There’s just something special about the taste and aroma of a wood-fired pizza. The crispy crust, smoky flavour, and perfectly melted cheese create an unbeatable culinary experience. While many people associate wood-fired pizza with pizzerias or Italian restaurants, did you know you can achieve that same deliciousness in the comfort of your home or garden?

That’s right – with the right tips and tricks, you can become a master of homemade wood-fired pizza. So, let’s get started! In this guide, we’ll take you through the process step by step, ensuring that your pizzas are nothing short of perfection.

Choosing the right equipment

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First, you’ll need the right equipment before you embark on your wood-fired pizza journey.

  • Outdoor pizza oven: Investing in a fixed or portable outdoor pizza oven is a great way to replicate the authentic wood-fired experience. These ovens reach high temperatures quickly, fuelled by wood or charcoal. Our range has products available in various sizes and price ranges, so you can find one that suits your needs and budget.
  • Pizza stone: If you don’t have the space or budget for a dedicated pizza oven, a pizza stone can be an ideal alternative. A pizza stone helps to distribute the heat evenly, resulting in a crispy crust. Pre-heat your oven to the highest temperature and place the pizza on the lowest rack. This will simulate the intense heat of a wood-fired oven.
  • Gas grill: If you own a gas grill, you can transform it into a makeshift pizza oven. Pre-heat the grill with all burners on high and place a pizza stone directly on the grates. The grill lid will help trap the heat and create a wood-fired effect. Getting the temperature and timing right may take some practice, but the results can be fantastic.

How does an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven work?

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Before you dive into making delicious pizzas, you should know how wood-fired pizza ovens work. An outdoor wood-fired pizza oven uses the intense heat of burning wood to cook pizzas perfectly.

Wood-fired pizza ovens are typically made from insulating materials like clay, brick, or stone, which can help retain and distribute heat evenly.

To start cooking, dry, seasoned wood is placed in the oven’s firebox and ignited, creating a hot, roaring fire. As the wood burns, it releases heat. It produces flames, generating high temperatures perfect for crispy crusts and delicious melted cheese.

The pizza oven’s design and insulation trap the heat inside, creating an intense heat chamber. The oven’s floor, typically made from a refractory material, will absorb and radiate heat. The floor acts as a cooking surface on which you place the pizza.

What is the best wood for a wood-fired pizza oven?

Both hardwoods and softwoods are practical choices for a wood-fired pizza oven. However, there are some essential factors to consider when selecting suitable logs. These include:

  • Moisture level: Using only wood with a low moisture level is crucial with pizza ovens, just like wood-burning stoves. Purchase wood that displays the ‘Ready to Burn’ logo from Woodsure. Kiln-dried is a great choice! Alternatively, you can dry out ‘green’ or recently cut wood in a log store. But you’ll need to start at least six months before using it.
  • Cleanliness: You don’t want any nasty chemicals to be released into your meal. Avoid using painted or treated wood in your wood-fired pizza oven.
  • Size: The bigger the logs, the longer they will burn. On the other hand, smaller logs are likely to burn out faster. So, consider how long you need the pizza oven to be hot when choosing log sizes.

Mastering the pizza dough

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The dough, of course, is the foundation of any great pizza. Achieving the perfect balance of chewiness and crispiness requires attention to detail. Here’s how to get it right:

  • Flour selection: Opt for high-quality flour with a high protein content, such as bread flour. These flours are rich in gluten, which contributes to a chewier crust. Experiment with different flour blends to find your preferred texture and flavour. 
  • Proper kneading: Take the time to knead your dough correctly. This helps to develop the gluten, which gives the dough its structure. Use your hands or a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment to knead until the dough is elastic and smooth. This usually takes around 8-10 minutes. 
  • Fermentation: Allow your dough to ferment slowly in the refrigerator. This process enhances the dough’s flavour and texture. After kneading, lightly oil the inside of a bowl and place the dough inside. Cover it with cling film, then refrigerate overnight for at least twenty-four hours. The longer the fermentation, the better the results. 
  • Stretching and shaping: When ready to make your pizza, remove the dough from the fridge and let it come to room temperature for around thirty minutes. Gently stretch the dough using your hands or a rolling pin to achieve your desired thickness. Remember to leave the edges slightly thicker to create that classic puffy crust. Sprinkle some semolina or cornflour onto your worktop to prevent sticking. Plus, it’ll help the dough achieve that perfect crisp when you bake it later.

Sauce, toppings, and cheese

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Once you have your dough ready, it’s time to move on to the exciting part. That's the sauce, toppings, and cheese, of course! Follow these tips for flavour-packed perfection:

  • Sauce simplicity: Keep your pizza sauce simple and let the quality ingredients shine. Use high-quality tomatoes for a rich flavour. Blend them with garlic, olive oil, salt, and a pinch of sugar for balance. Simmer the sauce for a short time to preserve its freshness. 
  • Selecting the perfect cheese: The best cheese for a pizza is fresh mozzarella for a creamy, gooey texture. Tear or slice it into small pieces and evenly distribute it across the pizza. Or, if you prefer a more complex flavour, try experimenting with cheeses like Parmesan or Gorgonzola. 
  • Tasty toppings: Strike the perfect balance between flavours and textures. Try to avoid overloading your pizza. Instead, choose a few high-quality ingredients. Fresh herbs, thinly sliced vegetables, cured meats, and olives can add a delicious burst of flavour. 

How do you cook pizza in a wood-fired brick oven?

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Now that you've loaded your pizza with delicious toppings, it’s time to bake it to perfection. Pay attention to the following steps:

  • Pre-heating: Ensure your oven or pizza oven is pre-heated to its maximum temperature. This is essential to achieve a crispy crust and a short baking time. If you’re using a pizza stone or baking tray, pop it in the oven to heat it up first.
  • Proper placement: If you use a pizza stone or a baking sheet, transfer your pizza onto it using a pizza peel or a flat tray dusted with semolina or cornflour. This will prevent the dough from sticking and help it effortlessly slide onto the hot surface.
  • Timing is critical: The cooking time will vary depending on your oven’s temperature and the thickness of your pizza. Keep a close eye on your pizza to avoid burning the crust or overcooking the toppings. 
  • Final touches: Once your pizza is baked and out of the oven, add any finishing touches to perfect it. Fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, or a sprinkle of sea salt will elevate the flavours and give your pizza that extra pizzaz. 

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