How to Clean a Brick Pizza Oven

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Some people swear that cooking a pizza in a brick oven yields a superior pizza to one cooked in a traditional convection oven. The crust comes out crisp and the pizza comes out with a consistent taste. However, you are cooking on brick, and brick is porous. You must routinely clean the brick to ensure it stays in good cooking condition and to ensure you remove any bacteria that could make people sick.

Things You'll Need

  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Rag
  • Metal wire brush
  • Pick up a few hot pieces of coal with tongs and place the pieces of wood onto the items that fell off the pizza to burn them off. This method only works if your brick oven heats with wood. If it heat with gas, skip this step and move to the next.

  • Between cooking pizzas, scrape food that falls off the pizza and lands on the brick with a metal scraper. This includes cheese, pepperoni or any other items that fall off. Remove the items and discard them in the trash.

  • Rinse a rag in clean water and ring out the excess water from the rag. Wipe up grease spills between cooking pizzas with the rag. Wear oven mitts to protect your hands from burns.

  • Brush the floor of the oven with a metal wire brush regularly to remove cinder and soot.

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