We built a clay oven in 2012 and it has proved to be a great hit. It’s a great way to while away the evening with friends. Most of the clay used in the oven was sourced on our own farm. It was great to find a use for the clay, as generally it presents more problems than solutions on the campsite 🙂
It takes a bit of work, but the results are definitely worth it!
Using the oven
You need to book the pizza oven. We charge €12, which includes us lighting the fire, fuel, instructions, a safety briefing. It takes about an hour before the oven is ready for use, which gives you plenty of time to prepare the pizzas. Of course, you don’t have to confine yourself to pizza, but that’s another story, suffice to say that you also can bake your favourite fish, and so on. We also can provide dough balls for the bases.
Once the fire has been going for the hour, you can spread the embers around the edge of the oven and introduce your pizza… the hot bricks will cook the pizza from below giving a fantastic crispy base. All this is done without using the wooden oven door. Campers often make the mistake of putting the door in position while the fire is lighting. It just means that the fire goes out and that the inside of door gets scorched… The door is used when you are baking bread. It’s a good idea to keep back a bit of dough, that way when you are finished with the pizzas you can bake a loaf using the residual heat in the oven. We’ve had fantastic results!
Make a good hot fire in the centre of the oven. That way the bricks will be good and hot and cook the pizza quickly and evenly.
As mentioned, spread the embers around the edge of the oven and starting baking.
Be prepared to enjoy the smell of wood smoke from your clothes and hair.
Ovens get hot! Adults only! Know where the fire extinguisher is located!
Turn the pizza about halfway through cooking to ensure an even bake.
The pizza oven is the campers’ kitchen, try to arrange a time when others have already eaten, as it can be smoky when the fire is heating up.
Don’t panic 😉