PIzza Oven Care
Your Artisan Fire Pizza Oven is built from high-quality 304 stainless steel and engineered for durability. Simple care and cleaning will provide a lifetime of service. Please read and thoroughly understand your owner's manual before using your pizza oven.
Always remove the door when the oven is in operation. The door may be replaced after the oven has been turned off.
Always clean the baking deck with a brass brush before cooking. A long-handled, push-broom style brush is best. Use caution when cleaning the cooking surface inside a hot oven. Brush debris to the front of the baking deck and down into the debris tray below the front slot. Always wait for the oven to cool before emptying the debris tray.
We sell a brass brush as part of our Pizza Master's Essentials Kit.
Seasoning the Ceiling Stone
Before using your pizza oven for the first time, the ceiling stone must be seasoned to remove moisture from the composite material. Failure to properly season the ceiling stone may result in cracks or structural failure. If the oven sits idle for long periods in high humidity, the ceiling stone may require re-seasoning.
Remove the door and light the lower burner. Run the oven with the lower burner on HIGH for 1 hour. Light the upper burner and set to LOW. Run the oven for an additional 30 minutes. The ceiling stone should now be seasoned and ready for normal use.
The main baking deck is made from a ceramic material and does not require any seasoning.
Cleaning the Pizza Oven
The most effective process for cleaning the exterior of your oven is as follows:
- Wait until the oven has completely cooled.
- Use an environmentally-friendly and bio-degradable cleaner such as Simple Green. They offer a general-purpose cleaner as well as a concentrated degreaser. Spray on and then wipe off with soft shop towels. A little elbow grease will remove most stains and debris.
- Focus on trouble spots, such as burnt-on oils, sauce or drippings using Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser. Exercise care with this product as it is an abrasive. Scrub with the grain of the stainless steel to remove stains. Bar Keepers Friend can even remove the light bronze-tinted appearance that results from extreme heat discoloring stainless steel. Apply Bar Keepers Friend with a cotton jersey rag, following the instructions on the canister. Rinse off residue with water.
- Stains that cannot be removed with diligent scrubbing and Bar Keepers Friend can generally be removed with a Scratch-B-Gone Kit available from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. This kit, as the name indicates, can also be used to remove scratches.
- Use a stainless steel polish to remove any remaining cleaner residue and shine the oven. Wait until the polish has fully dried/evaporated before using the pizza oven.
Under normal use, the only cleaning needed inside the oven is to brush or scrape debris off the baking deck with a brass brush or stainless steel scraper. If the interior requires a more thorough cleaning, the most effective process is as follows:
- Wait until the oven has completely cooled.
- Remove the roof by lifting it off and setting aside.
- Remove the ceiling stone and set aside.
- Lift off the mid section (the primary cooking chamber) and set it upside down on a steady surface. With the cooking chamber upside-down, you now have easy access to the interior walls. Clean them following the instructions for cleaning the stainless steel on the exterior of your oven.
- If desired, remove the baking deck and set aside. Do the same with the heat baffles. You can now clean out any debris that may have accumulated in the base of the oven over time.
- Carefully re-assemble the oven according to the owner's manual.
NEVER use steel wool or standard steel brushes on any part of your oven. This will leave small amounts of mild steel behind, embedded into the grain of the stainless steel, and it will rust.
NEVER use chemicals to clean your baking deck.
NEVER use cleaning products on a hot oven.
Salt Water Environments
Oceanfront environments with salt air and sea spray will require regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent rust. Clean stainless steel surfaces at least two times a month to keep the chemical reaction from the salt from gaining a foothold on your equipment. With regular cleaning, your equipment will look like new for a lifetime. To achieve maximum corrosion and stain resistance, the surface of the stainless steel must be kept clean. Should some rust spots occur, they can be easily removed with Bar Keepers Friend.
Avoid Damaging the Ignition Button
When cleaning the oven, be careful not to jolt or damage the soft rubber button for the ignition.