Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has launched  the Josper HJX38, a countertop charcoal oven.

Built to withstand the considerable heat generated by charcoal, the HJX38 “offers a wonderful cooking experience and utilises the natural smoky flavour of the larger models in the portfolio”, according to Jestic.

With an hourly output of between 6-8kg, this countertop model features space for two large 58cm x 34cm grill racks, to aid versatility and cooking potential.

With a heat-up time of 25 minutes and each load of charcoal lasting up to seven hours, Jestic said the appliance is “capable of cooking delicious food through even the longest shift”.

As with the majority of the ovens in the Josper range, the HJX38 features a heavy-duty, pull-down door complete with thermometer, meaning the cooking chamber is contained during the cooking process.

By reaching temperatures of up to 350°C, cooking times are considerably reduced, claimed the firm.

Michael Eyre, culinary director at Jestic, said: “The Josper brand is one that commands a loyal following of chefs, foodservice operators and consumers alike. Often listed on everything from pub to fine-dining restaurant menus, the brand conjures up thoughts of summer BBQs, natural cooking and wonderful, indulgent flavours.”

With many of the models in the portfolio featuring a large, freestanding design, those with limited facilities or space were often restricted to the appliances they could use. Jestic said the new Josper HJX38 provides the answer, offering the same technique, taste and texture, but in a tabletop design.

Capable of being positioned on an 850mm-900mm high counter, the HJX38 includes a firebreak as standard and features a footprint of just 710 x 450mm (w/d) meaning this model can be positioned under a standard 1,100mm deep extraction canopy.