The Video Guide
A video guide to lighting your Ooni Karu pizza oven using wood alone - we get to over 450°C in less than 20 minutes using super dry, mixed species British hardwood, cur perfectly for Ooni Pro.
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The Step by Step
What you need
- Hardwood splits
- Two to three firelighters
- Extra long matches
- Digital thermometer
- Heat proof gloves
1. Get your Ooni Pro ready
It's critical that the door is closed, the chimney is open and the chimney cap is off before you start
2. Start building the fire
Put two or three firelighters into the fuel tray at the back, criss-cross some kindling around it and add one hardwood split.
Don't overload the fuel tray - four or five pieces of kindling is plenty
3. Get it lit
Use an extra long match to light each of the firelighters and put the fuel tray door back on
4. Stoke it up
Check on the fire after around 10 minutes, and if there's space in the fuel tray, add one or two more hardwood splits to keep the fire stoked and burning aggressively - smouldering wood won't get you to temperature.
If there's not yet room, come back in another 5 minutes to refuel.
5. Check the stone temperature
Depending on outside temperature and wind conditions, the Ooni pro should be at cooking temperature within 20 to 25 minutes.
Use a digital thermometer to check the temperature of the stone. You need it to be in the range of 400-450°C to cook Neapolitan pizza.
Once you're at your desired temperature, you're ready to go - so add one or two hardwood splits to make sure you come back to a rolling flame once you've opened your dough and built your pizza. Enjoy!