There is a technique to lighting a pizza oven which, once you have mastered it, will only take about 20 minutes to get the oven up to a reasonable cooking temperature 350ºC or 660ºF. To improve your overall cooking experiences just follow the steps presented below and along with our recommendations.
Try not to use paper as this causes a fine ash to blow around the oven.
Always use log wood and kindling. (Not treated wood)
WARNING: Do not use any form of accelerants such as petrol, kerosene or paraffin as it is extremely dangerous.
Once the oven is lit, keep it away from infants and young children.
• Small size Kindle
• Medium sized kindle
• Matches or Lighter
• Cardboard, dry leafs, tree bark
• Larger pieces of wood
• Metal Tongs
• Pizza Peel
• Coal rake
• Heatproof oven glove
Using two pieces of medium sized kindle (1cm diameter) lay vertical (5 inches apart), then lay horizontal the smaller kindle on top leaving a little space underneath to add small pieces of card board or paper. (Blow if required)
Once the fire has started, continue to burn small pieces (2-3 cm diameter) of dry wood in the center of the oven and add larger pieces (5-6 cm diameter) on top. Give around 15-20 minute to get the pizza oven to a hot Temperature.
Once you feel strong heat radiating through the walls of the pizza oven, the temperature is high enough to start baking. 350ºC or 660ºF is a great temperature to bake them fast and crispy. The pizza will need between 5-10 minutes to cook at this Temperature.
Using a pizza rake, push the embers and the fire to the back & sides of the oven so that the center and front areas of the oven are cleared.
Your pizza oven is now ready to use. (Enter the pizza straight away while the base is hot)
Using a pizza peel, introduce your pizza into the oven. Use tongs to add more wood to the fire as required.
You will need to keep an eye on your pizza while it’s cooking so it does not burn. Using the pizza peel keep rotating the pizza every few minute so the pizza cooks evenly.
Using the pizza rake, rake the fire back in to the center of the oven and add more wood (allow to burn for a few minutes) and then rake the fire once again to the very back of the oven. This will help to keep the base of the pizza oven a perfect cooking temperature for your next pizza to go in. Repeat as often as required to cook your perfect pizza, adding some more wood using some tongs to maintain the heat.