After curing your oven you will be ready to start cooking in it. Your aim when cooking in the oven is to create, and maintain, a controlled and even heat which is generated from the cooking surface, the dome and the hot air circulating inside the oven.
Use your oven rake to push the fire to the side of the oven. Pushing the fire to the side allows for cold air being drawn into the oven to be heated quickly in a circular motion over your food, which helps to maintain even cooking temperatures. It also allows you to easily see the food you are cooking and therefore see when it needs to be turned away from the fire.
Before placing food in the oven, clean the cooking surface by using your pizza peel to ‘slap’ the cooking surface to remove any ash residue.
Cook on the floor space opposite the fire. Alternate the sides of the oven on which you cook each time you use it in order to maintain even curing of the oven. If the wind is blowing into the front of the oven, light the fire on the sheltered side. This will assist the heat from the fire to travel to the opposite side of the oven. Maintain the fire with wrist sized peices of wood.