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Rofco Brick Bread Oven

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Features

  • Superior baking results
  • Thick Chamotte fire brick shelves
  • Optional high-output steam trays
  • No wood required
  • Smokeless
  • No venting required
  • Rapid heat transfer
  • Cabinet steam vents
  • Viewing window
  • Stainless steel cabinet
  • Efficient rock wool insulation
  • Compact footprint
  • Made in Belgium

Included

  • Woven glass mat baking sheets
  • Blued-steel baking trays
  • 220V/1-Phase/20amp (6-20P) AC plug

Description

Rofco Brick Bread Oven

Rye bread whole grainMade in Belgium, Rofco electric brick ovens offer the home baking enthusiast a line of genuine brick ovens with space-friendly footprints, cleanly and conveniently powered by electricity. Available in models with one, two or three baking shelves made of 1-3/8" thick Chamotte firebrick stone, the Rofco oven's vertical design takes up very little space, so there's room for a Rofco electric brick oven in virtually any kitchen.

Rofco ovens bring the major baking advantages of masonry baking to the modern age. Also known as retained-heat ovens or stone bread ovens, masonry ovens store a great amount of heat energy in their brick or stone construction before food is introduced. Energy is then released to the food by conductive, radiant, and convective transfer. A conventional kitchen oven uses only convection (air circulation), which is far less effective than the conductive (direct contact) and radiant (like the sun's rays) heat-transfer modes that a brick oven uses to produce such superior baking results. Of all the techniques, tools and gadgets available to bakers, none is as effective as a brick bread oven at delivering professional-level results in your kitchen.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

World renowned restaurants prefer masonry ovens for the superior texture and incredible depth of flavor they create in foods. Bread and pizza results are simply spectacular.

Once bread dough is slipped onto the baking surface of a brick oven, baking time is about half that of a conventional oven. Steam is sealed in by the Rofco’s silicone-gasketed door, maintaining humidity that promotes a rapid dough-rising burst called oven spring, as heat transfers rapidly by direct contact (conduction) with the thick Chamotte stone the dough rests on.

Available steam trays can be used in each baking chamber. Water is poured into these trays. Filled with sections of stainless steel rod, they instantly release large volumes of steam exactly as the steam injection system does in a commercial deck oven. When dough rising is complete, vents in the Rofco’s door can be opened to allowing steam to escape for the last phase of baking. Penetrating radiant heat combines with the Rofco oven’s ideal humidity to form a caramelized crust that’s delightfully crunchy with satisfying chew and deep, complex flavor. Meanwhile an open, tender crumb structure is developed throughout the interior of the loaf by the perfectly even heating that only a brick oven provides.

  • “Glad we tried Pleasant Hill Grain! You were recommended to us by a friend, and they were right: Best company on the planet!”

    – Victoria K., OH

OH THE PIZZA, THE PIZZZZZA!

Do you like pizza at all? We love pizza. Deep dish, or with a thin, crispy crust, we love it all. What we didn't love was the chasm that used to exist between what came from the super-hot brick ovens of our favorite pizzerias, and the sad and soggy results from our conventional home ovens. Those disappointments are behind us now, because the Rofco is full-fledged pizzeria-class. Perfectly crisp thin crusts. Perfectly bubbly cheese. Perfectly roasted meats and veggies. Perfectly. Awesome. Pizza.

whole grain sourdoughROFCO = BEST OF OLD + NEW

For thousands of years, building up the all-surrounding heat needed to perform such culinary magic meant starting a wood fire inside your masonry oven, letting the fire eventually die out, then scraping out the smoking ash and mopping the oven’s floor so you could put your dough in. Also, retaining enough heat to last through one or more baking cycles required a structure that could weigh a thousand pounds or more. Those aren't characteristics that incorporate well into a contemporary home kitchen. The modern conventional oven solved the fire-building and massive bulk problems, but traded away food-heating qualities that mankind had enjoyed for millennia.

Rofco ovens combine modern technology with all the best qualities of the traditional retained-heat brick oven, for sublime baking results without the wood, fire, smoke, ash, soot, and massive surrounding structure. Your dough doesn't know (or care) how the wonderful heat that it receives from your brick oven was created, and the Rofco creates its heat with the cleanliness and convenience of electricity. Two thermostatically-controlled heating circuits allow you produce all the heat you want, with all the convenience you need.

You've heard the expression that you can't have your cake and eat it too. No doubt you've also heard that there's an exception to every rule, and Rofco brick ovens are that exception. You actually can have a brick oven right in your home kitchen, that isn't huge, doesn't requiire chopped trees or make ash, doesn't smoke or require a vent through your roof, and makes the best bread and other baked goods on the planet. 

Structurally, the Rofco oven gets its form and strength from a robust stainless steel cabinet, and a half-ton of extra stone mass is now replaced by the marvel of rock wool insulation. Made by spinning fibers from molten minerals, rock wool resists temperatures of over 2000° F. (hotter than your Rofco will get!). This industrial-grade rock wool also has excellent insulating efficiency. Thick, high density rock wool insulation board fills the walls and door of the Rofco oven, keeping heat contained in the thick stone baking surfaces of the oven where it works its wonders on your bread and other baked goods. And while those wonders are taking place, you can watch the show through your Rofco’s viewing window, illuminated by an interior lamp.

  • “So glad I purchased the Rofco oven. After one bake session, I already had an even crumb and color to all my loaves. Easy to use, easy to set up and happy with the outcome of my bread. ROFCO for the WIN!”

    – JP in CA

BAKES EVERYTHING BETTER

The magic of a Rofco electric brick oven is by no means limited to bread and pizza! Roasted meats, steak, vegetables, casseroles, pies. You name it, the omni-directional, multimode heating of the Rofco brick oven bakes everything much, much better.

Think about how the baking results from a microwave oven compare to those from a conventional oven. Atrocious, right? The whole reason for the dramatic difference is the unevenness of the microwave’s heating action. Now consider the fact that draftiness—which is a fair description of convection-only heating—is how conventional ovens are actually designed to work. Drafty is the opposite of even heating. A retained-heat electric brick oven, on the other hand, which bakes principally with direct-contact and penetrating radiant heat, provides the ultimate in evenness. So just imagine an oven that’s as much better than a conventional oven, as the the conventional oven is better than a microwave. That's what it's like to bake with a Rofco brick oven. In short, it's baking nirvana. 

A BRICK OVEN FOR EVERYONE

Rofco's model B5, B10 and B20 brick ovens have the same dimensions in each of their baking spaces and have one, two, and three shelves respectively. Rofco's most popular model, the three-shelf B40, adds both more height and more width to each shelf space. All dimensions, and other specs, are listed in the table below.

BRICK OR STONE, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MASS

The high-mass masonry of a retained heat oven works equally well whether the construction is stone or fire brick. So just to clarify any confusion, if you've heard about the baking characteristics of a brick or stone bread oven, the results are identical with either. Rofco ovens are retained-heat masonry ovens that provide the same superior culinary results as wood-fired masonry ovens, but with the convenience of clean electric heat generation. 

ELECTRICAL AND SITING

Rofco brick ovens use common 220V single phase power, and come with a 6-20P cord-end plug. 220V power is the same as conventional electric ovens and cooktops use, so all kitchens are wired for 220V power. Depending on how your kitchen is wired now, and where you want to site your Rofco brick oven, you may need to have an additional 220V 6-20R receptacle installed. You're also free to locate your clean-running Rofco oven anywhere else in your home, even including your garage if that works best for you. Rofco ovens do not need to be kept or operated in a heated space. The only siting requirement is that 1.2" of space needs to be maintained between the oven and other surfaces. Rofco ovens require no venting.

Gourmet sandwichACCESSORIES

Steam trays are the ideal way to introduce steam in your baking process. Not merely empty vessels, Rofco steam trays are filled with heavy stainless rods that store a large amount of heat energy for rapid and complete steam release; order one for each shelf where you want to use supplemental steam. Depending on the kind of bread you're making, using steam at the right stage of baking can deliver the perfect crust qualities you want.

You can put any kind of dough directly onto the stones in the Rofco oven, but if you'd prefer to keep oils and sugars off your stones, blued-steel baking trays and woven glass mats (the same kind used in commercial bakeries) come standard.

ROFCO BRICK OVENS FOR MICRO-BAKERIES

Rofco brick ovens are often used in micro-bakeries, and Rofco recognizes that starting on a shoestring to avoid the higher cost of a commercial deck oven can be a smart startup move. Rofco ovens carry a domestic-use warranty, so please be aware that any breakdowns that occur under the heavier stresses of commercial use will be out-of-warranty. PHG carries repair parts as well as consumable items like light bulbs, and we're here to help with the needs of all Rofco users whether your oven is under warranty or not, and whether you're using it for commercial or personal use. Rofco ovens are well built and durable. Pleasant Hill Grain is the exclusive U.S. Rofco distributor, and we can attest that service issues are few and far-between.

ROFCO IS A QUANTUM BAKING LEAP

Of all the techniques, tools and gadgets available to bakers, none is as effective as a brick bread oven at delivering professional-level results in your kitchen. Our Rofco customers never tell us they regret purchasing a Rofco oven, only that they wish they'd done it sooner!

Questions? Please call 866-467-6123. We'd be happy to talk with you about a Rofco oven or any of your baking needs.

Other Rofco electric stone bread oven models include the Rofco B20 electric stone bread oven, the Rofco B10 electric stone bread oven and the Rofco B5 electric stone bread oven.

NOTE: We have a Rofco B5 oven available on our clearance store here.

Do you need a commercial deck oven? We also offer German-made Häussler commercial electric stone bread ovens: Häussler INO 2004 oven and Häussler's INO 2006-series ovens.

Rofco Brick Oven Specifications

  Model B40 Model B20 Model B10 Model B5
Dough capacity 26.4 lbs 13.2 lbs 8.8 lbs 4.4 lbs
Max. temperature 520° F 520° F 520° F 520° F
Number of shelves 3 shelves 3 shelves 2 shelves 1 shelf
Size of baking surfaces 18.9 x 18.9 in. 11.8 x 18.9 in. 11.8 x 18.9 in. 11.8 x 18.9 in.
Height of baking spaces 8.6" 6.3" 6.3" 6.3"
External dimensions
(W x D x H)
21.7 x 23.6 x 38.6 14.6 x 23.6 x 32.7 14.6 x 23.6 x 25.2 14.6 x 23.6 x 17.3
Electrical 3100W, 220V, 14.1A 2500W, 220V, 11.4A 1800W, 220V, 8.2A 1300W, 220V, 6A
Oven weight 187 lbs 123 lbs 77 lbs 49 lbs

 

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Specs

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Brand Rofco Ovens
Temperature Range 122° - 520° F
Power Electric (AC)
Volts AC 220
Certifications CE
Cord Length 61.5"
Cord-End Plug 20 Amp (NEMA 6-20P)
Origin Imported
Warranty Length 2 years, for home use only (non-commercial)

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Reviews

Overall Rating:
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  • Rufus the Mighty Rofco
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    This little oven hits the bull-eye in all categories for a home baker. Our Rofco’s name is Rufus and he's been in our family for almost a year and a half. Rufus is fired up several times a week for artisan breads and small pizzas. The more I use him the more I enjoy baking.

    Easy to use? I turn the thermostat dial clockwise to 200c for pre-heat and a little while later I stuff my dough in him, drop the temp to 180c and about 25min later I extract the bread. How easy is that??

    Since 1997 I’ve used several gas fired residential ranges. The first one was an original Wolf Gourmet. The oven was so vented that the only way to achieve any type of crust/crumb was to bake on a 1/4” steel plate and cover the baguettes with a large inverted steam table pan. I got very tired of all the hassle so I fabricated a gas fired brick oven with steam injection and controllable vent. Using both methods I was able to achieve somewhat satisfactory results. Due to our relocation from Baja Sur to Florida I left the stove and brick oven behind and ordered the Rofco from you guys. So since 1997 I've been able to bake with other ovens, but not with nearly the ease or consistent results that I get with mighty Rufus.

    The oven works perfectly. Not a bunch of bells and whistles, just the needed basics, and it has a small footprint. Considering all the alternatives, Rofco is the most bang for the small family baker. It exceeds what my expectations were and are. Only a steam injected deck oven will outperform the Rofco’s, but hey, do you have the space, power/gas service, zoning, or the $$??

    Beyond this, I need to praise my experience with PHG: What a fine ride. Buying a Rofco, sight unseen, was a leap for my wife and I. We worked with Sarah Phifer and Cindy Mingus for the order and follow-up questions. Wow, what a wonderful pair. All questions were answered and great follow-up for all my whining. What a fine operation.

    Jan D., FL
    37 out of 37 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Very happy, great value.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I've had my Rofco well over a year now. I bake with it every weekend, and it performs beautifully. Mainly I bake bread and pizza, but also some pastries and cookies. The Rofco oven has made baking easier and a whole lot of fun—and it's brought my baked goods to a much higher level. Everything actually comes out perfect now. It makes the best baguettes and pizzas, thanks to the thick stones and the steamers. It's beautiful and functional and I'm just very happy with the value I've received. My advice to anyone shopping is to buy the biggest Rofco you can swing! Thank you PHG for the best oven and service!
    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Rofco ovens: Wonderful
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Rofco ovens are a wonderful solution for us bakers who aren't really baking in a commercial setup yet. I recommend them.
    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • ROFCO for the WIN!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    So glad I purchased the Rofco oven. After one bake session I already had an even crumb and color to all my loaves. Easy to use, easy to set up and happy with the outcome of my bread.
    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • So good, I bought another one.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    The first Rofco B40 I ordered worked so well, I bought another one for a relative. The B40 sustains a consistent heat throughout and is large enough for 12 loaves at a time.

    Pleasant Hill Grain (PHG) is an exceptional US supplier for Rofco. They provide the best, most personalized customer service I have ever experienced, and they test each oven before it's impeccably packed and shipped.

    Given both the product and the exceptional PHG service, it's no wonder the B40 is back-ordered.

    Don't delay... get on the list--it's worth the wait.
    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Rofco 20
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Build quality- This is a simple, solid oven. The door gasket does seem a little flimsy, and I can see how it could easily become damaged and require replacing. I will probably buy a spare to have just in case. So far, no issues with a little care on closing the door

    Exterior heat- perhaps sightly more heat put off than home builtin oven but not nearly as dramatic as I was led to believe. The door does get a little too hot for a long touch, but sides and top are not a concern.

    Uneven heating- Using IR thermometer, the variance between decks is +/- 5 degrees C. I thought this was pretty good. Rotary dial for heat setting is as accurate as any other oven I have used (not particularly accurate, but not crazily inaccurate)

    Decks too narrow- They are a bit narrow. That said, I am getting 2x 900 gram boules, or 3x 600 g batards per deck. Baguette I put in lengthwise and do 3x 250g per deck. All in all this is plenty for me and I am quite happy with it.

    Using a garden sprayer/insufficient steam retention- The oven seals very nicely, the steam vents work perfectly, the garden sprayer works very well (haven't blown the light yet....), and I am VERY satisfied with the crusts on the bread. I had spoken with one person who warned me that I would still be needing to use a dutch oven to obtain proper crust. No way!

    All in all I am extremely pleased with the Rofco 20. It is the right size for what I am doing and turns out great product!
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Five Star
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I’m very very pleased with my Rofco oven. It’s easy to use and the stone floor and ability to add water/steam make for great breads.
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Favorite tool
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I'm a big believer in having the proper tools for the job at hand. The Rofco is my favorite tool!
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Rofco B40 Bread Oven
    By on - Verified Buyer
    While I had the Rofco B40 for only a short time it has been great to bake in.. The only issue I am having is getting the right amount of moisture in so that my scoring opens and the crust develops properly. So far I have not figured this out! I look forward to continued baking and will. Update this post in a few months. IN ADDITION, I WANT TO GIVE A PLUG FOR THE FOLKS AT PLEASANT HILL GRAIN. THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT AT THE TIME OF MY ORIGINAL PURCHASE AND IN FOLLOW-UP CONVERSATIONS I HAVE HAD.
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  • Excellent Product & Service
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I run a small sourdough baking operation and rely heavily on my two Rofco B40s to get the job done. I went through PHG for both purchases - their customer service is second to none. Beautiful product, excellent customer support. Would highly recommend!
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