About this project
Creating the perfect Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza - from the carefully-crafted dough, to the selection and pairing of ingredients, to the blazingly-fast cook times and unique, lightly-charred crust - is a festive and engaging experience - and for many - a never-ending quest.
Unfortunately, neither of the standard options for the backyard chef - stainless steel grills or ceramic cookers like the Big Green Eggᵀᴹ - are able to reproduce the true environment (800°F+ floor and 1000°F+ dome) necessary for authentic brick oven pizza. A traditional brick oven will work of course, but they are large, immobile, cost thousands of dollars, and sadly, you can't take them with you when you pack up and move :(
Like many aspiring pizza chefs, we've searched high and low for something less expensive, more mobile, and more durable than traditional ovens, but still able to reproduce that perfect brick oven environment.
In the search for such a product, the idea of The Relicᵀᴹ Oven was born - a modular, more portable, more durable brick oven and backyard cooker.
The Relic Oven offers a unique set of features not available in competing products. We not only designed the product from scratch, we've engineered and tested the materials ourselves - developing our own proprietary heat-proof composite stone which is layered to provide a durable, yet lightweight material with the look of natural stone. And we've got other innovative designs in the works....
Relic is a unique, modular design with a three-part top and two convenient options for the base floor - letting you cook authentic brick oven pizza in places you never could before - such as your favorite kettle grill (including Weberᵀᴹ 22'' models), or nearly any outdoor table.
The TNSD Family of Products
But we haven't stopped there. We've taken the one-of-a-kind materials developed for the Relic Oven, and used them to engineer a line of durable and functional accessories, including impact resistant pizza stones, stone "mounts" for kettle grills, and a series of cooking and home goods.
Regardless of function, all Relic products are made with care, by hand, and are built to last a lifetime.
Early Bird and Limited Supply Rewards
We are asking for your support in helping us make our dream a reality - and in return, for our earliest supporters, we're offering several unique, limited-quantity products:
- Limted Supply of PERSONALIZED Relic FOUNDER'S OVENS!
- EARLY BIRD Specials up to 25% OFF!
- Join our FOUNDER'S DESIGN CLUB and help us design future products!
A New Face in Outdoor Cooking
Great brick ovens do two things well: 1) they create an experience that brings people together, and 2) they are well insulated, so they reach and maintain the extreme temperatures needed to cook food faster. The Relic oven does both of these things, and its mobility brings brick oven cooking to your back deck, back yard, balcony, or out on the road with you - all without sacrificing the true brick oven experience.
Anatomy of A Better Oven
There are dozens of different wood burning ovens and ceramic cookers that are on the market today, but all of them lack the unique combination of features we've designed into the Relic oven. The Relic is the world's only modular oven that assembles on the spot to make a true brick oven pizza.
Other popular outdoor cookers like the Big Green Eggᵀᴹ are constructed with materials that are dense and brittle, leaving them vulnerable to cracking and heat loss. When compared to the competition, there's not another product that produces a real wood-fired brick oven experience with the same mobility and performance as the Relic Oven.
Revolutionary, One-of-a-Kind Construction
To engineer the Relic oven, we've had to create new materials never before used in an outdoor cooking product. The result is an oven with amazing properties - it is lightweight, resistant to high-temperatures, insulating, yet also durable, shock-resistant and weatherproof.
The materials used to create the Relic Oven are less brittle than traditional ceramics, and actually bend and “give” slightly which allows them to absorb shock. There's nothing out there like it. You can check out some of our materials in action here:
A New Brick Oven Experience
Relic makes creating authentic 90 second Neapolitan pizza on your back deck or in your back yard a reality. It sets up easy and creates the crispy, delicious crust you can only get from an 800+ degree oven.
Relic Goes with You
Your Relic doesn't have to just hang out in the backyard - it's designed to go with you and cook pizza in places you've never dreamed of (or have you?) It's great for renters, urban homes, travelers, food trucks, vendors, and commercial restaurants alike.
Relic cooks 90 second pizza anywhere, anytime.
But we haven't stopped with mobile pizza ovens - after our successes when testing with the Relic, we couldn't help but think about other products we could make from the same innovative materials....
TNSD has applied the same materials technology developed for the Relic Oven to build a better, stronger, more shock-resistant pizza stone.
Relic baking stones are more durable than conventional ceramic stones, stand up to daily use, and can even withstand drops from counter-top heights (see video below). Like the Relic Oven, they are easy-to-clean, durable, and stain-resistant.
Our EcoStone is made with 60% recycled and reclaimed materials and exceeds industry standards for heat and impact resistance.
The Relic PrimoStone also uses recycled materials and is designed for extreme durability and fast heat up times. BOTH are built to last lifetime.
We've tested our Relic stones against a number of metrics for durability and confirmed that it outperforms traditional ceramic stones.
With easy lift-edges and a look of natural stone, our stones look and function as well outside of the oven as within.
As DIY guys, we've always dreamed of ways to mount our favorite Weberᵀᴹ grill in a custom outdoor table. We needed something that would hold the grill firmly in the table, while also insulating the wood table from the heat of the grill. Our Charcoal Grill Mounts do just that - and in style, with a weatherproof finish and engineered to last a lifetime.
Our grill mount replaces the base of your grill, makes mounting a breeze, and protects and insulates your table. Features a stain-resistant, easy-to-clean, heatproof finish, and is designed to provide years of use even with exposure to the elements. It's a one-purpose tool - but there's nothing out there like it. The Relic mount also includes a heat-resistant insulating gasket, which cushions your grill and fits snugly, keeping your grill sturdier than ever.
The Relic mount makes mounting in a custom wood table a breeze. Just build your table with a circle opening and 6 or 8 point ledge to support the mount. Check it out in one of our tables here (We’re sorry, but our tables are not available as Kickstarter Rewards! We hope to offer them after funding!).
We've rounded out our offerings with a set of stone serving trays and coasters that are as durable as they are decorative, and made using the same advanced Relic materials. We've also got custom pizza peels with the TNSD logo, t-shirts, and wood perfectly sized and split for your Relic Oven. Cheers!
Our primary focus is getting our Kickstarter products off the ground, but we've already got our eye to the future, with several grill and oven designs that re-imagine age old designs using our new materials and manufacturing processes.
We are just scratching the surface of what's possible, and are looking for grilling enthusiasts to join our team, and help us design our next line of products. The Relic Founder's Team members will gain access to internal design brainstorming sessions, get access to beta products, and of course an invite to the never-duplicated, soon-to-be-infamous, world-renowned-around-here ANNUAL TNSD PIZZA SHINDIG!
How You Can Help
After years of designing, testing, prototype-building, and sleepless nights, we have our designs and manufacturing process to the point where we are ready to move into larger volume production.
To get the Relic Oven and other products into the hands of brick oven chefs around the world, we will need to build and install the manufacturing equipment necessary to make our products on a larger scale. We will also need to hire and train new enthusiast craftsmen who enjoy making our products as much as we hope you enjoy using them.
By selecting the one or more of the rewards below, you will be helping us achieve our dream and give us the chance to make it a reality! Thank you in advance for any support!
The TNSD Team
The Relic Oven and the TNSD products are made possible by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, engineers, designers and craftsmen. We are excited about the opportunity to grow our team to meet the demand for our products.
TNSD is committed to expanding and improving our outreach programs in a way that aligns consistently with our goals, encourages regular involvement, and utilizes resources in the most efficient way. Just as we strive to push the boundaries of ovens and materials, we strive to implement meaningful and new ways to participate in the larger world community - however small our part.
We welcome you to help in our community outreach efforts by joining or supporting any of our groups or partners below.
Well, if you've made it this far, we sure thank you for reading, and hope you have a great day!....and remember #Make Pizza. Not War.#
Just For Fun
Yet another of many ways in which we test the Relic materials...
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing: We have tested our product’s materials and designs and are confident they will hold up to our standards for quality and functionality. However, scaling our manufacturing process will require meeting certain goals on schedule, and perfecting these methods is a learning process, and may take some time to get it just right. While we have tested our manufacturing processes and completed the design of our larger production facility, it is possible that it takes more time than expected to install the equipment and produce consistent, high-quality products in the volumes necessary.
We also have contingency plans in place to allow for hiccups and unforeseen challenges in this process. Throughout the production process we will provide timely and clear updates and will be available to answer any of your questions directly.
Financial: TNSD is an established company and has well-formed plans on how to spend the money we hope to raise. The company was founded in 2013, and has already spent considerable funds and time developing its proprietary processes and materials with a specific eye towards production, and we expect internal funding to continue. However, even with well-laid plans, it is possible that the funds we raise on Kickstarter, along with our own internal funding, is not enough to complete all of the orders according to the estimated timeline.
Suppliers: We have a range of raw material suppliers and work with established companies and material supply lines, but there is a possibility we could run into delays securing materials. A small portion of our materials are available from limited suppliers and this could pose a delay risk if we one of these suppliers were to stop supplying us raw materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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