The best fuel for a pizza oven is kiln dried hardwood, this is because kiln dried hardwood is very dry and offers a clean burn, with low smoke and a high heat.
It’s important that the kiln dried wood is kept in a dry place before use, as any moisture will impact on the efficiency of the burn.
The hot and clean burn from kiln dried wood allows for quick and even baking which creates a fantastic pizza. Kiln dried wood also produces less ash and ember spitting which makes it easier to work with whilst cooking.
All kiln dried hardwood is good for pizza ovens, this is because kiln dried hardwood is very dry and burns quickly, cleanly and provides the high level of smokeless heat needed to cook a pizza.
The best way to heat a wood fired pizza oven is to use kiln dried ash wood and light it with some kindling and natural firelighters. Kiln dried ash produces a clean burn with a high heat and low smoke.
After the fire is extinguished, the oven can reach around 800 Fahrenheit. That’s the optimal temperature for cooking thin, crispy pizzas in a round 90 seconds. Less crispy pizzas cook at 575 degrees.
To cook a pizza, the stone oven should be preheated to at least 550 degrees and some even recommend 700F
A fire is lit inside the oven. The heat generated heats up the internal mass of the oven, the oven is designed to retain heat and radiate it over the cooking area. The best pizza ovens retain their heat for long periods. Pizza and bread are placed directly on the oven floor to bake.
Ashby logs sell kiln dried wood in bags, bulk bags or extra-large crates. The wood is delivery nationally across the UK. Kiln dried ash is ideal for pizza ovens.