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  • Do I want a pizza oven?
  • Premier Icon mahalo
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    might be a daft question. when cooking with gas do you leave the door off when initially heating up the oven?

    Premier Icon sadexpunk
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    not on mine, there are venting holes in the top…..

    Educate her that less is more – and don’t put topping right up the the edge of the pizza.

    haha that made me smile, theyre the exact words i use to her every time. always the same answer, “leave me alone, i like loading mine up” 😀

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    might be a daft question. when cooking with gas do you leave the door off when initially heating up the oven?

    There is no door on an ooni buddy, it’s the stone your heating.

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    mines a Karu 12. it comes with an impressive looking insulated door. it does say in the bumf that its to be left off when coking with gas – but i wasnt sure if it should stay on during the initial heat-up?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Ah, sorry, no experience of those! Youtube is your friend.

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    Christened the koda 12 last night. Just wow! Wish I could be bothered to post a pic as they looked as good as they tasted. First mouthful my wife took and she just said “oh my god that’s good”. Used the dough I’d frozen that I’d previously done in the oven. I’m sure somewhere in this thread somebody asked why not just cook them in a hot oven and save yourself a couple of hundred quid. I can’t believe how wrong they were. Best purchase decision I’ve made in a long time. Thanks for everyone on here for inspiring me.

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    Made a batch of dough for the freezer this morning – great to be able to knock up a perfect garlic pizza to go with the pasta in just 15 mins.

    Premier Icon grum
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    Nice one @wait4me – one of my best toys also 🙂

    First mouthful my wife took and she just said “oh my god that’s good”.

    🤭

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    @wait4me superb, know what you mean about the pics, tbh the first few pizzas you make are a blur!

    Premier Icon wait4me
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    You’re not wrong Nobeer, it all felt a bit frantic. At one point I thought it’d gone horribly wrong.

    And the amount of times I’ve told Mrs W4Me not to talk with her mouth full Grum 😂

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Our local baker is selling frozen ready made pizza dough. Tried it last week 10x better than mine. Top result. Just need a local mozzarella farm and I’m sorted.

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    made some dough that seemed alright. the rest of the experience was a disaster tho. most of it get hoyed in the bin… lots of lessons, lots more still to learn.

    i really hope the next cook is successful or i fear it may be the last!

    Premier Icon grum
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    What went wrong mahalo and maybe we can help? Stick with it it’s worth it!

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    well it started raining so the operation had to move inside which was a ball ache and elevated stress levels. then id read the base should be almost transparent, so we rolled the first very thin, but could not get the peel under it! then we assembled one on the peel but couldnt get it off into the oven… we finally got one to work with a ton of flour but in frustration completely forgot cheese (so the kids had a burnt base with barely melted cheese) while i was outside dicking about with that the mrs had rolled out an applied toppings to the rest of the dough indoors but obviously they were glued to the worktop too. ripped to shreds trying to get the peel under em!! just lobbed the lot in the bin!! even managed to find some Nduja which was wasted too!

    i have ordered a couple of wooden paddles which they seem to use in all the vids. this should make the supply chain easier. and im told flour flour flour, even more than you’d think?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    then id read the base should be almost transparent

    Na, thats pish, ignore.

    All the other stuff is sorted by having a wee system, Just do one pizza at a time though, it’s not like making pizza in oven, it’s too quick to be trying to sort the next pizza while one is cooking.

    I use an alu peel, don’t use much flower on the base, it just burns. Keep it moving to stop it sticking, and don’t hang about. Sounds like you may have went for a high hydration too, don’t do that, get used to something a bit easier to handle first, then try higher hydration once confident.

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    i have ordered a couple of wooden paddles which they seem to use in all the vids. this should make the supply chain easier. and im told flour flour flour, even more than you’d think?

    Ok, it’s pretty simple TBH

    1) if rolling the dough out do it on a floured surface and make sure you can lift it – if it’s too thin you’ll get holes which is bad. Experiment.
    2) use a wooden peel (cheap is fine) and make sure you either flour it (rub the flour in to the wood) or sprinkle it with semolina before putting the base on. I think the latter is better – think of the semolina as ball bearings that the base will sit/roll on.
    2) don’t put anything on the base until it’s on the peel
    3) don’t add a load of toppings and wait until you’re ready too cook it- too much pizza sauce will make the base soggy and it will stick to the peel.
    4) when launching the pizza into the oven put the peel quite a long way into the oven (so that the pizza is fully in the oven) then give it a forwards then backwards shake and the pizza should move forwards onto the pizza stone…… then pull the peel out gently leaving the pizza behind.
    5) change to the metal peel and after 20 seconds slide it under the pizza and pull it out(don’t be shy… by this time the base will have cooked a bit so shouldn’t fold up), turn it 180 degrees and put it back in for another 20 seconds* – repeat twice but turn by 90 degrees then 180 degrees so all sides have been cooked.
    Remove from the oven and slide back onto the wooden peel.

    * keep an eye on the pizza all the time – this time could be less.

    Don’t put oil on the pizza before cooking – it will burn quicker.
    If you’re doing garlic pizza [with garlic butter] – it will cook really quickly, so consider turning the gas down to reduce the heat from above.

    EDIT: Don’t even think about doing something else while cooking the pizzas – they’ll burn!!

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    We find a wooden peel works for making the pizza and launching then the metal to remove from oven. When we just had the metal peel they were harder to remove without too much flour

    Premier Icon grum
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    Yeah good advice above but just to reiterate don’t try and make them too thin at first, and remember to really go easy on the toppings. Are you using good high protein pizza flour?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Thin n crispy is so 2019, it’s all about the neapolitan now! Sourdough even better!

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    To the person who asked if you can run butane on a Ooni.

    I am not a gas engineer, but I’ve been running butane fine for a few months. You just need a different regulator.

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    so were finally getting the hang of it now.

    but we have had to give back the borrowed burner. new burners are like rocking horse shit online. has anyone any idea where there might be one available? Also there appears to be 2 models, the ‘gas burner’ and ‘gas burner for ooni pro’ the latter ones are widely available – has anyone used this with an oven thats not an ooni pro?

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    I think the pro one doesn’t fit a normal ooni.

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    i think that too, just wondered why or if anyone had tried/bodged it…

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I did somewhere that had them In some stores, it may be Dobbies let me check out the Facebook group where I seen them.

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    awesome thanks

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    well that was a waste of an afternoon and half a tank of fuel. still, nice to get get out!!

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    No luck?

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    Did you do click and collect on the dobies site before going ? Showing stock to local store for tomorrow for me

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    First use of the ooni on Friday and everyone raved about the pizza. I bought some Caputo gluten free flour and can recommend it for anyone who has the same requirements. I slightly mis-read the instructions and piled all the ingredients into the mixer but should have mixed the flour and water for 5 minutes, then added the yeast, oil and salt and mixed for a further 2 minutes. The mix was a bit on the wet side but good enough to roll out by hand with some extra flour and by the end I had managed to get a raised crust around the outside, but on the last pizza the dough was slightly under although the topping and crust looked well done.

    I also bought a fold up aluminium table from Argos which worked really well. Big enough to hold the oven plus plenty of space for flour and plates. It folds up really small so can be stored alongside the oven.

    Does anyone use a temperature gun?

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    Did you do click and collect on the dobies site before going ? Showing stock to local store for tomorrow for me

    it said click and collect was available to collect the next day for me too, at 3 local stores (marple, Alty and Preston) but i wanted it that same day. i all phoned 3 stores hundreds of times but nobody answered. i called the HQ but she didnt know which stores had what stock of anything. so i just drove down to Marple. they had none. i showed them the click and collect thing but they still had none. i went over to the altrincham store, same story. CBA going to Preston.

    we ended up christening the fuel tray and got a wood fire going. amazing. bit of a faff but im in less of a rush for the gas burner now…!

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Unlikely stock is held at any of the local stores if it’s for order collect tomorrow. That’ll be a warehouse dispatch.

    Anyway. Made a batch of dough Friday so have had a few pizzas this weekend. Nice making them in the day light . Easier to judged cookedness

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Made off the scale amazing rump steaks in ours at the weekend. Lovely crust and rare inside. Sadly the grill pan melted a tad!

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    Late to the party but I made this oven back in spring 2016 from an old hearthstone I had dug up, some spare bricks from a neighbour and puddling clay acquired from the local canal works for a donation.
    Pizza oven

    Fitted a Vitcas thermometer to the door (old worktop backed with masterboard left over from wood stove installation)
    Door

    I made a stainless steel peel from some spare sheet cut to 1/2” narrower than the doorway and welded to some 1” od tube, with the handle wrapped in bar tape.
    Makes a difference when used with polenta/semolina under the dough.
    Pizza

    Total cost was about £45 including the cement for the bricks. Pizzas cook in about 90 seconds.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    That’s well cool.

    Yeah steaks and the likes are outstanding done in the oven but make sure your cast iron pan is sufficient for the temps.

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