How long should I let my oven/stone heat preheat?

When making pizzas in my oven, how long should I preheat the oven? I'm using a stone and baking at 500F. Some recipes call for 20-30 mins of preheat time, yet others say an hour.

Dan Lee
posted about 5 years ago

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I prefer to preheat my stone at least 45 minutes ahead or even longer. I like the 2 stone or baking steel method so you have two surfaces to cook on for the ultimate bake. One on the upper rack and the other on the bottom rack position. Pay attention to your oven because several home ovens cycle differently. If your oven is on too long sometimes it may cycle off ( this protects the oven from over heating itself and is a safety mechanism) so be aware of your oven and make sure it's good and hot. It's important to really have a hot surface. Surface heat is one thing but getting your stones or steels nice and hot in the inside is really valuable especially when cooking multiple pizzas. So the longer pre heat the better. We call this recovery heat. Another trick is pre heating your oven for an hour then putting your broiler on for 10 minutes then putting your oven back on bake or convection bake for 10 minutes and then start cooking. This will really get the surface hot. You may want to experiment with this technique a couple times to get it right. Best of luck

Tony Gemignani admin
posted about 5 years ago

It's best to let it preheat for an hour. Different ovens have different methods of preheating. They cycle on and off and one manufacturer told me they should cycle at least 3 times to maintain a steady temperature before using the oven. Also be careful between pizzas. Some pizzas actually bring the temperature back up by turning on the broiler, so if the pizza goes in too quickly, you risk burning it.

Susie H.
posted about 5 years ago

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