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FAQ's

What is the charge for delivery?
Delivery is FREE within the continental USA! If you are in AK, HI, or islands (any ferry transport) off the US coast please contact us for a quote. As mentioned above, there maybe added charges depending upon the set up on your end. Usually if it’s a residential address needing a lift gate there will be an additional $75 charge. Please visit our Shipping Page for detailed shipping & delivery information.

What about sales tax?
There is no sales tax if shipping outside of Arizonaotherwise it is 7.5%.

What is the expected delivery time?
We ship daily Monday - Friday! Depending upon where you live, you should receive it within 2-10 days but we can’t forsee any freight company delays. We will give you shipping information and instructions once the freight company has confirmed pick up. We usually arrange pick up within 1-2 business days of purchase!

Do you ship outside of the United States?
We sure do. Just give us your address and we’ll provide you with a quote. Ps …Canada is easy as we have a warehouse in Toronto! Good Eh!!

How will my oven arrive?
Our ovens are shipped in a secure custom wooden crate which sit on a pallet. Our traditional oven crates measure 43″ x 43″ x 39″. If able, we will provide recommendations for installation but we only ship to curbside or driveway. We use various freight trucking companies with a lift gate and will provide you with these details after purchase. Someone will need to be home to receive shipment.  

Do you install the oven or place it where it’s going to be?
We will recommend installation companies if we have contacts in your area but the freight drivers cannot do this. Installation is not difficult but you definitely need to have extra hands to assist. If you want to have your oven built-in, we urge you to consult with an outdoor kitchen contractor or landscaper. We also suggest contacting safe or piano movers- they know a thing or two about lifting heavy things. We do provide an easy diagram which will help assisting with the install.  We welcome phone calls- so feel free to call us for any questions and/or advice. Call 602-482-1000 or email info@authenticpizzaovens.com. We respond to emails quickly!

What if my oven arrives damaged?
All ovens are inspected and shipped without any damages so it is important that you inspect upon arrival PRIOR to the delivery truck leaving. We do carry freight insurance to your door. You may find that the bottom slab has a bit of crumbling- that is normal and unavoidable and is NOT considered transit damage. Using the patch repair kit will be useful here! We have experienced very few damages in transit.

What is different about our ovens?
We work directly with the factory where they are made. We actually spend a lot of time with the manufacturer going over quality control and learning about their methods. Our ovens are triple insulated which keeps the heat in, not out. Our ovens are made from a generational company. These incredibly talented folks have been making ovens by hand for decades. They are true oven makers through and through!

Do I have to wait for the oven to be shipped from Portugal?
Nowe are consistently ordering these wood fire ovens so that we have many of them in stock in Scottsdale, Arizona. If we are out of stock, there are always containers in transit.

Can I pick up the oven myself?
Absolutely, we love visitors. You are more than welcome to come and pick up from our Scottsdale facility and look at our showroom! These ovens weigh between 1000-1500 lbs so make sure your truck has a lift gate. We are happy to load with our forklift, but you need to make arrangements for your end. We will also deduct $100 for any oven that is picked up!

What else can I cook in this oven?
The list is long. Of course our ovens make the most delicious home made pizzas and you’ll be the Bell of the Block! That said, you can try your hand with breads, chicken, turkey, fish, steak, burgers, lamb, desserts and the list goes on. We include many recipes with your oven and email them to you with all your care instructions.

How long does an oven take to heat up?
When prepared correctly, the oven will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and a half to get to the right temperature to bake your delicious pizzas. To get it closer to the 45 min mark, use a butane torch which you can get at a Home Depot type store- around $15-$25. Set up your ‘camp fire’ in a Lincoln log/tic tac toe fashion and use the torch on it for about 2-3 min. Saves heaps of time. Do not use paper- that just creates ash.

Do I need to keep my oven covered?
If your oven is undercover, it isn't necessary, however if your oven is out in the open the answer is YES.  It is important to protect it from wet weather.  It's ok if it gets wet or a rained on occasionally- but it is very important that it doesn't sit in the wet, snow etc for extended periods of time.  We do covers offer pizza ovens covers for purchase. 

What kind of wood should I use?
Only use hardwoods such as walnut, oak, mesquite, apple, maple, etc. Please stay away from softer woods like pine our spruce that are resinous.

How do I clean the oven?
You don’t. Once the fire is out and cools you just sweep it out and it’s perfectly ready for next time!  I usually close the door after a session and simply shovel it out before the next burn.

What kind of flour should I use?   
Since you’re buying a Pizza oven you know that excellent pizza is all about the crust. We recommend several kinds of flour- see below the products we suggest and we usually have them in stock and are happy to ship!  If in a hurry we also love Trader Joe’s pizza dough!  We carry the following.

  • Hayden Flour Mills
  • King Arthur Flour
  • Caputo’s 00 (low in gluten)

What tools do I need for my wood fire pizza oven?
You will definitely need a peel. In Pizza language, that’s what you use to turn the pizza in the oven and put in and pull it out when it’s done.  They look like a paddle with a long stick attached and come in wood or metal. We like the using the basic wood peel to put the pizza in the oven and take it out with the metal one- then we rest it back onto the wooden peel to serve/cut. (But that’s just us!)

A perfect starter kit includes:

  • A pizza peel or two
  • Oven brush
  • Bubble popper which we use to turn the pizza…we love the bubbles.
  • Oven shovel

Do you offer a warranty?
Yes, please visit our Returns Page for detailed information.

Do you offer returns/exchanges?
Yes, we have a 14 day return policy. Please visit our Returns/Warranty Page for more information.

What is curing and do I need to do this?
YES you need to do this! Curing simply means removing the moisture in the mortar. Curing will significantly help to protect the cooking ability and the life of your oven. So, yes you need to cure your traditional oven (1 day cure only).  You will be starting small fires and repeating daily for 5 days.

Start a small fire and let it burn throughout the day (4-5 hours) maintaining temperature:

Day1. 140F/60C

Day 2. Repeat 215F/100C 
Day 3. Repeat 300F/ 150C
Day 4. Repeat 400F/200C
Day 5. Repeat 480F/250C 

REMEMBER YOUR THERMOMETER IS IN CELSIUS!!  (because they are made in Europe)

Make sure that you close the oven door each night, which will keep in the heat and protect moisture from getting in until the curing process is complete.

Even though you cure your ovens it will still crack (realistically all wood fired brick or clay ovens will crack at varying degrees) they are usually very thin.  We do include a ‘patch’ kit with each brick oven but this is not necessary, as it does not affect the oven function in a noticeable way. It is best to apply ultrafire when the oven is hot! Here is a video on how to use the ultra fire crack repair kit. 

Visit ABOUT YOUR OVEN for more detailed information on cooking, woods, curing, installation, oven care, etc.  

 

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