Q. Can I use the wood fired ovens for indoors and outdoors?
A. Certain ovens can be used for indoors. Please contact us for more details so we can assist you in finding the right oven that will best fit your needs.
Q. What kind of wood do I have to use?
A. We recommend using hardwood for our wood fire pizza ovens. A mixture of oak, apple and ash is ideal to use. It’s important that the wood and kindling wood be dry. Kiln dry wood is the best as the moisture level is about 20%. The moisture level should be at 20% no more no less. Below 20% means it’s extremely dry and will burn fast. Over 20% you will get a lot of moisture and no heat making a lot of black smoke.
Q. Is the wood fired pizza oven made for cooking pizza only or can I cook other foods?
A. Wood fired ovens are not limited to just pizza. You can cook anything that you cook in your home oven. Watch our blog for recipes on cooking chicken, fish, steak and vegetables. Recipes are updated regularly. Please feel free to share your recipes. Our website www.ilfornino.com.
Q. What surface is safe to put my wood fired oven on?
A. Depends on which oven you purchase, most ovens can be placed on a outdoor counter. It’s not a good idea to place the wood fired oven on any wooden surfaces. We recommend stainless, concrete slab & granite (with granite use a ceramic board under the oven) consult with your granite dealer for further assistance or call our technical team for help.
Q. If I cook other foods in the oven and spill juices or sauces on the oven floor – what will happen?
A. Most drippings should be fine as the heat will burn it up.
Q. How do you clean the oven?
A. Cleaning inside the oven: use a brush. Brush the ashes and debris to the back of the oven. Some ilFornino ovens have ash drawers. In that case you will brush the ashes into the drawer and empty it when full. If your ilFornino unit does not have an ash drawer you can use a metal dust pan and a brush to clean the floor. Before you discard any ashes make sure the oven and ashes have cooled down – this should be done the next day to prevent any fire hazard. Always discard ashes in a metal bucket.
Cleaning the outside of the oven: Clean the arch with stainless cleaner (Barkeepers Friend cleanser) – go with the gain of the stainless steel on the arch. Use this cleaner for the arch of the oven only. Clean the rest of the body with a stainless steel cleaner.
Q. How long does it take for the oven to heat up?
A. Depends on which portable wood fired oven you purchased, most ovens take 25-45 minutes to heat up to the desire temperature. For specifics please see product description.
Q. Can the oven stay outdoors all year long?
A. You can keep the oven outdoors. However, we do recommend you cover the oven during winter months / snow season. ilFornino sells cover for all ovens . When purchasing a cover for your wood fired oven you want to make sure to buy a cover that fits from the chimney to the ground.
Q. What kind of cooking utensils do you recommend?
A. We recommend using several peels
These are the recommended cooking vessels to use in your ilfornino wood fired pizza oven: cast iron vessels, like a skillet or a Dutch oven.
Q. I have seen similar ovens online how do I know I am buying the original ilFornino, New York Oven?
A. All ilFornino ovens come with our logo engraved on the front. It also comes with a serial number. If you are in doubt call us to verify before you buy.
Q. How long does it take to assemble the oven?
A. All of our ovens come pre-assembled except for the chimney. Simply use a philips head screw driver and mount the 4 screws that hold it in place. The cart is also pre-assembled free of charge. Simply put the oven on top of the pre-assembled cart, roll it to the desired location, and install the chimney!
Q. How many people do I need to carry the oven?
A. Depending on the ilFornino oven you are planning on buying, they range in weight between 150LBS to 350LBS. For example the ilFornino Basic is about 175 LBS. On average two strong people should be able to carry it.
Q. I see you have handles in the picture? Do they come with all ovens?
A. All of out ilFornino Ovens comes with carrying handles. On certain ovens the handles screw in two per side while other have the handles built in.
Q. Do I need to hire help to assemble the oven?
A. All of our wood fired pizza ovens come assembled except for the chimney. The chimney is secured on top of the oven by four screws. You might need help in the placment of your oven.
Q. Who will be delivering my oven?
A. Due to the size and weight of the ovens, they ship out via freight carriers such as UPS, Daylight Transportation, RLCarriers among the few.
Q. Will the carrier call me to set up an appointment?
A. Yes prior to delivery, the carrier will contact you on the provided number. They will set up a time with you for delivery.
Q. Do I have to be at home the day of the delivery?
A. Someone has to be home to sign for the shipment. If the driver attempts to deliver and no one is home, a re-delivery charge of $80 will be applied. The freight company will contact us to notify us that the customer was not at home, we will call you for the re-delivery charge then the freight company will do another attempt to re-deliver.
Q. Can someone else other than me sign for the delivery?
A. Yes, you can have any person sign for the delivery even your neighbor.
Q. What shall I expect on the delivery date?
A. Upon delivery the freight carrier will bring your oven. They will unload it from the truck via a liftgate. They will place it in your driveway.
Q. Can I expect the freight carrier to place it on my deck or in my backyard?
A. No, the drivers are not responsible nor are paid to place your oven in your backyard or on your deck.
Q. Can I pick up my oven?
Yes, you can call us at 914-347-3178 to set up an appointment to pick up your oven. Upon pick up we will load it in your vehicle.
Useful freight information
If you are using one of the following carriers for your shipment, you can track your items using the information below.
A.Duie Pyle (800) 523-5020
Daylight Transport (800) 468-9999
R & L Carriers (800) 543-5589
UPS Freight (800) 333-7400 (option 2)
Ward (800) 458-3625
YRC (877) 330-3321
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