizza it's very disheartening to have it burn and ruined. I would recommend, BEFORE trying to cook your own home-made pizza, practice getting the temperature right and maybe buy a few cheap supermarket pizzas as testers. The pizza stone will certainly be too hot to cook on while there are any flames, but the oven temperature drops dramatically once the flames are gone. Next time we might use plenty of fuel to enable it to burn a lot to get the heat right up then hopefully the larger amount of embers may keep the heat up enough to cook with. Maybe the answer is to use charcoal? I am very disappointed. Won't be having a pizza party any time soon.