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01
MAY
2014

Brains and Brawn: Installing a Preassembled Pizza Oven

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Pizza Oven Kit are not for the Faint of Heart Enticed by the comparatively small size and the lower price of Forno Bravo’s preassembled pizza ovens, some wood-fired enthusiasts find themselves facing the challenge of installing a preassembled pizza oven that weighs between 450...
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25
APR
2014

Best Flour

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 When asked what is the best flour to make dough for wood-fired pizza, I usually start by saying “anything you make yourself in a wood-fired oven will taste fantastic. You can make great pizza from many different flours.” We’ve made outstanding pizza from store bought unbleached...
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Use the time to heat a wood-fired pizza oven for a pizza party
17
APR
2014

Time to Heat a Wood-fired Pizza Oven

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I’m frequently asked, “Doesn’t it take a long time to heat a wood-fired pizza oven?” The answer is “yes and no.” On average it takes an hour and a half for the oven to reach 900 to 1000 degree—temps that give you phenomenal pizza in 90 seconds. However you don’t have to wait for...
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10
APR
2014

Your Wood-fired Pizza Oven Makes a Great Smoker

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Those of you who own one may not know that your wood-fired pizza oven makes a great smoker. The wood-fired pizza oven handles the two biggest challenges associated with smoking meat: keeping a consistent low temperature and guarding against an over-smoked bitter taste. Nine of us...
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Light an efficient and smoke-free fire with seasoned wood. If you aren’t sure about the moisture level in your wood, a moisture meter will measure the wetness of a split log. Seasoned wood should have a moisture level under 20%.
03
APR
2014

Seasoned Wood Key to Efficient Fire

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Burning properly seasoned wood in your oven has several benefits.  When you read on-line comments and advice about seasoned wood, everyone agrees that it lights fast and burns hot and clear. Clear, meaning with a minimum of smoke. (See our blog about how to build a low-smoke...
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27
MAR
2014

Pre-Bake Pizza Dough Shells

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The longer you own a wood-fired oven the more you find to cook in it. What you cook in a conventional oven, on the grill or in a smoker can be prepared with convenience and great taste in a wood-fired oven. But everyone associates wood-fired ovens with fantastic pizza (calling...
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20
MAR
2014

How to Build a Fire in a Wood-fired Oven

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A properly built fire not only lights quickly and reliably, it doesn’t make a lot of smoke. We have two suggestions that will help you build great fires with minimal smoke and ash. First: use dry, properly seasoned wood (we’ll cover that in a later blog). Second: build an...
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Delicious and healthy whole wheat pizza dough
14
MAR
2014

Best Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Most people with wood-fired ovens love to make pizza, and are always looking for the perfect pizza dough recipe. I began making pizza more than 20 years ago following a fine recipe in 365 Easy Italian Recipes. When I became interested in making great pizza, I tried a number of...
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Building the dome of a wood-fired oven in Texas
07
MAR
2014

When to Build Your Wood-fired Oven?

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That’s a good question, fairly easy to answer here in central Texas where winters are usually mild. Road, residential and commercial building continues year round with only a few interruptions for weather. So the best time for a wood-fired oven to be built on your property lines...
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