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Gas Vs Wood Fired Pizza Oven

You are probably considering purchasing a pizza oven, but unsure whether to choose gas or a wood fired pizza oven. We will analyse the benefits and disadvantages of both gas pizza ovens and wood fired ovens; the answer, for which will suit you best, will ultimately be determined by your specific requirements.

In my time as a chef, I have worked with a variety of different pizza ovens. It has given me keen insights into their pros and cons, so you can have a better idea of which choice is right for you.

What are the pros of wood fired pizza ovens?

A genuine wood fired brick oven has the magnitude to provide remarkable cooking, authenticity and aesthetic appeal to your outdoor area, or restaurant – making it a scenery centrepiece.

Aromatic Flavour

The appeal of wood fired ovens is the romantic charm of a hot, radiant fire and the smoky, aromatic flavour it produces when charring a pizza. As a chef, working with fire is exhilarating, adding rustic, inherent flavour and texture to pizza.

Fast Cooking Time

Due to their unbelievably high temperatures, cooking a traditional artisan pizza in a wood oven is approximately 4 – 5 minutes faster.

  • Cooking pizza in a gas pizza oven at 280 degrees C takes approx. 7 minutes.
  • Cooking pizza in a wood fired pizza oven at 380 degrees C takes approx. 1.5 – 3 minutes.

You Can Cook Anything

It doesn’t stop at pizzas. You can cook a greater variety of food and styles, including:

Meat Fish Chargrill
Roast Bread Desserts     

The options are endless.

What are the cons of wood fired pizza ovens?

Cleaning & Maintenance

A wood fired pizza oven requires more work after each use like removing ash and food residue. (However, if you’re a gardener, wood ash is a great source of lime and potassium for your garden).

You also need storage space for your wood.

Skill Prerequisite

Operating a wood fired oven will test your cooking skills. You need to be mindful of monitoring the fire, controlling the temperature, and don’t forget to rotate your food! Get yourself a handheld digital infrared thermometer for convenience.

Heating a wood oven takes a longer amount of time. Depending if there’s any residual heat from the day before, or whether you start the oven from stone cold, it can take between 1 – 2 hours to reach optimal temperature. There’s a smaller margin for error working with a wood oven.

Fire Regulations

In more rural zones of Australia, lighting a wood fired pizza oven is illegal during total fire ban season. Check with your local fire regulatory authority.

What are the pros of gas pizza ovens?

Gas powered ovens are incredibly efficient, requiring just the push of a button. This oven is often the best choice for pizza bars. It is certainly eco-friendlier and more sustainable.

Less Skill and Work Involved

Gas pizza ovens are easier to use than a wood oven. They do not require a skilled pizzaiolo. They output faster turnover and easier workflow, requiring far less maintenance compared to the wood oven.

  • No chopping, carrying and stacking wood.
  • Oven connects to your home or business gas supply.

Temperature Controlled

The gas conveyor variety models make it even easier. A simple digital input selecting cooking time and desired temperature (generally 7 minutes at 280 degrees C), and just watch them cook or carry on making more pizza. If you overheat the temperature in a wood oven it takes time and effort to reduce the temperature.

No Fire Bans

A gas pizza oven is not subject to any fire burning codes and regulations.

What are the cons of gas pizza ovens?

Slower Cooking Time

Because of the lower operating temperatures of gas ovens and a longer cooking time, you really must be on your game to mass-produce pizzas.

More Expensive

If you own a pizza bar that turns over fast takeaway pizzas, you will likely need a two-deck gas pizza oven to keep up. These models cost upwards of $20,000.

How do you decide?

The choice boils down to whether cleanliness, efficiency, convenience and simplicity are important to you. If that sounds like you choose gas. If you want authentic, rustic, charred pizza flavour with a live fire that sets the scene at your home or restaurant, then choose a wood fired pizza oven. The awesomeness and wholesome qualities of a wood fire never disappoints.

How to use a pizza oven? How to cook pizza in oven? How to clean a wood fired pizza oven?

If you have a wood oven at home, not sure where to begin and wish to learn how to make an authentic wood oven pizza, contact Locale Woodfire Catering at to find out about our training program.

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Become a Pizzaiolo

Become a Pizzaiolo

Hello and welcome to Locale Woodfire Catering! My name is Anthony Misale.

I profoundly believe in the willingness to bring enthusiasm to learning, in sharing ideas and skills within our community to better enhance our human experience. And who among us doesn’t attribute food as a heartfelt experience of being human? The preparation of a meal, sitting down with loved ones to nourish our appetites, fuel our bodies and enjoy the wholesomeness. These experiences can be mediocre or an outright delight. I believe in the latter.

Recently, I was invited to TAFE SA to teach young aspiring chefs about traditional artisan woodfire pizza. As part of my mission to make every meal a memorable moment, it was my humble pleasure to pass on my experience to the next generation of chefs in Adelaide.

At the end of our session together, I welcomed an interactive Q&A. I believe the questions that we discussed were relevant and important to know for everyone endeavouring in a career path as a chef, regardless of the cuisine or their hospitality establishment of choice. In fact, some questions were so good that they require a whole blog to go more in depth.

Stay with us to find out our opinion on “Woodfired vs Gas Pizza Ovens” and what it all means for a pizza, in the next blog.

The questions and my answers are as follows:

What are your motivations to teach students your traditional artisan pizza skills?

I want to teach students about hospitality because I believe there are a lot of life skills to learn from the industry. For example, you learn how to cook, communicate with staff and customers which helps with self confidence and you can also gain skills to open your own shop one day, if you work hard enough. Most of these skills you will use in everyday life and if they can succeed then so does my purpose.

What is the most rewarding aspect?

Seeing kids enjoying their time and having the opportunity to be able to give students a different perspective on their career opportunities.

What advice do you have for young aspiring chefs?

Work hard. Learn as much as you can from other chefs. Don’t be afraid to approach restaurants for work experience. Opportunities are abundant, you just need the right mindset, attitude and willingness to create your own opportunities.

What are the main skills of a competent chef?

Knife skills, occupational health and safety, a good understanding of food and preparation. 

What skills are the most important to develop to be successful as a chef?

Often it doesn’t come down to skills, but disciplines. Be enthusiastic about learning. Love challenges and don’t run away from what’s hard. Everything is hard when you don’t have experience. Your skills are a constant development in progress, and never a finished product.

I also believe that doing a TAFE course is beneficial to any aspiring chef as it will give you all the tools needed to pursue success as a chef. 

What is the worst part of the work?

Cleaning up…

What’s your first memory of your love for cooking?

One of my first memories of cooking was being asked to cook by our head chef one night because his supporting chef had been absent from work. I was nervous as I had never really cooked professionally, and it was going to be a busy night. I didn’t really have much of a choice, so I got in the kitchen and followed the instructions from my chef. We got through the night without a hitch and from that day I began my career as a chef. 

Describe your style in three words

Italian, traditional, wholesome. 

Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my Nonna. I grew up with her style of food and always loved going to nonna’s for Sunday lunch. I deeply cherish my memories of time spent around the dining table with my family. It became my decisive business model to recreate wholesome experiences with every meal I serve. If the experience of what you serve isn’t memorable, it’s forgettable.

What four ingredients are essential in your kitchen?

Flour, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Creating my catering company. 

Favourite kitchen equipment?

My wood-oven because it’s challenging to learn how to master heating consistency. 

If you would also love to learn, or perhaps you’re thinking of purchasing a wood oven for your home and need helpful tips, I offer a training service to go through the fundamentals of how to use and maintain your wood oven in Adelaide, be sure to contact me at

Thank you for reading and for your support.

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