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Wood Fired Oven Cooking Guide

Welcome to the world of wood-fired oven cooking! Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Backyard Brick Ovens has provided this guide with all the basics you need to get started cooking delicious recipes in your very own Forno Bello Outdoor Pizza Oven!

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Wood-Fired Cooking Basics

Wood-fired ovens cook with direct radiant heat, meaning that the heat radiates from the walls of the oven rather than from the bottom like a standard oven. This means you can cook food faster and get a more authentic flavor. The key to successful wood-fired cooking is to keep the fire burning at a consistent temperature. You’ll want to keep the oven between 500-900 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal results.

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Forno Bello Outdoor Pizza Oven

The Forno Bello Outdoor Pizza Oven is the perfect choice for those looking for an authentic wood-fired oven experience. With its easy-to-use design, you can make a delicious Neapolitan-style pizza in just minutes. The oven includes a stainless steel cooking chamber and a heavy-duty fire brick floor. It can reach up to 900°F and has a wide temperature range that is perfect for slow cooking and roasting.

The wood-fired brick oven takes about 45 minutes to heat up compared to normal brick ovens, which can take over two hours to fully heat up. Our built-in chimney was designed to control airflow and is held on a stainless steel cart that is sturdy enough to withstand any cooking. We provide each customer with the proper tools to get the most successful results. The tools include a stainless steel and wooden pizza peeler and an oven brush to remove ash.

A Neapolitan pizza

Neapolitan Pizza Recipes

Once you’ve mastered the basics of wood-fired oven cooking, you can explore a wide range of delicious Neapolitan pizza recipes. This style of pizza originated in Naples, Italy, and has become a fan favorite. Neapolitan pizza should have a thin and chewy crust and topped with simple, fresh ingredients. The key to making a great Neapolitan pizza is starting with high-quality ingredients and baking it quickly in the wood-fired brick oven.

Start with our backyard pizza dough recipe a couple of days before you decide to make pizza in order for the dough to rise.  After a couple of days in the refrigerator, it’s time to start making pizza! Top with your favorite sauce and toppings. Once the backyard brick oven heats up, you’ll have a delicious pizza in no time! Some variations of the Neapolitan pizza are:

  • Pizza Margherita
  • Pizza Marinara
  • Pizza Margherita Extra

A baked apple with candied pecans on top

More Than Pizza Recipes

When cooking for a larger group of people, some of your guests may want other dishes to accompany their pizza. But don’t worry, the wood-fired oven has several other recipes that can be made in our ovens. One of the more obvious recipes you can cook in our wood-fired brick oven is calzones. Although still a pizza, it brings a whole other experience. People can also try roasting vegetables, grilling meats and fish, or baking bread and cakes. The most shocking recipes that people can cook are baked apples, BBQ ribs, grilled chicken, and roasted potatoes. The possibilities are endless, and the results are always delicious.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced wood-fired brick oven cook, this guide is sure to provide you with the knowledge and recipes you need to get the most out of your oven. At Backyard Brick Ovens, we strive to make everyone advanced pizza makers.

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  • I bought the extra large family oven and use it for commercial purposes for my business. These ovens hold up! For the price you cannot beat the quality. I have used the oven daily for the last 2 years and it’s amazing! Great product. If I ever need replacement parts or advice on the oven Scott the owner is always there. Great guy!

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  • Scott made us an incredible oven. We bought the Forno Bello. We have made amazing pizza in it. It’s also a beautiful oven and makes a great presentation for our mobile pizza truck business. Gets nice a hot and makes pizza in under two minutes and keeps the heat going. He helped us every step of the way helping us decide which oven to purchase. If you need a brick pizza oven look no further Scott is your guy!

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  • I have to admit, I was worried that Scott and Backyard Brick Ovens had no bad reviews, I even stopped at his warehouse unannounced this spring and wanted to find a reason not to buy. I can now say I’m the envy of my country club, I have made countless pizzas in our oven along with numerous other dishes! Scott thank you for showing what a true entrepreneur looks like!

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  • Let me start by saying I never write reviews. This is different. I found Forno Bello online. I spoke to Scot Who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I placed the order for the family xl. When I received the pizza oven I was completely blown away. The quality of the oven is beyond anything else that I found and I looked everywhere. It was extremely easy to start the fire, up to temperature in no more than 20 minutes. We had it up to around 850 degrees in no time and you could still touch the outside. Insulation is huge with pizza ovens. I have had two parties since I received the oven. I live in the New Haven area where people really love pizza. The guests that I had could not believe how good the pizza was. I can’t say enough. Also scot followed up with me. It is not just a great pizza oven but a great experience as well. I will send some more pics as I get them. Thank you again.

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  • I did a lot of research before buying my Forno Bello Oven. I found my Forno Bello to be the best oven and the biggest bang for the buck. The quality of the oven is excellent and it's stainless steel stand allows it to roll easily when you want it to. The pizza peels and accessories store well in the front of the oven and the Rose Wood pizza peel is wonderful. The most important part of this oven is the support provided by Scot. He is always willing to help with his advice as well as his cooking videos which will give you a good foundation for using your oven. I could not be happier... you will be too.

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