Hope you are all well. I am getting very close to shipping Uuni. The production sample is due here early next week and provided all is well with it, we can start making and shipping them! Very exciting!
One course change since the last update is that I've scrapped the chimney 'route'. It was fine when the weather was calm but as soon as you got a little bit of wind, it wasn't able to keep the fire as steady. There's a few ideas from that that I was able bring to the final product so I don't feel like it was a waste of time.
So. I've taken a few new photographs and a quick video of the last prototype. You can find those here. This proto has all the functionality, only minor details are being worked on on the sample. Things like: legs...
I've setup an FAQ page, so if you have any questions, head over there and leave a comment! I'll pick those up and answer them as they come in.
Thanks very much for you support and speak to you soon!
Hello Uuni -backers!
Here's a quick, and long overdue, update on where we're at.
Since the last time, I've been meeting with manufacturers in the UK and Finland. We've decided to go with one in Finland as they have the flexibility to work with us on the final design, and also the capacity to produce more of them in the future. I visited them in February and came back with a couple of prototypes they made.
As soon as I got back, we took part in Restaurant Day and opened our home to diners. We had 35 people over for pizzas and dessert. I've never made so many pizzas in a day and turns out that running a restaurant is tougher than it looks. Still, it was a fantastic event and everyone who came seemed very happy so I think we'll definitely do it again!* (Check out the photos on our Facebook -page here.)
After the pop-up, and working closely with my new prototypes, I decided to try a slight design change to Uuni.
Part of what makes Uuni work is a mechanism that pushes the hot gases through the oven chamber into a floor cavity and out from the back. That enables it to heat the pizza from below. (This is part of our patent filing and hopefully explains why I haven't talked about it before.) To push the air we previously used a small fan behind the spot where pellets are burned.
We’ve now begun working on a new way of doing the same without a fan. Basically this involves a very low tech invention known as a chimney:) It will generate a draft that'll suck the air (and hot gases) through the oven rather than being pushed by a fan. (It’s worth mentioning that whilst the chimney is quite long- it comes off and packs inside the oven so you won't have a big tube sticking out of it all the time!) The benefits of this are many, for one, it won't need any electricity (the fan would happily run 6-8 hours on four AA's, so it wasn't a massive issue) making it even better for camping and parks etc. Also, there’s a few enquiries about using Uuni in developing countries so powerless operation would be ideal.
Where are we now? The two things I'm looking at now are the optimal length/diameter of the chimney and best way of mixing air into where burning happens. The manufacturers are standing by so as soon as we're ready, we'll hit the green button and start making them.
We’re still blown away by the attention and backing Uuni has been receiving. We look forward to paying all this generosity back by sharing the pizza love across the globe.
Till next time,
Kristian and the Uuni Team
*It was suggested that we'd do one for backers only and I think that's a great idea. I can't promise when we can arrange it but it's likely to be in June.
Dear friends, new and old,
Thank you so much for your support.
I had no idea, when I started work on Uuni a year ago, where and how far it could get before the years end. Amazing. The last five weeks have been exciting and humbling. It's really shown me that I'm on the right track and that there's a market for Uuni.
Uuni did better than I expected; instead of 25 Uuni's, 91 were sold as rewards for helping make this happen. Incredible.
This has one practical implication: the metal works I used for prototypes is too small to be able make them in the volume required and I'm now (from 3rd January) looking for a fab that won't flinch if the order is one-million-units [to be said out-loud in the voice of Dr Evil].
While on the face of it this might seem like a problem, it actually isn't; as it's done so well, I'll be able to dedicate a lot more time to it. I've also got good blueprints that'll make it easy for any manufacturer to pick it up from where the previous one left. All good. I'm still aiming to begin manufacturing mid/late-March.
A lot of people have been saying that they missed the Kickstarter campaign and would still like to get an Uuni. Is it possible? Absolutely yes! They can get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/pFMtX
Thanks again for your support and hope you have a great Christmas!
Kind regards, Kristian