This outdoor pizza oven is portable, inexpensive, and heats up to 900 degrees in 10 minutes! Here’s the one we think is the best.
On our honeymoon to Rome years ago, Alex and I fell in love with Italian artisan pizza. On the plane ride home, we vowed to become homemade pizza experts. And now ten years later, we’ve honed our craft. We’ve made more trips to Italy and interviewed artisan pizza experts to create our artisan pizza dough and sauce recipes, made and loved by people around the world. We’ve learned the ins and outs of pizza stones and pizza peels.
But what about a pizza oven? Everyone knows true pizza experts need to invest thousands of dollars in an outdoor pizza oven, right? Wrong. We’ve found a pizza oven that’s high quality, inexpensive, and heats up lightening fast.
Related: Homemade Pizza Recipes
Do I need an outdoor pizza oven?
First of all, do you even need an outdoor pizza oven? Well, yes and no. You can definitely make incredible artisan homemade pizza using your standard oven and a pizza stone.
But true artisan pizza is cooked at very high temperatures. Artisan wood fired pizza is cooked at around 900-1000 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes those beautiful black char marks on the crust. It perfectly melts the cheese and makes the crust crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. If you’re a true pizza connoisseur, you’ll probably want an outdoor pizza oven. Not because it’s trendy, but because it makes really, really good pizza.
What’s the best pizza oven? The Ooni.
Now, Alex and I thought that we’d have to invest quite a bit of time and energy into making a pizza oven in our backyard. We were going to try to make one on the cheap with bricks, clay and one of those YouTube tutorials (a disaster waiting to happen). But, a few years ago our friend found a new pizza oven called the Ooni pizza oven. And our pizza game has never been the same. Now our family and friends literally beg us to have Ooni pizza nights (for real!). And several of our friends own Ooni ovens of their own after trying ours out.
The Ooni is an outdoor pizza oven that uses wood pellets as fuel. Here’s the crazy part: it heats up to the same temperature as a real wood fired oven. How hot is a pizza oven? 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. And the Ooni heats up to 900 degrees in just 10 to 15 minutes! This is huge because most wood fired ovens take hours to preheat.
The Ooni is also a portable pizza oven, which is a huge plus. Why use a portable pizza oven? Well, for one you can put it away when you’re done, or bring it camping with you. More importantly, you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars in a permanent structure outside of your house. And the biggest plus: you don’t need to preheat the oven for hours and hours! Traditional brick and clay outdoor pizza ovens typically take a few hours to preheat, versus minutes with the Ooni. It’s truly a fantastic oven for the price, and we’ve never seen anything like it.
Ooni pizza oven drawbacks
Of course we can’t have an Ooni pizza oven review without talking about down sides too! The technique for using this pizza oven does take a bit of time to master. Alex and I have had quite a few burned pizzas out of the Ooni! Alex has become very disciplined about the exact timing of cooking the pizza and how to turn it so it is evenly cooked.
However, with a little dedication you can easily master cooking pizza in the Ooni. In a future post, we plan to share with you exactly how to cook a pizza in the Ooni, so you can learn from our mistakes!
Pizza oven for sale? Get the Ooni
Have we convinced you yet? This Ooni pizza oven for sale is the one we have at home:
Ooni 3 Pizza Oven $275
And here are the wood pellets that the Ooni uses for fuel: Smoking Pellets $37
If you have any questions about pizza ovens, please let us know in the comments below! We’ve been researching them for years and cooking with the Ooni pizza oven for two years. Let us know your thoughts!
Homemade pizza recipes
Now, once you’re outfitted with the right pizza oven, we’ve got you covered with homemade pizza recipes! Here are our resources for perfect homemade pizza:
- Homemade Pizza for Beginners: Here are all our tips for the best homemade pizza in one place! As a note, you won’t have to get a pizza peel if you get the Ooni pizza oven: it comes with an aluminum pizza peel that can withstand the high temperatures.
- Homemade Pizza Sauce: it takes just 5 minutes to whip up, and is so simple but the best pizza sauce you’ll taste.
- Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe: our tried and true recipe people around the world have been making for years! It’s fluffy and chewy, and crispy on the bottom.
- Food Processor Pizza Dough: if you’ve got a food processor, this one is a variation on the recipe above!
Pizza topping recipes
And here are a few of our favorite pizza toppings to get your wheels turning!