Until a couple of decades ago, pizza making was only possible for professionals.
The world of pizza, especially in its home country, Italy, is rich in traditions and different practices stretching from having the thinnest crust to a crunchy but soft consistency.
The traditional, original way to cook pizza is by using a wood-fired oven. Many claims that this is the only way to make a real, quality pizza. This idea is however only a myth since modern technology has allowed creating electric and gas ovens that might even surpass the performance of the classic wood-fired oven.
Let’s take a look at the differences between electric and gas pizza ovens.
Electric Pizza Ovens
In the electric oven, heat is generated by the passage of electric current through conductors that generate heat. This allows checking the temperature accurately and modifying the settings according to the specific needs. Pizzas can be cooked thoroughly and perfectly uniformly. The most modern electric ovens additionally, offer the opportunity to control humidity as well, which is a plus. The professional electric ovens reach up to 450C (or 842F).
An electric oven will most probably produce pizzas that are very similar in taste (at least for what concerns the dough). Furthermore, these ovens can be used for many different types of pizza, you just need to adjust the settings.
Compared to a gas pizza oven, the electric version is easier to use but can be more expensive to purchase. However, the newest versions can in the long-term result in savings in the electricity bills.
Gas Pizza Ovens
Gas ovens generate heat through the violent reduction of oxygen over a combustor (thas it to say, the burning of gas) located on the bottom. The heat is diffused inside the oven in two ways: the direct exposure of the foods to the warm rays and the diffusion for convection.
A gas oven is characterised by the capacity to quickly reach high temperatures, which can be handy when needing to make several pizzas in little time. The less modern models might have problems in keeping a constant temperature, but overall these ovens work on the same basis of the more traditional wood-fired ovens. This means that they also require some more care and work than an electric oven.
Pizzas from gas ovens can taste quite different from each other. The flame might not be working the same way at all times, resulting in different cooking styles from time to time. This might be a positive things which can allow you to customise your products; or a downside.
Summing it Up
Buying a pizza oven, depending on its purposes, might be a considerable investment. In the end, the choice depends on personal tastes and on the results desired. Both products can deliver quality pizzas if used correctly.
Generally, electric ovens don’t require a lot of training, they are easy to use and provide flexible settings, which you can vary.
Gas ovens might be the most economic choice, but you need to know how to use them. However, you will be able to make a pizza indistinguishable from a fired-wood oven one.
The choice is up to you!