It’s the eternal question. One that has divided human beings since the dawn of time. Nope, it’s not crunchy vs smooth peanut butter… we’re sure you can find lots of debate about that on Reddit. What we’re talking about is the question of brick or stainless steel for your pizza oven.
We’re going to look at all the pros and cons of each pizza oven material to try and work out which one is best for your backyard. We’ll also tell you where to go to get the best outdoor pizza ovens in town.
Brick has been used for making pizza ovens for hundreds of years. It’s the original and, some would say, the best!
- It’s authentic
If you want to channel the energy of the world’s best traditional pizza makers, look no further than a brick oven. Some pizza experts say that you simply can’t make an authentic-tasting, Italian-style pizza without using a brick oven.
We all know the saying about being built like a brick you know what. Brick pizza ovens are sturdy, strong and are built to last. You can make thousands of pizzas in your brick pizza oven without having any dramas.
- Heat retention
A good-quality brick pizza oven can retain heat for up to 72 hours. This means that it won’t take as much effort to maintain a consistent temperature, which means your pizzas will cook more evenly!
Everyone agrees that brick pizza ovens are far better-looking than stainless steel ones. A brick pizza oven gives your backyard the atmosphere of a cottage in a rustic Mediterranean village.
In recent years, stainless steel pizza ovens have gained popularity.
- Modern and convenient
Stainless steel ovens are slightly more convenient than brick ones. Some say that steel is quicker to clean than brick pizza ovens – but either way, your pizza oven needs cleaning after each use.
Stainless steel ovens are more portable than their brick relatives – they’re lighter and easier to move around. However, this also means they’re slightly less sturdy and might not be as durable as a classic brick oven.
- Less consistent temperature
Stainless steel doesn’t retain the heat as much as a brick oven, which is possibly the biggest difference between the two. As said before, the better the heat retention, the more evenly your pizza will cook. So, if you want to be able to cook a perfect pizza, each and every time, choose brick!
Know which pizza oven material is best for your backyard? When you’ve decided that the winner is most definitely brick (yeah, we’re a bit biased), chat to the team at Sydney Fire Bricks! They make Australia’s best pizza ovens from Australia’s finest refractory bricks. They deliver Australia-wide, so check out their range and start your journey to becoming a pizza-making pro.