Learn More About Outdoor Living Products Including Interesting and (Hopefully) Useful Information on Materials, Design and How Pizza Ovens Are Made and Used.

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Pizza Ovens

What is 304 Stainless Steel, and Why is it Important?

If you are like us, you have had the experience of buying a grill or space heater at a home improvement store that looked like stainless steel, but when you put it in your backyard you watched it rust and completely fall apart. Bella Outdoor Living is based in Northern California, near the ocean, so outdoor gear corrodes even faster here. The reason that most grills and BBQs don’t last is that while they are made to look like stainless steel, they really aren’t…

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What is a Firebrick Baking Tile?

Firebricks are made by compressing refractory clays in a form, and firing it in a kiln. At high pressure and high temperature, the basic chemistry of the clay is transformed (it’s call Sintering) into a new material that is efficient at storing heat and transferring it food, including pizza and bread dough. It is all very durable and resistant to high temperatures, fire and coals. Firebrick baking tiles are different from industrial firebricks, because they are designed to operate in the moderate temperature ranges you see in a pizza oven…

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Why is Powder Coating Better Than Paint?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. Further, as powder coating does not have a liquid carrier, it can produce thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging…

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How Do Pizza Ovens Work

Brick ovens have been with us for thousands of years, reaching far back into antiquity. There were many beautiful brick ovens uncovered in Pompeii and Naples that looked and functioned pretty much just like the pizza oven you would see in any high-end pizzeria. Pizza ovens are traditionally wood-fired, where the oven breathes in cold air through the opening and exhausts hot air out through the vent…

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Should a Pizza Oven Vent Be Inside the Oven Chamber, or Outside it?

The location of the vent depends primarily on the size of your oven, where there are two basic options. For smaller ovens, where weight and overall sizes are the primary driving design factors, then the vent is typically placed in the front of the oven, inside the oven chamber. The oven breaths cold air in through oven opening across the fire, and it exhausts hot air from combustion out through the vent…

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A Ceramic Insulation Primer

Because pizza ovens operate at higher temperatures than a conventional oven, working consistently above 700F compared with the 500-550F maximum temperature for a standard oven, insulation is very important. Luckily, recent advances in high temperature insulation make it possible to effectively insulate a pizza oven in a reasonably small amount of space. This allows the oven enclosure to remain small relative to the size…

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Door Size Fundamentals

The size of the opening of a pizza oven is a trade-off between two incompatible objectives — the desire for easy access for moving food in and out of you oven, and the need for retaining the heat you need for cooking inside the oven. On one extreme, a very small opening is highly efficient at retaining heat, but it limits you from putting larger items, such as roasts, larger baking pans and wider grills, while at the other extreme, a very wide oven opening might make it easy to use a wide grill, but it cannot retain the high heat you need to bake great Pizza Napoletana…

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Chimney Size and Your Pizza Oven

Bella pizza ovens burn wood extremely efficiently. They operate at very high temperatures, so that the wood is fully combusted (much like a catalytic converter they even burn the particulates in the oven smoke) and they mainly exhaust is hot air. You can see this by looking at the top of your chimney after your oven is up to heat, and you will only see hot, wavy lines coming out of your oven. You can also see your oven’s efficiency by the small, fine ash that the fire leaves behind…

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How Does Tuscan Grilling Work

Nothing compares with a real wood-fired grill. Wood coals give your food complex flavors that a gas grill, or even a charcoal grill just can’t match. What makes Tuscan Grilling so great is that it takes wood-fired grilling to a whole new level. That’s because a Tuscan Grill cooks steaks, chops, ribs, chicken, fish and vegetables to the top and the bottom — at the same time. And with different types of heat…

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