Curing Your Pizza Oven
Why is pizza oven curing important?
Its important to cure your pizza oven because water is trapped in the oven walls when the oven is cast.
To get rid of the moisture you want to gradually heat up the pizza oven and let it cool down slowly to get rid of the moisture. If you heat your oven too fast the moisture will set out to steam and crack the oven.
The best way to cure your oven is by building small, controlled, smoldering fires inside the dome. You can adjust how hot they burn based on their size and how much fuel you add to them.
Here’s the recommended day-by-day process of curing your oven:
Day One: Heat your oven to 140 °F / 60 °C for 4-5 hours.
Day Two: Repeat at 215 °F / 100 °C for 4-5 hours.
Day Three: Repeat at 300 °F / 150 °C for 4-5 hours.
Day Four: Repeat at 400 °F / 200 °C for 4-5 hours.
Day Five: Repeat at 480 °F / 250 °C for 4-5 hours.
What about cracks
Due to heating and cooling the pizza oven hairline cracks may appear. Cracks won’t affect your pizza oven performance and all refractory material crack because of thermal expansion.
Do & don’ts
- Never wash your pizza oven or oven floor wit h water or any liquid soap, this will cause the oven to absorb moisture.
- The pizza oven maximum operating temperature is 400 degrees Celsius ; you would never have the heat to oven to this temperature either.
- Never throw wood into your oven this might crack your ;pizza oven walls.
How do I build a fire in my pizza oven?
To build a fire in your pizza oven stack your wood in a square in front of your oven adding your burning fuel in the middle, put another piece of wood at the bottom and push your fire wood to the back of your pizza oven.
Operating temperatures for baking pizzas is around 300 to 350 degrees Celsius. If dry firewood is used the pizza oven temperature would be ready to use within 25 - 35 min after starting the fire.
Cooking a pizza takes between 120 - 180 seconds. Make sure you have roaring fire in the pizza oven to bake pizzas evenly from to the top via the reflective heat from the fire.
For dishes that require roasting or slow cooking and baking bread, you only need a bed of hot coals in the pizza oven. Remember to close the pizza oven door to retain the heat and inside temperature.
Have fun cooking!