5 Best Wood Fired Pizza Ovens for 2020 Reviewed
If you think that recreating restaurant quality, wood fired pizza at home is far from possible, think again!
Nowadays, we have access to so many different cooking tools, gadgets, and accessories. Among them, the right equipment to make Italian style homemade pizza all in the comfort of our homes.
How? By using the freshest of ingredients, mastering the art of dough making, and most importantly, investing in the right wood fired pizza oven.
The Best Wood Burning Pizza Ovens
The beauty of wood burning pizza ovens is anyone can learn how to use them. Whether you’re a beginner or professional chef, I’ve reviewed everything from entry level units to some commercial models.
In this buyer’s guide, I’ll save you the trouble of purchasing a subpar pizza oven that’s not going to deliver that unique smokey taste we’ve all come to love. I’ve tried and tested many different models in my time. The five models reviewed down below continue to be my all-time favourite!
Is there one that catches your eye?
Read the detailed review and be sure to stick around for the Buyer’s Guide at the end of this article. Everything you need to know about these appliances is right here!
|Ooni Pro Pizza Oven||Check Price||4.8||Read Review|
|Super Grills Outdoor Pizza Oven||Check Price||4.3||Read Review|
|Escape The Indoors Wood-Fired Pizza Oven||Check Price||4.5||Read Review|
|Morso Forno Outdoor Oven||Check Price||4.1||Read Review|
|Forno Buono Amalfi Pro Wood-Fired Pizza Oven||Check Price||4.1||Read Review|
1. Ooni Pro Pizza Oven
- – Quad-Fuelled
- – Portable
- – Sleek Design
- – 60 Second Cooking Time
- – 20 Minute Heating Time
- – High-Demand
- – Moderate Price Tag
Uuni continues to outperform each version of their oven. Just when I thought the Uuni 3 was the best that Uuni could do, the Uuni Pro came along and proved everyone wrong. This larger and more diverse oven has helped pizza lovers foster their love of cooking homemade pizzas.
2. Super Grills Outdoor Pizza Oven
- – Easy cleaning
- – Temperature gauge
- – Great price
- – Temperature control method takes a bit of getting used to
I have truly scoured the market to find a pizza oven like this. The Super Grills Outdoor Pizza Oven is one of the most versatile, affordable pizza ovens for anyone who wants to give pizza making a try!
I personally love its sleek, simple design and ease of transportation. It takes the best of high-end ovens and brings it to an affordable model that doesn’t compromise on quality.
3. Escape The Indoors Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
- – Quick to heat up
- – Easy to use
- – Cooks all kinds of food
- – Comes with a baking dish, pizza peel and fire retention guard
- – On the more expensive side
- – Heat dies down quickly once the fire is reduced to embers
If you’re looking for a pizza oven with more of a classic vibe, this beautiful Portuguese-made model from the brand Escape the Indoors is your guy. It makes not only authentic stone baked pizza, but it also is able to bake a whole variety of food to perfection, including bread, fish, and meat.
4. Morso Forno Outdoor Oven
- – Transportable
- – Can cook most oven and grill foods
- – Unique modern rounded design
- – Pricey
- – Extras are also expensive
When I’m making homemade pizza, I envision a stroll through the Italian countryside or sitting at an outdoor table at a classic, family-owned Italian restaurant. The Morso Forno Outdoor Oven turns this vision into a reality. It really creates the feeling of the traditional outdoor Italian oven, which is why I enjoy using it whenever I have guests I want to impress.
5. Forno Buono Amalfi Pro Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
- – Great value for money
- – Versatile
- – Available in other styles
- – Handy fuel shelf
- – Accessories are not included
- – Some parts may occasionally need replacing
As a pizza connoisseur, I am always on the hunt for the perfect outdoor pizza oven. My extensive research on the different types of wood-fired ovens has led me here: to the technological messiah of wood-fired pizza.
This Forno Buono Amalfi Pro Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven is the high-tech wood fired oven of my dreams. With a lot of the wood burning options, a lot of the heat escapes through the large hole in the front, meaning that a lot of the sought-after smoky taste is lessened.
However, the double skinned thermal lining on this oven means that more of the heat (and flavour) is kept in, requiring less fuel per pizza. And if you know me, you know that the less need for fuel, the more likely I am to make a purchase. I did not get into the pizza eating business to be constantly throwing wood into a burning fire.
Why Choose A Wood Burning Pizza Oven?
Why purchase a wood fired pizza oven over their gas counterpart? Here are 3 reasons:
1. Better Flavours
Wood burning ovens draw heat from a real fire of burning wood. Wood creates a moist baking environment that you won’t receive from a gas oven. The moisture released into the bake chamber as the wood burns also contributes to the pizza’s flavour. This leads to an authentic smokey taste that you can’t achieve with a gas oven.
2. Quicker Cooking Times
Did you know that heating an oven with wood is much quicker than using gas?
As the wood burns, you’re accumulating a coal bed on the oven floor. These hot coals drive heat into the floor at the very same time it’s heating the overhead dome. With gas ovens, heat is being limited to the flame only. Therefore, heating time takes much longer when using a traditional electric or gas-powered oven.
3. Wide Variety of Styles
Now, let’s get down to looks. Out of all the ovens I’ve owned, wood fired are my favourite when it comes down to appearance. Not only do they make food taste great, but they add stunning visual features to your garden or patio. Whatever your taste, you’ll have options that range from traditional rustic looks to more modern minimalistic designs.
Things to Consider When Buying a Wood Fired Pizza Oven
Like your regular home oven, you need to preheat it before placing a pizza inside it. Several factors affect heat up times, like the dryness of the wood. I recommend using seasoned or kiln-dried wood for wood burning pizza ovens.
If your oven has become damp inside for any reason, dry it completely before attempting the lighting procedure. This will lead to a much faster heating time.
Another factor is the internal and external temperature. For example, if it’s below 0℃, it will take longer for a pizza oven to heat up. Although, I have yet to meet anyone motivated enough to use their outdoor oven in the middle of winter!
Size and Capacity
How big of an oven you need depends on two things:
- -How many pizzas do you want to cook at one time?
- -Where do you plan to store this appliance?
If you often host large gatherings, you may be thinking that you need a pizza oven with a large, generous capacity. However, wood burning pizza ovens give you the luxury of fast cooking times. Some models are so quick that they cook pizzas in as little as 60 seconds! Provided you’ve prepared all of the pizzas beforehand. You’ll easily be able to cater to all of your guests.
Now, where do you plan on storing your pizza oven? If you are tight on space, a large model may not be the best choice. Because these are outdoor ovens, I recommend investing in an oven cover to protect it from the weather.
A well-insulated oven means better efficiency and more effective cooking. When an oven isn’t very well insulated, temperatures can drop rapidly. You can go from 400°C to 140°C which although is still useable, it’s certainly not as efficient. An oven that retains heat consistently results is crispier, thoroughly cooked pizzas.
How to Use a Wood Fired Pizza Oven
When you have a quality pizza oven, using it is simple. Always, always, always read the user manual before beginning. Even if you already know half of the information within it, it serves as a good refresher course. Each oven is a bit different so learn how to make the most out of every use.
The first step is heating up your oven. During this phase, the oven door will remain open, and the chimney also (if your oven has a chimney). You’ll need to build a fire in the center of the oven floor. To do so, use several sticks and let them burn. Once the fire has died out, you can either sweep out the embers or push them aside. Close the door and let the oven rest for several minutes. This will allow the heat to become even across it and the fire temperature to drop.
The primary heat will be around 400°C, which is great if you want to make quick and crispy pizzas with a thin base. Once it reaches these temperatures, your pizzas are ready to be placed inside!
A true rustic way of cooking and one that has been tried and tested throughout the generations of time, wood fired cooking really does deliver a superior cooking taste and experience. This is why more and more homes and restaurants across the UK choose to install wood fired ovens within their kitchens.
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