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The increasing trend for eating and entertaining outdoors seems set to continue and La Hacienda wood fired ovens, that can be used to cook and grill an impressive range of food, have caught the attention of Nathan James Dodd.
Manufactured from highly durable materials that remain robust even when subjected to intense heat, these La Hacienda products are ideal if you enjoy delicious home cooked food.
Perhaps the 'best BBQ accessory you'll ever buy' is how the award winning BakerStone Box has been described. By using convective, conductive and radiant heat, the box cooks a gourmet rustic pizza in under four minutes
Presented with the Best Outdoor Garden Leisure Product at the Glee 2014 trade show, the BakerStone Box comes in two sizes for 12" and 14" pizzas and converts a BBQ into a oven. It can additionally be used to bake bread, cookies, roast meat, vegetables and fish.
If you love pizzas there's also the La Hacienda Pizza Firepit that consists simply of a log fire over which a separate steel stand is positioned with a cordeorite stone on which the pizza is cooked. At other times the black steel firepit can be used as a patio heater.
The Romana Wood Fired Oven is a fine and very useful garden focal point that cooks pizzas in minutes using wood or charcoal. Its design is both contemporary and reassuringly traditional with double ovens, side tables, a firebrick base to radiate heat evenly, and a temperature dial. The La Hacienda San Carlos Wood Fired Oven is a smaller less elaborate version.
With a design reminiscent of its South American origins, the Geometric Chimenea With Grill is hand crafted from Mexican clay and will add character, colour and warmth to your garden.
Each one is unique and contains a chrome cooking grill and stands on a steel base. the chimenea can be used as a patio heater but if the lid is removed it converts into a grill for any foodstuff that benefits from the smoky heat of a log fire.
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