How to Choose an Outdoor Pizza Oven

  • We know you’re all fired up about adding a pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen, but there are a few things you must consider before handing over your hard-earned dough. For instance, how large is the cooking area, and how many pizzas of a certain size can it fit? What is the oven’s maximum temperature, and how long does it take to reach that heat level? The materials used for the exterior, interior, and insulation of the pizza oven should also factor into your decision. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this helpful buying guide to make picking a pizza oven as easy as pie! (We promise the rest of this article won’t be so cheesy.)

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Things to Consider When Buying a Pizza Oven:

  • What Size Pizza Oven Do I Need?

    There are as many sizes of pizza ovens as toppings that go on the pies they produce. Think about how big you want your pizzas to be — is there such a thing as an oversized pizza? — and how many people you normally cook for. If your goal is simply to make family pizza night into a new tradition, you might be able to get by with a smaller oven that can fit one or two 12-inch pizzas at the same time. But for those who entertain the whole neighborhood or host large family gatherings, we offer pizza ovens that can fit as many as six pizzas at once.

    Some manufacturers of professional-level ovens claim their products can cook 150 pizzas in an hour. While you probably don’t need this kind of output in residential settings, keep in mind that larger ovens tend to be versatile enough to cook more than just pizza. They also typically hold wood inside the cooking chamber rather than in a separate area, giving your food more of the authentic, wood-fired taste everyone craves.

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  • Pizza Oven Construction and Materials

    As with grills, stainless steel is the most common building component used for pizza ovens. It’s excellent at retaining heat and offers years of durability, not to mention the sleek design element it brings to an outdoor kitchen. But there are other substances, such as refractory cement, that can help make a pizza oven truly superior to its peers. Refractory cement ovens are modeled after authentic Italian craftsmanship, allowing you to add another level of genuine flavor to your cooking process.

    Just like a fine cheese blend can take your pizza up a notch, the cooking surface makes a difference in quality for pizza ovens. Stainless steel is a popular choice because of its ability to conduct and hold heat, but more traditional ovens often use a ceramic cooking floor. In addition to providing brick-oven flavor, ceramics can withstand high temperatures and maintain even heat throughout the cooking surface.

    Insulation can be easy to overlook, but having the proper materials goes a long way toward trapping heat inside the oven for perfectly cooked pizza. Rock-spun wool is commonly used as insulation for pizza ovens because it’s highly durable while being great at retaining heat and repelling water, which prevents mold and mildew from forming inside the unit. You should also consider ceramic fiber for its ability to stabilize temperature and resist corrosion.

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  • High Heat is a Hallmark of Great Pizza Ovens

    We’ve never met anyone who enjoys waiting around for a pizza to cook, so you should look for a pizza oven that can get hot in a hurry. An oven’s max temperature is directly related to how fast your pizza cooks, which is why some can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in just minutes. While quick heating capabilities are undoubtedly convenient, you may value the process of pizza preparation more than saving time. In that case, there are pizza ovens that require 45 minutes to heat up. Just like a pizza’s style or toppings, the amount of time it takes to cook one is all about personal preference!

    Bake Your Pizzas with Wood, Gas, or Pellets

    The taste of wood-fired pizza is hard to beat, but gas-fueled ovens give you the convenience of a quick preheat and take away the need to maintain a fire. But if you enjoy the immersive experience of tending the flames, wood-fired pizza ovens might be the way to go. Or you can get the best of both worlds from a hybrid oven that creates wood-fired flavors with the ease of a natural gas fuel source. Some ovens even use flavored pellets as fuel so you can really experiment with great-tasting pizza.

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  • What Configuration of Pizza Oven Do You Need?

    Last but not least is configuration, which will likely be determined by the layout of your outdoor space. Built-in pizza ovens are quite popular, as are countertop pizza ovens ovens that don’t require a dedicated space in your island. The benefit of freestanding pizza ovens ovens is that they often come on carts that can be moved around your backyard as needed, while portable pizza ovens let you take a little slice of Italy with you wherever you go. Portable models usually weigh less than 50 pounds, meaning they can easily be transported or stored. We know you won’t keep it tucked away for long, though.


    Make sure you take a look at pizza oven accessories when purchasing your outdoor pizza oven. We offer pizza peels in a variety of materials to help you get your delicious creation out of the oven, along with pizza cutters, servers, stones, and much more. Consider them the toppings your pizza oven just can’t go without!

    Learn More About Pizza Ovens

    For more information about specific models, check out our pizza oven expert reviews and pizza oven comparison chart to help you decide which one is right for you. You can also take a look at our pizza recipes when you’re ready to start using your new pizza oven. And, no, we don’t care if you put pineapple on pizza!

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