Whether you’re a well-experienced cook or an enthusiastic beginner, you’ll surely appreciate the ease and elegance that some cooking solutions bring about. Indeed, the right accessories are the key to success. A pizza oven is a kind of equipment that requires certain precautions as well as tender loving care, so specialized tools will definitely come in handy.
From fire starters to protective gloves, pizza-making accessories differ in price and quality as well as application. Some major factors to take into account include material (resistance to heat is usually key), versatility, and ease of use — well, this is the name of the game, isn’t it?
I’ve made up a list of seven products that will make cooking pizza much more fun for experienced users as well as starters.
Top 7 Wood Fired Pizza Oven Accessories
BISON BA001 Airlighter 520 Cordless Electric Fire Lighter: the Best Way to Light Your Pizza Oven
Bison is a US-based company that specializes in butane firelighters for camping and regular cooking. This is their top model, designed with maximum versatility in mind. It features a torch flame that is enhanced with an air blower for faster and easier ignition. It is especially important when it comes to pizza making as you want to set a pile of wood aflame without burning your fingers or fiddling too much with a lighter that might be alright for a regular gas stove but is simply inadequate for the purpose. With this fire lighter, the preheating of your oven will take as little as 5 to 6 minutes!
The product is cordless. It comes with a rechargeable battery and a matching USB cable that you can connect to your computer. The manufacturer recommends purchasing its extra clean butane fuel too, but you still have the option of buying that from another brand. Please mind that the fuel is not included in the box.
What I love about this lighter is that it’s really good at heating up your oven. Bison suggests that you should start by directing the flame up the chimney for about twenty seconds until a draw of air is established. Then you can aim the lighter at the wood directly to set it burning and use the blower to enhance the fire. This saves a lot of time and effort, also sparing you the need for starter fluids.
The battery will last you about 35 minutes in the blower mode, which means you can start quite a number of fires before you need to recharge it. The fuel tank provides for approximately 10 to 15 minutes of burning.
Another plus that I’ve found about this model is the handle, which folds conveniently into three positions for increased portability. Besides, the lighter features an air cooling system, which means you don’t need to worry about burning your fingers or having to hide the item away from your child until it’s cooled down.
Although extremely useful and versatile (you can also use it to start a coal fire), this tool is also rather high-priced. I do believe, however, that the excellent performance and two years of unlimited warranty are well worth it.
- Makes starting a wood-fired oven quick and easy
- Long-lasting battery
- Uses clean oil that won’t cause your pizza to smell of lighter fluid
- Air cooling keeps it safe
- Not inexpensive
BlueFire Gloves BBQ Grill Firepit Oven Mitts: Top Heat-Resistant Gloves for Pizza Makers
As the name clearly suggests, BlueFire is a specialized company with a focus on high-temperature protective gloves. This is a US manufacturer that doesn’t shop outside the country.
Making pizza means dealing with the heat a lot, so quality gloves are a must, and quality is something that BlueFire definitely delivers. Made of Kevlar®, a lightweight heat-resistant material, these gloves also feature cut protection when using sharp tools. Most importantly, they can withstand a temperature of up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well above the optimum heat to cook pizza in a wood-fired oven.
These gloves feature extra long cuffs to keep your arms safe while cooking. The fingers are well-made, so your hands won’t feel stiff and clumsy while wearing these gloves. This, coupled with the abovementioned cut protection, also adds to the versatility of the product.
BlueFire offers two styles to choose from and two sizes, men’s and ladies’, which correspond to XL and L respectively. This means you’ll probably find them somewhat too loose if you have a tiny hand, but the fit seems pretty much perfect to me.
Just like most premium products, these mitts come at a higher-than-average price.
- Excellent heat protection at up to 932 °F
- High-grade cut protection
- Comfy to wear
- Long cuffs for extra protection
- No option available for smaller hands
Taylor Classic Series Large Dial Oven Thermometer: the Best Way to Control Temperature in Your Pizza Oven
Founded back in 1851, Taylor has a long history of making highly accurate measurement devices, from kitchen accessories to weather tools and more. The company attaches special importance to precision, as exemplified by this oven thermometer.
The right amount of heat is crucial for making delicious pizza with perfectly melted cheese on top and a crust that’s just slightly browned and not burned. Placing a thermometer in your oven is one way to ensure full control without playing a guessing game.
This model by Taylor can withstand a temperature of up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a hanging rack or, alternatively, you can place it in the oven in the standing position. The base is somewhat larger than usual for the increased stability.
What I like the most about this thermometer is an extra large 3.25-inch dial that’s easy to read from a distance. The pointer is bright red, also adding to readability. Most importantly, I’ve found the device to be highly accurate.
This thermometer is wireless. It comes in a sturdy stainless steel housing for heat and corrosion protection, perfect for the application, and the manufacturer offers a year’s warranty just in case.
Unfortunately, the body of the thermometer gets very hot after use, so you have to wear a pair of mitts to move it. I also tend to knock it down every once in a while, despite the bigger base.
- Heat- and corrosion-proof stainless steel casing
- Large dial with a bright red pointer improves readability
- Affordable price
- Comes with a 1-year warranty
- Features a hanging rack
- Gets burning hot during use
- May tip over
Bristles 4004 Industrial Strength Pizza Oven Stone Brush Scraper and Cleaner: the Best Way to Keep Your Oven Clean
Janico is a large-scale US-based manufacturer of all kinds of cleaning supplies, offering a wide range of highly specialized yet affordable tools.
This brush was designed specifically for pizza makers’ needs. Working with dough means a lot of stubborn stains and residues, often burnt, that take a lot of effort to get rid of. Luckily, a well-thought-out cleaning tool can make it way less of a chore.
The model comes with stiff, firm wires made of brass that will last long even in commercial use. On the other side of the wooden block, there’s a strongly secured steel scraper for particularly challenging task. The block also contains a hole in the middle that can host a standard 1-1/8 inch handle for ease of reach. Be sure to use the one you already have or purchase a handle if you don’t since it is not included in the package. Although to exclude the handle can be regarded as a money-saving solution, I don’t think many people have spare brush handles at hand.
What I love about this tool is how well-made it is, with every single wire sitting tight in its place. The unassuming design also appeals to the minimalist in me, although I must admit that wood doesn’t feel like the most hygienic material for cleaning supplies, especially for those means to last.
- Effective in removing stubborn stains, burnt dough residues, and grease
- Sturdy brass wires
- Features a steel scraper
- Everything is attached and fixed reliably
- Compatible with standard 1-1/8” handles
- No handle included in the package
SHANGPEIXUAN Pizza Oven Cleaning Rake: a Safe and Efficient Ash Removal Tool
SHANGPEIXUAN makes a wide range of cooking tools with an emphasis on simple, functional design. This oven rake is no exception — it boasts a heavy-duty stainless steel blade that’s not prone to rusting, complete with a lightweight handle made of anodized aluminum for extra maneuverability.
Ashes are one nuisance inherent to wood-fired pizza ovens. If you don’t rake them out promptly, they will get in the way of whatever you’re baking, potentially ruining your effort. That’s why a practical ash shovel is crucial when it comes to making pizza.
The handle is the best part of this instrument. Not only is it easy to control, but also minimizes the risk of burns due to its 41.7″ elongated shape. Besides, it comes with a slip-resistant rubber grip that lies well in the hand.
The rake head combines the ease of reach with efficiency as it’s wide enough to save your time, though has a right-angled profile to facilitate access in smaller spaces. It also comes in two sizes so that you can adjust the blade width to your needs.
- Corrosion-proof blade
- Does well in tight corners
- Easy to use
- Long lightweight handle for extra safety
- Heavy duty
- Not the cheapest option
Amagabeli Fireplace Log Tongs: Safety and Beauty Combined
With ten years of experience, Amagabeli offers a broad range of garden and home hardware that combines attractive design and functionality with affordable price. The company’s founder is a strong believer in beauty, which you can tell immediately by looking at these tongs.
Keeping a fire in your pizza oven can be a challenge if you lack the right equipment to add logs in a safe and efficient manner. These tongs will work well with small to medium-sized pieces of wood, which is exactly the type of logs that we use in cooking. Carrying a thicker log won’t be a problem either. The tongs have a sturdy, yet attractive, wrought iron frame to keep you 26 inches away from the wood you are carrying to prevent burns. This model features a rust-resistant finish, which is always a welcome feature when it comes to cooking.
Importantly, Amagabeli’s tongs are easy to maneuver, reducing the risk of dropping a burning log. However, the only safe way to do it is by using two hands; otherwise, the firewood might slip out of the clamps. For most users, this may also mean a reduced speed of operation.
- Attractive design
- A long frame that doesn’t get hot
- Versatile clamps that will work fine with any log size
- Rust-proof frame finish
- Affordable price
- Two-hand operation only
Cuisinart CPS-445 3-Piece Pizza Grilling Set: Grilled Pizza Essentials at a Reasonable Price
Cuisinart is a renowned American business with over 40 years’ experience on the market. The brand produced innovative cooking tools from kitchen appliances to cookware and other utensils with a focus on the features called for in specific applications.
This highly specialized set of tools includes three products that will help you cook and serve the perfect grilled pizza.
Firstly, it features a 13” round ceramic pizza stone. You can use it for both cooking and serving as it contributes to even distribution of heat, causing the dough to form a flavorful browned crust, and looks good on the table. The stone is ⅜ inch thick. The set comes with a number of tips from the manufacturer which beginners might find helpful. In particular, it’s advisable to put the stone in the oven for some time to preheat it before you bake a pizza on it; otherwise, it might stick.
Secondly, there’s an aluminum peel for loading pizza into the oven and taking it out easily. What you do is slide it under the crust and use the handle to carry it. It features an extra smooth surface to prevent sticking and comes with a handle long enough for better maneuverability and increased safety. Since the peel is a 9½ x 10½ inch rectangle, it may seem somewhat too small if you want to make a really big pizza but is appropriate for the regular size.
The third item in the kit is a 2⅝ inch stainless steel cutting wheel to cut your pizza easily into neat pieces. The handle fits my hand really well and features finger protection that prevents you from getting cut. This is a versatile product that can also be used to cut brownies and other baked goods.
- Nice minimalist design
- No sticking if you follow the directions
- All you need for a grilled pizza in one kit
- Highly affordable
- The peel might turn out not big enough if you want a large pizza
Summing It Up
Making a great pizza is all about attention to detail. Quality accessories can make all the difference, whether you’re using wood handling tools like tongs and peels, or essential cookware like pizza stones. The right accessories help to minimize the risks of working with heat, and they can make the process much more fun. With the right tools, you can confidently create pizzas that are sure to please
With the market full of pizza making accessories that vary in price and quality, it may be a challenge to find the right utensils. My advice is that you should consider specialized brands and goods rather than one-size-fits-all solutions and look for quality heat-resistance materials. Safety and efficiency should be your two main criteria when shopping for wood-fired oven tools.
What pizza accessories do you feel you lack? You’re very welcome to share your ideas in the comments!