Curing your oven

Years of enjoyment begin with curing

Curing your oven

Although your oven might seem dry once you complete the installation process, there are small moisture pockets that need to work their way out.

The initial fire must be started slowly. When lighting the first fire, keep the flames low so the moisture can be slowly released from the oven and the surrounding masonry. If you build a large fire in your oven from the onset, you could compromise your oven’s longevity and cooking efficiency—ultimately causing permanent damage which might void the manufacturer’s warranty.

This curing process should be conducted at a temperature as close to 212°F (100°C) as possible (do not exceed this temperature) for a period of six hours on three consecutive days. Exposing your new oven to this temperature over a few days will cause all the moisture to evaporate, allowing your oven to properly “cure.”

NOTE: Due to thermal expansion, small cracks might appear in the dome or hearth during the curing process. Don’t worry. This is normal and the quality of your oven will not be compromised.

Another method of curing your new oven is to build a fire in a separate location. Then, take the heated coals and place them in the oven. You’ll generate heat without a flame, and the oven will cure as required. Some new owners find this method much easier for curing the oven and ensuring that the temperature doesn’t get too hot.

  • Jack Sargent

    i have used up 1 & 1/2 16 lbs bags (one chimney charcoal starter bin as seen in Carm’s video at a time) of Kingsford charcoal off and on over 1 and a half days letting the coals burnout each time in very cold outdoor temps zero to 20 degrees, am I ready to start cooking pizza’s or do I need more curing. the temps were higher than 212 most of the time but I haven’t noticed any cracks and there was never a flame. please advise

    • ChicagoBrickOven

      Based on your description, you should be good to go, but always heat your oven gradually in temperatures below 40 degrees. Have fun cooking in your new Chicago Brick Oven!