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How do I use a ceramic charcoal pizza oven?

in Outdoor Living

At Art Knapp in Surrey, we carry an amazing ceramic grill from Primo and proudly offer them to anyone looking for a better barbecue experience. Primo’s Oval Design gives more temperature control when cooking and creates a two-zone method that allows you to cook a variety of items at the same time. The dome shape of the top of the ceramic charcoal grill is perfect for grilling meats and vegetables.

One other thing that Primo grills are perfect for is cooking pizza. Anyone who’s ever eaten an artisanal pizza cooked over charcoal can tell you is there is no comparison in taste. It’s simply much better than one out of a regular oven.

So how do I convert my Primo grill into a ceramic charcoal pizza oven? There’s really not much to it. All you need is a pizza stone. Primo makes those as well, producing glazed stones that work perfectly with the grill.

Charcoal grilled Pizza

Next, place the stone on the grill and preheat the Primo grill to around 400-500 degrees. The exact temperature will depend on the thickness of the dough – and as counterintuitive as this sounds, the thinner the crust, the higher the temperature. Heating up the grill should take at least half an hour so that the ceramic will be warm enough.

Use whatever dough you want – something pre-made or make your own. There are many good recipes online for you to use. Roll out the dough and place it on a pizza peel (those large wooden boards you see in every good pizza restaurant). Add whatever toppings you want. Cover the pizza stone with cornmeal and slide your pizza on top.

Cooking times vary, depending on the temperature and the thickness of the crust, and it’s best to leave the lid closed as much as possible – you don’t want to lose the valuable heat. In a short time, you’ll have an amazing pizza.

If you’re ready for a charcoal-grilled pizza, come and talk to us at Art Knapp in Surrey. We have everything you need and can answer every question.


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