The fantastic Ooni 2S Portable Wood Fired Oven and accompanying range of Ooni accessories are with us due to one man's obsession with pizza! Namely how to create a better pizza than can be created in a domestic oven without needing the bulk, cost and hassle of a real wood fired oven.
Fortunately, after a bit of trial, error and continous development, he was very successful in his mission so all fans of authentic, wood-fired pizza now have the Ooni 2S Portable Wood Fired Oven to satisfy their cravings for a pizza in 60 seconds pretty much any time, any place or anywhere in the great outdoors.
It is not only about pizza though as any food that requires shorter cooking times, flatbreads, salmon, vegetables, steaks can be created equally successfully in a similarly rapid time
The well thought out design is engineered with great attention to detail from brushed Stainless Steel which weathers and ages with use, but will not rust, so great pizza will be able to be created for years to come
Simple rapid assembly and dis-assembly add to the all round portability so you can take it to the beach or camping with performance, and pizzas, that is just as good as that if you had never left home.
The Ooni 2S Portable Wood Fired Oven makes a great stand alone piece, but will work well along side any charcoal kettle, gas barbecue or smoker to widen a range of outdoor living options.
In 2011, Kristian Tapaninaho, the inventor of Ooni, was happily getting into pizza making, and his wife Darina and little boy Oskari were big fans of his food. But, he kept coming up against the same hurdle — ‘my pizzas are good, but they’re not great.’ The pizzas lacked that sought after wood-fired flavor that a domestic oven simply can’t provide. Kristian went on the hunt for a pizza oven and realized current options were expensive and weren’t portable. So, he decided to solve the problem himself and designed his own small, cost-effective wood-fired oven.
Kristian wasn’t an inventor, an engineer or a product designer, but he had a great idea and the passion to create it. This is how Ooni (‘oven’ in Finnish) was born. After a series of sketches, a number of prototypes and testing his oven in his backyard, Kristian had made the first affordable and portable wood-fired oven.
To coincide with Kickstarter launching in the U.K., Kristian launched the Ooni project on the crowd funding platform. The funding raised more than surpassed the goal he set and he established a global audience from the outset.
Ooni was launched on Kickstarter in November 2012 with huge success. The company reached its funding goal within two weeks and successful achieved more than 220% its funding goal by the end of the campaign. The campaign captured the imagination on the pizza community and drew 142 supporters from around the world.
Born and raised in Pyhäsalmi, Finland, Kristian had design ingrained in him from an early age. His family owned a small supermarket with an on-site bakery that he helped his mother, Kasia, run. Most mornings started at 4 a.m. and required a lot of dedication, learning everything there is to know about baking. His upbringing has enabled Kristian to hone his pizza craft, where his eye is not just on product design and development, but on the end product and the foods and flavors as well.