Whilst many Morsø Forno owners cook in their outdoor ovens all year round, most of us cover them up for the winter period, not wanting to face the bleak Scottish winter in pursuit of a perfect stone baked pizza!
As British Summer Time has now officially begun and spring is in the air, what should you do to ensure you Morsø Forno is up to tip top condition and ready to relight?
Get set to peel back those protective covers and prepare to fire up great food this summer.
As you most likely know, Morsø Forno outdoor ovens are incredibly easy to keep clean. The high temperatures inside a wood-fired oven mean that the inside self-cleans. As for the oven floor, if you’ve used pizza stones before you’ll be familiar with the fact that they discolour with use. In fact, some people regard the darker surface like a bit of a badge of honour, showing how well used the stones are. Pizzas stones should never be cleaned with detergent, they are porous, will absorb the cleaning materials and taint the taste of your food.
For everyday cleaning, the cast-iron surfaces can be wiped with a damp cloth or washed with a mild solution of soft soap when the stove is cold. Preferably use demineralised water, as ordinary water can leave lime-scale.
Dealing with External Rust
The Morsø Forno oven is made from cast iron with a protective painted surface. Over time the surface can also become slightly oxidised and grey in colour, and if the painted surface is damaged (such as stones being flicked up by lawnmowers) small spots of surface rust can appear, these are easy to repair.
Every Morsø Forno oven comes with a revitalising and maintenance kit. The supplied abrasive sponge, or a fine sand paper/emery paper, can be used to gently remove the light surface oxidization. The Morsø spray paint for outdoor use (UHT 600), which is colour matched to the oven, can be used to recoat the area. Make sure the surface is totally clean and dry before applying a new, thin layer of spray paint.
Do not use stove blacking on Morsø Forno ovens. Stove blacking cannot stick to enamelled Morsø Forno’s; the surface becomes blotched and may flake when the stove is heated. The surface of painted stoves will also become discoloured and blotched if you use stove blacking. Stove blacking should only be used on old stoves that have been ground or sandblasted. Painted stoves must be painted with Morsø Senotherm paint, and enamelled stoves only need be washed with hot, distilled water and brown soap.
Polish and Shine
The glass door can be cleaned by using an approved glass cleaner. Alternatively, warm soapy water and newspaper can be used but only when the stove is cold.
The stove needs to be cleaned and serviced fully at least once a year but naturally this depends on how much the stove is used. The baffle is removed from the stove and cleaned up – using a nozzle or an Ash Cleaner. An Ash Cleaner is also suitable for cleaning the rest of the stove. Note that the stove must be cold when cleaned.
Maintenance of Other Parts
After a long winter, it’s a good idea to refresh and treat all your other Morsø Outdoor products. To clean Morsø Garden and Terra tables wash the table well and wipe the surface with cooking oil. This extends its service life and looks attractive. The stainless-steel hangers on the side of the table can be freshened up using an abrasive sponge (grain 180). Again, rust spots can be polished off gently and, after washing, treated with cooking oil. Outdoor tools, for example, the ash scraper and fire tongs can be easily polished with an abrasive sponge (grain 180) and then treated with oil to look as good as new.
The beauty of these ovens is that they can be maintained so easily and by spending just a few minutes caring for them at the start of every season your Morsø Forno will keep looking as good as new.