Q: Are most pizzas made in coal-fired or wood-fired ovens?
A: On the whole, wood-fired ovens are more commonplace than coal-fired ovens in the pizza community. However, coal-fired ovens are beloved for their ability to reach temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and bestow pizza crusts with a gloriously blackened bottom.
Q: What type of coal is used in coal-fired pizza ovens?
A: Coal-fired ovens are usually powered by anthracite, a form of coal that is most frequently sourced from northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s greatly preferred over the more commonly found coal – bituminous coal – because it burns hotter.
Q: How long does it take to cook a pizza in a coal-fired oven?
A: Coal-fired pizzas are often baked in three-to-five minutes, thanks to the remarkably high temperature of the oven.