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Outdoor Ovens FAQs

Traditional Outdoor OvenAt Garden Gift Shop, we get asked many questions about our outdoor ovens. To help you choose the right oven for you, we have decided to put together a list of our most frequently asked questions from other customers who have bought our ovens. From assembly to painting advice, we have a varied list of questions that will hopefully answer all of your queries. If, after reading, this article you still can’t find the information you need, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team are always on hand to talk you through our products and make recommendations about what might suit you and your needs. It is also worth noting that when you purchase our ovens they come with full easy to follow instructions. 

When will my outdoor oven be delivered?

We will call you to arrange a suitable delivery date. We will never send the oven out until we have contacted you and made sure it is convenient first. UK orders are normally sent within two business days and international orders are generally received in less than five days. We will communicate with you about delivery however once you have completed your order. 

How is my outdoor oven delivered?

Your oven is delivered securely by a pallet company and is on or inside a protective crate. This ensures your oven will arrive in a safe and undamaged manor. We also add multiple layers of protective packaging to the crate to ensure no scratches or chips occur during delivery. When your oven arrives, we do recommend you inspect your outdoor oven before the driver leaves. 

The driver has an obligation to deliver your oven to the front of your house. They are not insured to park on your drive so it is at their discretion how far they deliver the oven into your property. They will carry it on a trolley from the truck but the wheels of the trolley can only operate on flat, hard surfaces. It wouldn’t be recommended for them to wheel the oven across the garden. You will need to discuss how you move your oven with the driver. Be ready to move it into position yourself however. 

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Is my oven heavy?

All of our ovens are heavy, they are built using high quality materials that allow you to cook at soaring hot temperatures. On each product of the website we will indicate the weight of the oven. For example, our clay and brick ovens tend to weigh in the region of 300 to 400 kgs. Weight will differ on a product basis depending on fuel type and material but you can check their weight on the product information. It should be assumed however that you won’t be able to lift the oven on your home and may require assistance – whether that’s extra people or some heavy lighting equipment. 

What is the best way to carry my oven?

Your oven is very heavy so we would recommend you hire an engine hoist to help you lift the oven into your desired location. 

How do I assemble an outdoor oven?

Most of our outdoor ovens come readily assembled so you won’t have to do much to get your oven ready for use. Some brick or clay outdoor ovens require curing before use but we have a guide for this. This essentially builds up the heat in your oven over a few days so your oven doesn’t get too hot too soon. It’s a precautionary measure. 

You may also have to build a stand for your oven. Some models like our Alfapizza ovens do come with a stand but our traditional ovens will require you make your own. Some people simply place their oven on top of a pile of breeze blocks. As long as your base can safely support the weight of your oven you can use whatever you want. In terms of height, we recommend your oven sits at least 85cm height from the ground, ideally around 95cm.

Can I use my outdoor oven in my garage?

You could keep your oven in your garage to protect it from the weather when not in use. When cooking however you should move it into an outdoor space. We have a safety guide for using pizza ovens and the same applies. You need to ensure you have appropriate ventilation to avoid smoke build up and fire hazards. 

How do I extinguish the fire in my oven?

The fire will extinguish naturally on its own after a period of time. You can assist by spreading the wood across the base of the oven but you shouldn’t try to extinguish with water. If you had any ashes in the oven you could also scoop them with a pizza peel and apply them to the fire. Closing the oven door will also get rid of any air supply that might be igniting the flame. Always check a fire is extinguished properly, and has cooled down, before doing anything to your oven. 

Can I paint my oven a different colour?

Some outdoor ovens you can paint. For example, brick and clay models are ok to paint, and may even give the oven some extra protection, stainless steel models however you wouldn’t be advised to paint. You should ensure you use a flexible masonry paint, such as cuprinol, for your outdoor ovens as this is better suited to cope with the changing oven temperatures. 


Can I move my oven while cooking?

No, it is really dangerous to move your oven while cooking. Your oven will get really hot and you could burn your hands. The oven is also really heavy and when carrying the fire is likely to move. Your food could catch alight and the fire could get unruly.

We recommend you move your oven into a safe place before cooking. If your fire does get too high whilst cooking or you think you need more ventilation, don’t try and move it. Instead add more dry, old logs to the fire, remove any residue from the oven (e.g. ashes) and leave the door slightly ajar. This should help control the fire and smoke. 

My outdoor oven has started to grow mould inside?

Your outdoor oven will be manufactured with a protective layer to safeguard it against changing weather conditions. If you clean your oven however and don’t let it dry properly however you might notice mould starting to grow on the inside of your oven. If this is case, wipe the mould with a cloth and cure your oven to dry out the damp. It’s important you only use a small fire in the centre of your oven when curing. 

What ventilation does my oven include?

All ovens include a chimney as standard, to allow smoke to escape the oven. You can additionally purchase a flue extension to help move fumes further away. 

What can I cook in my oven?

You can use an outdoor oven to cook a variety of food types. There are most commonly known for producing the finest pizza even known but with a few additions you can use them to cook almost anything. A lot of people use outdoor ovens to cook succulent joints of meat because the thorough cooking method creates the most perfect, tender and mouth-watering dishes. We do recommend you cook meat over a tray however to avoid any grease staining the stone or dripping into the fire. Some people cook meat on a baking tray or use a rotisserie spit. Your outdoor oven is a more powerful version of your kitchen oven and cooks more evenly so what you can cook in there is only limited by your own imagination. You will find most dishes cook amazingly well in your outdoor oven. 

What equipment do I need to cook in my oven?

This will depend on what you already have, the type of oven you have and what you want to cook. The bare minimum you’d probably need for cooking is a thermometer so you can monitor the temperature of your oven and a brush for cleaning out your oven – this is particularly necessary if you have a wood fired oven. If you do have a wood burning oven you will also need some fuel – you need to be careful about the wood you use so we’d recommend getting some wood chips.  You may also want to look at covers to help keep your oven in the best condition. All ovens have weatherproofing but to avoid having to cure a brick oven after a rainy season a cover is advisable. 

If you plan on cooking a lot of pizzas, a pizza peel is ideal so you can safely manoeuvre your food out of the oven. Likewise grill trays and roasting spits will be useful if you plan on cooking a lot of meat in the oven. You can use your ordinary pots and pans in an outdoor oven however. 

If you are unsure about what outdoor oven equipment is available you can have a look at our accessories section.