My daughter landed a job in San Francisco and was bugging me to equip her with a pizza oven. The constraint is that sheíll be a city dweller renting a shoebox Ė not exactly WFO territory. (Neo readers should stop reading now.)
I purchased a 120V Deni 2300 rotisserie pizza maker a couple of years ago only to take it apart and never use it. Pressed for an apartment-friendly solution, I dusted it off and threw on a Mellow Mushroom-style pie (her favorite). Turns out the Deni with a thin steel, Teflon-plated, pan does a decent job cooking a Mellow pie at 650F in 6-10 minutes depending pie type and crust preference. In my tests, I preheated the oven about 3 minutes to get everything warm before throwing on the pie. There is something wonderful about an appliance that costs $50, plugs into a standard 120V wall socket, and ejects good pizza every 10 minutes or so.
The trouble with Deni 2300 is that they donít make them anymore and the only to get one is ebay. Sometimes they are $40, sometimes they are $65 Ė still a bargain if they make the style of pizza you are looking for. So I started looking around to find out what else is out there.
Turns out, Wayfair makes the eWare Model XJ-6K205. It is a very similar design but it offers a 12Ē cooking diameter (instead of 11Ē for Deni 2300). Even better, they are selling for $42 on overstock.com. Hereís the rub: attorneyís severely limited the eWareís performance for liability reasons. Bugger. In order for the larger1200 watt eWare to perform like the smaller 1100 watt Deni 2300, one would need to disassemble the lid of the eWare, remove the thermal contactor and the 10 amp inline fuse, and then reassemble. I wouldnít recommend that. If you ignore my recommendation, removing those two items results in a current draw around 9.3 amps running flat out Ė both burners and the rotisserie - which is still less than the 1200W nameplate rating.
I knew of someone once that modified an eWare pizza maker. The way they did it was to purchase an old toaster oven for $8 at Salvation Army, and remove the 15 amp switch used to control upper elements, lower elements, or both. That switch was repurposed to control the upper and lower heating elements in the eWare pizza oven. It is almost a direct replacement Ė only needing a simple adapter mounting plate to mount the repurposed switch where the original switch/timer use to be. Warning: anyone performing such foolishness takes the liability upon themselves.
If you buy one of the eWare ovens, donít believe product reviews which read: ďlike pizza from a brick ovenĒ. It ainít so Ė not right out of the box, not even when modified.