Your new wood fired oven needs curing before you start using it for the first time. It is a necessary procedure, for the new oven is still high in moisture content due to the constructions method. Using your new wood fired oven without curing it first might cause major cracks and fractures in the structure of your oven caused by the force that water exerts upon evaporation.
There are different methods for curing the wood fired pizza oven, instructions and tips on how to cure and how to look after it will be in the booklet that comes with your oven.
Also, if you do not use your oven for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended to every now and then light just a little fire to keep the moisture out as, although the outside of our wood fired ovens is protected from the elements by the cork finish, the refractory bricks and tiles of which the wood fired oven is built tend to absorb humidity.
Keeping your wood fired oven clean is simple: after baking bread, the only residue you have is a bit of burnt flour, which is easily swept out after cooling down.
Cooking in oven dishes will not make your oven dirty, and if any incrustation of grease splashes occurred, that will burn away when lighting your next fire.
Only after baking pizza in your oven, a little more “cleaning” is required. As mozzarella or other cheese melts and easily spills of the pizza on the oven floor. But you'll love the easy cleaning: when you finish baking pizzas you should spread the formed coals over the cooking area, so that the spilt and crusted mozzarella and topping will burn and turn to ashes which can be swept away after cooling. That's all...
Over time as you use your oven, you will notice minor cracks (so called hairline cracks) developing. This is very natural for dome shaped ovens andit will not affect the functionality or structure of your oven. It is important though that you take time to cure your oven prior to using it for the first time to avoid excessive cracking.
My-woodfiredoven provides you with a detailed explanation of how to cure your oven with the purchase of your wood fired oven.