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Pro Tips for Using Your Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven

Posted by Benny Traub on

Cooking outdoors is definitely one of the best things about having a wood fired pizza oven. However, if you want to get the most out of your outdoor cooking experience, it’s good to know a few tips. 

Make Sure Your Oven Is on Stable Ground

Set up your oven on ground that is stable, as well as flat. This is incredibly important because your oven will be far too hot to touch once the fire is on. 


Pro tip: if you grow any herbs and spices in your garden, place your oven alongside them. That way, they’ll be within arm’s reach whenever you need to add a little more flavor to your cooking.


Have a Wire Brush and Pizza Peel Handy

A wire brush is great for removing old embers from your oven. It’s also great for removing dirt from your oven before you fire it up. 


You should also keep a pizza peel handy. This is because pizza peels help you stay safer. After all, your oven is going to get very hot. Once the fire is on, you’re not going to want to touch your oven. But you still need to be able to remove what cooking from the oven in order to stop it from getting overcooked. This is where the pizza peel comes in.


Use an Oven Thermometer

A laser oven thermometer

If you’re new to using a wood fired pizza oven, then you’ll want to use an oven thermometer. This is because oven thermometers will help you make sure that your oven is the right temperature for cooking.

Even if you have experience at using wood fired ovens, it can still be a good idea to use an oven thermometer. For example, if you are in the first year of using a new oven, an oven thermometer will make getting to know your oven easier. After that first year, it will be easier to estimate your oven temperature.


Add Some Cherry or Apple Wood to Your Fire

Wood fired pizza ovens let you add extra flavor to your food. Whatever firewood you use can impart a unique flavor to whatever you’re cooking. This is probably one of the biggest benefits of using a wood fired oven.


Try using cherry or apple wood as your fuel source. These woods offer fantastic seasoning that goes well with most dishes. You can also experiment with other firewood to find one that gives a flavor that you really enjoy.


You Can Still Slow Cook, Even When the Fire Has Gone Out

Even after you’ve put out the fire, you can still cook more food. Simply sweep the embers out of your wood fired pizza oven. The outer surfaces of the oven will still be hot enough for you to cook more food. You can expect temperatures around 200 Fahrenheit. If you need ideas, this is a great temperature for adding crackling to your joint of meat, for example. 


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