EcoQue ECO-71008: It’s a Pizza and Smoke Oven Combined as One
For the serious outdoor cook, the EcoQue ECO-71008 Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker offers unprecedented versatility. Harnessing the heating capacity of up to 650 degrees F, it lets you make a perfect pizza and smoke meat to perfection at the same time.
Going to a pizza place that boasts of a brick, wood fired oven cannot compare with the pleasure of preparing your own while your guests enjoy delightful aromas that drift into the air. Roasts, ribs and chicken complete a menu that is attractive and appealing, and two ovens work simultaneously to complete the cooking process on time.
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Worthy Highlights of EcoQue ECO-71008
Featuring Smart Design
The location of the firebox below the pizza oven allows it to provide a crisp crust while the double insulated smoker oven above uses smoke and a lesser amount of heat to cook meats to a tender consistency. The pizza oven can bake or roast anything that does not need smoke, a convenience that adds versatility to your outdoor cooking.
The firebox prevents you from overloading it with more chunks of wood than it needs, and it slides out for easy access. You need to use an insulated glove to add wood while the firebox is hot, but it does not need frequent reloading.
The unit burns only one or two pounds of wood chunks per hour, relieving you of the need to visit it until six or eight hours pass. The airtight chamber lets you burn wood at about half the rate of other pizza ovens of similar size. A storage space of four cubic feet provides room to keep fuel and accessories out of the weather and ready to use.
You can get the temperature to 500 degrees F that is ideal for pizza in a little more than an hour. The temperature in the smoke oven hovers around half that much, giving you the flexibility to have the proper amount of heat in both areas.
Three adjustable knobs let you control the burn rate and airflow, and a nearly closed damper on the chimney keeps more smoke in the smoke oven when you need it. When you search for the best oven for making pizza, features like these are worth considering.
Observing the Temperature
Luminous dial thermometers let you know the temperature in the middle of each oven. Completely accurate temperature readings are not as easy to obtain with a door thermometer as they are with a probe on the inside.
If you are concerned about determining the absolute temperature, a probe is probably the best way to go. You may expect the best pizza oven to include a probe, but it is an optional item that you have to find on your own.
Choosing the Right Outfit
When you shop for the best outdoor oven, you probably expect to pay more for it, and this one does not disappoint. The smoker has a pleasing appearance that looks good on a patio or deck, and it is safe for use on wood flooring.
The two cooking chambers offer versatility that is worth paying for, and the individual thermometers on them are nice features. The design of the firebox reflects a level of engineering that is unique in its ability to prevent overloading, and it does not allow embers to fall out. For the difference in price over some competing models, it offers a lot for the money.
Back to You
I’ve now taken you on a journey to understand more about EcoQue ECO-71008 wood fired pizza oven and smoker. I believe you now have the necessary information to make an informed decision.
To most people, the consideration comes down to one simple question. Ask yourself how badly you need a 2-in-1 pizza cum smoke oven. If you think you make better pizza and steak than what the eating establishments can offer, it may be a hefty upfront investment but one that pays itself off over the long run.
The maths I love to use is rather basic. When I cook on my own, I get at least 50% saving from what I’m paying at the restaurant. I used to bring my family of 5 for dinner at least twice a week with the average bill adding up to around $100.
That adds up to $100 saving each week. As you can see, it takes no more than 15 weeks or about 4 months before my investment pays itself off.
Photograph coutersy of Edwin van Buuringen