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Add some pzazz to your al fresco cooking with our stylish portable pizza oven - clean and simple, BBQ gas-fired, all year round
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Just a quick note

We have already set up all the tooling required for the amazing Firepods, ready to start production. However, the weak £ to US$ has put our manufacturing costs up substantially. With your help we can increase the size of our first batch and get the costs down to a reasonable level again.

We will start manufacturing as soon a we reach our target and you will receive your Firepod about 75 days later.

Please note that the Griddle Sets and Lava Stone Sets will be available through our website after Kickstarter finishes. This is because we are concentrating getting the Firepods to you without delay. Please see risks and challenges below.

One Firepod - Three Ingenious Uses

1) Pizza Oven - fresh authentic stone-baked pizzas

The pizza stones in place ready for cooking.
The pizza stones in place ready for cooking.

Whether you make your own pizzas from scratch (it's surprisingly easy!), buy a base and add the toppings or use ready-made ones (fresh or frozen), your Firepod will cook 12" pizzas in a matter of minutes. It's remarkably quick to heat up - we've had a fresh thin crust pizza cooked and ready to eat just 10 minutes after ignition! 


Keep it simple...

...or let your creative juices flow. 

2) Hot Lava Stone - sizzling steaks and vegetables

Swap the pizza stone for the special lava stone, heat it up in the Firepod and take it to your table, indoors or outdoors, on our special wooden board for some fun and healthy hot stone cooking. Hunter-gatherers have used heated stones to cook on for over 30,000 years. Now you can enjoy a highly sophisticated version of this ancient cooking technique.

 Great fun for all ages 

  

Sizzlingly Healthy!
Sizzlingly Healthy!

3) Reversible Griddle - perfect BBQ and breakfast foods 

Pop the griddle in and your Firepod can cook like a BBQ. Ideal if you take it camping or away to events, but also great on your patio or balcony.

The reversible griddle - one side flat....

  the other with ridges 

 Small and compact for any size garden 

Easy, Controllable BBQing
Easy, Controllable BBQing


A few things that make the Firepod special:

Compact, light and truly portable

Quick - to heat up and to cook

The door keeps heat in even when windy

All the wooden parts are beautiful solid oak

A stainless steel rail stops pizza falling into the back of the oven

A simple but effective door catch which can cope with the heat

Auto ignition, gas control and inspection hole to check the flame

Firepod dimensions

Superb at home and away: 

Kids' Parties

Grown up parties!  

Festivals, horse eventing, track days, Grand Prix...

Camping & Glamping 

By the hot tub 

  • Town Gardens
  • Balconies
  • Spur-of-the-moment parties
  • Indian and other flatbreads
  •  

From an idea conceived high in the Italian Alps...

A great place for inspiration!
A great place for inspiration!

The Firepod project started from our desire to cook true authentic pizza back at home just like the ones we enjoy when working in Italy,

We wanted an oven which:

  • Cooked perfect pizzas
  • Was quick to set-up and heat up
  • Was easy to use (and clean)
  • Was truly portable
  • Didn't take up too much of the garden
  • Was affordable
  • Would double up as a BBQ 
  • Could be used all year around
  • Looked great

We searched for such a product for over a year and then concluded that the only option was to design our own.

We spoke to a friend who works in product design and he pointed out that having no experience in the pizza, bbq or food industries gave us big advantage.  We were concentrating on lifestyle features rather than technical details. "Many great products come from potential customers for products that don’t exist – yet," he added.

For the technical stuff we found an excellent design company, Jedco Product Design in Weybridge. They've won many awards including the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2015. Gavin took our brief and went on to design a product that's better than we had ever imagined -  The Firepod as it stands today!

  

We produced our first prototype last year and have been testing, tweaking and perfecting ever since.  

Our first working prototype
Our first working prototype

Our biggest challenge has been to balance the heat so that the pizza base and toppings cook at an even rate. We tested many different stones and burners until we got it right. Our new burner is not only hotter but also more fuel efficient and in converts easily to natural gas. 

Some of the pizza stones that we tried
Some of the pizza stones that we tried

Our colleagues in Italy (serious pizza guys who study pizza, advise restaurants and make pizzas to die for!) made it clear that the 500ºC reached by some pizza ovens is way too hot for perfect pizzas. 300ºC to 320ºC is perfect as it gives the dough time to rise as it cooks making a lighter, crispier base. But higher temperatures are good for flatbreads, so we designed The Firepod to go up to more than 400ºC. Being gas-fired it's easy to control the temperature.

Checking the temperature to set gauge accurately

 

Risks and challenges

As we mentioned at the start, we have completed the design and development phase. Unlike many crowdfunded projects, we have also paid for and completed the tooling process, so all the machines necessary for manufacturing are ready and waiting for our command. Your Firepod will be ready to send to you about 70 days after production starts.

This does substantially reduce the risk of delays. We have several Firepods which have been produced during tooling and the red one in the photos above is the real thing.

The griddle and lava stone sets may take a little longer to deliver depending on how well Kickstarter goes. We have planned to concentrate on the Firepods first, however if we reach £50k we will be able to manufacture them at the same time with no delay to the Firepods.

DIstribution is all organised so I can see no reason for any delays .

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    Love the idea

    Our eternal thanks for being part of The Firepod dream and VIP priority notice of future additions and offers.

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    The Perfect Christmas Present

    If you would like to give a Firepod as a Christmas present (or for any other occasion) we can supply you with gift box with an 'Arriving Soon' card and a few photos, so you have something to wrap and give on the day.

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    Napoletana

    Make a bit of history! Be one of the first sixty people to own a Firepod, for a huge £140 below retail. We will send you:
    A Kickstarter-edition Firepod (any of the 5 colours) with everything you need to cook great pizzas:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    Napoletana +

    Make a bit of history! Be one of the first sixty people to own a Firepod, for a huge £140 below retail. We will send you:
    A Kickstarter-edition Firepod (any of the 5 colours) with everything you need to cook great pizzas:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    Romana

    Join 20 happy people who will own a Firepod at £130 below estimated retail. In return for your support we will send you:
    A Kickstarter-edition Firepod (any of the 5 colours) with everything you need to cook great pizzas:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    Margherita

    Join 120 happy people who will own a Firepod at £120 below estimated retail. In return for your support we will send you:
    A Kickstarter-edition Firepod (any of the 5 colours) with everything you need to cook great pizzas:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    Four Seasons

    Don't wait for winter! Be one of the first to own a Firepod, at £100 less than retail. In return for your support we will send you:
    A Kickstarter-edition Firepod (any of the 5 colours) with everything you need to cook great pizzas:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    A Brace of Firepods

    A hot deal (but we provide the heat-proof gloves!) We will send you 2 Firepods, each with the following:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    A Triple Pack of Firepods

    A hot deal (but we provide the heat-proof gloves!) We will send you 3 Firepods, each with the following:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    The Pepperoni Retailer

    For 10 lucky people who like a little spice in their lives! We will send you 11 Firepods, each with the following:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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    The Jalepeno Retailers

    A super hot deal to make your mouth water! We will send you 22 Firepods each with the following:
    2 Firepod pizza stones
    A Quadpod - our solid oak-legged stand
    A set of short legs
    A Firepod pizza peel
    A pair of Firepod heat-proof gloves
    A Firepod gas regulator for BBQ gas bottles

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Funding period

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