When you think about wood fired cooking, you generally think about pizza. And while you’re right to do so, there are also many other ways to use a wood fired oven. When it’s time to fit out your new outdoor kitchen, you might start by weighing up your options for different types of cooking elements.

In this post, we’ll compare the pros and cons of wood-fired cooking and gas and electric cooking so you can get a better idea of which choice is right for you.

Why Wood Fired? 

Having a wood fired oven can become a way of life, especially when you become accustomed to that alluring smell and that wood-charred flavour. This is artisanal baking and cooking at its finest. It allows you, as the cook, to develop unique tastes, ideas and imagination with every meal.

Some other reasons why people choose wood fired ovens are:

Fast Baking Time 

Wood fired ovens are known for their fast baking times due to their incredibly high temperatures. Pizza, flatbreads and other foods can all cook within a few minutes.

The Art of Cooking 

With electric and gas ovens, all you do is turn it on and wait for it to preheat. With a wood fired oven, you have to really understand the way it heats up. You’ll build a large fire until the flames fill the roof of the dome, heating the floor and roof until it reaches 280c. Then you’ll rake the fire coals to the side, brush clean the floor and cook your pizzas directly on the oven floor, adding wood every 15 to 20 minutes to keep the heat constant.

You Can Cook Anything 

Don’t just stop at pizza. You can brown vegetables, sear meats, cook a casserole, roast a lamb, bake bread and cakes…the options are endless.

Aromatic Flavour and Smell 

One of the main reasons to get a wood fired oven is the incredible flavour and aroma that only charred cooking can bring. This allows you to add tastes that you can’t achieve with spices and sauces, and it brings an earthy element to your cooking.

More Natural Way of Cooking

For many, the big appeal of a wood fired oven is that the heat source is 100% natural. This is one way to avoid the use of chemicals and it’s a more environmentally friendly heat source.

Gas and Electric Cooking 

When you cook with gas or electricity, you don’t get any of the external aromatic influence. All of the smells and flavours can only be accomplished with ingredients, herbs and spices. In addition, cooking in this way tends to be a slightly slower way of cooking.

When it comes to baking bread, cakes, pizzas, and more, you won’t get the same timing or taste as you would with a wood fired oven. However, these types of cooking are ideal for indoors, while a wood-fired oven is a perfect choice for your outdoor kitchen.

Gas and electric heating are not as energy efficient or environmentally friendly. Gas relies on chemicals to supply heat, and electricity uses power unnecessarily.

However, in the long run, gas and electric cooking is an easier method that more people understand. But if you’re up for the challenge, we highly recommend a wood fired oven.

Contact European Wood Fired Ovens today for more information or for service Australia-wide.