Anyone that loves pizza knows you cannot beat eating a crispy slice from a pizza cooked in a wood-fired brick pizza oven. There is simply no contest when compared to a conventional oven. From the very first bite, you can usually tell the type of oven the chef cooked the pizza in. The flavours are smokier, the toppings crunchier, and the crusts are fluffier.

What are the Benefits of a Pizza Oven?

Wood-fired brick ovens are actually one of the first oven types to exist. However, modern gas or electric powered ovens have mostly replaced them because they create less smoke. However, brick ovens are coming back into fashion because they have so many advantages over conventional ovens, especially when it comes to cooking great tasting pizza.

Higher Cooking Temperature

One secret to why pizzas taste better out of a wood-fired brick pizza oven is the higher temperatures these ovens produce. Heat radiates from the wood and is subsequently absorbed by the bricks. Heat rises, so the top of the oven receives an even higher heat while the bottom is slightly cooler. Once the oven gets to around 600 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to maintain that heat by using a lower flame. And low and behold, that is one of the key secrets to cooking magnificent pizza. 

Faster Cooking Times

Cooking a pizza is in a brick oven is super quick. Case in point, it usually takes just 3 minutes. That is because the oven store the heat created by the source flame in the brick walls. Essentially, another benefit you are getting here is that the pizza oven is more economical than a conventional oven. Perfect if you are looking save a few pennies on the electric bill.

Crispier Crust & Toppings

Obviously, higher temperatures mean faster and more intense cooking. That ensures you always have a crispier crust and toppings. They quickly seal the moisture off within the dough, which ensures you never end up with a dough that is soggy. The same goes for the toppings. A pizza oven cooks them quickly at a high heat, which means a crispier end result. 

Did you know that faster cooking is also a healthier option? It seals the vitamins and nutrients within the vegetable toppings in thanks to the intense heat.

Unique Flavours

You never get that unique smoky flavour a brick oven provides when using a conventional oven. The smokiness within a pizza oven really adds a distinct flavour that cannot be matched. The only downside is that brick ovens can burn away the flavour of olive oil – which is why you need to drizzle some more over the top of your pizza once it is cooked. 

What Pizza Oven Should You Purchase?

Of course, while it is obvious a pizza oven is the best choice for cooking pizza, you still have to consider the type of oven that is best for you. For some, the primary consideration is the type of heat source you want to use, while for other cost is important. As with any purchase, most of us want the best deal we can get. 

Wood-fired vs gas-fired

Gas-fired pizza ovens and wood-fired pizza ovens are similar in many ways,  ‌but there are some subtle differences you need to know about before jumping in and making a purchase. In particular, they differ in cost and the way they cook the pizza. Choosing between the two is almost always down to your personal taste, so it’s important to research your options so you know what you are getting.

Gas-fired ovens are surprise, surprise, fuelled by natural gas. Sorry to state the obvious! And the key benefits you are getting here are:

  • Gas is a cleaner and easier way to bake a pizza
  • You can clean gas ovens more easily than wood-fired ovens
  • Gas can also be more convenient for baking multiple types of foods at once
  • Gas ovens come in a variety of sizes

On the other hand, wood-fired ovens can be a better option for authentic pizza. While it’s true that wood-fired ovens can be expensive, the added cost is more than made up for by the superior flavour and texture of a pizza cooked in one.

Unlike gas-fired ovens, wood-fired ovens do not produce soot, which is common with most gas appliances. And with the ash they produce, you have a natural fertiliser available after you have cooked your pizza. Plus, the best part is that you can use inexpensive firewood to offset the cost of a wood-burning oven.

In the end, the choice is entirely yours. The first step is to realise that the best tasting pizzas come from pizza ovens. The next step is to get over the tussle of which type of pizza oven to purchase.