Whether you own a pizza stone or bake your pizza on a heavy tray, preheating an oven for pizza is essential. This is to make sure that you get an even bake on your pizza. Depending on your oven, the heat will be coming from mainly one direction – the top or bottom. Fan-assisted ovens are helpful here because they spread the heat through the oven more efficiently, but they still need preheating!
So that your pizza base browns and crisps up properly, it’s important to make sure the pizza stone or oven tray you’re baking it on is also in the oven during the preheating stage. The longer you preheat the oven for pizza, the better – although too long will just be a waste of energy. Don’t worry if your oven is really hot because cleaning your oven immediately after eating your pizza will be easier due to the residual heat – just make sure you don’t burn yourself! Here are our tips for preheating the oven for pizza, both homemade and frozen.