How to Light and Heat Up a Wood Fired Pizza Oven! Ooni Karu 12G | Step by Step Guide.Hi and welcome to our learning-to-cook pizza journey! This video is a step-by-step guide to help how to light a wood-fired pizza oven and we use an Ooni Karu 12G for this purpose. This isn't a sponsored video and I bought this oven - this is an independent review of how to fire up an oven - hope it helps!
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Hi! Welcome back and today, we’ll be walking you through the step-by-step process of lighting up the Ooni Karu 12G wood-fired pizza oven. Let’s get started!
I’ve placed my Ooni Karu 12G on a sturdy, wooden foldable table and added my stainless steel preparation board on top giving me a perfect temporary cooking setup for the wood-fired pizza oven.
Here, I’ve placed out all my materials. You’ll need high-heat oven gloves, kiln-dried kindling, charcoal lumpwood and I use a butane gas burner to start off the fire.
Lighting a pizza oven using lump wood charcoal, a butane gas burner, and kindling involves a few steps to ensure an effective and efficient fire. Here’s how:
First, we need to prepare the oven to make sure the chimney vent is in place, the grate is clean and the oven is ready to get hot.
Next, I get some lump wood charcoal and arrange a layer into the grate whilst it’s outside the oven. I will need to slip this grate through the oven to the back where the grate sits.
I add a bit more lump wood to the grate and then add a few pieces of kindling. I place the kindling on top of the lump wood charcoal – they vary a little in size but most are about 5” in length and 1” to 2” in width. I only add a few at this point this ensures there is enough air circulation. The kindling heats up the lump wood charcoal and I light the kindling with the gas burner. Also, make sure at this point that the grate lid can close.
If you have some natural firelighters, you can place one or two on top of the kindling. They’ll help ignite the kindling.
Carefully hold the gas burner flame to the kindling. This will ignite the kindling and start the process of heating the charcoal.
Allow the kindling to catch fire and begin to burn. This process may take a few minutes, depending on the size and dryness of the kindling but if you add a natural firefighter this speeds up the process.
Once the kindling is burning well, monitor the flame every few minutes. It’s important to keep an eye on the fire. When the kindling has burnt down, just add some more kindling and lump wood charcoal as needed. Maintain a steady fire, and give it some time to reach the optimal cooking temperature.
While the oven heats up, take this time to stretch out your pizza dough and prepare your sauce and toppings.
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Okay, so 30 minutes later we have an oven that is ready to cook pizza! Once the charcoal is hot and the oven is at the desired temperature, you can start cooking your pizzas. I would recommend adding some new kindling pieces to the grate a few minutes before you launch your pizza. This will give you a large flame ready for your cook.
Keep an eye on the temperature inside the oven. You’re aiming for around 800-900°F (427-482°C) for that perfect Neapolitan-style pizza. Use an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature centre of the stone. If you have overheated your stone and it has reached temperatures in excess of 480c in the centre of the stone, open the door to cool the stone down for a few minutes or for an instant reduction in stone temperature place a cast iron pan on the stone for 30 seconds.
Once the oven has reached the perfect temperature, we are ready to cook! I use a wooden pizza peel to launch the pizza into the oven. And there you have it – a wood-fired pizza cooked in the Ooni karu 12G pizza oven! The most important tips are to ensure that the wood is very dry and I use restaurant-quality lump wood charcoal. Those are your key fuels to heat up the oven; they must be good enough for that job!
That’s it, – I hope you’ve enjoyed this step-by-step guide on how to light the Ooni Karu 12G wood-fired pizza oven and here’s to cooking lots of delicious wood-fired pizza!
And that’s it!
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