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Offline ravishi

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Re: UUNI modifications and pies
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2013, 02:12:23 PM »
I made a third attempt with the Uuni and like @norcoscia, I was able to eliminate the uncooked crust problem by using baking steel.  A few pictures are attached to this post.  More pictures are available at http://imgur.com/a/QTk0q.

I used a 3/8" steel and let it heat up with the fan on, regulator full open, chute lid on, and door closed for 20 minutes.  The steel got to about 675F.  Don't open the door to check the temps after the first 15 minutes.  The oven is so small and the fan is blowing towards the door that each time you open it, you lose a substantial amount of heat (with exception of the baking steel retained heat).

@norcoscia, I have not had to resort to a screwdriver to fix the clogging chute problem.  I use the tapping method that Uuni shows in this video,
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  You take the chute top off and use the wooden end to tap on the back of the chute.  I do this more vigorously than in the video and do it every few minutes.  You can look down (when smoke isn't billowing out) and see the pellets settle down as you tap it.  Do this especially before putting new pellets in.

Figuring out the the proper temp and maintaining it is indeed difficult.  The first pizza was just right on both top and bottom but the last two were overdone on the bottom.  The steel temp rose to about 725F, which is a bit too hot.  I plan to close the air flow regulator a bit more after the steel reaches 650F or so.  The last two also picked up some ash on the bottom.  I plan to fix this by using a grill brush, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096SBUIS/ref=ase_pizzamaking-20/103-6714061-5151001

Is the Uuni worth it?  I have spent an additional $150 buying the baking steel, funnel, and grill brush.  The handles screws have come apart.  The residue ash is monumental.  Portability has decreased considerably with the addition of a 22lb baking steel.  But the fact is, I've made the best pizza (singular) of my life with the Uuuni so for that, it is indeed worth it.  But I'm sure there are more practical solutions like the Blackstone.  Although people say smoke won't impart a flavor with a <3 minute cook time, I can certainly taste a positive wood-fire difference over my gas fired oven.  I don't expect you'd get that flavor from a BS.
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Offline norcoscia

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Re: UUNI modifications and pies
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2013, 07:21:02 AM »
Hi Ravishi, nice work on those pies - they look great.

BTW, I agree with you about the flavor - a few days ago I went out to cook a pie on my UUNI and when I looked inside my steel plate had a bit of rust starting to develop. I was hoping I could just leave it in the UUNI between cooks.

I pulled it out to clean it and of course I got covered in black dust. After sanding it down and re-seasoning it I decide to just try cooking with the steel in my oven. The thought of pulling it out after every cook and dealing with all the black dust just turned me off.

Using the steel in my oven worked great but I agree with you the UUNI does (somehow) make a pie with a great taste, something was different and missing from the oven baked pie even though it had some char and turned out great (see pict below).

Even though I think the UUNI pies do taste a slight bit better, it is just too much work for me. So yesterday I ordered a Blackstone since I like making the pies outside (no mess in the kitchen) and it looks like most of the Blackstone users really like the oven (when they show up in one piece).

Now I just need to find a spot for it in my tiny San Diego yard.

BTW, if any of your friends are interested in an UUNI I'm happy to sell mine for 175 dollars plus actual shipping costs, I'll throw in a big bag of wood pellets the SS funnel and my fan power extension cord. Pretty much like new, only used about 4 times...


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Re: UUNI modifications and pies
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2013, 09:58:22 AM »
I have to agree with these comments, i really like the flavor, using bbq delight oak pellet grill fuel, lots of ash and soot, but love the flavor.

I am still struggling to cook the bottom without nuking the top. I really need a ir therm, to see whats going on.

I have made calzone and pizza the family is very happy with, however it is work to keep it going and rotate often.

I had my stone, a cordite kiln shelf cut to fit in the uuni, and its better but i actually burned the bottom of the first calzon, so i know i can get the temps right.

That said, i am wishing i just got the blackstone...

i am still thinking about the 3/8 steel, but have to play with the stone a bit more, and actually know what temps im cooking at..

Love the flavor, and smell, but its a mess, ha ha but the pies are getting better...


Offline Jez

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Re: UUNI modifications and pies
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2014, 10:18:00 AM »
With the 3/8 inch plate in, how long does your oven taken to heat up??


 

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