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.

Pizza oven

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Pesto pizza
Our Pesto Pizza recipe cooked in the Ooni pizza oven

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!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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6 Comments

  1. Does the pizza oven come with everything you need besides the wood pellets? It looks like you have a ceramic pizza stone at the base of the oven? Does that come with the oven or did you purchase this on your own? Looking to purchase this for a gift and want to make sure they have everything they need!

    1. Hi! Yes, it comes with everything but the pellets and firestarters to get the fire going. We also use a separate metal pizza peel, but one comes with the oven. Enjoy!

    1. Hi! We use a laser thermometer to make sure the stone is in the 800F-900F range, then we place the pizza on the stone and cook 20-30 seconds until the back side is charred. Then rotate half a turn 15 seconds, then rotate 1-2 more times until all sides are cooked.

  2. I was born in Naples and lived there many years, returning with my parents who lived there until 2012. In a nutshell I know pizza as we ate it all the time at many of the pizzeria across the Naples (Spaccanapoli, via Toledo, Vomero, Posillipo – the later being where we lived and where I was born).

    That said, the Roccbox is an amazing and very portable oven. What I love about it is it’s heat retention is second to none including a very thick floor stone. Having used a few Oonis, including the Pro, and my old Uuni, I much prefer it as I can do multiple pizzas without a loss of floor temperature. My record is 10 pizzas in under 20 minutes cooked to perfection. There’s a reason these ovens are in many food trucks. While smaller than a pro, it’s perfect for Neapolitan and Roman style pizza let alone personal sized Pizzas that are commonly served across Italy.

    Their new (and still hard to get care of the global supply issues) Dome, while expensive, is like the Roccbox built like a tank.

    Anyway, I came across this and thought I’d share just because Roccbox really upped my game over my old original “Unni” oven and even my in-laws prefer it to their Ooni Koda 16.