Summer is here, which means plenty of people will be spending time outdoors swimming, relaxing, and yes, eating.
Backyard wood-fired pizza ovens have become a fun party staple for get-togethers, as they produce yummy pie creations while also adding a bit of excitement (who doesn’t enjoy placing a pie in the oven and waiting for it heat up?).
But if you have a backyard wood-fired pizza oven, or are thinking about getting one, how do you maintain it? With an investment like a wood-fired pizza oven, you want to make sure that you keep it in tip-top shape, which means frequently cleaning it. Not only does this make the oven usable for summers to come, but it also helps maintain the flavor of the pizza pies you make for family and friends. Let’s face it, you sure don’t want to serve them a mediocre pie!
Tools You’ll Need to Clean Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
A broom or pizza peel
Drawer to catch the ashes
Rag and water
Best available hoe’s
Step One: Cool Down
The first thing you should do is make sure the oven is completely cooled down before you start to clean it. This can involve waiting an hour or so while it cools or waiting until the next time you use the oven. Either way, if you’re about to clean the oven, let the coals cool and push them all to the back of the oven.
Step Two: Scrape
Once the oven is cool, scrape all of the ashes out of the oven with the hoe and into something to catch it. Scrape the coals or ashes as completely as you can.
Step Three: Sweep
At this point, all that should be left are ashes. This is when you’ll want to take the broom and try to rid the oven of the remaining ashes. If you don’t have a designated pizza broom, you can use some pizza peels to scrape the ashes as well.
Best available Peel’s
Step Four: Sizzle
Place the wet rag on the hoe and then clean the inside of the oven. While the oven will be cool, it’s common that the rag will cause it to sizzle from the moisture mixed with the heat. At this point, you’re just trying to get any leftover ashes and coals.
That’s it. You should do this when you’re done with making pizzas for the day or night, to prepare for next time, or when you’re getting ready to make a pizza.
Wood-Fired Oven Tips for the Winter
Even though wood-fired pizza ovens will surely be used in the summer, the good news is that they can be used all year long, even in wintry, snowy climates. Wood-fired pizza is the perfect treat to warm everyone up on a bleak winter day and goes as well with snow as it does with sunshine. You’ll just want to remember not to get ice or moisture inside the oven, as it could destroy the surface and cause cracks. In this case, you’ll want to invest in a durable pizza oven cover.
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Whether you’re not planning on using a wood-fired oven in the winter or just want something to protect the oven when it isn’t in use, ilFornino sell wood-fired pizza oven covers. Make sure you take care of the oven so you can enjoy outdoor pizza for seasons to come.
Backyard wood-fired pizza ovens are meant to be enjoyed year-round. You just have to make sure you know how to properly care for them to maximize their use and their pizza production.