Whether it’s a full-gas or a gas-assisted wood fired pizza oven, introducing gas as a fuel source to your pizza oven also brings convenience and complete temperature control.
Gas fired pizza ovens can reach up to 260 degrees celsius – so quite a lot cooler than the heat potential of a wood fire, but still hot enough to cook all your desired dishes quickly.
Gas fired pizza ovens deliver almost the same flavour as a wood fired alternative, without the hassle of holding and using solid fuel – all you need is a gas canister and a secure connection to the oven, which can be turned on and off at the flick of a switch.
Achieving consistency with a gas fired oven is easier than a wood fired option given the temperature control it brings. That’s why gas-fired ovens are particularly good for commercial settings – where not all staff may be experienced with using a wood-fired pizza oven and you need to turn out a large number of pizzas.
If speed of cooking and operating your oven is a factor in your decision, then a gas fired option may be the better choice – since gas ovens reach temperature faster than traditional wood fired ovens.
Gas Fired Pizza Oven Fuel
The fuel source for a gas fired pizza oven is rather obviously gas.
Your canister can be placed behind your oven out of sight, and some models have a hidden cupboard built in to keep the canister from sight and reach of small fingers!
Your connection hose will be fitted with an on-off switch, that you simply turn on prior to operating your oven, and off when you have finished.
Cooking in a Gas Fired Pizza Oven
The cooking techniques in a gas fired pizza oven remain much the same as a wood fired one, except you have more control over the flame size and can quickly adjust your oven to switch between the cooking types to accommodate cooking different dishes quickly.
High Heat – Turn your gas on full to achieve this cooking technique. This technique is used for pizzas and breads/appetisers – cooking in a matter of minutes. Although, high heat on a gas-fired oven is not as high as a wood-fired oven, so be sure to adjust your cooking times accordingly.
Roasting – Set your temperature dial halfway. This technique is used for roasting meats and some veg.
Baking – Set your temperature dial to a low setting. Perfect for slow-cooking stews and meats.
Gas Fired Pizza Oven Maintenance
Much like a wood-fired oven, you’ll just need to sweep out any bits/food remains at the end of each use. Any spillages will be burnt-off from the heat of the oven.
If you have your gas fired pizza oven installed indoors and/or in a commercial setting, you will need to have it serviced by a qualified gas engineer most probably once a year, but you will need to check this with your local authority.
Upon completion of the check, you’ll be issued with a relevant certificate to confirm that your oven is safe and can continue to be used.
Top Tips for a Gas Fired Pizza Oven
- Given the heat in a gas pizza oven reaches the dome and centre before it heats the floor, when cooking pizza and other things that rely on a hot oven base, be sure to let the oven warm up to full temperature before cooking
- If installing indoors, a gas pizza oven can share ventilation with any other grease duct or exhaust – so you may not have to go to the expense of building a new outlet/vent (which would be the case with an internal wood-fired oven as these cannot share ventilation outlets)
- Install a gas-assisted wood oven if you want a good balance of convenience and temperature control mixed with the smokiness and character that wood smoke brings to your food