Buying a commercial pizza oven
Finding the right commercial pizza oven to use in your professional kitchen does not need to be a big chore. We've taken the hard work out for you and made it even easier to find the right equipment for your hotel, restaurant, cafe or pizzeria. Depending on the size of your establishment, you'll find a suitable option in Maxima's range of professional pizza ovens.
How do you use a pizza oven?
A commercial pizza oven is essential for any Italian kitchen. If you want to serve deliciously crispy pizzas to your guests, you first need to know how to use one.
In any catering establishment, it's important to know how to use professional equipment. Luckily, Maxima makes sure this is easy. With our professional pizza ovens, you can set the temperature to your specific need using the handy dial. The indicator light shows when it’s time to put the pizzas in. The best way to do this is with a pizza board so that you can place it directly on the bottom of the oven, and it will keep its shape.
Did you know that you can also use a pizza oven to bake bread or make cakes? This is useful to know if your pizza oven is on anyway, or if your regular oven is not available for a while. It's also helpful for professional kitchens that can use one piece of equipment to do multiple things, so you get the most out of your purchase.
Bread usually takes a bit longer and bakes at a lower temperature than a pizza. Do you have a double pizza oven? Then you can set the temperature per each chamber. Because the temperature is easy to regulate, each dish always cooks exactly the way you want it to.
It's important to wipe the pizza stone down with a damp cloth before using it for the first time, and then let it dry thoroughly. Then turn on the oven to 100⁰C for 30 minutes, and then to 200⁰C for 15 minutes.
What different kinds of commercial pizza ovens are there?
In the world of pizza-making, there are several types of pizza ovens that cater to the needs of different food businesses. Commercial wood-fired pizza ovens are perfect for those who want to achieve a classic, smokey flavour. They add depth of flavour to the pizza, which is loved by many. These are often found in authentic Italian restaurants with lots of space.
Commercial gas pizza ovens are a popular choice for those who want a more efficient and controlled cooking process. These ovens are also great for food establishments that require high-volume cooking. These are good options for larger volume catering businesses like restaurants and hotels.
Lastly, commercial electric pizza ovens are perfect for those who want a consistent and convenient pizza cooking process. These ovens are easy to operate, and their capability to control temperature ensures that consistent quality is achieved with every pizza cooked. They are ideal for use in smaller spaces, like medium-sized kitchens, food trucks and takeaway pizzerias.
What should I consider before buying a commercial pizza oven
When it comes to professional kitchens, selecting the right type of commercial pizza oven is a crucial factor. There are three main types available: wood-fired, gas and electric.
Wood-fired pizza ovens are preferred by traditional pizzerias and restaurants that take pride in serving authentic Italian-style pizzas. These ovens combine heat and smoke to create a distinct flavour. However, they do require a lot of space.
For kitchens that require high-volume production, gas pizza ovens are a more economical option. They are user-friendly, require less maintenance and can heat up quickly. Busy kitchens appreciate their speed and practicality.
Last but not least, electric pizza ovens are an excellent choice for commercial kitchens. Not only do they offer precise temperature control, but they also save energy. With all of these advantages, it is no wonder that many restaurants opt for electric pizza ovens.
When it comes to commercial pizza ovens, size and capacity play an important role in determining how many pizzas you can bake at once. Depending on your business's scale and output needs, you may choose an oven that can bake one or two pizzas at a time, or invest in a model with double chambers for increased capacity.
Pizza ovens also come in various models, including countertop, single-deck, double-deck, and conveyor belt models. The larger the oven, the more pizzas you can bake simultaneously, making it a more efficient investment for high-volume pizzerias.
A good professional pizza oven is a great investment if you want to make the most delicious pizzas. One key characteristic of a high-quality pizza oven is a wide temperature range, typically between 50 and 450 or 500⁰C. This range allows for greater flexibility when cooking different types of pizzas and lets you experiment with various cooking styles.
For example, a lower temperature setting can be used to create a crispy crust while a higher temperature can create a more authentic charred look. Additionally, a wider temperature range can also be useful for cooking other dishes, such as bread or roasted meats. Ultimately, investing in a pizza oven with a wide temperature range can help elevate your pizza-making opportunities and enhance your overall cooking experience.
When it comes to choosing the right professional pizza oven for your professional kitchen, energy efficiency is a crucial factor. Not only does it help reduce environmental impact and conserve resources, but it also offers numerous benefits for kitchens in terms of cost savings and increased productivity.
For instance, opting for energy-efficient appliances can result in significant reductions in energy bills. What's more, these appliances also generate less heat so less air conditioning is needed, resulting in lower electricity bills.
In a professional kitchen, the ease of maintenance can be a deciding factor when choosing a commercial pizza oven. The pizza oven is the heart of any pizzeria or restaurant and requires regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently. A well-maintained oven not only ensures the quality of the pizza but also minimises the risk of breakdowns and repairs.
In addition, an oven that is easy to clean and maintain will save time and money for the kitchen, allowing chefs to focus on making delicious food instead of worrying about equipment issues. This saves both time and money in the long term.
What is the best commercial pizza oven?
Maxima has a range of different-sized electric pizza ovens. Made from high-quality materials and designed to be easy to use and easy to clean, they are some of the best commercial pizza ovens on the market. Besides the different sizes, you also have the choice of, among other things:
- with glazing or stainless steel front
- pizza oven with extra wide chamber
- available in a single chamber or with a double chamber for double capacity
- a compact pizza oven which is suitable for 1 x 40 cm pizza, or 4 x 20cm pizzas
In the ovens with an extra wide chamber, you can bake four to six pizzas side by side. These are also 'double' versions available, which means they have two chambers. This allows you to make up to twelve pizzas in one go. The temperature of these ovens can be controlled per chamber using the rotary buttons. These are nice and big, so you can even use them with your oven gloves on.
There is also a compact model that is easy to move because it only weighs 20kg. If you don't want to leave the larger ovens standing on the countertop, you can also order a base for your pizza oven.
Do you want to make a lot of pizzas? Then we also have a pizza oven with a conveyor belt available. This can make up to 30 pizzas per hour! In this pizza oven, the pizzas pass through the oven on a conveyor belt, where they are baked evenly on both sides.
FAQ: Commercial pizza ovens
If you are considering investing in a commercial pizza oven for your restaurant or pizzeria, then look no further. We've put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision before selecting the pizza oven that best fits your needs.
1. How do I clean a pizza oven?
One of the most frequently asked questions about commercial pizza ovens is how to clean a pizza oven. It’s important to do this after each use to keep your equipment in good working order. Due to the high temperatures, most of the grease will have disappeared. You can just use a dry cloth or a slightly damp sponge. Do not use a lot of water or let water drops soak into the stone.
It’s also important to let the pizza stone cool down well first. This prevents burns but also stops cracks from forming in the stone when there is a big difference in temperatures. Make sure you remove any leftover food residue. You can do this with a knife or a stainless steel sponge. Don't use cleaning products on the stone as you don't want the taste or smell of these on your food either. Don't forget to clean the inside of the glass windows so you can see clearly the next time you use it.
After a while, stains may appear on the stone. This is normal and you may not be able to remove them. A pizza stone is porous so leftover cheese and pizza dough will soak into the stone. The moisture will then evaporate and the leftover marks will remain. Don't worry, this won't affect the taste.
2. Making your own pizza dough
Making your own pizza dough can be a lot of intense work. Like traditional Italian kitchens, it's a good idea to make a large amount at once so you can quickly pop a homemade pizza in the oven whenever you want. Maxima’s
are excellent tools for this. There is no need to knead the dough yourself as the dough mixer does this for you with ease, saving your time in your catering business.
Is your pizza dough ready? Time to make those beautiful pizza crusts. You could do this using an old-fashioned rolling pin or with your hands. Why not make it even easier on yourself by passing your pizza crust through an automatic
? This makes rolling out dough a piece of cake!
3. Can you store pizza dough?
Are you planning on baking another pizza within two days? This is often needed in professional kitchens. You can keep pizza dough that is ready to use in the refrigerator. Put the pizza dough in a closed, airtight plastic container and place it in the refrigerator. When you want to start using the pizza dough, take it out of the refrigerator at least an hour before, so it can get to room temperature. Do not store your dough in the refrigerator for more than two days.
Want to keep your pizza dough longer than two days? Then use your freezer. By putting the dough in an airtight container and putting it in the freezer, you can keep it for two to three months. After you have made your dough, roll it into balls that you place on a plate. Cover the dough balls loosely with cling film and put them in the freezer. When these are frozen, you can place them in a bag or wrap them individually in cling film.
Again, make sure the pizza dough is at room temperature before making the pizza. This way, you can be sure that your pizza will have a beautiful, crunchy crust.
4. What is the best temperature for a commercial pizza oven?
The best pizza oven temperature for a professional kitchen is between 260 and 290°C. At this temperature, the pizza crust gets golden and crispy while the cheese and toppings are cooked properly. In addition, a high-temperature oven allows for faster cooking times and efficient use of the kitchen's resources, reducing overall waiting times for customers.
It is important to note that different types of pizza may require slightly different temperatures. For example, a Neapolitan-style pizza is usually cooked at a higher temperature around 430°C for only a few minutes. Finding the perfect pizza oven temperature requires experimentation and adjustments depending on the type of pizza you plan to make.
Maxima's refurbished equipment
Even though all our machines are priced competitively, we also offer refurbished items for sale at a reduced price. These machines may have been demo models or returns, which are usually sent back as a precaution when the packaging has been slightly damaged during transport. You can get a second-hand commercial pizza oven that has been thoroughly tested by our technical department at an even lower price. Browse our
to find your new second-hand commercial pizza oven today.