First Pizza in Wood Fired Oven of the Alfresco season

It’s been a lovely start to the spring season, the weather has been unseasonably warm, so it was about time I fired the wood fired oven up for a quick couple of pizzas for my family.

It’s always difficult after you haven’t fired an oven in anger for a while as it builds up moisture over the winter and everything takes a while longer to heat up.

Still it was a good start to the year with a couple of pepperoni pizzas, but the light fades so quickly, so caught the first pizza in near dark conditions.

I’m looking forward to a great season of eating outdoors, hope you are too.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Wood fired pizza ovens are commonly known as Forno, in Italian, or simply just wood ovens. These ovens are usually built as outdoor pizza ovens and make use of wood fuel when it comes to cooking. When looking at pizza ovens, there are actually two types. These are white ovens and black ovens. The difference between these two ovens is that the one uses wood and the other uses a bi-product fuel, gas. In order to heat up a black oven you need to insert wood in the chamber. Food is then cooked in the same chamber next to where the fire is simmering. It can be done this way or when the oven is nice and hot, the embers can be removed or scraped aside and the food can be inserted to cook.
    Chris

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  2. Marcus

    …always love seeing the dishes you create in your outdoor cooking. A big bonus seeing your Wood-fired oven doing it’s thing in 2012.

    Regards…

    Terry

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  3. Posted by Keith lard on March 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    A wood burning oven like yours is all very admirable but always remember health and safety should come first particularly when small children and invalids are in the garden. I would recommend keeping a large bucket of water or sand close at hand. Wear fireproof gloves and pants at all times.

    Remember fire kills but smoke kills quicker

    Enjoy your day

    Keith Lard (ChorleyHSExe, retired)

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  4. jealous! Husband and I are now talking about a smoker and a wood fired oven, but where to place them? Obvious place is on the patio near the kitchen, but presumably they have to be a certain distance from the house and the neighbour’s fence and the tree?!

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    • Yeah go for it, you’ll not regret it, the food you can create is out of this world.
      The only problem would be the smoke? lots you can do to minimise this, but inviting the neighbour round for a share of the spoils usually gets them on board.
      Have a look here for some ideas.

      And you only have to ask for advice.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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  5. This is so neat! Do you have a post that is a tour of your house? All the snippets look so cool!

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  6. How lucky are your family then eh?!

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  7. Ohm!!! I dream of wood-fired-oven! Yours looks perfect!

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  8. Posted by Rich361 on March 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Great to see the Oven fired up again! Can’t wait to see more recipes you do in the oven… PS we use your Pizza dough recipe all the time…

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    • Hi Rich, yeah it’s that season, got lots of moisture to drive off.
      Glad you like the pizza dough, pop back to the new Wood Oven Board and show us your oven in action, would love to see it.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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      • Posted by Rich361 on March 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

        Hey Marcus,
        Just transferred my post… whew!! Will be posting something soon!

        Love the look of that dirty steak!.. May have to try that!!

        Getting into your summer… and our winter… Will be watching blog with envy while your the sun!

        Cheers

        Rich

  9. I can smell the crust on that pizza! What a great oven you’ve build!

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  10. That oven is terrific 😉

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    • Thanks, it took some warming up, but will be in constant use over the summer now, and am building a covered area over it where we can cook and eat all year.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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