Top Tips for Cooking Pizza in an Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven

My Top Wood Fired Pizza Oven Cooking Tips!

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Today, we will go through the best tips for cooking pizza in an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven.  If you’ve just bought an oven or are interested in using a wood fired pizza oven then these steps and tips will help cover any challenges you may face cooking pizza using one.  Let’s do it.

First off, the intense heat these ovens produce (usually around 700-900°F or 370-480°C) results in a quick cooking time—around 90 seconds to 3 minutes—which gives you that crispy, perfectly charred crust we really love.

The high temperatures allow for a faster cooking process, keeping the toppings fresh.

Understanding how to build and maintain a fire in your wood-fired oven is crucial.   To get those high temperatures you will need to ensure you heat up the oven well with the right fuel.  For wood pellet ovens you just need the pellets.  For real-wood ovens, use a combination of real wood, lump wood and kindling.  The wood must be very dry and use kiln-dried kindling if possible.

Check out my how to light a wood-fired pizza oven video here in the link above and below.

Have all your tools at the ready: your lighters, pellets, wood, lump wood, kindling, laser thermometer and protective oven gloves.

Make sure to give the oven enough time to preheat.  Pre-heat the oven so that the centre of the stone reaches approximately 450 Celsius – this temperature is important because the stone at the back will be hotter than at the front and so as you rotate your pizza, it will pick up the higher and lower heat levels for an even base cook

Experiment with your oven’s temperature range.  Practice adjusting the temperature by adding or reducing the amount of wood to achieve the desired heat for different pizza styles or other dishes.

Keep the toppings light and try not to overload them. This is because of the quick cooking time of the crust and base.

Use this pre-heat time to make your pizza.  You will also need to check on your fuel often too.

Once your pizza is ready, launch it into the wood-fired oven. Use a lightweight launch pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone. Rotate the pizza a few times during the cook so the pizza picks up the temperatures on the stone.  Also, to ensure that all areas of your crust have an opportunity to face the flames.  You can choose to rotate inside or outside of the oven.

Understand how the placement of your pizza in the oven affects its cooking. Pizzas closer to the fire will cook faster, while those further away may need a little bit more time.

Keep a close eye on your pizza—it cooks fast, and you don’t want to burn the crust so timing is key.  When it’s done, use the peel to retrieve it and enjoy!

After you’ve finished cooking for the day, wait for it to cool down and clean your wood-fired oven to remove ash and debris.  If you have debris on the stone, just turn it over and that debris will burn away underneath when you pre-heat the oven next time.

Using a wood-fired pizza requires a combination of basic wood management skills and pizza cooking skills to ensure that your pizzas come out the way you like them.  It may take a bit of practice to get it right at the beginning but you will soon develop your own style and technique that suits you and your cooking.

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