A wood burning pizza oven provides a unique and flavorful pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza! On the days when you are having a tough time figuring out what to eat, pizza is always a great choice. Pizza for breakfast, pizza for lunch and dinner, heck, even a snack between pizza meals! You can order from a zillion pizza restaurants or better yet, You can even make your own pizza at home. In fact, most would concur that if time and effort are permitting, pizza is always better when you make it at home!
If you have ever tried a wood fired pizza you are sure to have noticed that the pizza made in a wood burning pizza oven tastes completely and of course, pleasantly, different? Wonder why? Let me tell you. When the pizza comes in contact with the smoke from the wood you are using to cook your pizza, it completely changes the taste of the pizza and makes it more flavourful. The moisture escapes from the dough and the toppings just enough before its ready which makes your pizza more crispy and delicious with the toppings of your choice.
A wood burning pizza oven is usually designed with a low vaulted dome. The low vaulted dome design is meant to direct the wood burning flame evenly across the oven. If looking at purchasing a wood burning pizza oven, look for specs on the expansion joints. The expansion joints take the stress off of the dome when the oven is heated, allowing for years of good oven use. A thermometer can be fitted in the hearth to monitor oven temperatures. Always do your research online before visiting any dealers. Education always helps in identifying what it is you are looking for and not what someone else is pushing to sell.
The most important thing that needs to be understood before trying to make your pizza is how to build your fire. As with any fire, one must use well seasoned wood for the best results. While making the fire the door and the flue should be left open for approximately 40 minute. Slowly, the inside of the oven gets heated up and then fire is allowed to die down. You can select your own arrangement of fuel as per your requirements. Don’t forget to close the door and the flue as it steadies the temperature in the oven.
Temperatures of a wood burning pizza oven are hot!
A huge benefit of using wood to cook is the achievable temperature. While domestic ovens can reach temperatures of 500F, authentic pizza and other meals need much higher temperatures to be authentic. A fire fuelled by wood can do this safely and easily. Cooking at a higher temperature means lower cooking times. Review some recipies specifically for the wood burning pizza oven and experiment on your own.
Eating a pizza made by your own hand, built in your wood burning pizza oven, with your own recipes will give you a feeling like a purchased pizza can never provide.