How to Light Your Gozney Dome

The Video Guide

Hit play to watch our video guide for lighting the Gozney Dome, using our hardwood kindling and Dome shorties.

What wood should I use in my Gozney Dome pizza oven?

You should only ever use hardwood in your Gozney Dome. Softwood may be cheaper but it will burn through quickly, struggle to get your oven to temperature and leave behind a lot of excess ash, 

Make sure the wood you use in you pizza oven is dried to well below 20% moisture so it burns hot with minimal smoke.

We recommend bringing your oven up to temperature with our hardwood kindling and then using small hardwood logs to maintain it.

Find everything you need in our Gozney Dome Fuel Kit

The Step by Step

What you need

  • Gozney Dome Fuel Kit
  • Two natural firelighters
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Digital thermometer gun
  • Turning peel or wood rake

1. Get your Dome ready

Don't forget to take the chimney cap off, and if your Dome is dual fuel, remove the puck from the wood air inlet and place it in the gas inlet. Switch the inbuilt digital thermometer on to track air temperature.

2. Build two kindling stacks

In the middle of the stone, build two "log cabins" out of hardwood kindling with a natural firelighter nestled in the corners of the kindling stacks.

Using hardwood kindling instead of softwood will create long lasting embers, making the process of getting to temperature much easier.

3. Get it lit

Light the natural firelighters and step back. Keep an eye on the development of the fire during the first few minutes, if the kindling isn't catching then move around the top layer to ensure it's in the flame created by the firelighters.

4. Stoke it up

Check on the fire every 5 minutes from lighting to around 25-30 minutes in. You're aiming to hit and maintain a consistent air temperature of around 450°C or 850°F, which will saturate the stone and ensure it stays hot and cooks consistently.

Add fuel when needed but don't overdo it - more wood doesn't always mean more fire, so be careful to maintain good airflow through the fire.

The stone in the Dome is saturated after about 30 minutes meaning it won't lose temperature too quickly between pizzas - you could probably cook after as little as 15 minutes if you rush the oven up to temperature, but the overall experience will be much easier if you heat up slower for longer.

5. Move the fire & add larger logs

Use your turning peel or wood rake to push the fire over the air inlet on the right hand side of the oven, and add one or two larger logs which should burn for around 15 minutes, allowing you to relax and prep your first pizza.

6. Check the stone temperature

Use your handheld digital thermometer to check the temperature of your stone. The ideal cooking temperature for Neapolitan pizza is 420-430°C but in reality, anything from 350°C to 500°C floor temperature will work.

7. Launch

Time to cook! Have fun, and if you need any help with the next stage, you can watch our video showing three whole pizza cooks here.

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