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Advantages of a Woodfire Oven

If you want to make crispy crusted, mouth watering pizzas, then we suggest you have an outdoor woodfire oven installed. Call us now!

If you want to make crispy crusted, mouth watering pizzas, then we suggest you have an outdoor woodfire oven installed. Call us now!

It’s no secret: We are huge fans of woodfire ovens here at Top Hat Outdoor Living. For many of our outdoor kitchen clients in the Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, Tennessee, areas, the woodfire oven becomes the centerpiece of their outdoor living space. Not only are they extremely functional—capable of cooking up delicious pizzas, breads, and basically anything else you can imagine—but they’re also durable, beautiful, impressive structures built of masonry. Also known as “wood ovens,” “pizza ovens,” or “bread ovens,” woodfire ovens also add value to your home and really do transform your patio or garden into a beloved extension of your home. For many foodies and cooks, there is simply no substitute for the taste and tradition of a cooking oven that uses wood fuel.

How a Woodfire Oven Works

Woodfire ovens are available in both cast refractory and brick. They have three main components—the floor or hearth, the dome above the hearth, and the oven opening. To use one of these ovens, you must first light a fire to heat up the inside of the oven. During this stage of cooking the oven gets extremely hot—sometimes even more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is called the “firing” stage, after which you will no longer heat the oven, instead allowing it to cool over several hours or even days.

You’ll then push the ash and red hot coals to the outer parts of the oven (or sweep them out) to make room for the food you’ll put inside to be cooked. There is no steady temperature with a woodfire oven, as you can expect with a more traditional oven. Because the oven begins very hot and then gradually cools, slowly and evenly releasing heat over time, you will need to plan out what to cook when, depending on the varying temperatures the oven reaches.

The Ultimate Foodie Must-Have

It can be said that having a woodfire stove built at your home will be the beginning of a new lifestyle for you. If you’re a foodie or just look to cook, your woodfire oven will encourage you to add new flavors to your cooking and may change the way you feel about food forever. Many of our customers love that the way their woodfire oven helps them connect with traditional cooking styles. And there are certain things—pizza and bread chief among them—that are just best from a woodfired oven.

Many woodfire oven cooks like to experiment with the different tastes imparted by different woods. Dry hard wood works best—think oak, almond, fruitwood, walnut, avocado, olive, or pecan, while pine and spruce are too resinous to work well in a woodfired oven.

Also, please remember that wood-fired ovens don’t have to be outdoors. We can also install one inside your kitchen, taking your kitchen from ho-hum to dream kitchen. Just think how much more warm, functional, and inviting your kitchen would be with a wood fire oven. In addition we are happy to do woodfire oven installations in commercial settings, including for caterers, pizzerias, bakeries, and restaurants.

Best Things to Cook in a Woodfire Oven

Woodfire ovens are extremely versatile and can accommodate most any food, but there are some foods that especially benefit from time spent in a woodfire oven. Some of our favorites are below:

  • Pizza—Woodfired pizzas are known for having the crispiest crusts. Crispy, chewy, and dotted with char, their crusts are best cooked when the ovens are at their hottest.
  • Breads—All kinds, from whole-grained to sourdough, sweetbreads, and Turkish breads cook beautifully in a woodfired oven over the course of 4 to 6 hours. Breads do best once the oven has cooled a bit.
  • Meats and Seafoods—Steak, turkeys, fish, and lobster are always huge hits right off a woodfire oven.
  • Vegetables—Flavorful grilled vegetables are superb when cooked in this way.
  • Pies and Other Desserts—A baker’s dream is to bake a pie the way they used to be baked. Pies and desserts are best baked at lower temperatures.

If all of this sounds great to you, and you’d like to learn more about the woodfired oven lifestyle, contact Top Hat Outdoor Living today. We’ll get you cooking as quickly as possible.

Dreaming Of An Outdoor Kitchen?

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we specialize in taking our clients’ dream of a perfect outdoor kitchen and making it a reality.

There are different possibilities for your outdoor kitchen. Call us now and we'll help transform that picture in your head into the real thing.

There are different possibilities for your outdoor kitchen. Call us now and we’ll help transform that picture in your head into the real thing.

Your dream outdoor kitchen is going to be uniquely you – focused on the way you use it and the looks that you love. So our focus is to work with you every step of the way to get the details exactly right — to create an outdoor kitchen that doesn’t just suit your needs, but makes you feel overwhelmingly proud and excited to start planning some outdoor get-togethers.

The first steps toward bringing your dream outdoor kitchen to life come with a few key questions:

How Do You Plan To Use Your Outdoor Kitchen?

An outdoor kitchen can be a mini version of your indoor kitchen, a complement to its function or a totally fresh set of tools to work with. It all depends on how you plan to use your outdoor living space.

Your plans will help Top Hat Outdoor Living outline an outdoor kitchen with the perfect functional approach for your needs. If you’re envisioning big friends-and-family gatherings with a lot more entertaining than cooking, we can outfit a kitchen suited for cold drinks, easy snacks and lots of seating, with a built-in icemaker and dishwasher to make everything easy.

But if you’re dreaming of cooking big feasts, we can help you design an outdoor kitchen that gives you lots of opportunities for culinary exploration. Top Hat can build a gorgeous woodfire oven that’ll let you produce perfectly crispy pizza crusts and bread. We can also build grill and cooktop space into a kitchen island that gives you even more options than you have inside. It’s all up to your vision!

What Do You Want Your Outdoor Kitchen To Look Like?

With the function worked out, you can turn your attention to the look, and Top Hat Outdoor Living can help guide you toward the aesthetic you want with materials that’ll hold up exceptionally well to weather’s effects.

Some of our clients want their outdoor kitchen to feel like an extension of their indoor space, with a design that either mimics or complements the look of the kitchen inside. Other clients want an outdoor kitchen to stand alone, with a feel and look that brings a totally different mood than their home’s design. We’ve added rustic-looking outdoor kitchens outside homes that had more of a clean and modern feel; we’ve brought the vibe of an Italian villa to an outdoor kitchen behind a historic Nashville bungalow.

If you give us a sense of the look you’re envisioning, Top Hat can guide you toward materials and finishes that can not only provide that aesthetic, but hold up through years and years of enjoyment.

If you’ve been thinking about turning your outdoor space into a dream outdoor kitchen, we’d love to help. Just give Top Hat Outdoor Living a call!