Gear

How To Light The Pi

Aug 31, 2022

Solo Stove Pi aims to personalize the pizza experience in all ways, namely, giving you the power to choose your fuel source. A dual-fuel marvel, use Pi with your choice of wood or gas. Read on to learn which fuel source is right for you, and how to light Pi in a few easy steps.


Lighting With The Gas Burner

Pi’s gas burner makes your experience simple: all you have to do is turn a knob. Use the gas burner when your favorite wood is out of season, or to create a low-fume environment for your pizza to bake in. Following the example of most modern pizza kitchens, Pi’s gas burner is the perfect choice for those who like a laid-back approach.


Gas Burner How-To, Step-By-Step:

  • Starting with a Pi that’s cool to the touch, remove the rear door, fuel grate, and ash pan.
  • Find two thumb screws situated in their storage location just below Pi’s gas connection and remove them.
  • Align the gas burner with Pi’s rear opening and secure it with the two aforementioned screws.
  • Attach your propane tank to the hose, and turn the valve to release the gas.
  • Spray the attachment with soapy water to make sure there are no leaks and the connection is secure
  • To get the gas burner fired up, turn the knob counterclockwise until you hear a click. Check the front opening to make sure there is a visible flame.
  • If it did not ignite the first time, do not leave the knob in the on position for more than five seconds. Turn it back to the off position, wait a minute, and try again.
  • After Pi preheats to your desired temperature, use the knob to control temperature as you bake.
  • Bake to your heart’s content! Click here for more ideas about how to use your Solo Stove Pi.


Lighting With Wood

Few experiences compare to the thrill of wood-firing your own pizza. For those that enjoy experimenting with different wood-fired flavors, the wood-burning assembly unlocks a variety of flavor possibilities to explore. Made possible by three simple components, the ash pan, fuel grate, and rear door, wood-firing is achievable even for novice pizza chefs, especially those aiming to master a Neapolitan recipe. Pi’s rear opening is wide enough to access its fuel grate safely while in use. Thanks to its demi-dome structure, Pi uses heat as efficiently as possible so you won’t have to worry about running out of wood mid-bake– plan on being able to bake even longer than you’d expect to while wood-firing your pizzas. See the step-by-step guide for lighting up your wood-burning pizza oven below:


Wood-Fired How-To, Step-By-Step:

  • Cut your selected wood to size. We recommend pieces of hardwood that are 1 inch in width, and 5 inches in length.
  • After separating Pi’s ash pan and fuel grate, place a couple of Starters into the ash pan, and a few pieces of wood into the fuel grate.
  • Place the ash pan into Pi, and light your Starters.
  • Place the fuel grate back into the ash pan so the flames can catch the wood.
  • Attach Pi’s rear door, and wait until Pi reaches 650° F to begin baking.
  • Add more wood into your fuel grate every five or so minutes.
  • If your fire is overly smoky, your fire is not hot enough. Try adding more wood into your fuel grate.
  • Bake to your heart’s content! Click here for more ideas about how to use your Solo Stove Pi.