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Cooking pizza in a fireplace is not rocket science! No need to build a pizza ove, let me show you how to cook pizza in the fireplace. This is totally a "Use What You Got" GardenFork moment. I wanted to make pizza in our portable backyard pizza oven, but it was freezing outside, and staring at the fireplace, the light bulb went off in my head. I already had a built-in pizza oven in our living room.
Cooking Pizza In A Fireplace, How To Start
For this pizza oven method, you'll need a cast iron dutch oven combo cooker, You can buy a combo cooker dutch oven here
And a cooking or camping grate. you can buy the camping grate here
We make our pizza dough - watch our pizza dough recipe video here - the day before and let it do a slow rise in the fridge overnight.
Be very careful when working with the fire! Fire burns - don't wear loose clothing, wear gloves and use fireplace tongs or other metal tools.
After the fire in the fireplace pizza oven dies down bit, put the camping grate over the fire and preheat both parts of the dutch oven. You may need to adjust the height of the camping grate over the fire, I used bricks under the legs of the camping grate. Have all your ingredients prepared ahead of time, as well as the dough rolled out.
Hardwoods make the best firewood, my wood shed is primarily stacked with oak and maple. The maple takes longer to catch, so I use a mix of what I have.
Have you used your fireplace as a pizza oven? Let us know in the comments section below.
Here are the links again to the combo cooker dutch oven and the camping grate:
Hey there - cooked pizza in our fireplace over the weekend - I just used a pizza pan and put it on top of some bricks in the fireplace. Took a couple tries to figure out best heat and height to place the pan at. The crust turned out superb but the toppings didn't quit cook. I like the idea of that Dutch oven/ chicken fryer pot but I'm going to keep looking for the right thing for directing heat to the top of the pizza. When I find it I'll let you know!
Eric Gunnar Rochow
thanks Doug, yes, the issue with fireplace pizza is heating the top of the pie. plenty of bottom heat. i'm going to experiment more with that as well, thx! eric.