Congratulations on your new pizza oven! Below are some tips on getting started cooking with your new Pizza Oven.
Our team has been working on creating some helpful videos to get you started cooking. Here's a link to the playlist
, which can be very helpful in getting a feel for cooking on the pizza oven.
The first thing that you should know is that our Pizza Oven with Cart is powerful by design. It can reach low temperatures and incredibly high temperatures because different types of pizzas (or whatever you choose to cook in your oven) require different cooking temperatures. Most of your everyday cooking doesn't require the oven's highest settings. A good routine for starting out cooking is:
- Adjust your regulator fully open by turning it all the way to the right (this is the red knob on the propane hose). Then, adjust the regulator back (to the left) 1 1/2 turns to reduce the propane pressure.
- Turn on your rotating motor.
- Ignite your burner. Remember: you'll need to hold the burner knob in for 10-30 seconds for the burner to stay lit. Our pizza ovens are equipped with a safety system that will only allow propane to flow if the thermocouple in the burner is heated up. That ensures that propane will only flow if the burner was successfully ignited.
- Adjust your burner knob to high and let the Pizza Oven preheat for 12-15 minutes.
- After the initial heat-up time, adjust your burner knob to low.
This is a good starting point to cook pizzas, but you should adjust the burner knob according to your needs and the type of pizza you are cooking. It may be helpful to turn the burner to medium-high when launching a pizza and then turn it to low in between cooking.
Our ovens come with a thermometer to help gauge temperatures inside the cooking chamber. It can be helpful in knowing when your oven is in a good cooking heat zone, but there are some things you should be aware of. First, there might be a little latency reacting to temperatures. Because it is measuring the air temperature below the cooking stone, the stone might be a different temperature. Most customer find it helpful to start cooking as soon as the temperature indicator makes it to the orange cooking zone. However, it is very helpful to pair it with an infrared thermometer
to get the most accurate readings of the bottom stone.
Once you start cooking, give yourself some time to get used to how the oven works and what techniques give you the best results. Crust composition, thickness, and topping types are going to affect how your pizza cooks, so find what works for you. A couple of tips along the way are:
- If your bottom crust is cooking faster than your toppings (or you want your cheese to melt a bit more after the crust is finished), slide your peel under the pizza and lift it up towards the top stone for a bit. That will help the top of your pizza finish cooking without burning the bottom crust.
- If you're struggling to maintain a good cooking temperature, it's ok to turn your Pizza Oven to LOW between pizzas. That will give you time to assemble your next pizza. You can then adjust the burner to a higher setting after you launch your next pizza.