Wood Or Gas Fired (Burning) Stone Hearth Ovens
Where does that flavor come from, the stone perhaps?
Stone hearths or earthenware hearths are not new technology, people have been cooking on wood fired (burning) stone hearth ovens for thousands of years. The stone that forms the base and domes of these ovens retains the heat thus cooking the food. Stone hearth ovens utilize a venting system that pulls the smoke out and leaves the heat in. A high quality wood, like oak, continually has to be resupplied to maintain the heat.
Most believe the flavor of the pizza comes from the wood, but most pizzas, breads, and meats cooked in stone hearth ovens do not have a smoky flavor like BBQ or smoked meat. This type of flavor you get from a smoker or grill, with the flame enclosed. Breads and pizzas coming from ovens with stone bases are crispy on the outside and chewy and moist on the inside. Some of the flavor also comes from the charring of the dough in direct contact with the stone.
Wood simply is used as a fuel for the oven, albeit an expensive one. Earthen stone ovens are very labor intensive and you have to know what you’re doing. A layman would most likely burn the pizza or half would be uncooked because of hotspots in the oven. The good news, it has been proven that gas fired earthen stone ovens can produce the same rich flavored breads, dishes, and pizzas. In fact many ovens you see in restaurants today use gas as a fuel source, not wood. Again, the secret is in the stone base.
Roto-Flex ovens utilize natural convection, there is no forced air. Most Roto-Flex ovens ordered are manufactured with stone decks. Both the air and decks rotate within the system so you get even heating and have the ability to generate high volume foods without sacrificing taste or texture. The unique air flow system around the door maintains heat inside the oven and results in lower energy bills. The Roto-Flex is labor friendly, you don't have to hire professional pie guys to help you with the cooking.
If you would like more information about the Roto-Flex oven or would like to speak with a representative please call 877-859-1463 or contact us today.