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A pizza fairy tale

Once upon a time, there lived a modest old beancounter in the desert, and he had three sons who each set out to make his mark on the world.  The eldest son played a small part in the exploration of outer space.  The middle son played a small part in an organization that gives away magic that makes life easier for half the people in the world every day.  But the youngest son solved one of the pressing problems of our time:  He created a magic item that allows pizza to be reheated in the microwave and come out with crisp crust and melted cheese.

... OK, I could spin a longer tale involving taming a dragon to roast pizza and the king offering the hand of his daughter, but frankly I have no interest in a princess’s hand or any other part thereof and need to stop writing this and get back to the whole space thing, so let me cut to the chase:  My brother is trying to raise enough money on Kickstarter to manufacture his pan, which he calls the Reheatza.  I suspect that a large fraction of people I know have always wanted to be able to reheat a pizza properly without firing up a huge oven, or reheat a pizza at work or in a con suite, and might consider pre-ordering a Reheatza if they only knew about it.  I haven’t seen his prototype in person, but his video on Kickstarter of toasting a marshmallow is very convincing.  He needs to find roughly a thousand people who will pre-order by next month, but has reached less than a hundred in the first week, and there must be millions of people who would like this if it were ever made.  So I wanted to do what little I can to help spread the word.  I want to live in a world where pizza is on the list of things it's a good idea to microwave.

Also maybe to brag a little about my half brother’s accomplishment.  Who’d have guessed that whatever creative and artistic genes I may possess came from the accountant’s side of the family?



OK, this is totally fascinating. I met one of your brothers, who came to visit in Palo Alto, but I don't remember which one. Is it this one?

But how BIG is it? It's hard to tell from the pictures. I would have to make an account on kickstarter to ask this question. Maybe I will, maybe I'll back it, I dunno. But I want to know the size before I back it and maybe get something I don't want.

Bigger than a breadbox, apparently. From the "How to Make Toast" and "Grilled Cheese" videos and the still shots thereof, it looks like the radius is twice the cross section of a standard breadbox across, assuming a breadbox is a bit larger than a loaf of bread. You can also compare it to the size of one standard marshmallow or a man's hand (probably about the same size as mine) by watching the other videos. It also looks like it's bigger in area than two pizza slices (of some unknown radius -- does pepperoni come in a standard diameter?) with maybe almost enough room to fit another one sideways. It also looks like it's the same size as the rotating glass dish in whatever kind of microwave he's demoing it with. You can send them a question or back it and post a comment if you want the exact dimensions. I didn't get a chance to see one in person, even though I happened to be in town for our brother-in-law's birthday just before the Kickstarter campaign launched. But then, I've never seen a breadbox either.

You may have met my full brother, Steve. Joe would have been a kid then. He appears three minutes into the video at the top of the Kickstarter page.

As a bit of Kanefsky family trivia, I'm pretty sure none of the three of us would consider the pizzas pictured to be fit to eat: me because it has meat, Steve because it has any toppings whatsoever beyond cheese (and tomato sauce), and Joe because it contains a green vegetable. Joe's half sister would consider eating it, because it's not a sandwich.
I had in mind your asking your brother for a measurement in inches, actually. I can tell generally the sizes of things by looking as you did. But the picture of the family eating pizza made me think it was bigger than the other pictures, so I wanted to get a measurement.
I asked on KS about the dimensions and whether the family eating pizza was a stock photo as I suspected. My brother (or maybe his friend and business partner) replied:

The diameter is 10.25 inches (26 cm) and it is 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) tall.
We are currently working on the final lid design and will be increasing the height to 3 inches (7.6 cm) to accommodate taller foods (We had a few issues in testing with things like cinnamon rolls and deep dish pizza actually touching the bottom side of the lid)

Yep, that was a stock photo. Not the actual product itself. The pan itself reliably fits about 1 large slice, 2 medium slices, or 2 - 3 small slices. sm/med/large, of course not really a standardized measurement, but for this instance we are going off the sizes for a typical national chain: Pizza Hut.