“The Harrison charcoal oven is simple in how it works. The complicated bit is how it works so well.”
Daniel Thumwood - Designer & Maker, Harrison Ovens
Created in London and hand-built in Kent, The Harrison charcoal oven is an oven unlike any other. It is an extremely high performing, charcoal oven that can also use wood. As such it can bring to the creative chef a breadth of cooking styles - from cold-smoking and ultra-low temperatures, through to a searing intensity of heat for very fast cooking.
Each Harrison is made to order by hand, which gives it a theatricality and character that to really understand, you also need to understand the craftsman behind the Harrison and the engineering skills he puts into building each oven.
THE BENEFITS OF USING A HARRISON CHARCOAL OVEN
Some of the benefits of using a Harrison Charcoal Oven are listed below; which should give you a good idea of why this beautiful charcoal oven is quickly becoming the most aspirational piece of kitchen equipment on the market.
SUPER-FAST COOKING TIMES
The Harrison Charcoal Oven can achieve heats of 300°C + in as little as half and hour This means that steaks and pizzas take just a few minutes, flatbreads and vegetables less than 60 seconds and whole ducks or chickens can be roasted in less than 30 minutes.
THE HEAT STAYS IN THE CHAMBER
Although the oven chamber gets very hot, the insulation in the door and walls means that the heat doesn’t escape out into the kitchen, which makes the Harrison a far more pleasant kitchen companion than other charcoal ovens or open grills.
MOISTURE AND FLAVOUR ENHANCEMENT
The engineering of the Harrison charcoal oven means that heat has four ways of getting into your food;
Unlike open or ceramic grills which only use direct heat; the thick, insulated stainless steel walls of The Harrison radiate heat from the embers, which creates an even, intense heat-source, which locks-in and enhances moisture and flavour.
The very British, refined engineering of the Harrison oven enables complete control over temperature, which empowers the creative chef to produce exquisite cuisine with precision. This controllability is the key ingredient in Harrison’s versatility,
From searing to roasting; baking to slow-cooking, hot smoking to cold smoking - everything that a conventional oven can do is achievable in the Harrison charcoal oven and more - but faster, with more moisture retention and an optional smoky note.
Furthermore, the temperature on top of the oven is perfect to rest steak, heat sauces and keep dishes warm during service.
ROBUST AND BUILT TO LAST
Each Harrison charcoal oven is handmade to order and built to last a lifetime. The simple but clever design of the oven means that there are not many moving parts, so very little maintenance is required - what adjustments are needed can be made within minutes with the use of a simple allen key (supplied).
Made of thick, high grade stainless steel; the Harrison Charcoal Oven can tolerate the most challenging of kitchen environments and, if used in the only in the home, can be handed down to generations of creative cooks.
ECONOMICAL ON FUEL
The Harrison charcoal oven’s ground-breaking design makes it the most economical on fuel-consumption on the market. The insulation and chamber dimensions mean that it is possible to run a full service on only 3kg of charcoal - that’s about £5 per service - 40% less charcoal consumption than an open grill.
Harrison Ovens are committed to sustainability and always advise our customers to use charcoal that is 100% sustainable from local forests. The most consistent of which we have found is from The Oxford Charcoal Company.
EASILY TRANSPORTABLE - INSIDE AND OUT
Weighing only 100kg, a Harrison charcoal oven can be easily transported anywhere. The optional wheeled cabinet has very sturdy wheels to enable to oven to be in the kitchen or moved outside for special summer events.
The size, weight and rust-proof outer also makes The Harrison a fantastic choice for food trucks and mobile catering - the perfect solution for outdoor kitchens, pop-ups, festivals, weddings, and any outdoor dining events.
The Harrison Charcoal Oven is as exceptionally beautiful to look at as it is high-performing.
Whether in an open kitchen or the gardens of a beautiful home or boutique hotel, a Harrison will beguile your guests and add a sense of theatre to any dining event it attends.