Most of us think of our neighborhood pizzeria or café when we hear the term wood-burning pizza oven. But things are changing. And the wood-burning appliance is making its way into homes everywhere. Just to clarify, there are two types of wood-burning ovens. The custom wood-burning pizza oven and a portable wood burning oven. The custom wood-burning oven is the kind you see in high-end homes. They are brick or stone and built into a kitchen space. It must be built in accordance with safety regulations. And often includes a fire suppression system and a range hood. The extra requirements help stop the spread of fire.
The custom units have a rather large price tag and require additional planning from an architect or contractor. They are usually made with brick and lined with special stones and flame retardant material. It’s not uncommon for some of the high-end ovens to have built-in steam functions to create world class breads and pizzas.
Why a portable Wood burning pizza oven?
Portable wood-burning pizza ovens are a lot less pricey than the custom hand-crafted units. They are very popular among pizza aficionados. Mostly because of the natural flame which creates a unique smoky flavor. They are known for producing extremely high heat. Some units can reach well over 900 degrees.
The ovens’ natural stone floor and walls creates an incredible thermal mass. The unit can retain high heat and distribute it evenly. The technology makes delicious and crispy crust every single time.
There have always been great debates among pizza makers as to which pizza ovens are the best. Although it’s a matter of preference. Many home cooks like the flavor and speed of a wood-burning pizza oven. The smoke from the wood creates a delicious flavor that you just can’t find in gas powered pizza ovens.
Some consider the wood burning method more energy efficient. Plus it’s better for the environment. Wood ovens do not use propane, natural gas, or electricity. Which conserves energy usage and saves money. Wood, depending on where you get it from, is relatively cheap or free.
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