Installing and Curing Your Pizza Oven

Installing Your Pizza Oven

All materials for sticking and gluing the pizza oven dome in a big bag. Remove everything from the bag except the vermiculite.

Bags mark part 1 and part 2 in the same colors that need to be mixed.

Step 1:
Take the oven base and mark where the pizza oven will be placed.

Step 2:
Take the big bag of vermiculite and mix it with part one marked the same color. Add water to putty consistency.
Know to place it where you marked the base out with a small fall toward the door opening so that if it rains the water will always run out of the oven. Make it level from side to side and compact it.
Step two place your oven on the insolation screed that you just leveled and push some excess material underneath the base so that your pizza oven base is sitting steady. Stand on the base to see if it is secure and not moving side to side.

Step 3:
Mix part 1 of clay and part 2. Adding the white liquid(bonding liquid) (make sure it is still putty consistency) wet your base only where the oven is going to be placed. Know to take the mixture you just mixed and place it 3mm thick around the base where your oven will be placed. Know to place your oven on the base. Make sure the oven is placed exactly on the edges not overhanging. The base and oven should be a perfect fit. Take the rest of the mix with a scraper and fill gaps if any on the inside of the oven and the outside what's left.

Step 4:
Use the grout and add water and the rest of the bonding liquid to a Polyfilla consistency. The grout around your base of the oven and below the base to smooth out the bottom of the oven base.
Take a cloth and clean around the oven where you left clay or grout. Extra paint for touch-up you can use if necessary to paint if you scratched the oven to touch up.

Congratulations you have installed your pizza oven.

Know you need to wait for 5 days so materials dry then you can start curing your oven.

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!

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