Is it safe to use a Roccbox in a garage? The short answer is no, it’s not recommended due to a myriad of safety concerns, which we’ll go over below.
The Gozney Roccbox is a portable pizza oven designed strictly for outdoor use because it poses real health hazards when used in enclosed spaces. So, unless you know what you’re doing, you should never use the Roccbox indoors, including in a garage.
That said, there’s actually more to this question than a simple yes or no. Stick around as we dive into the specifics of why using your Roccbox in a garage might not be the best idea, as well as how you can theoretically do it if you have to.
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Manufacturer’s Guidelines for Roccbox Use
Gozney (the brand) designed the Roccbox to be used outdoors with very few exceptions.
At its core, a pizza oven is a heating device that burns fuel and gives off smoke and gasses as a byproduct. Because of this, the Roccbox needs to be used in an open space. This is why Gozney makes it very clear in the Roccbox user manual that it should never be used indoors.
Here is what Gozney has to say about using the Roccbox indoors, as per their manufacturer guidelines:
Never operate this appliance in enclosed areas. Failure to follow these instructions could result in fire or explosion which could cause property damage, personal injury or death. Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas which can be produced when the device isn’t receiving enough ventilation. We therefore recommend using the gas and wood burners in a well-ventilated area away from direct wind and to never cover the oven mouth.Roccbox User Manual
“Never operate this appliance in enclosed areas. Failure to follow these instructions could result in fire or explosion which could cause property damage, personal injury or death. Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas which can be produced when the device isn’t receiving enough ventilation. We therefore recommend using the gas and wood burners in a well-ventilated area away from direct wind and to never cover the oven mouth.“
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Potential Hazards and Risks of Using the Gozney Roccbox in a Garage
Using your Roccbox in a garage isn’t just against the manufacturer’s guidelines, it also introduces a number of safety risks. One of the primary concerns is the potential for fire.
Garages very often have things lying around and in storage that are flammable, like paint, gasoline, and cleaning supplies. With the high temperatures that a Roccbox can reach, there’s an ever present risk of these materials igniting if they’re too close to the oven.
Another significant risk is the buildup of harmful gasses, like I mentioned earlier. When the Roccbox is lit and in use, it produces harmful gasses like carbon monoxide. In an open-air environment, these gasses aren’t able to linger around long enough to be breathed in.
But, in a tight area like a garage, these gasses can build up fast, which is why it’s a bad idea to use your Roccbox in one.
Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because you can’t see it or smell it, and it doesn’t take long for it to build up to dangerous levels. This means you might not even know these gasses are building up until it’s too late.
This warning is in line with the CDC guidelines for using gas or wood powered heating devices indoors or in enclosed spaces:
“Carbon Monoxide (CO) is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it… Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a build up of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper.” (source)
Possible Ways to Mitigate These Risks
If you’re determined to use your Roccbox in a garage, there are ways to lessen these risks:
- First, ensure good ventilation. Open the garage door and any windows to let fresh air in and harmful gasses and smoke out.
- Second, keep the oven away from combustible materials. This includes not just obvious items like gasoline, but also less obvious ones like cardboard boxes or cloth rags.
- Lastly, always monitor the oven while it’s in use. By keeping a watchful eye on it, you can quickly spot and address any potential issues before they escalate.
Also, never let children or pets near the Roccbox while it’s in use. This applies to indoor or outdoor use, but it’s especially important if it’s being used anywhere near your home or garage. If the Roccbox were to be knocked over while in use, it could quickly start a fire and burn whatever (or whoever) is nearby.
Pizzerias Do It Differently
You’ve probably noticed that most pizzerias, especially ones with gas or wood-fired pizza ovens, have complex ventilation systems installed. There’s actually a very good reason for this.
These systems are there to safely direct away heat and any gasses produced when burning fuel, like carbon monoxide. This keeps the air in the pizzeria safe to breathe and comfortable for both the staff making the food and you, the customer.
So, while it might seem like a harmless idea to fire up your Roccbox in the comfort of your garage or kitchen, without a similar setup, you could be exposing yourself and others to serious risks.
While there’s a scarcity of specific expert opinions or user experiences about using a Roccbox in a garage, the general consensus among experts is clear: it’s safer to use pizza ovens outdoors. This not only ensures safety but also enhances your Roccbox experience.
So to sum it all up, while it’s technically possible to use a Roccbox in a garage, it’s not recommended due to the potential safety hazards. So, when you’re in the mood for a delicious, homemade pizza, take your Roccbox outside. This will let you enjoy the pizza, as well as the peace of mind knowing you’re not putting yourself or your loved ones at risk!