Last updated on September 11th, 2023 at 02:11 pm
Getting the perfect pizza can be affected by so many factors, the ingredients used, the way the ingredients are combined, and most importantly, the oven’s temperature.
Yes! A Pizza Oven can be too hot, which happens when the temperature exceeds 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures between 450 degrees Fahrenheit and 500 degrees Fahrenheit are recommended as the required temperature for cooking pizzas. A pizza oven with a very high temperature can cause the pizza to burn, and too low temperatures can cause the pizza to be undercooked.
Why Are Pizza Ovens so Hot?
The degree of hotness of a pizza oven also depends on the material used to heat the oven, usually Gas, Electricity, and Wood.
Pizza Ovens can have temperatures from 400 degrees Fahrenheit to 900 degrees Fahrenheit or more depending on the type of materials used for making the pizza oven.
The basic pizza ovens are Brick Pizza Oven, Conveyor Pizza Oven, Pizza Deck Oven, Convection Pizza Oven, and Countertop Pizza Oven. They differ by how hot they can get.
Let us briefly consider them individually.
#1. Brick Pizza Oven
The brick pizza oven is made with bricks and is heated using wood.
Brick pizza oven takes a long time to heat but once heated, and it can maintain temperature up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
#2. Conveyor Pizza Oven
The Conveyor Pizza oven uses a conveyor to move the pizza through a heated chamber at a set speed specified by the oven operator.
Conveyor Pizza Oven can be powered with gas or electricity. It can attain temperatures between 400 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
#3. Pizza Deck Oven
The pizza deck oven has ‘decks’ or compartments to cook pizza. The heat is provided using gas or electricity.
A pizza deck can have temperatures between 300 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
#4. Convection Pizza Oven
Convection Pizza Oven works by circulating hot air within the oven, which cooks the pizza.
It can generate temperatures between 450 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is generated through gas or electricity.
#5. Countertop Pizza Oven
The countertop version is available for convection, conveyor, and deck ovens. Heat is generated employing gas or electricity.
Countertop Pizza oven can get to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The above-stated temperatures are what your oven should generally get to under normal circumstances. Nonetheless, an oven can overheat.
How Hot Can a Pizza Oven Get?
Commercial and home ovens can get up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Notwithstanding, pizza ovens can get above 900 degrees Fahrenheit and even overheat.
However, keep in mind that a very high temperature may burn your pizza.
The degree of hotness of a pizza oven depends on its build, size, the time taken to preheat the oven, the type of energy necessary to heat it, and how much the pizza cook sets the temperature for ovens that have a temperature control knob.
Pizzeria operators agree that brick ovens are the best pizza ovens for cooking, heat sources that get very hot.
The smaller the size of the pizza oven, the better its ability to get so hot. Also, the time you take to preheat your pizza oven is directly proportional to how hot it becomes.
In the same vein, more heat is achieved when kiln-dried hardwood is used as a heat source.
Lastly, when the pizza oven temperature source is set at a high temperature, it would be hotter than when set at a low temperature.
You do not need an excessively high temperature to cook a delicious crispy pizza with a good crust.
The temperature required depends on the thickness of the crust you desire.
Usually, a thick crust can be made at lower temperatures, while a thin crust requires higher temperatures.
The temperature that delivers a perfect pizza for home-based pizza ovens ranges from 400 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Commercial pizza ovens deliver a great-tasting pizza with a good crust at temperatures between 650 degrees Fahrenheit to 850 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can also set these temperatures based on the basal temperature of the day. Lower temperatures can be set for hot days and higher for winter periods.
How Long Does a Pizza Oven Stay Hot?
The higher the temperature attained during the preheating or cooking phase, the longer it takes to cool.
However, a Pizza Oven maintains a decreasing heat for 90 minutes to four days.
Preheating the pizza oven before use has become a rule rather than a suggestion or an expectation.
The time it takes the oven to remain hot depends on several factors: The maximum temperature attained during the preheating or cooking phase and the degree of insulation.
The preheating temperature depends on several factors first, whether you open or close the oven door.
Secondly, the length of time taken to preheat the pizza oven, and lastly, your choice of heat source.
A well-insulated oven would lose heat very slowly. Hence, it would stay hot for a long time extending to days based on the materials used for insulation and the extent of insulation.
You can use Materials such as perlite, ceramic fiber blanket, vermiculite, or insulating blankets to improve the insulation of the pizza oven.
Clay mixed with sand can also be used as an insulating material.
How to Cool Down a Pizza Oven?
Have you walked past a pizza oven and felt the heat it gives off, or have you entered a pizzeria and noticed how hot the environment is?
You may wonder if it has to take days before your home becomes less comforting because of the heat given off by the oven.
If this constitutes a worry for you, you can be assured that the following tips can help you cool down your pizza oven quickly:
#1. Switch Off the Pizza Oven
The first step to cool down a pizza oven would be to put off the gas or electricity for ovens powered by gas and electricity, respectively.
For pizza ovens where the heat source is coal, pull out the coals and put their fire out.
#2. Open the Door Of the Pizza Oven
Opening the oven door would cause the heat to escape easily and cause it to cool down quickly, depending on the temperature of the environment.
The oven would cool down more quickly during the winter than during the summer months.
#3. Safely Remove the Insulation
You can cool down your pizza oven or speed up the process by removing any insulating material used to increase the time it takes for the pizza oven to stay hot. This action should be done only if it is safe to do so.
#4. Put On the Cooling System
Some convection pizza ovens are fitted with a cooling system of cooling fans and an exhaust system.
If your oven falls into this category, you can activate the cooling system after using the oven for cooking your pizza.
A consistently high temperature is necessary to cook a perfect pizza with the proper crust, quality, taste, and crispiness.
Temperatures between 450 degrees Fahrenheit and 500 degrees Fahrenheit can deliver this type of pizza.
However, A pizza oven with a very high temperature can cause the pizza to be burnt.
On the other hand, a pizza oven with a low temperature can result in an undercooked pizza.