A pizza shovel i.e. peel is a tool you use to place pizzas in the oven. This helps prevent you spilling any of the ingredients off the top of your pizza. Some describe this nifty tool as a giant spatula upon which you can build your pizza then place it in the oven.
There is more to it than that, however. A pizza peel also allows you to remove your pizza from the oven as well, without the risk of burning your fingers in the process.
A pizza peel allows you experience a genuine pizza-making experience in the process by doing the following:
Allowing you to place your pizza dough directly onto a flaming hot surface like your grill or your Fontana Pizza Oven and retrieve the pizza when finished cooking.
Providing you with an easy surface for turning your pizza to ensure even cooking.
Reducing charring from hot spots because turning is easier.
Impressing your guests and makes you look like the pizza expert in your town. Especially when you invite them over for pizza, and they see you in action with your pizza peel!
If you’re looking for an authentic pizza-making experience, you need our pizza shovel! You can finally recreate the flavor, texture, and experience of making a pizza in your Fontana Oven.
Handle 96 cm – total length 120 cm
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Please be careful when cleaning your pizza ovens. You should always wait until your pizza oven has cooled before you start cleaning, but you can still encounter hot spots, so you’ll also want to wear heat-resistant gloves. If you know it’s already completely cool, regular gloves to handle stubborn soot are perfect. Breathing in potential carcinogens is never healthy, so ensure that your nose, mouth, and eyes are covered.
Even though certain woods will add great flavours when cooking, their ashes need to be removed from time to time. Make sure you have a brass bristle brush and shovel. Use the brass bristle brush to sweep all the debris to the centre before using a shovel to lift it out. Keep repeating this step until everything has been removed, and then take an ash vacuum cleaner or brush to the inside for what’s left. We recommend avoiding chemical cleaners to clean the interior of the oven, as the stones could absorb the chemicals into your food. We also warn against using liquids to clean the stones, as this could lead to the stones cracking from thermal shock.
What can you do with the ash you remove from your wood-fired pizza oven?
Use it in the garden! No, you didn’t read that wrong; ashes contain tons of nutrients that your plants will love. Don’t have a garden? Store your ashes in a lidded container and use them as natural traction control for the winter months in place of salt.
Soot is another thing you need to ensure you clean from your pizza oven. Just as with a working fireplace and chimney in the home, it’s important to ensure that oven soot is removed on a regular basis to prevent airflow blockages. Cleaning the soot build-up from oven walls is easy; just fire it up for a while. The high heat will easily eliminate soot; you’ll know when it turns white.
To clean soot from your oven’s flue and chimney, take a bristle nose brush and scrub as much of these surfaces as possible until you see very little dropping from the chimney, or none.
The Final Step
Now that you’ve removed the soot, ash, and other stuff from your outdoor oven, you’ll need to brush any remaining bits from the floor and walls, and then wipe it down with a damp cotton cloth.
Because it absorbs the most dust and ash. The easiest way to reach all surfaces is to put the cloth at the end of a long stick.
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