Having an outdoor pizza oven is a great way to host a welcoming get-together all year round. However, when winter creeps up, keeping your outdoor pizza oven in tip-top shape is essential to protect it against extreme temperatures and the elements.
Luckily, keeping your outdoor oven safe against cold winter temperatures doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. We’ll show you how to effortlessly care for your oven, tips for prepping your oven when you're hosting a winter pizza get-together, and what you can do to protect it from the extreme cold during the chilly winter months.
Do Outdoor Pizza Ovens Work in Winter?
Absolutely! Outdoor pizza ovens are designed to be robust and versatile, enabling them to function effectively even during the winter months.
However, if you live in an area that experiences severe cold and snow during the winter months, it’s important to take a slightly different approach to using your pizza oven so you keep it in the best working condition possible.
One of the ways making lip-smacking pizza and other dishes during winter differs from doing the same in summer is that cooler temperatures require a more gradual warming-up process to expose the cold oven to extreme heat without causing any structural damage. This isn’t a drawback; rather, it’s an opportunity to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the oven for a little longer before the pizza-making begins.
How to Use an Outdoor Pizza Oven During Winter
It’s easy to give your outdoor pizza oven the protection and TLC it needs, whether you want to use it today or keep it safe until your next outdoor pizza party.
Protect It from the Elements
Your best friend in cold, windy, and rainy conditions is a premium outdoor pizza oven cover that directly protects it in harsh winter conditions. A high-quality cover preserves the pristine condition of your outdoor pizza oven and is the perfect companion for protection against any extreme weather conditions.
Prepping Is Key
A solid prepping routine is the key to getting the most out of your outdoor pizza oven during winter. Follow these three steps, and you’re good to go:
- Remove any snow that may have gotten inside the oven or its components.
- Clean your oven thoroughly by following the cleaning instructions it came with.
- Ensure the interior and exterior of the oven are dry so making the fire is as easy as possible.
Build Your Fire Gradually
While you can use the outdoor pizza oven during any season, the cold winter climate can cause a thermal shock if you suddenly expose the oven to extreme heat. To avoid the risk of your oven cracking, make sure you build your fire gradually and wait a little longer before cooking anything inside.
Standing around a warm and inviting outdoor pizza oven is a great way to stay cozy. However, it’s also important to protect yourself from freezing winter temperatures by wearing warm clothing. Consider thermal underwear and socks, a wind-resistant jacket, and your favorite winter hat and scarf.
Fontana Forni Pizza Ovens for Year-Round Enjoyment
Come winter or summer, your Fontana Forni outdoor wood-burning pizza oven is a fantastic way to prepare delicious, fresh pizzas for family and friends. With good pizza oven care, pizza cooked at home can remain a staple all year round. Fontana Forni’s top-quality accessories, like its premium oven cover, offer further protection for your entire pizza oven against extreme weather conditions.
Look through our website today to explore our superior range of outdoor pizza ovens and accessories, and enjoy hosting the best pizza parties no matter the season.