So you’ve decided you want to expand your cooking experience
by purchasing an outdoor pizza oven. You are
joining thousands who have decided to add to their backyard entertaining with a
cooking experience enjoyed since the beginning of mankind. After you’ve started researching, you’ve
found…there are many different products available, with a wide range of
prices. So where do you begin?
First, start with the kind of experience you are looking
Do you want an authentic,
wood-fired taste and cooking experience, or just an oven?
For the best, traditional wood-fired taste, you should
consider an oven designed for this purpose – and that means it should have a
refractory dome and hearth. By refractory we mean it can the cooking surface
and surrounding area can withstand high temperatures. Ovens with refractory
parts are also designed to burn wood, providing a traditional, outdoor taste.
Ovens with steel or other surfaces may be able to take the heat, but the taste
may be different. They will also likely
There are many refractory ovens available, but check
carefully where they are made, the quality of the construction, and the
design. This last item is very important
– look for a low design, so that the heat circulates within the oven,
maximizing heat containment and circulation, providing a more even heating
Most importantly, what you plan to cook really matters. If you want the taste of a traditional,
Neapolitan-style pizza, which is a thin pizza that cooks at high temperatures
quickly, then you’ll want an oven with a refractory dome.
What kind of climate
do you have?
If you live in a climate with changing seasons, you’ll want
to consider this as well. Refractory
ovens should be made from quality materials, and include steel reinforcements
to hold up with those changing temperatures.
Can it be stationery
or do you need to have your pizza oven be portable?
If you are building an outdoor kitchen with a fixed
configuration, and you or a contractor is providing the hardscaping, you can
purchase a kit that includes all the essential elements (dome, hearth, door,
refractory mortar, etc.) or purchase all the materials and build it yourself. (The latter would include casting your own
dome, using a refractory product such as Heat Cast 40). If your oven is
stationery, make sure the base you are placing it on a base that can withstand
the weight and heat.
If your oven needs to be mobile, such as in a backyard or
restaurant patio setting, consider the mobile ovens that provide casters. Be careful to select an oven that has been
specifically designed for this purpose, as stability is important.
Other considerations include size – check the cooking
surface to make sure you are getting what you need. If you are cooking an occasional pizza for a
family of four, that’s one thing, but if you are cooking quantity, make sure
you get the largest cooking surface you can afford. pizza oven, backyard pizza