FAQ

How do I order an OFYR?

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What is the OFYR made of?

All OFYR cooking units are made to stand outside in all weather conditions.

The OFYR Classic (OC-100-100) and OFYR Classic Storage (OCS-100-100) come in three parts to complete the unit: a base, a cone and a cooking plate.

The base (83.8 lbs) and cone (50.7 lbs) of our units are made of weathering steel, called Corten steel, and will already show signs of corrosion when they arrive.  The corrosion process has not completed; meaning that the unit’s color will change over eight months to a year as the corrosion process progresses.  The natural layer of corrosion protects against rust perforation.

The cooking plate (125.7 lbs) is made of black carbon steel and will corrode if oil is not baked into it.  It is important to regularly season the cooking plate with oil, both its surface and its rim.

The OFYR Classic (OC-100-100) and OFYR Classic Storage (OCS-100-100) stand 39.5” tall and 38.5” wide.

 

What is the OFYR Classic Black (OCB-100-100) made of?

The OFYR Classic Black (OCB-100-100) is constructed from a rugged steel with a heat resistant matte finish. It also comes in three parts to complete the unit: a base, a cone and a cooking plate.

The base (70.5 lbs) and the cone (50.7 lbs) of these units are black heat resistant coated Corten steel.  The cooking plate (125.7 lbs) is made of black carbon steel and will corrode if oil is not baked into it.  It is important to regularly season the cooking plate with oil, both its surface and its rim.

The OFYR Classic Black (OCB-100-100) stands 39.5” tall and 38.5” wide.

 

How are the OFYR Classic (OC-100-100), OFYR Classic Black (OCB-100-100) and the OFYR Classic with Storage (OCS-100-100) assembled?

As the three pieces are heavy, it is recommended that two people lift and move these during installation.

Steps:

  1. Position the base on level ground, ensuring a safe distance from any flammable or heat-sensitive objects.

NOTE: OFYR Classic (OC-100-100) and OFYR Classic Black (OCB-100-100) have a draining hole for embers and water.  When placing the units on a wooden deck or flammable surface, place the OFYR over a piece of 12” x 12” paver stone or a non-flammable non-porous material.  This will prevent embers from creating a fire hazard during use, and will protect your decking surface when not in use.

  1. Place the cone on the base so that the bottom of the cone sits in the large circular hole of the base.  The cone can be adjusted in the hole to make it level.
  1. Place the plate on top of the cone. Two people should lift the plate, holding the inner ring. Be careful not to catch your fingers between the plate and the cone.  It is advisable to wear gloves.

 

What is an OFYR Island?

The OFYR Islands (OI-85-100 and OI-100-100) combine style and functionality in a compact design.  Like the OFYR Classics (OC-100-100, OCB-100-100 and OCS-100-100), the OFYR Islands are made from weathering steel, called Corten steel, and will already show signs of corrosion when they arrive.  The corrosion process has not completed; meaning that the unit’s color will change over eight months to a year as the corrosion process progresses.  The natural layer of corrosion protects against rust perforation.

The Islands include five pieces to complete the unit: a base (open to store firewood), a cone, a cooking plate, a tabletop and a utensil tray.

The OFYR Island (OI-85-100) includes a Corten steel base (198 lbs), cone (37.5 lbs) and tray (6.6 lbs).  The black carbon steel plate, 33.5” in diameter, is 97 lbs.  The tabletop (8.8 lbs) is made of rubberwood. This Island (OI-85-100) stands 39.3” tall and 65.7” wide.

The OFYR Island (OI-100-100) includes a Corten steel base (220 lbs), cone (50.7 lbs) and tray (6.6 lbs).  The black carbon steel plate, 40” in diameter, is 125.7 lbs.  The tabletop (11 lbs) is made of rubberwood. This Island (OI-85-100) stands 39.3” tall and 65.7” wide.

 

How are the OFYR Islands (OA-85-100 and OI-100-100) assembled? 

As the three main pieces (base, cone and plate) are heavy, it is recommended that two people lift and move these during installation.

Steps:

  1. Position the base on level ground, ensuring a safe distance from any flammable or heat-sensitive objects.

NOTE: When placing the units on a wooden deck or flammable surface, place the OFYR Island over paver stones or a non-flammable non-porous material.  This will prevent embers from creating a fire hazard during use, and will protect your decking surface when not in use.

  1. Place the cone on the base so that the bottom of the cone sits in the large circular hole of the base.  The cone can be adjusted to make it level.
  1. Place the plate on top of the cone. Two people should lift the plate, holding the inner ring. Be careful not to catch your fingers between the plate and the cone.  It is advisable to wear gloves.
  1. The accessory tray slides between the top and the side of the base. It is perfect for utensils and condiments.
  1. The rubberwood cutting board simply sits on the top of the base.

 

Why does my plate feel sticky?

The new plate can feel rather sticky, as it has already been treated with vegetable oil in our factory to form a protective layer for shipping and storage purposes.

 

What type of wood should I use?

To get the most enjoyment from your OFYR it is important to use the right type of firewood.  First and foremost, the wood must be dry.  Damp wood will be difficult to light and results in a lot of smoke.

A slow-burning hardwood is best: beech, oak, sugar maple or hickory.  Avoid using overly large logs, or air will not be able to circulate properly in the cone.  Also avoid using tropical hardwoods as these can cause OFYR to get too hot, which could cause damage to the cooking plate.

When lighting a fire, we recommend stacking the wood in a small “log cabin” shape.  This allows oxygen to circulate easily.  To help reduce smoke, position the wood with any bark facing towards the outside.

 

How do I prepare my OFYR for its first cook?

The cooking plate is made of black carbon steel and will corrode if oil is not baked into it.

When you light OFYR for the first time, it is important to start with a small fire and let it burn for 20-25 minutes before adding more fuel.  This allows the cooking plate to change its shape gradually as it heats.  Because the inner and outer edges of the plate heat up at different rates, it is normal that some distortion will occur.

  • After the fire has burned for 20-25 minutes, pour oil from the oilcan (OA-OC) on the plate several times.
  • Rub the oil into the surface using a cotton cloth.
  • Using a spatula (OA-SP) scrape all burned oil towards the middle into the fire.
  • After the fire is out, oil the plate once more while it is still warm to protect it against the elements.

Your OFYR is now ready to use.

 

What oil should I use to cook with?

It is best to use oil with a high smoking point such as olive oil or sunflower oil.

Once you light a fire and the plate starts to get warm, scrape the plate with a spatula (OA-SP) and remove any oil or grease left over from previous use.  You can then add new oil on the spot where you want to cook.  While cooking, add oil to the plate as needed.

 

How do I know when the cooking surface is hot enough?

Once the OFYR is lit, allow 30-45 mins for the plate to reach the maximum cooking temperature of 250°-500°F. The hottest area of the plate is towards the middle. The plate will bend slightly as it heats, causing a shallow dip towards its center. This does not affect the cooking process, and the plate will return to its normal shape once cooled.

 

What kinds of food can I cook on the OFYR?

All kinds! OFYR is great for steaks, seafood, veggies, stews, desserts and more.

Once you start cooking on OFYR, you will realize how easy it is to prepare delicious food.  The circular plate has a natural temperature gradient that allows precision cooking.  The optional grate (OA-G) fits perfectly over the inner ring of the plate allowing you to cook in pots or skillets.

 

Why does my food taste better on an OFYR?

The OFYR’s distinctive cone shape creates its own air circulation, which locks in natural juices and moisture into your food.  Cooking directly on the plate means no vapor caused by burned grease and requires less oil.

 

Will the OFYR stain the surface that it stands on?

During the first few months, some corrosive water may run down the base and cone staining the surface that it stands on.

Weathering refers to the chemical composition of Corten steel, allowing them to exhibit increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion compared to other steels.  This is because the steel forms a protective layer on its surface under the influence of the weather.

To protect surfaces, it is recommended to place a grill splatter mat beneath the base.  It is also recommended to pressure wash decks or patios.

 

How do I clean my OFYR?

OFYR is simple to clean and requires virtually no maintenance.   Use a spatula (OA-SP) to scrape food scraps and excess oil into the fire. Once the plate has cooled down to a lukewarm temperature, put vegetable oil on a cloth and wipe the plate thoroughly.  Ash can be easily removed from the cone using a metal dustpan and a brush, without removing the plate. Ensure that the ash is completely cooled when disposing of it.

 

How do I clean my butcher block?

Practical style OFYR Butcher Blocks (BBS-45-45-88 and BBS-45-90-88) include a solid wood cutting board for food preparation, a handy accessory tray and options for under-counter wood storage.  Made from rugged all weather Corten steel, it allows you to configure a modular outdoor kitchen that fits your needs.

It is important to clean the wood cutting board thoroughly to guarantee they last long.  Here are some great tips for making sure your board stays clean and gorgeous.

NOTE: It is recommended that the butcher block wood top be stored inside when not in use.

NOTE: Do not soak your wooden cutting board in water or put it in the dishwasher.  It can cause it to warp, split and/or crack.

 

What type of oils are safe to use on your butcher block?

Safe and recommended:

Mineral oil (sometimes called liquid paraffin) is a non-toxic, non-drying product derived from petroleum that is colorless, odorless, and flavorless. Its properties prevent water absorption, which makes food-grade mineral oil (as determined by the Federal Drug Administration) a popular choice for wooden kitchen items such as wooden spoons, bowls, cutting boards and butcher blocks. The key word here is food-safe, as there are types of mineral oils that are not safe for human consumption.

If you are worried about selecting the right mineral oil, products labeled as “white mineral oil” are considered food safe, as these are refined to a certain degree past other oils. Always make sure to carefully read the product’s labeling if you are unsure about its proper use. The safest route is to buy a mineral oil specifically blended for use on cutting boards.

Beeswax is also a popular choice for cutting board maintenance. It is a natural wax produced in the hives of honey bees and has a variety of applications. Use beeswax to hydrate, shine, and waterproof a cutting board.

You can buy conditioners in readily available bottles or melt one part beeswax and combine with four parts mineral oil in a pot to make your own blend.

 Coconut oils, that have been refractionated leaving an almost pure oil that will NOT go rancid, is shelf stable and is superior to most other oils for treating not just cutting boards, but your kitchen utensils, salad bowls and counter tops.

Here are some basic things you can use to clean your board:

  • Water
  • Lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda

To clean the board: After you are done cutting and dicing your meat, take the cutting board to the sink and wash it down with hot water and soap. Dry immediately and stand it up so that air can circulate on all sides.

To get rid of odors:   Wood surfaces can hang on to odors especially if you are chopping onions or garlic.  Wiping down the cutting board with white vinegar will remove these strong odors.  Once the board is dry, white vinegar has very little scent itself.

To remove stains:  Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface of the cutting board, then work it into the surface stains with a lemon, gentle sponge or wash cloth.  Rinse the board and dry it with a towel.

You can also use kosher salt into the board with a lemon for both stains and odor.  It is a natural abrasive and gentle.

Revitalize:  If your cutting board gets a lot of use and washing, they can start to look dull and dried out.  Replenish the wood using mineral oil—just apply a small amount with a very slightly damp rag.

 

Should I let the fire burn out or put it out?

Never leave your fire unattended.  To properly extinguish the fire, allow it to burn out or place the cover  (OA-CB-60) on top of the plate.

 

How often should I season the plate?

When the cooking plate is not in use for longer periods, we recommend treating it with oil every month to prevent corrosion.  Any corrosion that does develop can be removed using steel wool.

In the event of excessive corrosion, we recommend polishing its surface with a wire brush attached to a drill.  It is best to heat the cooking plate beforehand, to loosen up the layer of corrosion.

Once the cooking plate has been thoroughly polished, you will be able to wipe away the polishing residue with a cloth.  Once you treat the cooking plate with oil, it will be good as new again.

OFYR also offers two covers (OA-CB-85 and OA-CB-100). This is a perfect option to help cut down on cleaning the plate.

 

 Can you leave the OFYR in the rain?

OFYR can be left outdoors and uncovered in all weather conditions. The base improves with direct contact to the elements. The cooking surface, once burnt in, has a natural resistance to the elements. You should oil the plate once a month for optimal performance and to protect from all the elements.

 

How will the OFYR be delivered?

The OFYR will be delivered on a palletized box.  Standard shipping time frames apply.

 

Is the OFYR portable?

The OFYR comes in three parts—the base, cone and plate—which, makes it possible to move around easily. However, the cooking surface will require two people to lift it into place.

 

What is the warranty of the OFYR?

We offer a five-year warranty on the OFYR if purchased through us directly.