How do I clean the stainless steel parts of the Mighty Pizza Oven?
Cleaning stainless steel is not only for aesthetics, it also helps preserve the steel’s corrosion resistance. Stainless steel refers to a group of steels that contain at least 10.5% chromium. Oxygen combines with the chromium in the steel to form a thin layer of chromium oxide, called a “passive film”, which protects the steel from further corrosion. When dirt or other materials contaminate the surface, the passivation process is obstructed and corrosion protection is reduced. You will need to keep you grill clean. Grease and food particles will corrode even the highest quality stainless steel given enough time.
When it comes to cleaning stainless steel you will need to remember that this material will scratch easily, so never use steel wool or metal brushes to clean your Mighty Pizza Oven.
You also need to avoid using abrasive cleaning agents. We recommend kitchen appliance cleaners or stainless steel cleaners that you can buy in most stores. (Appliance stores are your best bet because they tend to know a little more about what they are selling.) This stuff works as a cleaner and a protecting agent, not only cleaning your stainless steel, but helping to keep it that way. Other than that, you should clean your grill with a soft cloth and a good quality non-abrasive cleaner. This really is about all you’ll need. There are stainless steel polishes, but remember than anything that leaves behind a film or finish will be subjected to the heat of your grill. Stainless steel polishes can discolor under intense heat and make the Oven look worse, not better.
The number one issue people have with stainless steel is that it discolors from heat. After a while you will notice a change in the color of some parts of the stainless steel, particularly the side handles and the back part of the oven. This discoloration is natural and unpreventable, and will not affect the functioning of your oven. Also, when you are done baking, fully open the chimney to let the heat out of the cooking chamber to allow the oven to cool faster.
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Can I Keep The Mighty Pizza Oven on the Grill?
We don’t recommend that you do that. It is best to store the oven in a cabinet or at least in a dry indoor location, such as a garage. Remember: never move the Mighty Pizza Oven while it is hot (not even using oven mitts).
How do I clean Pizza Stones of the Mighty Pizza Oven?
Cleaning the pizza stones is actually an easy job, provided you follow the right method. Here are some useful tips on how to clean a pizza stone:
The most important thing to do is to NEVER use any form of soap on the pizza stone. The stone tends to absorb the smell of the soap and the next time you bake a pizza on a contaminated stone, it could very well turn out to be soap flavor!
Use a plastic utensil or scraper to remove excess food. Rinse the pizza stone with water when as necessary, but do not soak it. Let it dry out fully. Repeat the procedure if the stone is not clean yet.
While cleaning the pizza stone with water, one must always keep in mind that the water must be plane and warm.