I took delivery of my brand new Roccbox yesterday and unpacked it today. So pleased to finally get my hands on my new oven!
Roccbox is the brainchild of Tom Gozney, founder of commercial oven company Gozney Ovens and the man behind the Stone Bake Oven Company. So he knows a thing or two about wood fired ovens! After an extensive period of research and development perfecting the design, Roccbox came to market through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. It was an immediate smash hit, beating all targets and raising well over $1million in just 30 days.
While it’s true that there were some delays to Roccbox shipping, and clearly some customers were disappointed with the delays, I think that’s to be expected when you support something new like this. I didn’t too much as I filled the gap by cooking on my Aldi oven. It’s also worth crediting the team at Roccbox who obviously worked incredibly hard to get ovens delivered in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, despite some last minute problems clearing customs in the UK.
So, what is Roccbox?
Roccbox is a portable, table-top oven that comes with a choice of gas and wood burners and is capable of getting up to 500°C. It heats up in around 15-20 minutes and the oven is made of stainless steel with a silicone cover in a choice of green or grey (I picked grey). It has a stone cooking floor and folding tripod legs. In a clever piece of design you can screw in either the wood fired or gas burner underneath your Roccbox, giving you the option of cooking with either. The oven comes with a temperature gauge so you can tell when it’s up to full heat for cooking pizza’s.
What’s in the box?
Roccbox is stylishly presented and comes neatly packed with all you need to get cooking. Including in the box is:
- Roccbox oven in green or grey
- Steel Pizza Peel
- Wood burner
- Gas burner
- User manual
- Bottle Opener
- Velcro carry handle
The velcro carry handle is a nifty idea, allowing you to easily pull Roccbox out of the box and to then carry it later. Although it is portable, at 20Kg you perhaps wouldn’t want to carry it too far! The Roccbox branded bottle opener is also a nice touch.
Roccbox oozes style. It’s obvious that time has been spent on the design and the nice touches such as the bottle opener show how much the Roccbox team have been thinking about customers. It’s very easy to unbox and get set-up and the user manual is comprehensive. All of this is pretty impressive given it’s a brand new product.
I unboxed mine, took a quick photo of all the items, plugged in the wood burner and fired it up in just a few minutes. The hopper on the wood burner is reasonably small so I had to chop down the wood to quite a small kindling size, but this was no problem.
The manual gives advice to cure the oven initially and as I hope to get many years cooking out of mine then I wanted to make sure I did this so I let it burn on a fairly low heat for 30 minutes. The in built temperature gauge crept up to 200°C but not much higher. I checked the temperature in the middle of the stone floor using an infrared temperature gun and at it’s highest it showed 270°C. I do wonder how accurate the inbuilt gauge will be but I’m sure will come to learn more about that. I also wonder how easy it will be to get up to a really hot temperature for pizza cooking with the wood burner given the small size of the hopper, but that’s for another blog post.
For now there’s dough rising overnight and as long as the rain holds off we’ll be eating our first Roccbox pizzas tomorrow. I’m hoping that Roccbox will cook as well as it looks, and given the obvious effort put into design I’m confident that will be the case!