4 tips on cleaning woodfired pizza ovens

Woodfired pizza ovens are amazing things to have especially if you love making your own pizza at home. It surely brings that rustic countryside feel to your home.

Cleaning them is also a breeze. Here are a few tips to help you keep your oven in tip-top shape.

Have the right tools for the job

Before you start cleaning, you have to make sure that you have the right set of tools to get the job done. Here are some of the cleaning tools that you absolutely can’t do without:

  • Shovel and pail
  • Copper wire brush
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Long handled brush

Though each firing of woodfired pizza ovens acts as a “self-cleaning” mode, sometimes there will be stubborn stains that need much more attention. This is where the cleaning tools come in handy.

Let it sit first

Before you do start cleaning, you have to make sure that the oven has completely cooled down. This may seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people do forget that outdoor wood fired pizza ovens can stay pretty hot for long periods of time. Cleaning a hot oven is only asking for injury.

After using the oven, let it cool down to room temperature first before cleaning. Depending on the type of oven that you have, this can take overnight to about a full day.

Remove ash and soot regularly

Ash and soot will build up over time, especially if you use your woodfired pizza ovens fairly often. This can impact the oven’s performance in the long run. Soot and ash buildup can hinder an oven from heating up properly. This can also affect the flavor and taste of the pizza.

Brush off the ash on the oven floor using the long-handled brush for hard to reach corners. You can use the brush to remove soot too. This is usually enough to remove most of it, but for particularly stubborn buildups, you can use a cloth dipped in water to wipe it off. Visit us at Fontana Forni USA

Collected ash can then be added into the compost. They can also be used to melt ice as a replacement for salt during winter.

Get rid of food and grease stains

Food and grease stains are inevitable. But, they are pretty easy to clean.

One easy fix is firing up the oven to about 370 degrees Celsius. This will burn off most of the grease and food residue. You can use the copper wire brush or a scraper to remove hardened stubborn residue. Just be careful when scrapping to avoid damaging the oven floor.

For larger grease stains, use a damp cloth to wipe on the stain to loosen it. Do not let it soak, though. The water, when absorbed, will cause cracks on the brick oven floor. Again, make sure to do this when the oven is completely cool to avoid burns.

Do not use detergent, as it could affect the taste of the food as well as pose a serious health risk.

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