Outdoor Pizza Oven Buying Guide
Pizza Ovens Take Your Outdoor Cooking to Another Level
You’ve installed your gas grill or charcoal grill. Maybe both. You’ve added side burners to your setup for even more cooking power. Maybe you even have an outdoor refrigerator in your outdoor kitchen. You still feel like you’re missing something, though.
It’s time to add a pizza oven.
Not Just for Pizza
“A pizza oven?” you ask. “I don’t eat pizza that much.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to! “Pizza” oven is a bit of a misnomer given that outdoor ovens can handle pretty much any baking task your indoor oven can. They make impressive pizzas, obviously, but you can make loaves of bread or desserts just as easily. By adding an outdoor oven to your home, you’ll be able to ensure your outdoor kitchen can function as a completely standalone space. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to bake without heating up your house, which is a great option during hot summer months.
What to Consider When Buying a Pizza Oven
Pizza Oven Configurations
Like freestanding grills, freestanding pizza ovens sit on a cart in your outdoor kitchen. This allows for added storage space and mobility if you need it. If you want some added flexibility when choosing your oven, this is a good route to take.
Countertop pizza ovens sit directly on your outdoor kitchen island. This design still affords some versatility in where you choose to place your pizza oven but doesn’t include a mobile cart. This design is great for those with a large amount of countertop space and who are looking to add a pizza oven after the rest of their outdoor kitchen has already been built.
A built-in pizza oven offers the most permanent oven option for your space. Typically larger than their more mobile counterparts, these units are perfect for those who want to make their oven a focal point of their space. If you’re still in the planning phase of your outdoor kitchen build, consider sketching room for one of these into your blueprints.
Oven Fuel Types
Propane ovens can either be connected to a large propane tank on a property or, more commonly, attached to a small 20-pound tank stored near the oven itself. When used with a 20-pound tank, these units are easier to move around as needed, but you’ll need to monitor your fuel levels to avoid being caught with an empty tank at the wrong time.
Natural gas ovens are a great option for those who already have natural gas lines on their property. With the help of a licensed gas plumber, all you’ll need to do is run an extra gas line to your outdoor kitchen, and you’ll no longer need to worry about running out of fuel at an inconvenient time.
Wood-fired pizza ovens offer the most authentic pizza oven experience available. With high heat and classic flavor, wood offers superior performance compared to most other fuels. However, the tradeoff comes down to effort; these ovens require a bit more hands-on effort to produce consistent results. For those willing to put in the time, though, they’ll be rewarded with results that are second to none.
Looking to get the best of both worlds? Check out dual fuel pizza ovens. These units can be used with either wood or gas for added versatility. This design makes it easier to tailor your cooking experience to the meal you’re cooking or your mood on a given day.
Small pizza ovens are a great option for those who may be a little more limited on kitchen space. Alternatively, these units make a great option for those who won’t use the oven as frequently but still want the option.
Medium pizza ovens are a great option for small family-sized kitchens. These units are also suitable for smaller parties and get-togethers.
Hosting a lot of parties? You may want to consider a large pizza oven. The extra space in this oven allows everyone to cook their own pizzas or other items simultaneously to get food on the table faster.
If you have enough space, consider an extra-large pizza oven. These units will ensure you’re never limited on space, which makes them great for those who have frequent parties with family and friends.
Let Us Help You Find the Perfect Oven
Ready to add a pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen? We can help you find the best option for your home based on your individual needs. Contact us and we can connect you with a product specialist who will help walk you through the shopping process. We’re looking forward to working with you.