About Your Oven
A Priceless Investment In Family Experience
Authentic Pizza Ovens is your connection to time honored traditional cooking. We import the finest quality, artisan made ovens, each hand crafted in the rural village near Rio Maior just north of Lisbon Portugal.
Nothing brings a family and friends closer together than family style cooking. From kneading the dough, preparing the toppings and ultimate creating piping hot, wood fired pizza your way.
The flavors of naturally cooked wood fired pizza are unmistakable and the crispy base is a hallmark of our ovens where the fire is set directly on the cooking surface. The quality and freshness of expensive restaurant pizza can be yours at a fraction of the price, and a wood fired pizza is an investment which adds value well beyond the fun and memories you serve up.
Our ovens are hand made from quality natural materials to ensure the finest most authentic product. Refractory (fire) brick, a ceramic material in the oven lining is used. It is able to withstand high temperatures and outdoor use however we recommend that you use one of our covers when not in use or to avoid severe weather exposure.
Just as with the authentic ovens of Europe, it is highly recommended that you “break it in” by making a small fire (low heat) to dry out any moisture in the oven. This process of curing your oven should be repeated every day for 5 days. Our ovens come with thermometers that are in Celsius. While they are good thermometers, if you want extreme accuracy we suggest you buy an infrared thermometer. A visual inspection of your oven will provide you with the best clue as to its readiness as the brick surfaces transition from black to white as the charcoal is burned off the oven walls.
Despite your best efforts in curing your oven cracks will appear. This is completely normal in all terra-cotta, and brick wood fire pizza ovens. We include our special repair kit with all our traditional brick ovens to fill any cracks. Cracks may appear around the dome or along the seam between the brick and mortar and even inside. They will expand when the oven is hot and retract when it cools. Most European pizza oven owners do not patch their ovens as it is a sign of a seasoned oven and since they are only superficial they have no reason to. As previously mentioned, the ovens will crack but to avoid quicker and/or larger ones it is important you cure your oven properly. See FAQ’s for proper curing treatment.
It is also common for the base of the oven to crumble a little bit. The base is concrete and it is NOT pre-fabricated materials- it is all handmade so it may crumble a little bit on the edges. You can easily paint the spots with the Ultra Fire crack repair or even use some mortar. Remember they are handmade!
Every oven has its unique character and no two ovens are alike, making your backyard as individual as you are.
Here are video examples of our products and their uses:
This video will show you how to repair cracks that will appear.