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09sparky 12-01-2009 02:54 PM

Pizza oven ignition system?
Hello, I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations or thoughts on an ignition system for my about to be created pizza oven. I would like to have a gas line run to the oven, kind of operating as a flame thrower to ignite the wood faster. I am thinking of some sort of burner, but not really sure what or how I would go about it. Has anyone done this type of thing before on their home built pizza ovens or have any ideas/suggestions?

I have not read about or seen any pictures, so I am also wondering why? To me it seems like a great idea. Turn the flame thrower on for a few minutes and your wood fire is ready to go.

Thanks for any suggestions,


Ken524 12-03-2009 10:06 AM

Re: Pizza oven ignition system?
Hi Sparky, Welcome to the forum!


I have not read about or seen any pictures, so I am also wondering why?
This topic comes up here every so often. You haven't seen any examples on this forum because it's a crazy-dangerous idea and not worth the time, cost or risk (sorry to be so blunt ;) ). A small gas build-up at the top of your dome could ignite and ruin your whole day.

A few guys use portable propane gadgets like weed burners, but none of this is really necessary. I think it's serious overkill.

My ignition system is very inexpensive and starts a roaring hot fire in about 3 minutes. Here's the gear I use:

You can buy Fatwood sticks at any Lowes, Home Depot or hardware store (especially this time of year in the northern hemisphere). Fatwood is a type of dried-out pine that's loaded with flammable sap. They are fantastic firestarters.

When you start your project, be sure to keep us up to date with pictures!

RTflorida 12-03-2009 10:45 AM

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I agree completely with Ken. Extremely dangerous and unnecessary. Yes, commercial ovens have them, but they also have extensive & expensive regulating systems as well as commercial fire suppression systems installed.
Building a fire is not hard. The top down method really works well. The key is to start with DRY wood and dry kindling. Personally, I have a of woody plants on my property that I am constantly trimming, so I have an endless supply of kindling - that and 1/2"-1" sticks/twigs are all you need.


Les 12-03-2009 12:10 PM

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I concur - not worth the hassle or potential danger.

I posted this a while back - truth be told, I just use newspaper and a match. The couple of times I did use this puppy, it got the job done. :)

YouTube - A tool for lighting fires.

james 12-03-2009 12:22 PM

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I use a welding torch and a top-down wood stack.

Sparky -- you should check other threads on this topic. FB comes down heavily against using gas burners or starters in residential wood ovens. Too risky.


timo 12-04-2009 09:15 AM

Re: Pizza oven ignition system?
Just for a visual reference of what could happen. I have thought about using gas in some way, but then I think of this...

Neil2 12-04-2009 06:06 PM

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Join the Boy Scouts.

dmun 12-04-2009 07:32 PM

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No boy scouts needed. Just newspaper, dry kindling, and a match.

EADavis 12-04-2009 08:25 PM

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cynon767 12-06-2009 09:45 AM

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One other factor to consider... with my build, because there was no electrical or gas involved and the unit was freestanding from dwelling structures with adequate setbacks to the property line, no local building permit was required. Different jurisdictions are always unique, but typically, the more complex the installation, the more red tape is involved. Gas lines are a gigantic safety-related red flag item for inspections pretty much everywhere.

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