BlogHow Wood-Fired Brick Ovens Work - Jul 6, 07:42 PM
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted pizza straight out of a wood-fired brick oven. Wood-fired pizza is soft, fresh, and tasty. It’s also better for your health compared to pizza baked in gas ovens. Wood-fired brick ovens don’t waste valuable energy or give off harmful fumes that may cause respiratory issues. They’re designed to retain heat and to bake bread, roasts, casserole dishes, cake, or pizza the old fashioned way – with a live fire!
Because wood-fired brick ovens have circular floors and parabolic ceilings, the heat from the fire is reflected down to the food under the dome. The way it works is that the walls of the oven absorb the radiant heat from the fire, and then slowly give off the heat effectively and evenly onto the food. The oven door stays open so you can easily handle the food while it’s being cooked or baked. Wood-fired brick ovens are commonly used for pizza. When you put the pizza in the oven with a peel (a long circular tool that lets you handle the pizza when it’s hot), the crust will start cooking right away. After about 40 seconds, rotate the pizza with the peel to make sure it cooks evenly. Wait 40 more seconds, and – viola! – you have a delicious rustic-looking pizza ready to be eaten! Yes, it takes only about 1 minute and 20 seconds to cook a pizza with a wood-fired brick oven. That’s a fraction of the time it takes to make a pizza in a gas oven!
Not only does it take very little time for a pizza to cook in a wood-fired brick oven, you can also retain heat to cook other things later! When you’re finished cooking with a live fire or hot coals, the oven can retain the heat for hours and hours. You can use the retained heat to cook beans, stews, and small roasts. Wood-fired brick ovens are an excellent alternative to gas ovens and slow cookers!
The best part is that, with a wood-fired brick oven, you don’t even have to clean it! Well, you do have to sweep out the ash, but you don’t need to scrub out the grease! It’ll just burn up in the oven’s hearth. Wood-fired brick ovens are interesting, environmentally friendly, economical, and easy to use. It’s a wonder gas ovens are still around nowadays!
Sometimes ancient technology is the way to go. Wood-fired brick ovens have served us well for many centuries, and they’re not changing or going anywhere anytime soon!