Gas or wood-fired pizza oven?

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More and more outdoor pizza ovens are coming onto the market. With all these pizza ovens, it becomes difficult to make a choice and one of the first decisions to make is whether to choose a gas or a wood-fired oven. 

Being passionate about cooking and pizza we tested everything and here are the main differences we see between gas and wood: 

Authenticity

There is nothing more authentic than cooking with wood. Our ancestors cooked with wood and the wood-fired oven will allow you to return to tradition. The dancing flame generated by the wood brings an incomparable experience to your cooking and the crackling of the flames will take you back in time. 

The Taste 

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Different types of wood give different flavours. Wood will bring a smoky taste to your dishes. In addition, the heat from wood is dry, whereas gas is more humid. This can be felt in the crispness of your cooking.

Portability

The gas oven needs a gas cylinder, which makes the oven difficult to transport. A wood-burning oven, on the other hand, only needs a few logs to operate. This makes it easier to take with you where the oven is the star of the party.

Placement in his home

For safety reasons, the gas oven and the wood-burning oven should be used outdoors. Both can be placed on a balcony, terrace, garden, etc. Even outdoors, both should be supervised at all times during use and young children kept away (just like a barbecue). 

However, wood will require more storage space than gas. 

The Performance

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Gas ovens, for safety reasons, do not have a front door. This has an impact on the heat retention in the kiln, which will drop as soon as the gas is switched off. Without a front door, the temperature difference of the cordierite plate will be very different between the front and the back of the kiln. With a wood-fired oven the heat in the oven will be more even and your oven will stay hotter for longer to allow you to bake dishes on the drop. The falling heat can be particularly useful for baking bread. The use of a wood-fired oven, because of the excellent temperature maintenance it guarantees, will also allow you to consume less energy, and make your bills much lower than before.

Profitability

With wood, you only need a small amount of energy to cook successfully. Cooking on a wood fire allows you to quickly reach a high and stable temperature, which only slowly decreases after the fire is extinguished. 

Getting started

The gas pizza oven is easier to use than its wood-fired counterpart. You just turn it on and go. You don't have to worry about the heat source.   

With wood you will have to keep an eye on your fire but with a little practice you will see that it is very simple. It may sound like a lot of work but in reality that's where the fun is with this type of wood. There is a learning curve to master before you become a real chef. 

The green side

The wood-burning oven, whatever one thinks of it, is less polluting than gas or electric ovens. Indeed, the combustion of wood does not emit sulphur dioxide.

Conclusion 

The wood-fired oven has many advantages over its gas cousin. The main advantage of the gas oven is that it is easier to handle as there is no need to manage the fire but after a few sessions and a little practice you will see that it is not complicated.