After a number of people asked me online and offline why we moved from Uuni to Roccbox I finally had some time to put a short post comparing them and giving a few thoughts about both.
Let’s start with Uuni. Unni has been part of The Pizza Bike fleet from November 2014 and we’ve got 3 slightly different versions of Uuni 2 all upgraded with pizza stones and thermal sensors inside. The oven heats up to temperature in 20-30 minutes and make great pizzas in just about 90secs – 2 minutes. Since 2015 we’ve cooked literally thousands of pizzas at pretty much any conditions including strong gales and torrential rain. The biggest challenge is to keep the temperature steady, which takes a lot of practice and constant monitoring. It’s like playing an instrument you have to be tuned in with the fire. If you feed the pellets properly you can keep them going for 10 hours without clogging the burner.
Roccbox is the new kid in town that I’ve started using as soon as the first units landed in the UK. I’ve been using them on gas ever since and It heats up up to temperature for about 20-30 minutes. It makes amazing pizza for 90 secs. It’s easy to use and it’s keeping a constant temperature without the need to babysitting it all the time. I haven’t got a chance to try the wood burner yet, but as with the Uuni using wood would require some trials and a certain learning curve.
We’ve moved from Uuni to Roccbox because 3 very important reasons:
Performance: Roccbox is producing more consistent results, there is minimum heat loss, it’s way easier to use and maintain, it keeps a constant temperature of the stone of 400-430C effortlessly
Build quality: Roccbox is a solid single body unit without moving parts, it’s insulated and it’s build to last forever.
Design: The lack of chimney and the ability of using Roccbox on gas is opening a whole new range of places where we can make pizzas.
In terms of taste I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about using gas, but after I’ve tried neither I or our customers can’t find any difference in taste and I would definitely say that since we start using Roccbox our pizzas got much better due to the consistent temperature and ease of use. As for the price tag – You get what you pay for and Roccbox is totally worth its £400 price tag
Keep in mind that both ovens are tools and in order to make great pizza you need some good dough. Our pizza dough have been made with sourdough and slow fermented for 36h+ hours which makes a massive difference in terms of taste, texture, bubbles, cooking times and so on. Regardless of the fact that we’ve got 3 Uunis and 3 Roccboxes I still use from time to time the humble pizza stone in my home gas ovens and I still get great results from it. If you would like to try our pizza dough you can find it online at Fresh-range.com / delivered to Bath and Bristol/ , at Better Food Supermarkets Bristol or get it direct from us at Green Park Station Bath.
Thanks for reading and happy pizza making!
Angel @ The Pizza Bike