Every year over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide—and out of all of those pizzas, approximately 3 billion of them are sold in the United States. So, it’s obvious that people love the taste of pizza—no matter if they’re bought from a local grocery store or a pizza parlor. As great as many of those pizza parlors and supermarket pizzas are, however, no one has tasted a great pizza until they have made their pizza at home.
There’s nothing better than a homemade pizza. A pizza that has all of your favorite toppings in the right proportions. Unfortunately, if the pizza isn’t baked correctly, then it can become less than an exceptional culinary experience. That’s why we’ve decided to review the best outdoor pizza ovens, so everyone can make the pie of their dreams and do it without having to stay inside all day to do it.
Quick Summary of Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens
Editor’s Choice: Roccbox Gas-Fired Professional-Grade Pizza Oven
This is a high-quality oven that’s easy to move outdoors and it cooks using gas. If the home pizza chef is willing to spend a little bit of extra money, however, they can buy a detachable wood burner and convert this model into a wood-burning pizza oven. Of course, that’s completely optional and isn’t necessary for this product to do a great job at cooking a picture-perfect pizza-pie.
Since we weren’t able to contain our excitement about this product, we should probably let our readers know the features that excited us so much. One of the first things we noticed about this product was the quality of its construction. It’s made of high-grade stainless steel, is equipped with quick-fit gaskets and a thermocouple probe.
It’s also equipped with a thermometer, so when the oven roars to life at temperatures as high as 950-degrees Fahrenheit, the consumer can keep track of the temperature easily to make a perfect pizza. Another thing that we noticed was that the outside of this oven stayed cool to the touch—thanks to this product’s body insulation and outer silicone skin.
Other features that we found on this oven included a real pizza stone that helped the bottom of the pizza’s crust to cook perfectly, a rolling flame, and it’s equipped with detachable burners and legs so it can be taken with you wherever you go. It even comes with a pizza peel so it can be used right out of the box. All things considered, it’s a great product and one worth considering—although it is a little more expensive than lesser-quality ovens.
- Uses a real pizza stone to cook pizza crusts to perfection.
- It’s easy to transport and use.
- It’s safe to use.
- It does cost more than some other lesser-quality models.
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As we just stated, this oven is made of stainless steel and is approximately 13.25 by 20-inches in size. It also has an oven opening that’s approximately 4.25 by 22.25 inches. And it weighs approximately 47-pounds. As a person can see from these dimensions, this product is not only easy to use at home but can also easily be taken to other people’s homes.
This oven can be easily hooked up to a propane line, or if the consumer wants, they can hook it up to a portable propane tank thanks to its portable regulator. That means that it’s easy to use this pizza oven at campgrounds for a little bit of camping and pizza. This stainless-steel model is easy to clean, can reach temperatures of 700-degrees Fahrenheit, and it has a built-in micro-adjust valve that allows the consumer to have complete flame control.
Now that we understand how it’s made, and how hot it gets, let’s turn our attention to how well it can bake a pizza. This model is equipped with a double-layer ceiling that improves internal heating dynamics and allows it to be ready to bake pizzas in under 15-minutes. Probably the best thing about this oven, however, is that it’s not only suitable for baking pizzas, but it can also be used to roast meats or bake bread.
Although it does cost more than some other pizza ovens, we feel that it’s an investment that will pay off in the end. We have no problem giving this oven two thumbs up and saying it’s one of the better models on the market today.
- It has a top temperature of 700-degrees Fahrenheit.
- It can be used with portable propane.
- It’s portable enough to be taken anywhere.
- It’s not an inexpensive model.
Also Consider: Kettle Pizza Basic Oven Kit
Since this product requires a kettle grill to work, some people might be wondering why they need to buy this kit and can’t just cook in their grill. That’s a good question. The reason why this kit is necessary is that pizza requires constant temperature and high-heat—something that an ordinary grill by itself is incapable of doing. Fortunately, this product holds onto the heat and concentrates it so perfect pizza can be baked every time.
This oven can reach temperatures up to 900-degrees, so pizza lovers can rest assured that they’re getting a great-tasting product. And it’s capable of doing this even though it doesn’t have a pizza door. However, the fact that it doesn’t have a door is a part of its unique door. This feature allows heat to flow up over the pizza and exit the oven so that the pizza chef has access to the pie while they’re pizza is cooking. It also keeps the inside of the oven from getting too hot.
Of course, like many of the best pizza ovens, the consumer can not only make pizzas in it, but they can also cook other foods. They can purchase an additional grill grate (sold separately) to create a double cooking stack that doubles the cooking surface of the consumers’ grill. Overall, this is an inexpensive pizza oven that can be used for more than just making pizzas.
- This is an inexpensive pizza oven option.
- It’s made from high-grade stainless steel.
- It needs to be installed on a 22.5-inch kettle grill.
A Tasty Guide To Pizza Ovens
Just about every pizza chef agrees: if you want the best-tasting pizza, then how you cook it is just as important as how you make it. Pizza is a food that requires a high, constant temperature to be properly cooked, so consumers who take their pizza seriously are going to want to buy a quality pizza oven for making their next pizza pie. Pizza ovens allow the bottom of the pizza to be cooked so that it’s crispy and the top of the pizza cooked so that the cheese forms into molten cheesy goodness.
Of course, it can be difficult for consumers who aren’t pizza chefs or who don’t have a degree in pizza oven technology to determine what they should look for in their next oven. Luckily, we do know what a person should look for when purchasing a new pizza oven and that’s information that we’re more than happy to share with our readers. Below are some of the things that consumers are going to want to consider when buying a new pizza oven.
Wood Or Gas Pizza Ovens
One of the first things that consumers are going to want to consider when purchasing a new pizza oven is whether they want a gas or a wood pizza oven. Either one of these ovens can do an amazing job of creating a perfect pizza pie, but there are some differences between the two.
Wood Pizza Ovens
- Creates a crunchy, tasty pizza.
- Doesn’t require the purchase of a propane tank.
- Can be extremely difficult for beginners to use.
- Can be difficult to maintain internal oven temperature consistency.
Gas Pizza Ovens
- They’re easy to use, especially for beginners.
- They create a tasty perfectly cooked pizza.
- Natural gas models require professional installation.
Choosing A Pizza Oven Model
Now that we’ve decided between wood or gas-powered pizza oven, it’s time to turn our attention to what type of oven model the consumers need. In this section, we’re going to separate these ovens into four different models: Built-In, Countertop, Freestanding, and Portable pizza ovens. Let’s examine each of these a little more in detail before moving on, shall we?
Built-In Pizza Ovens
Built-in pizza ovens can be quite pricey to build, but they do a great job of making pizza. Most built-in pizza ovens have either a natural brick or stainless-steel construction that allows them to fit into their décor. These indoor ovens can be built by the consumer, but they should be careful with a DIY project of this size because if the oven isn’t built properly, it can be dangerous to use in the home. Therefore, unless the consumer knows what they’re doing, they should only have these ovens built by professionals.
Countertop Pizza Ovens
Another indoor pizza oven for consumers to consider is one of the many countertop models that are available. These require the consumer to place them on a flat surface and to make sure they can vent heat, or in the case of some models, can have their exhaust vented to the outdoors. The great thing about these models is that they’re not only good for making pizzas but can also be used for making steak, fish, or just about anything else a person could cook.
Freestanding Pizza Oven Models
Another pizza oven model worth discussing is the freestanding models. These models are larger than portable ovens, but they’re still easier to move around than a built-in pizza oven. These models are designed for outdoor spaces and are easy for the average consumer to set up and use.
Portable Outdoor Pizza Ovens
Portable outdoor pizza ovens are some of our favorite models. Some of them hook up to a propane or natural gas line, and others are wood powered. There are even some models that fit over a charcoal grill. The main benefit of these models is that they’re easy to move from place to place. Another benefit is that they don’t require a lot of installation—although some natural gas models will require the services of a professional to hook them up to a gas line in some instances.
Pizza Oven Size
The last thing that we’d like to talk about in this guide is the size of the pizza oven a person is going to need. Although some people may be limited to certain sizes by the type of pizza oven they select, most people will have access to several different pizza oven sizes. Below are some of the most common pizza oven sizes and the number of people they can accommodate.
Small Pizza Pie Ovens
- Up to 27-inches wide.
- Suitable for one 12-inch pizza.
- Good for feeding one or two people.
Medium Pizza Pie Ovens
- These ovens are 28-inches to 33-inches wide.
- They can cook two to four 12-inch pizzas.
- They’re ideal for a family of four.
Large Pizza Pie Ovens
- These ovens are above 33-inches in width but smaller than 42-inches wide.
- Can make four to six 12-inch pizzas at the same time.
- Good for large family gatherings.
Extra-Large Pizza Pie Ovens
- These ovens are over 42-inches wide.
- They can handle more than six 12-inch pizzas at the same time.
- Great for pizza parties or large gatherings.