Conveyor Oven Pizza?

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porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2007/10/01 18:24:10
Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of? Would you try a new pizza joint that utilized that method? How about if you were in the middle of nowhere and it was the only game in town; would you try it then? Inquiring minds want to know. pb
rongmtek
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 20:28:14
Yep, we've had 'em here in the Hudson Valley. One of the upscale/yuppie/organic/locally grown type markets makes pizza in (on?) a conveyor oven.
They make a normal crust (I like Eddie's-style real thin crust) and it's a bit chewy, but they will make it "well-done" if you ask. They use very good ingredients and actually charge less for a pizza than a lot of the pizza joints.
It is acceptable in all ways. But every pizza place is different.
Ron
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 20:46:11
Turoni's in Evansville uses a conveyor and I think they make a fine pizza, but it's a very thin crust.
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 20:51:40
That sounds like a neat idea. No clock watching. No opening the oven to let heat out so you can cook another pizza. I haven't done it, but it doesn't scare me.
Billfish
Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 21:03:17
The best pizza in this area comes from a lowly conveyor oven.And thats not damning by faint praise.Theres a guy 5 miles down the road that has a beautiful imported wood-fired oven from Italy.But he doesnt know how to use it.Its nice to have the best tools,but better to know how to get the most out of the ones you have.
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 21:43:04
You know, my favorite sandwich was from a place called Ollie's L'Oven Works, and they wrapped all the sandwich guts in what you might call pizza dough and sent it through a conveyor oven to bake. It heated up the fixin's nicely, too. I miss that place.

I've been to Quizno's and chipped a tooth after they sent their sammys through a conveyor oven, though. Something about sending bread that's already baked through an oven again, I guess.
RibDog
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/10/01 22:09:06
My go to place here in St. Petersburg is Gumby's Pizza and they use a conveyor oven. I do ask for to be well done which adds a little bit to it and to my liking.

But this does not mean that I don't prefer a pizza from a regular pizza oven. I think it has more to do with the ingredients and the cook than it does the oven but that is another thread.

John
wmceaton
Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/26 20:21:15
I run from conveyor pizza...
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/26 21:20:01
All I've seen from places that run a conveyor oven is a dream for speed and mass production. Food Quality has sucked. Show me a good ol' Blodgett or Bakers Pride brick oven, and chances are I'll gamble my dollar on their product. A lot more pride goes into the pie when they sit and babysit it (gently turning it, shaking it now and then).. Also far better tasting then something being made factory style!

tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 14:01:06
When a good local pizza place switched over a few years ago, the pizza stayed the same.
divefl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 14:04:20
It's like all types of pizza, there are good places and bad. Luckily, the conveyor across the street from me is very good. A block from work, good in a pinch. Better than the other pizza options near work.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 15:17:53
Are we talking about the type of pizza that, for example, Costco sells? If so, well, then, there's Costco's Pizza. It's OK, but not up there with great pizza at all. It's mostly notable for the amount of pizza and toppings you get for only $9. ---Ken
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 15:58:50
Costco makes the same mistake so many "American-style pizzarias make:The sauce is loaded with sugar. Taste just the sauce next time!!!I think you could get an OK pizza from this contraption if great ingredients were used. Still a wood burning oven(again considering you used great ingredients) is the preferred way to go.
Lee
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 16:28:02
One of my favorite pizza places in Columbus, OH, Johnny's on Parsons Ave switched to a conveyor a few years ago. It's still good but I think they got it slightly crispier in the older ovens. I asked for it well done once and he burned the crap out of it so now I just get it the way it comes.
Doatsie82
Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 18:42:41
Pizza Port, Carlsbad (CA) uses a conveyor. They make a pretty darn good "CA" style pizza. But let's get real here people... I really go there for the beer! www.pizzaport.com

Doatsie

p.s. See you at the Strong Ale Festival!
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2007/11/27 19:09:50
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

Costco makes the same mistake so many "American-style pizzarias make:The sauce is loaded with sugar. Taste just the sauce next time!!!I think you could get an OK pizza from this contraption if great ingredients were used. Still a wood burning oven(again considering you used great ingredients) is the preferred way to go.
Lee

Ya, what is it with all this sugar in the sauce? Totally sickens me to say the least. Shows you all these shop owners have no clue to what a good, lightly seasoned tomato sauce tastes like. Someone out there started a chain of events with the sugar, and it keeps escalating. My only theory is they never tasted something real and good, just started out in the biz copying someone else. Then came that conveyor oven... ARGHHH...


shresthamohan
Junior Burger
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Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/12 23:34:18
Hey guys if you want any sort of pizza conveyor or ovens then you can visit the website . You can get get their the best deals with a lot of heavy discount for your business. So, you should try that link. Thank you.
shresthamohan
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Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/12 23:34:18
Hey guys if you want any sort of pizza conveyor or ovens then you can visit the website . You can get get their the best deals with a lot of heavy discount for your business. So, you should try that link. Thank you.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/13 12:06:40
porkbeaks

Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of?

 
Anyone that has ever ordered from Domino's has had a conveyor oven pizza!


Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/13 12:14:07
ken8038

Are we talking about the type of pizza that, for example, Costco sells? If so, well, then, there's Costco's Pizza. It's OK, but not up there with great pizza at all. It's mostly notable for the amount of pizza and toppings you get for only $9. ---Ken

I've mentioned this on another thread but I'll do it here as well. I use Costco pizza as my benchmark. Is it great?? No. Is it a serviceable slice when you're there anyway?? Absolutely. So, that said, if you aren't as good as Costco, I'm not interested. If you are, you could receive my business.

So yes, I have knowingly eaten conveyor oven pizza. Quite happily.
 
DT
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/13 14:54:17
shresthamohan

Hey guys if you want any sort of pizza conveyor or ovens then you can visit the website . You can get get their the best deals with a lot of heavy discount for your business. So, you should try that link. Thank you.

No...it ISN'T pizza....at best pizza-like product!!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/13 14:56:34
Costco pizza is at BEST "FAIR".....not good, fair...at $1:99 it is filling and makes a cheap lunch......but nobody around this pizza-area would call this acceptable pizza!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/13 15:15:54
The above comments were about Domino, Costco, and other fast food-style pizza product...and conveyor belt fast food pizza.and represent my humble opinion, and 67 years of eating good pizza around the world. By the way, Costco uses a sauce too sweet and that mixture of cheeses should be dropped for simply mozzerella!I'll grant you it's a big slice with lots of toppings for the price. But we have far too many good choices around here to settle for this type of stuff!!!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/14 03:05:52
MetroplexJim
porkbeaks
Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of?

Anyone that has ever ordered from Domino's has had a conveyor oven pizza!

AND Pizza Hut!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/14 10:18:58
Foodbme

MetroplexJim
porkbeaks
Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of?

Anyone that has ever ordered from Domino's has had a conveyor oven pizza!

AND Pizza Hut!

 
And Papa John's!
 
The first one of these conveyor ovens I ever saw was circa 1982 in Rockville, MD at one of the clients of my printing businesses.  This new (now defunct) pizza parlor's "differentiation" was having this oven that enabled them to serve a finished pie only 6 minutes after the order!  Most pizza places back then took 30 minutes.  And, as pizza "went" back then, it was good and little different than what came out of the traditional Blodgett ovens!
 
This new technology beat the pants off the traditional Blodgett-style ovens time-wise and yielded a pie every bit as good.  A few years thereafter high-volume pizza delivery businesses -  Domino's and the like - arrived on the scene and created a whole new industry by using this technological innovation to get a pie in your lap at home in the same time it took to arrive at your table in a restaurant!  Of course, this really hurt business for the sit-down pizza restaurants (remember how and when all those stand-alone Pizza Huts disappeared or were "repurposed"?).
 
The happy result of this was that the "locals" had to step up their game and compete on quality.  As a result, by the early '90's one began seeing brick ovens being installed here and there.  I was in the DC area at the time and 'gourmet' pizza places:  Pizza Paradisio, 2 Amys, Faccia Luna, etc. quickly became all the rage and had lines at their doors.
 
When we moved to Dallas in 2005 it was a "pizza desert"; now, "brick oven 'gourmet' joints" are all over the place.  Hell, we even have 6 or 7 of them here in McKinney - and all serve a far better pie than was even available in the whole Metroplex eight years ago.
 
Luckily for Domino's et al., those "designer pies" do not travel well.  Delivered, their wonderful thin crusts arrive soggy and the pie luke-warm - for twice the price of Domino's or Papa John's.  (If I'm watching the Steelers and want a hot, decent pie "RFN" I call Papa John's, not Grimaldi's).
 
So, this conveyor oven has caused all sorts of good change: the creation of a whole industry of high-volume delivery, competition forcing the quantum quality leap produced by the brick oven sit-downs, and even the fast, hot $1.89 slice and a Coke for a lunch at Costco or Sam's.
 
This is yet another example of how innovation and competitive profit-seeking in the free market have created industries and bettered eneryone's quality of life. 
 
There is some rich irony in many of the posts above; instead of mocking the conveyor oven, thank it for bringing a little bit of New Haven to most communities in America!
 
(And, don't cry for the venerable Blodgett; they still makes a helluva pizza casserole in Chicago!).
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/09/14 10:29:02
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/14 14:33:39
Sorry,I've never had a conveyor pizza, even close to a real pizza!!!And I don't see how this new technology reinvented mom and pop pizzerias. Here in the north east small Italian pizzerias were always high quality....and Papa John's etc NEVER is....sorry sweet sugar sauce and stuff on a conveyor belt is not cutting it for this Italian!!!!Here in Pizza land we know the difference from fast food to quality, A real hamburger is as far from a McDonalds attempt, as a real Slice is from Pizza Hut, Papa Johns or Dominoes....cheap imitations!!I've been raised on real pizza since the early 50's, and I just can't drop my dollars down on fast food pizza...even warm or cold, and more expensive, the real thing is the REAL thing. Would you judge what makes a great burger by eating a McDonalds...well you can't judge what constitutes a great slice by eating fast food pizza!!!!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/14 15:18:40
leethebard

Here in the north east small Italian pizzerias were always high quality.
   

 
 You are absolutely correct, sir.  
 
I had no idea what really good pizza was until my first visits to The City and the Eastern seaboard.   And the intense competition there made that so. 

 
leethebard
 
And I don't see how this new technology reinvented mom and pop pizzerias.

 
Out in the vast American Pizza Desert (i.e., anywhere outside of the NY, NJ, & CT "Pizza Heaven"), the loss of business to Domino's-type delivery made the local mom & pops step up their game and go to the Neopolitan-style ovens.  That was a big winner for us hicks down here in the middle of flyover country. 

 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/09/14 15:23:04
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/14 15:20:51
Understood!!
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/15 23:38:30
pica's has a conveyor oven and it's THE best tomato pie/pizza i've ever had.  tastes exactly the same as my italian (from italy) neighbors used to make in the regular ovens.

http://www.picas-restaurant.com/
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/15 23:40:58
pica's has a conveyor oven and theirs is THE best pizza/tomato pie i've ever had.  http://www.picas-restaurant.com/
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/15 23:46:16
pica's has a conveyor oven and theirs is THE best pizza/tomato pie i've ever had! 
http://www.picas-restaurant.com/
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 04:32:48
joclyn

pica's has a conveyor oven and theirs is THE best pizza/tomato pie i've ever had.  http://www.picas-restaurant.com/

and I know someone who thinks Mickey D's makes a real hamburger....maybe....but i don't think so......the mechanics just isn't the same....instant coffee doesn't taste like regular coffee....etc...etc...but what do I know....I could be wrong???????
marteenhook
Junior Burger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 04:44:36
Yes dear you are right, You can use Conveyor Oven to make pizza. Because Conveyor Oven makes the pizza perfect.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 10:08:08
marteenhook

Yes dear you are right, You can use Conveyor Oven to make pizza. Because Conveyor Oven makes the pizza perfect.


Good!  Each to their own taste.
 
My point above is that even those who do not like "conveyor pizza" have, nevertheless, benefitted from that innovation since the industries & competition it has fostered has made "artisan, Neopolitan-style" widely available rather than being the exclusive little secret of only select cognoscenti in the NE pizza corridor.
 
As a result, even the unwashed in the Metroplex now have vastly improved dining opportunities at all the "little bits of New Haven" that now dot the former pizza desert.  One of these, in Phoenix of all places http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/ , now seems to make every "top ten" pizza list.  Maybe some in New Haven resent this.  Too bad; now you have to "share". 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/09/16 10:13:12
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 14:05:12
MetroplexJim

porkbeaks

Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of?


Anyone that has ever ordered from Domino's has had a conveyor oven pizza!

 
 
Only knowingly have had a conveyer pizza once.  The dough was terrible.   
 
May also answer why I've never cared for Domino's either.
 
For me, it's become a brick oven or why bother.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 15:02:20
mjambro

MetroplexJim

porkbeaks

Have any of you (knowingly) ever had some? Was it any good? Is there any great pizza being produced in a conveyor oven anywhere that you know of?


Anyone that has ever ordered from Domino's has had a conveyor oven pizza!


For me, it's become a brick oven or why bother.


Same for me except for the occasional, all-too-convenient and cheap, Costco or Sam's Club slice.
 
Now this thread has me 'noticing'.
 
During one of the NFL games I saw a Pizza Hut ad and noticed that the actors were in front of a conveyor oven!
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 15:11:23
Using a Caterpillar track-type tractor as a model, I wonder how difficult it would be to build a conveyor oven where the belt (or whatever it is) is replaced by a series of individual pizza stones attached to a carrier that moves in the same pattern (picture the Cat tracks in operation).  The first problems that come to mind are weight and cost, but otherwise...
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 16:29:31
ScreamingChicken

Using a Caterpillar track-type tractor as a model, I wonder how difficult it would be to build a conveyor oven where the belt (or whatever it is) is replaced by a series of individual pizza stones attached to a carrier that moves in the same pattern (picture the Cat tracks in operation).  The first problems that come to mind are weight and cost, but otherwise...


I think the issue there may be duplicating and maintaining the 600+ degree heat both in the stone and the overhead elements of the conveyer chute.  And then there would be the problem of insulating such a machine so that it could be approached by a human.
 
In any case, a good pizzaola can manage and peel a number of pies simultaneously.  And in a brick oven, each pizza only takes a few miniutes, maybe - with a skilled peeler - even "outrunning" a conveyor!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/16 16:47:28
That is what I was thinking too...
 
How do you maintain a pizza oven temp on your stone.
 
Unless you have a preheat section before you insert your pizza into the conveyor belt contraption.
 
but Jim again hits the nail on the head
 
a good peeler will run circles around ANY conveyor belt system and produce better quality pie.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/17 20:35:36
marteenhook

Yes dear you are right, You can use Conveyor Oven to make pizza. Because Conveyor Oven makes the pizza perfect.

HUH???????......NOT TRUE!!!!!!
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/17 21:20:21
leethebard

marteenhook

Yes dear you are right, You can use Conveyor Oven to make pizza. Because Conveyor Oven makes the pizza perfect.

HUH???????......NOT TRUE!!!!!!

 
Conventional brick pizza oven  Conveyer belt pizza oven 
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 01:47:32
ScreamingChicken

Using a Caterpillar track-type tractor as a model, I wonder how difficult it would be to build a conveyor oven where the belt (or whatever it is) is replaced by a series of individual pizza stones attached to a carrier that moves in the same pattern (picture the Cat tracks in operation).  The first problems that come to mind are weight and cost, but otherwise...

 
Why  .... the purpose of the stones is to apply high heat directly to the bread crust and to help maintain the 'oven' temp (reduce the temp drop) when the oven door is opened & closed.    
 
In a conveyor oven, the pizza pie pass directly between the top & bottom heat elements (electric or gas).   The uses of a stone attached to the conveyor would only act as an insulator and would break apart due to the constant heating & cooling of the stone.    ... The blue flame of the LP or natural gas burner is about 1980 deg F +/-;  the heat zone between the top & bottom burners should easily be 1000 deg F plus, much hotter than brick ovens.   ... In terms of cost of fuel, the conveyor oven is much more expensive to operate, but it is much less expensive to buy and install into a kitchen than building a brick oven.
 
Heat is heat ... so with quality product, there should be no noticeable difference between pies from the brick oven or conveyor oven.
 
Every Pizza Hut that I've seen for the past 30 year used a conveyor oven.  
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 06:58:30
"Heat is heat ... so with quality product, there should be no noticeable difference between pies from the brick oven or conveyor oven.  Every Pizza Hut that I've seen for the past 30 year used a conveyor oven."
 
and just how does this help the argument for the use of a conveyor oven?
 
Evidently "heat is not heat" and/or PH doesn't have enough heat.  Although in this case, quality of the dough could be also be a contributing factor. 
 
My guess is the popularity of conveyor systems is that a consistent product can be produced using minimal labor skills - typical of all chains where consistency is more important than quality.
post edited by mjambro - 2013/09/18 07:11:59
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 08:06:56
mjambro

"Heat is heat ... so with quality product, there should be no noticeable difference between pies from the brick oven or conveyor oven.  Every Pizza Hut that I've seen for the past 30 year used a conveyor oven."

and just how does this help the argument for the use of a conveyor oven?

Evidently "heat is not heat" and/or PH doesn't have enough heat.  Although in this case, quality of the dough could be also be a contributing factor. 

My guess is the popularity of conveyor systems is that a consistent product can be produced using minimal labor skills - typical of all chains where consistency is more important than quality.

 
By showing with a properly regulated conveyor oven the cooking temperature is hotter than most brick ovens.   And in my opinion, why stones added to the conveyor would not be a help or be necessary.
 
I do agree the use of the conveyor oven allows less skilled labor to constantly make pizzas using the 1.2.3  method/steps pinned on the wall to assembly a pizza per store standard and to control waste.
 
Excellent pizza can be make in the home oven, grill, or nuwave at lower 400 deg F temperatures   ... just the technique is different.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 08:58:42
I work at Target, and we have the Pizza Hut program in our café( lol!) It is a conveyor oven-we sell only personal pan pizzas, breadsticks and pasta. 7 minutes thru at 450 degrees. The bottom of the oven is NOT heated-only the top.Their( horrible) secret to cook the crust is lots of oil when prepping the dough. I just make them, folks. We always get Pizza from a good old Mom and Pop Italian restaurant-cant stand chains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 08:59:32
Oops-must have burped again, as CTD suggested in a different post!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 09:11:01
ann peeples

I work at Target, and we have the Pizza Hut program in our café( lol!) It is a conveyor oven-we sell only personal pan pizzas, breadsticks and pasta. 7 minutes thru at 450 degrees. The bottom of the oven is NOT heated-only the top.Their( horrible) secret to cook the crust is lots of oil when prepping the dough. I just make them, folks. We always get Pizza from a good old Mom and Pop Italian restaurant - cant stand chains. 


 
Ann, what kind of oven does your local mom & pop use? 

mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 09:31:18
I'm now beginning to understand why I've rarely had a decent chain pizza (exceptions being regionally based Regina and Flatbread Company, both of which use brick ovens).   Never realized how widespread the conveyors are used.  Confirmed elsewhere that most all US chains do use conveyor systems.   
 
Evidently that's the common factor that makes most chain pizza mediocre at best - essentially "McPizza" as I read elsewhere.  
post edited by mjambro - 2013/09/18 09:35:46
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 09:43:04
marteenhook

Yes dear you are right, You can use Conveyor Oven to make pizza. Because Conveyor Oven makes the pizza perfect.

 
I believe the word is "consistent".
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/18 13:21:12
ann peeples

I work at Target, and we have the Pizza Hut program in our café( lol!) It is a conveyor oven-we sell only personal pan pizzas, breadsticks and pasta. 7 minutes thru at 450 degrees. The bottom of the oven is NOT heated-only the top.Their( horrible) secret to cook the crust is lots of oil when prepping the dough. I just make them, folks. We always get Pizza from a good old Mom and Pop Italian restaurant-cant stand chains.

. .

cheap oven ??  ... Top heat only, this oven is for toasting (sandwiches ??) & reheating (frozen pizza ??)    ... Fresh dough pizza needs direct heat to cook if the pie is made with the cheese, meat & vegs.       ....Try precooking the crust, then build the pizza and toast/cook the cheese & vegs.
 
For fresh dough pizza in my option, the conveyor oven needs top and bottom heat or a bottom element with reflective top.   The bottom crust needs higher heat zone than the top cheese & vegs to cook.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/19 07:39:47
It has only a top element-has to be preheated for 30 minutes so the metal conveyor gets hot. And the oven is not cheap.....
Jim-not conveyors! I have seen high heat pizza ovens in the places we frequent.
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/19 08:39:44
hahaha   ... Probably not cheap if compared to a Walmart counter-top ovens.     .... But commercial counter-top pizza conveyor ovens are in the range of $8 K to $10 K.   Some as high as $30K plus.
The dual element Star 318HX, 18 wide is about $4500 and this is 50% off at http://www.acitydiscount....-Ovens.1.57079.2.1.htm
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/19 19:33:06
My apologies, Ed-there is a bottom element of heat at the beginning of the process. It takes care of the crust at the half way point-and then cooks the rest of the pizza. As I don't work nights-I have never cleaned this machine. I stand corrected.
WarToad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/19 20:11:32
I've had some really nice pizzas roll off a conveyer belt oven, as well as out of old school wood fired brick ovens, as well as coal fired ovens.  At the end of the day, you're applying heat to product.  Heat.  Product.  I have an emotional attachment to wood fired ovens because of a (very) slight smokiness that comes through, as well as I think the additional heat from underneath affects the bottom of the crust to a positive effect, but the number of pizzarias that take full advantage of this is far and few between.  Ultimately for the overwhelming number of pizza joints it's applying heat to product.  Who figures this out,  who manipulates this the best, who puts in the practice practice practice, this is the dividing line that has nothing to do with the heat source.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/19 20:36:44
I've got to say, I was never a fan of the conveyor oven until I discovered that the very best NYC style pizza in Cincinnati (in my opinion) was baked in a conveyor oven.
 
It shocked me to my core, honestly
 
That pizza is sadly no longer available, but I do wonder if that pizza might even have been better in classic deck-style oven.  I'll never know.  I miss it terribly.
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/20 01:17:32
ann peeples

My apologies, Ed-there is a bottom element of heat at the beginning of the process. It takes care of the crust at the half way point-and then cooks the rest of the pizza. As I don't work nights-I have never cleaned this machine. I stand corrected.

 
thanks,  but my 'cheap' comment wasn't really fair since I didn't know the band name of oven you were using.    I just considered a 'top heat' only as being more of a general purpose oven and best suited for cooking pizza.....
 
Anyway, I recently had a good crisp & flaky crusted pizza (delivery) which I know was from a conveyor oven.   
post edited by edwmax - 2013/09/20 01:19:01
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/20 01:33:17
WarToad

I've had some really nice pizzas roll off a conveyer belt oven, as well as out of old school wood fired brick ovens, as well as coal fired ovens.  At the end of the day, you're applying heat to product.  Heat.  Product.  I have an emotional attachment to wood fired ovens because of a (very) slight smokiness that comes through, as well as I think the additional heat from underneath affects the bottom of the crust to a positive effect, but the number of pizzarias that take full advantage of this is far and few between.  Ultimately for the overwhelming number of pizza joints it's applying heat to product.  Who figures this out,  who manipulates this the best, who puts in the practice practice practice, this is the dividing line that has nothing to do with the heat source.

 
Now we're talking about advantage of one method oven another cooking method.   ... A smoky 'wood fired' oven pizza has to be fantastic, but I've never had one.  I don't know a pizzeria  my my area with this type oven.    ... I'll have to try to make my own on a hot smoky grill with a stone.    ...
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Conveyor Oven Pizza? 2013/09/22 23:13:59
leethebard

joclyn

pica's has a conveyor oven and theirs is THE best pizza/tomato pie i've ever had.  http://www.picas-restaurant.com/

and I know someone who thinks Mickey D's makes a real hamburger....maybe....but i don't think so......the mechanics just isn't the same....instant coffee doesn't taste like regular coffee....etc...etc...but what do I know....I could be wrong???????

you're close enough to take a drive and go there and try it.