I got into the world of mobile wood fired pizza, about 6 months ago, with my boyfriend. We immersed ourselves and it was a very steep learning curve, which we took on eagerly, and have had a great experience learning about the ovens, the business, and pizzas. Unfortunately our relationship with each other was too new to sustain being in business together, and it has done us in
So we are now trying to dissolve both our business and our relationship... which really stinks because we both have been loving the pizzas and the wood-fired oven!
We did a ton of research, went out to Colorado and met with Joseph from The Fire Within, traveled up to his manufacturing site to learn about that, met with Sebastien @ Rocky Mountain WoodFiredOvens, learned even more, and then came back to Connecticut and met with a pizza truck from New Haven, and learned how to do the pizzas, the dough, etc. We knew we wanted to start this spring, so we needed a seasoned oven to start right away.
We bought an enclosed trailer that had a 43" Di Fiore oven installed (1 year earlier), and proceeded to equip ourselves with everything we needed to do business with it. We purchased it back in April 2013 and have used it at numerous events and catering gigs. It has been great to work with and we truly love it.
The trailer is a Haulin brand, 14' long, tandem axle with electric brakes. We have had the axels inspected and they are in good shape. The trailer uses a 2 5/16 ball hitch (which we will include if desired). The overall set up, with fridges, firewood, tables, etc, inside, weighs 6400 lbs., so you will want to consider a F250 or 2500 series vehicle for towing (3/4 ton) or larger.
The oven is built into the trailer so that it is facing out the back, and the entire face of it has been tiled with black glossy tiles, with a light brick surrounding the mouth of the oven. The back doors fold all the way open and can get secured into place. We installed a 7' wide, awning that is retractable and extends 10' out over the work area. There is a large, open storage area in front of the trailer that we use to store all of the equipment, and firewood that you will need.
There is a UL listed stovepipe that is mounted to the top of the trailer, bring the height to 13' (clearance under everything and on highways is fine).
The oven is very well built by a guy in CT who has built 4 other mobile units. It is well insulated, and well-supported within the trailer so as to not crack or otherwise be compromised. Once you bring it up to temperature (around 700) you can keep it there with only about two pieces of wood an hour.
This is a great opportunity for someone considering getting into the business as we did, or for a pizza shop who wants to begin offering catering services. The latter will likely not need help, but if you are just starting out, I will be happy to help you in any way I can, as I can help speed up your learning with what I already have figured out in our venture.
I live in central CT, just west of Hartford. There is an airport that is about 30 minutes away, should you want to fly in to look at it.
The price is $16,000 for the trailer. If you look at the ones that are for sale from several of the manufacturers, you will they start at around $23k... and more for additional features (which we can provide for far less below).... also, keeping in mind that they take at least 3 months to build one for you, and that you will still need to cure it, and have time to learn the oven.
This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to get started with their business quickly, or to add to an existing brick and mortar establishment to increase sales, and be available to cater.
We also have two fridges (that can also switch to freezers), a brand new Honda 2000i generator (very quiet- perfect at events), 2 custom made collapsible wooden prep tables, a beautiful custom made wooden box that holds all of the topping ingredients (we will include the prep bins for that also), storage bins and pizza tins, tablecloths, aprons, wooden pizza peels, a metal peel for moving around the fire, and a banjo for spinning the pizzas once in the oven, along with a metal brush for cleaning the floor of the oven, an ash can, a first-aid/burn kit, and a fire extinguisher. These, we would be happy to include for an additional fee. (which will be far less than what you would pay for them separately, and we have done all of the work of sourcing and gathering them!)
We are willing to work with the right buyer to make a package deal.
For any other questions, please email me.
Lindsey@EarthFireKitchen dot com
I will respond promptly to your inquiries, but please email me with serious inquiries only.