Wood Fired Oven Tools

It's A Sign: Pizza That Is!pizza sign

GET YOUR PIZZA PERSON SOMETHING THEY’LL REALLY LIKE FOR THEIR PARLOUR: THEIR OWN FLASHING LED PIZZA SIGN.

Hard to photograph, these elusive little beasties are the same sort of sign you see in proper shops and they just add amazing atmosphere to your restaurant at home…

The signs come fully assembled and with a cord to connect to mains power, so you just plug them in and they’re ready to go. Not Australian made and not serious and weighty like the rest of our stuff, but great fun and definitely a great present for the pizza people in your life and only $65 plus postage. Signs are 480mm wide x 250mm tall and come boxed. To order, go to the Purchase Tools Page.

Please also note: Signs are fine outdoors under decent cover, but would need to be ‘weatherproofed’ to live outside with no cover over them as the backing boards they are on are composite board/ply and won’t like rain.

Pizza Shovel / Pizza Peel

Wood fired oven Pizza Shovel tool also known as a Pizza Peel

You don't know us very well yet, but we're quite modest people and it's hard for us to tell you this, but our Pizza Shovel is just THE BEST... It's long, it's strong, it's beautiful, it's the essence of pizza shovel-ness. As soon as you hold it and feel the strength and quality you'll know you won't want to use anything else in your wood fired oven.

If you like to bare bake (cook your pizzas and bread directly on the wood fired oven floor without using a tray underneath them) the thick stainless steel plate and the chamfered edge are great for sliding your dough exactly where you need it to go. Stainless steel has a much finer grain and greater heat and dint resistance then alumininum and you'll quickly become really confident moving your dough about. We have also included some fairly extensive info on our Bare Baking page to make doubly sure you look professional!

When you ARE using trays (for pizza or roasts or whatever) the actual plate is a whopping 31cm wide, 35cm long and 1.6mm thick - making it large and sturdy enough to ferry the biggest and heaviest baking trays around.

The 100cm long and 32mm thick handle keeps you well back from the heat and gives you good control and that length and strength and the angle from the handle down to the plate means you can even push big logs around or load your whole fire onto the plate and lift it out of the oven with ease - try doing that with an alumininum paddle!

P.S. If you're one of those people who just has to know (how something starts, I mean) then we've included a bit of a story for you in About Us that explains how we first started making wood fired oven tools.

P.P.S. UPDATE: Lately, we've started doing different shovel head shapes. Please see the Which Tools Do I Need? section at the end of this page for more info on that.

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Pizza Shovel Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Chamfered and slightly sharpened working edge for easy sliding

As well as the standard size referred to here, Pizza Shovels (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Pizza Shovel Standard Dimensions
Handle: 100cm x 32mm
Plate: 35cm long x 31cm wide
Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 137cm
Net Weight: 2.5kg
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Trowel

wood fired oven trowel in action

The Trowel is for close work - lifting up the edge of your pizza to see if it's done, nudging a pan two inches to the left, turning a loaf of bread so it browns evenly - those kinds of things.

It sounds a bit decadent and like we're encouraging you to 'tool up' (which, of course, we would NEVER do!) but if you do buy a Trowel, you'll find you use it all the time for a wide variety of tasks.

Wood fired oven Trowel tool in use #2

These tasks may sound really petty when said out loud or written down, but they're exactly the sort of annoying little jobs that tempt you to use your hands or a tea towel or something else that's going to burn or melt (like our plastic salad servers did in about 2 seconds) because you're too lazy or impatient to get the shovel down or put your 10 kilo asbestos oven mitts on just to do that one little thing…

Things like - playing with your naan or flat bread, pushing at your roast or lifting it up and transferring it out of the tray so you can make gravy, popping a little breakfast-y, pizza-y, muffin-y thing in the oven when you just want a quick snack, turning over a whole pile of roast potatoes or other vegetables, cutting into meat to see if it's done, pulling sausages apart; the trowel's small enough to just sit there quietly on the bench, nice and close and handy and just generally useful.

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Trowel Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm food grade stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • At 18 cm wide, the plate is large enough to hold pizza trays and even move baking pans about, but small enough not to be 'overkill' on a muffin
  • Pointy end for lifting up pizza edge to check underneath, also easy to slide under and flip pita and naan bread, etc

As well as the standard size referred to here, Towels (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Trowel Standard Dimensions
Handle: 30cm x 32mm
Plate: 28cm x 18cm
Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 60cm
Net Weight: 700gm
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Coal Scoop

Wood fired oven Coal Scoop tool

The Coal Scoop is a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, we can't take the credit. Our friend Mark, who makes Marco's Wood Fired Pizza Ovens [see Our Links] made one of them for his roof. Not that he was making pizzas up there, but he cut down an old shovel to clean his gutters with and then a light bulb went off over his head (not literally) and he thought "I reckon this might be good for the oven".

He was right. If you're still poking logs around with a stick or nudging them with another log or loosing your arm hair prodding at them with tongs YOU NEED A COAL SCOOP.

Ten minutes with one of these babies and you'll be directing your fire like an army general and moving it from zig to zag like an ice hockey player…

No more burnt arms, no more burnt (and shrinking) sticks laying about looking like the tribe came to visit and left all their spears behind, no more tong brands on your palms. Instead, calm, clinical, fire surgery - thanks Doctor Mark!

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Coal Scoop Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Long, fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle for cool, easy, safe manoeuvrability
  • Food grade 1.6 mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Curved face allows you to encircle and move the whole fire
  • Flat end allows you to direct individual logs

As well as the standard size referred to here, Coal Scoops (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Coal Scoop Standard Dimensions
Handle: 96cm x 32mm
Plate: 32cm x 10cm
Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 130cm
Net Weight: 1kg
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Pan Hook

Wood fired oven Pan Hook tool

Last but by no means least is the Pan Hook. It's not rocket science and it won't change your life (well not majorly anyway), it just is what it is - a hook for your pans.

It's a pretty good Pan Hook though, nice and strong - it's never going to wobble or let go.

Also, the Pan Hook isn't 'down' from the end of the pole, it's centred on it, so you've got a lot more control and don't need to jerk around trying to lasso your pans from over the top; you can kind of 'sneak' up on them and catch them quietly.

And the Pan Hook itself is deep, so you can get a decent grip on your pan and both 'pull' and 'push' the thing around.

Wood fired oven Pan Hook tool in actionWe should probably also mention that the sides of the pan hook are really steep so you can get into really tight corners and through all sorts of funny handles, though you probably don't want to get me started on stupid handles!

Oh, nearly forgot, the pan hook's also got a kind of point at the end that means you can put on and take off lids without fear of disaster and even get under those really stupid handles and the matching really stupid lids (and you really don't want to get me started on stupid lids!) that fall back flat against the pan...

Like we said, it's not rocket science, but how does what you're using measure up?

Wood fired oven Pan Hook tool long view Wood fired oven Pan Hook tool on hanger

Pan Hook Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle for cool, easy handling
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Long, 8 mm thick food grade stainless steel rod handle and hook for both strength and manoeuvrability
  • Steep sided and centred hook gives great control and allows you to move pans in any direction
  • Pointed end lets you deal easily with all sorts of lids and handles

As well as the standard size referred to here, Pan Hooks (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Pan Hook Standard Dimensions
Wooden Handle: 50cm x 32mm
Metal Handle & Hook: 85cm x 8mm
Hook Clearance: 3.5cm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 137cm
Net Weight: 900g
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Ash Pan and Brush Set

'Natural' bristle or 'Wire' bristle brush:

Wood fired oven Natural Bristle Brush tool in action #1

Those of you who've been with us from the start know that this pan and brush set has been a long time coming - we've been playing around with the idea of it for couple of years now - but finally, we think we've got it right…

The big hold up has always been because of the brushes. No matter what you do or how careful you are, if they spend time in the fire, inevitably, your brush heads wear out. So, we wasted a year or so trying to make indestructible brushes. This proved pretty difficult, particularly since, while metal brushes were great with live coals, when you want to move ash or sweep your oven floor, you need something finer - like natural bristle.

Anyway, seems pretty obvious now, but it took us a while to accept that over six months or so of use, a bristle brush was always going to burn down, but that was OK if you let go of 'indestructible' and instead, just made sure the heads were 'replaceable'.

Of course, if something is to be replaceable, we reckon three things are mandatory: it's got to be easy to do and the replacements need to be inexpensive and readily available.

In the end, the best choice was an Australian owned company (don't ya love it when that happens?!); Oates cleaning products are available from most hardware and hospitality stores across Australia and if you have any difficulty getting them, we always keep a stock ourselves and are happy to on-sell them for what they cost us to buy.

As an extra special bonus, as well as their durable and inexpensive bristle brush, Oates also make a wire brush the same size. This means that our brush handle will take both bristle and wire brushes and that they can be interchanged - so you can buy just one handle and use both sorts of brush heads on it!

So, a Natural Bristle Brush for cleaning up your ash and also for cleaning the floor before you bare bake and a Wire Brush for sweeping hot coals and cleaning up melted cheese and other messes; AND you can either have two handles if your feeling extravagant or one handle and change the heads over in an instant - told you I think we've cracked it!

Wood fired oven Wire Bristle Brush tool in action #1
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The Brush/s Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Brush is made to be used in the horizontal/near horizontal position
  • Handles fit both natural bristle and wire heads
  • Heads are easy to change and replace - to release, simply press on holding spring bar at back
  • Between the two heads everything from hot coals to burning logs to fine ash can be moved and the floor made completely cleaned for cooking
  • Heads are made by an Australian owned company and are readily available and well priced
  • Even given fairly constant use, bristle heads should last 3-6 months and wire heads around a year

As well as the standard size referred to here, Brush Tools (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

The Brush/s Standard Dimensions
Wooden Handle: 109cm x 32mm
Brush Head: 20cm x 6cm
Stainless Steel Plate Thickness: 3.5cm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 127cm
Net Weight: 1.5kg
Natural Bristle Brush: 6cm bristles x 5 rows
Wire Bristle Brush: 5cm bristles x 5 rows
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The Ash Pan

Wood fired oven Ash Pan in use

Oh, better tell you a bit about the Ash Pan too!

The Ash Pan is great. Because of the wide front, you can scoop up everything from fine ash to big, live coals and bits of wood without spilling it everywhere or loosing half of it on the way out of the oven and then, because of the raised sides, everything stays in place on the trip to your coal bucket or ash container, where it just slides out.

And, of course, the broom fits in the pan neatly, so when you're sweeping the floor or clearing out the coals, everything works really well together.

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Ash Pan Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Pan is made to be used in the horizontal/near horizontal position
  • Pan is wider at mouth than at back for easy loading and unloading
  • Pan mouth edge is chamfered and slightly sharpened for good pick up
  • High sides keep load in place but do not prevent you moving logs
  • Fits easily into most fire boxes and ash buckets

As well as the standard size referred to here, Ash Pans (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Ash Pan Standard Dimensions
Handle: 94cm x 32mm
Ash Plate Measurements: 25cm long x 26 cm wide at front, 21cm at back
Ash Plate Depth: 3cm at front, increasing to 5cm at the back
Stainless Steel Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 131cm
Net Weight: 2kg
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Damp Mop

Wood fired oven Damp Mop tool closeup

This is one for the Bakers. If you're a serious bread maker, usually you use a Damp Mop either to clean the floor or to create steam and control the floor temperature (see our Bare Baking section.)

What we've done is take what we learnt from the Pan and Brush Set (above) and apply it to a mop - of course the mop head is going to wear out with use, but the heads are cheap and readily available, so we've made a nice Slow-Foody-looking handle for them and when they wear out, you can change 'em.

Again, we've gone with an Oates mop head because they're so readily available and we've chosen a nice, big, industrial sized one - a number 16 in fact. (Did you know mop heads come in over 20 sizes?) If you aren't near a hardware or hospitality supply store, or if the ones near you don't stock this size; don't worry, we'll keep plenty here and we're happy to on-sell them at cost price.

After due consideration, we have decided against stocking mop buckets - having too many cleaning tools around the house makes me nervous (did you see Fantasia?!) and, the buckets are just too big to send around the country when they're already available everywhere - so if you want a bucket, get your own!

Also, a bucket is not essential (though, if you've come this far...!), because an oven mop is usually only used damp, not dripping; it is quite possible to just spray water on from a spray bottle and/or, if you do need it wet, to squeeze it out with your hands or an old towel.

PLEASE NOTE THOUGH: Whilst our mop is pretty sexy and you may already have a bucket for the floor, if you're thinking of doubling up and using one set for both purposes, our mop doesn't make a good floor mop (it's made to use horizontally, not vertically) and sharing buckets is chancy - AJAX flavoured pizza isn't nice!

Wood fired oven Damp Mop tool in use Wood fired oven Damp Mop tool side view

Damp Mop Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Mop is made to be used in the horizontal/near horizontal position
  • Mop Heads are easily replaceable - simple unscrew the D clamp holding the existing head in place, insert a new head and do the two screws up again
  • Mop heads are made by an Australian owned company and are heavy duty, readily available and well priced
  • Even given fairly constant use, mop heads should last at least a year

As well as the standard size referred to here, Damp Mops (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Damp Mop Standard Dimensions
Handle: 108cm x 32mm
Mop Holder: 10cm long x 9cm wide
Mop: 20cm long x 24cm spread
Stainless Steel Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 125cm
Net Weight: 1.5kg
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Ember Rake

Wood fired oven Ember Rake tool in use #1

Again, an Ember Rake is a bit of a speciality tool. In use, it falls somewhere between the Coal Scoop and the Ash Pan and Brush and is really only for those people who do big bulk and/or staged cooking and really want to move their fire about a lot.

The other people who buy these particular tools are those smart souls who've actually built in an ash-tray in front of their oven door - they can use the rake to just scrape all their coals and ash up and drop it in. If your one of these people, we can actually make your Ember Rake exactly the size of the mouth of your container and, seeing as you're so clever, you'll probably appreciate that level of precision...

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Ember Rake Features

  • Large stainless steel ring, suits a wide variety of hooks and hangers
  • Solid brass etched nameplate
  • Fire hardened spotted gum or qwilla hardwood handle
  • Food grade 1.6mm thick stainless steel plate
  • Solid brass 25 mm screws for good grip - no wobbly handles, ever
  • Brass capped stainless steel rivets
  • Rake is made to be used in the horizontal/near horizontal position and to either push or pull items
  • Because the blade is really deep and the handle higher again, large logs can be moved with ease and good visibility maintained at all stages of move

As well as the standard size referred to here, Ember Rakes (and all other tools) can be made to your specifications and oven size. We have a Guide to Measuring Your Oven towards the end of this page.

Tools can also be personalised with wood engraving or metal etching - see the Customise Tools page.

Ember Rake Standard Dimensions
Handle: 109cm x 32mm
Blade: 31cm wide x 10cm high
Stainless Steel Plate Thickness: 1.6mm
Ring: 6.5cm x 8mm
Hanging Clearance: 2cm
Total Length: 125cm
Net Weight: 1.5kg
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Which TOOLS do I need?

Selection of square pizza shovel sizes

In the last five years, the wood fired oven world has just EXPLODED and as a result, the variety in the sizes and styles of ovens you're building (and the things you like to do in them!) have all just increased exponentially too.

When we first started doing this, we never dreamed we would have enough customers to create a huge range of tools and also offer different options for individual tools, but here we all are!

Most of you find it magnificent to have a choice of tools (and to be able to get them personally customised for your oven size and shape), but there are also some of you out there who find all this choice a bit intimidating, so hopefully, this guide will help...

SHOVELS / PEELS: THE SHOVEL SHAPE CONTINUUM

ROUND SHOVEL STATEMENTS:

I love pizzas and I rarely do anything else in my oven.

I have frequent large pizza parties and I want to cook 20 or 30 pizzas, 4 or 5 pizzas at a time (i.e., all in the oven at once).

I have a smallish oven (less than 900 mm wide/deep) and I mostly do pizzas.

SQUARE SHOVEL WITH ROUNDED FRONT STATEMENTS:

I like my pizza but I do plan to do all sorts of things in my oven – a bit of bread, the odd roast, cakes, etc.

My oven's on the small side and I do all sorts of things in there, but I do occasionally have quite large parties and give the oven a pizza workout.

The shovel is a present or I haven't built my oven yet or I like pizzas but I'm not sure what I'll end up doing in there in the end.

SQUARE SHOVEL STATEMENTS:

Square pizza shovel

I am a bread baker.

I only want 1 or 2 oven tools so I need my shovel to do pizzas, move roasting pans, poke at the fire, move ash, etc.

I have a medium to large oven and pizza is just one of many things I do in there.

Back in the bad old days before Wood Fired Oven's Ruled and before we knew that you wanted lotsa tools, we went with the square head on the shovel because we imagined people would just have that one tool and use it do everything - pizza, roasting, coal moving, etc – and the square shape is the best all rounder...

Nowadays however, knowing that we're not the only people in the world who love their ovens and who have a tool fetish, instead of one shovel, we've found we're making them on a shape continuum, to meet the needs of the people who use their ovens to make pizza only (round) to the people for whom pizza is not a big priority (square).

It's a bit of a dilemma working it out, but basically, in the three boxes opposite are a bit of a description of the rough groups that oven cooks fall into.

Finally, not meaning to confuse the issue, but some people also like a spinning peel – a small (under 20 cm diameter) round peel specifically for turning their pizzas round in the oven as well. Personally, we think to justify one of these you’d need to be making A LOT of pizzas A LOT of the time, but shops and party people do seem to like ‘em!

Round pizza peel

TROWELS:

Trowel

If we are having a big party and have lots of pizzas in at once (so that some of them are heating unevenly and so they need to be turned or spun), we’d use the trowel. It’s for all the small, close-up work. The other people who like Trowels are the folks who cook on the oven floor – be it making flat bread/pita bread/hearth bread or the increasing numbers of stone grillers, who plonk their meat straight on the heated stone - for these folk, the trowel is like their BBQ flipper, ‘cept it’s on steroids!

As well as the standard length of Trowel, it is also relatively common for people with big ovens (particularly those serious aficionado’s who have one of those big, freestanding, rectangular, could-rent-it-out-as-a-spare-room style ovens) or the people who have deep flue chambers on their ovens, to get a Trowel with a longer handle (say up to 90 cm total length?), so that they are still smaller then a shovel and can be kept on the bench, but they have enough reach to get you right in there...

COAL SCOOP:

The Coal Scoop is particularly good for domed/curved sided ovens. If your oven is straight sided (or the afore-mentioned extra room style), you are probably better off with an ember rake. The scoop has a bit of an edge over the rake for fire handling I reckon though – you can play fire-hockey with it and bring your fire in and spread it back out really easily...

PAN HOOK:

The Pan Hook is essential if you do lots of roasts/casseroles/tray bakes or anything in pans or tins in your oven, but if you are pizza only, you don't need it.

BRUSHES:

In our experience, people usually end up favouring one sort of Brush Head over the other (Wire or Natural Fibre) and given that we've made them so that you can change them over really easily (see our YouTube clip of the brush changeover), rather than getting the two different brushes, we recommend you start by getting one full brush and both brush heads and see how you go.

ASH PAN:

There's not much I can say about the Ash Pan, except to tell you that if you're a pizza only cook, you will very rarely need to move your hot coals out while you're cooking, you'll be far more likely to just want to spread them around the outside of your oven with the scoop or rake. That being the case, you can do without one – once your coals are cold, you can move them with anything. If you're a baker or a roaster though, getting an Ash Pan is probably right up there – it's not much fun trying to move your coals out and in again (and do it quickly) without one!

EMBER RAKE:

As I mentioned above, if you have a domed oven, the Coal Scoop is better for your oven as it gets into the curves, but if you have a straight sided oven, the Ember Rake is the go as it gets right into your corners and in a big oven, it really pushes and drags those mounds of coals around. Of course, if you've got the dough, get both – your fire won't stand a chance of being unruly then!

DAMP MOP:

The Damp Mop is really just for serious bread bakers. These good folk need to have a really clean floor and they also need to create steam and control the floor temp, so a Damp Mop is essential for them. If you're a big pizza bare-baker it can be useful too, but most folk can either get away with patting the floor with their shovel to clean it sufficiently or they get the brush with a natural head.

IN CONCLUSION: The more we know about your oven, the better we can make your tools, so please don't hesitate to write or ring to discuss this subject – we want to get it right!

Probably the biggest thing you can do to help us make you good tools is to measure your oven. Don't worry too much if you can't measure the oven (if the tools are a present for someone else, the oven's not built yet, you're not near it at the moment, etc.) we do a really generous standard size tool length (working on the theory that handles are easy to cut down, but hard to stretch!), but we do like to get them spot on if we can.

Guide to Measuring Your Oven

MEASURING YOUR OVEN FOR TOOL LENGTH:

To measure your oven for tool length

1. Stand in front of the oven.

2. Measure across any front bench space.

3. Through any flue chamber.

4. Until you reach the inner back wall.

So, if you can, we are particularly interested in the measurement from the front of your oven structure, across any bench space or flue cavity and through the oven itself to the inside back wall. Knowing this will allow us to make your handles the perfect length for your particular set up.

MEASURING YOUR OVEN FOR SHOVEL WIDTH:

Measure your wood fired oven for Pizza Shovel width

Similarly, if you are getting a pizza shovel (whatever shape!) knowing the  measurement across the narrowest part of your oven opening (be it the door space or the flue cavity), will help us ensure that your peel face is exactly the right width for you.

BTW, feedback from past customers and working with the oven suppliers themselves means that over time, we have developed a list of popular sizes and shapes for most models of kit/pre-assembled ovens. If you bought your oven, please let us know the brand name and we can let you know the sizes and tools we suggest.

THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR CUSTOMISING (well, MOST customising! If you're oven is hugely long and needs a whole tree length to hold it up or if your tool head changes are super large or really intricate, we might hit you a bit, but for 99% of customers, it's just something we do because we can!).

Oven Tools Care Tips

Wood fired oven tool handle closeup view

These fire tools and wood fired oven accessories are made from high quality food grade stainless steel. They are tough as nails and can be left outside in all weather. The only thing you need to do is to oil the handles occasionally (i.e., once or twice a year) to maintain the timber colour.

The tools can be washed just like any other kitchen item, but usually a wipe over with a damp cloth will suffice.

If you manage to really burn food onto them (and that takes a fair bit of effort) remember that, just like any other stainless steel items, they can be scratched by harsh abrasives. Resist getting out the steel wool and just soak the burnt gunk overnight - it'll just fall off then.

If your one of those people who like to be able to see your face reflected in the stainless surface, the occasional polish with one of the commercial stainless steel products or a stiff paste of bi-carb and water, will bring it back to a nice, shiny finish.

Please note: Obviously, care must be taken when using any natural/flammable product in the oven. Do not leave these tools in the oven longer than necessary to perform their particular function and as you finish using each tool, check that no live ash or coals adheres to the surface or underside.

Specific Brush and Mop Care Tips

Please Note: Occasionally, strands or bristles may come loose from the brush or mop head during use. Please check the oven floor thoroughly before placing food directly on the surface. Also, obviously, care must be taken when using any natural/flammable product in the oven and the natural bristle brush and mop in particular should never be put directly in, or held directly over, the fire.

To change the brush heads: Pete puts the broom handle between his legs with the brush head facing upwards and sticking out about a foot from his clenched thighs(!). He presses the little lever-y bit of the clip back towards him with one hand and grips the brush head by the bristles in the other hand and pulls it out as the clip raises up (My God, it's like writing porn!). To put a new head in, you pretty much do the same (clench thighs, brush holder facing up) and then insert the new head under the front edge first and lift the clip back enough to get the rear end in. Don't worry, it's both easier and less lewd to do then it is to write about!

To change the mop head over: Your replacement mop probably has a plastic head piece on it (it is not possible to buy one without it these days). Obviously, this needs to be removed before the new head is attached to the handle. If you have bought the mop head directly from us, you may wonder why we have not done this for you in advance, but during product development, Pete beheaded many, many mops and we discovered that, despite his best intentions and several ingenious suggestions from me, once undone, the mops tended to get untidy no matter how you tied them up and that it's best to just get them straight on the clamp rather than leave them lying around with their hair loose, getting all bedraggled! Anyway, what we do is just cut or snip the plastic piece away (we like garden secateurs) then undo the d-clamp fitting on our handle, take it off, 'drape' the mop-hair over the 'd' part and then put the ends of the 'd' back through the handle piece and do them back up.