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Old 07-22-2009, 03:50 AM
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Hi All

I am on the verge of setting up my Own Pizza Business. Still finalizing oven options.
I'll most probably be at a daily farmers market.

Since there wont be any electricity provided I will be using a Wood Fired Pizza Oven.

So I guess you can say it would be a Mobile Pizza Business.

I am currently doing a check list to see what equipment I would require and I need some assistance
Can you advise me on the equipment needed to run such a business, for E.g Pizza Peel, Cutter, Roller and so on.

My second question is since there won't be any electricity, how would you suggest I store my doughs.
I am still contemplating on using either Pappa Johns Style dough or NY Style Dough

Thirdly is my ingredients. How should I store it keeping in mind accessibility when preparing the pizza's. Also anyone has any pics of ingredient storage containers preferably metal. I would like to see the design and find one similar to it. Also while I am on the ingredients, my main concern is the cheese. I need to keep it from melting out in its storage container.

My fourth point is regarding the preparation of the pizza. If I get a busy rush coming in, and say I have 2 Pizza's in the oven, the max the oven can hold, and 2 topped and waiting as well as busy preparing a further 2. The pizza's waiting as well as the ones being prepared would probably be sitting on the table or whatever surface, anywhere from 3-10 minutes before placing it in the oven. My worry is the dough must not stick to the surface/table. What do I need to look out for to avoid such disasters

Also if you have any other tips for me that I may have not discussed, please feel free to let me know.
I look forward to any advice.

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Old 07-22-2009, 05:18 AM
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Try having one person tending the oven and another preparing the pizzas. You'll get faster with more experience. I usually find the hold up is not the cooking of the pizzas but how fast they can be prepared.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:10 AM
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Howdy OM

Wow.. In all honesty, you'll need to learn to walk before you can run.

Operating a wood fired oven and cooking / baking food competently is an accomplishment in itself. If you elect to utilize that type of oven, you will need to be very familiar with it. If not, you will be very disappointed to discover that your big investment in a mobile wood oven is not what you had in mind. A grand piano in your house evokes a certain level of sophistication and looks really cool. But, can you play it? As with these types of ovens, no matter how long you have used them, you should learn something each time. So, you will answer your first question as you learn what it takes to source out, produce and serve. If you can't practice on your family and friends, what good are they?
Number 2. Once you learn everything about number one, it will be quite evident that NY style doughs are not formulated for high temperatures. Dough storage is another matter. You will be surprised to find that your dough is living science experiment. It will need careful attention to keep it at a happy humidity and temperature level.
Number 3 is related to 2. All food ingredients need to be held a certain temperature. Refrigeration is ideal. Nose around the internet and check out the mobile guys. You'll see everything from insulated coolers to electric refrigerated prep tables. It would be very helpful if you could find a basic cooking class. They introduce you to the all important and fundamental things, like safe food handling and sanitation.
Your 4th query will be answered according by your skill set and the number of workers you have.

There are many variations of Mobile Pizza Ovens. Have you considered propane? Recently, I saw a 4 stack, mobile gas oven on ebay for about $1000. This setup is far more simpler than the woofers. You can purchase all you dough frozen from GFS or their ilk. The ovens are slower so it affords you the time to keep a close eye on the pizzas until you become accomplished. A four stacker has plenty of room for several pizzas.

Lastly, Oven Man you'll need some passion for this type of endeavor.
Passionate and inquisitive people are the ones who need to ask WHY? at every turn. If you have a thirst for the answers, it will come easily. If not, each day will be like a warm Spring afternoon during the last week of school. The windows are open and the breeze is blowing in. .......
Make it your business to know all things pizza. Because it is your business.

Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:04 AM
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Hi Guys
Thanks so much for the responses
Always good to hear other peoples opinion

David I will be looking at employing some people.
1 to roll out the dough, 1 to top it and 1 put it in the oven.
Hopefully this would create a flow and not hold up anywhere in the chain.

PP: Howdy M8. Good to hear from you. Thanks for bringing to my attention the fact that a wood fired oven is not as easy as one thinks. To tell you the truth I thought it would be childs play to operate one, but I guess I was greatly mistaken. I love the comparison with the Piano. It makes so much of sense. What I have decided to do is purchase a fairly small WFO for now. I would then practice on it first before going out into the field so to say. I would also take your advice and invite friends and family over once I am confident I know what I am doing. This way, any mishaps that occur when there is a crowd of people, awaiting the main course meal, wont be too much of a problem and disappointment since no one can complain for free food.

With regards to dough storage, I was thinking of having a cooler box, and place the dough in plastic packets and put them in the cooler box. This way they would stay cool all the time. My one concern is whether the cooler box might be too cold for the dough. Do you think that would be a problem.
Regarding NY Style dough, what temp can it be cooked under. Also while you are at it, what pizza style can you recommend that would bake well under fairly high temp.

Just a question popped in my head right now. Can WFO temp me set at a constant temp or will it always vary. I was told that the oven I wish to purchase reaches a max of 950 Degrees F. Is it possible to keep it steady at say 700 Degrees F?

Regarding your response to no 4, I don't think refrigeration is an option. Unfortunately electricity wont be easily accessible. Any other suggestions. By the way you mentioned refrigerated Prep Table. Do you know of any online. I would just love to learn a bit more on them. Also in these prep tables, are there compartments for the ingredients.

Regarding your final response, You are 100% right. I'm learning something new every day and I can tend to pester people with questions so do excuse me if you find me doing that. It's just that I like to know what I am getting myself into before I get into it. No use doing something and then regretting months later after spending so much of effort, time and money.

I really look forward to hearing more from you guys.
PP: Your response has really broadened my whole perspective on this idea I have going and I have to say on one hand it is a bit frightening going into something totally new to me but on the other hand it's exciting since pizza making has just become a hobby in the last year or so and yes I know 1 year is not much experience but I am taking each step at a time.

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Old 07-22-2009, 01:51 PM
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To tell you the truth I thought it would be childs play to operate one, but I guess I was greatly mistaken.
LOL... My oven has been up and running for 2 summers now. After the last 2-3 bakes I started thinking "Hmmm... This stuff is almost good enough to sell".

I'm a slow learner so it took me longer than most to figure out my oven . That being said, once you get the hang of it, you can get very predictable, repeatable results. Maintaining your favorite pizza temps for extended periods isn't a problem either once you learn your oven.

After you buy/build a portable, set it up in your back yard and start torturing your family, friends and neighbors with plenty of pizza. After you do it solo for a while, you'll know exactly what human resources you'll need to staff it for profit.

Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:34 PM
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You always have 12v or gas for refrigeration options.
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the obvious.... a small generator????
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:50 PM
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buy the book here Portable Brick Pizza Oven and talk with your local heath department. They will tell you what it will take to store your stuff. Also, honda makes a great suitcase generator.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:12 AM
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Hi Guys
Thanks so much for the comments.

Ken524: By the time I finish with my family and friends, they won't want to see pizza's for the next couple of decades. My plan is to entertain them and hear their view-points as well as have a fair idea of what man power it would need to run this business. Thanks for the advise.

Mitchamus: Just researching now on your advise. Hopefully something would pop up

Jraducha: Thanks.

Other than the major equipment like Oven and Fridges, what other smaller equipment do I need to look out for like Pizza Spades, Cutters, Dough Dockers, etc.

Thanks so much for all the help
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:41 PM
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For smaller stuff, you need a wire brush, a nice metal peel, maybe a couple wooden peels (though we rarely use ours anymore), definitely a pizza cutter. You probably don't need a docker; depends on what sort of pizza you are making.

Good luck and keep us informed of your progress!
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:45 PM
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Just like a rolling pin...I think a docker is another way to spoil good pizza... IMO....
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