Top 4 Considerations When Buying a Residential Pizza Oven

June 01, 2017

Top 4 Considerations When Buying a Residential Pizza Oven

Pizza ovens play a very important part in the flavor of the food or pizza, more so than the ingredients, sauces and other elements. When choosing a good residential pizza oven for your home, it can be quite tricky to choose the best one for you as there are many different types in the market.  The wide array of gas pizza ovens, wood fired pizza ovens, countertop pizza ovens, portable pizza ovens, and commercial pizza ovens can be overwhelming.

The four (4) guidelines below should help you learn what to look for so you can decide on the perfect pizza oven to meet your needs.

1. Space Available at Home

Measure the space available for the installation of your pizza oven, so that it will fit comfortably in your entertaining area and give you enough space to move around for cooking and socializing.  In addition, wood fired pizza ovens put off smoke so consider a long chimney to move the smoke out of the chef's way.

If you’re not moving anywhere in the next 5 years, you may consider a heavier oven or building an oven into the existing structure of your home, either indoors or outdoors. There are beautiful brick ovens from Portugal, like the Pizzaioli oven, that are very heavy so would need to have a permanent location until you decided to move it. There are also pizza oven kits, like the CBO-500 Bundle, that allow you to enclose your oven with your choice of materials.  

If you don’t have enough space, you might want to consider a portable oven like the Maximus from Authentic Pizza Ovens so you can move it out of the way when not in use. 

2. The Amount of Food You Plan to Cook

Different homes and needs will require different kinds of pizza ovens, and the amount of food you are planning to cook in your pizza oven will be perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to the size of the oven you need.

Some home pizza ovens can cook one to two pizzas, while bigger ovens will be able to accommodate more food for a bigger family or those who frequently host a bigger group of guests. 

A good pizza oven will last a lifetime so consider the type of capacity you may require 5 to 10 years down the road.

3. Design and Materials

The design of your residential pizza oven is important;  a common mistake many customers make is that they often choose a less expensive pizza oven model that is not built efficiently enough to support their needs.

The types of materials used for a traditional pizza oven is as vital as its design.  Different kinds of materials such as brick, stone, steel or other materials will directly affect the efficiency of the oven, and its price.

4. Fuel Options

The kind of fuel you use for your oven will definitely affect the taste of your food. If you prefer the flavors of wood-fired pizzas, go for a wood-burning pizza oven, which is a popular choice for residential pizza ovens; besides the fact that they produce excellent flavors for your food, they also do not need an electric power point. Other fuel types you can choose include gas, electric or charcoal.

If you are looking for a pizza oven that lights and heats super fast, you may want to consider a gas pizza oven.  Many of our gas pizza ovens, like the Chicago Brick Oven CBO-750 Hybrid, allow you to use gas as the primary source but add a piece of wood while cooking to give you the wood flavoring you desire.

Final Thoughts

When buying a pizza oven for your home, doing your research is often the key to finding the best residential pizza oven for your house.  As you've learned, there are many brands and models of both indoor and outdoor pizza ovens.

It's often not possible to physically touch different outdoor pizza ovens before purchasing so get to know your retailer.  Give them a call, tell them exactly what you are envisioning, and let them help you find the perfect pizza oven.  (and, when we say "THEM", you know we mean "US", right?)  Give us a call and we'll point you in the right direction to find an oven that fits your requirements and budget.

To learn more about the pros & cons of various styles of ovens, check out our Pizza Oven Research Page!




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SHIPPING AND LIFT-GATE SERVICES ARE FREE FOR ALL PURCHASES OVER $790 within the Contiguous US.  All other shipping only $12.99.  If you are in Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico, please contact us for a shipping quote.  No tax added when shipping outside of Florida.

Not quite ready to receive your oven or kitchen island yet?  Don't worry - you can purchase now to reserve your product and lock in pricing .  We will delay delivery until you are ready!

At Patio & Pizza, we want you to be confident that your order will reach you safely and quickly.  We've outlined the order and shipping processes below for your convenience:

Order Confirmation

When you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail outlining the product you purchased.  This tells you we received your order and pre-authorized your credit card for the purchase.  As soon as we receive your order, we automatically confirm that it is available for immediate shipment.  

If your item is available for immediate shipment (within 5 business days), we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment.  If your item is on back-order or unavailable (and was not a pre-purchase), we will void the credit card pre-authorization and reach out to you via e-mail or phone to discuss options.  

Order Shipment

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, the product(s) will ship within five business days (usually by next day) from the date of your order. 

Due to weight of the some of the items, we may contact you to determine appropriate freight shipping requirements. If the item is over 150lbs and you do not have a fork-lift to get it off the truck, you need Lift-Gate service at delivery.  The good news?  WE PAY IT FOR YOU!  :-)  But, we need to know you need it!   See additional Lift-Gate Information further down.

Depending on delivery requirements, there may be a freight handling charge for special residential, lift-gate requirements, or requests (ie, white glove treatment) at your delivery location. 

Once your item ships, we will send tracking information to the e-mail address provided when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within 6 business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at CustomerService@patioandpizza.com.

Damages

Pizza Ovens are heavy and take careful preparation to ship successfully.  We want yours to arrive safely at your destination.  Please inspect the packaging of your oven or accessories when they arrive.  If you notice any damage, you must make note of it when signing for delivery.  In the unfortunate event that the delivery company damages your item, write "damaged" on the driver's bill, send photos to CustomerService@patioandpizza.com, and give us a call so we can process an insurance claim on your behalf and correct the situation.

 

Frequently Asked Lift-Gate Questions

Many of our outdoor pizza ovens, kitchen island kits, and outdoor kitchen components are extremely heavy and take special consideration when delivering to your location.   When ordering, it is important to note whether you need a lift gate upon delivery of your order to your residence or business.
 

Below are answers to our most frequently asked lift gate questions so you can make the right decision on your needs.  

How will my order be delivered?

Freight is used only when shipments are over 120lbs or are over-sized.The standard Freight shipping delivery method is typically called “curb-side delivery”.   Curb-side delivery is the method used on all our freight shipments unless other arrangements are made.

We will schedule delivery date for you but the delivery company should give you a call a day or two ahead of time to schedule and confirm the delivery timeframe.   

Your delivery will be made with a full size Semi-Truck ranging from 20 to 53 feet in length. The truck WILL NOT be a box truck like a UPS or FedEx truck.  We typically cannot request a certain length of truck for final delivery, so please assume it will be a long truck.  The driver is only obligated to deliver curbside at the end of your driveway so it will be your responsibility to move it from there.

We have found that most drivers will deliver up your driveway when possible but it is up to them to decide.  That being said, sometimes the drivers will help but they are not obligated to help in any way once the freight is off the truck. If the truck does not have a lift gate, you would be responsible for getting the item off the back of the semi truck.

What do I need to know regarding my delivery?

What is a Lift-gate?

A lift-gate is basically a hydraulic lift used to raise and lower items from ground level to the level of a delivery truck or trailer. Most freight companies deliver items on a truck which are usually designed to load and unload at a loading dock or with a fork-lift.

If your delivery location (ie, residence) does not have a loading dock or fork-lift and the item is too heavy to remove from the trailer by hand, then you would need a lift-gate. 

Do I need lift-gate delivery?

If the individual items in your shipment are light enough for you to remove from the truck, you do not need a lift-gate. If your item is over 120 lbs and you live in a residential location, you will need a lift-gate.

If your delivery location has a loading dock or a forklift, you do not need a lift-gate. If you are willing to drive to the closest terminal and pick up the freight from the delivery terminal, you do not need a lift-gate.

People often ask “how does the delivery company expect residential customers to get the heavy freight off the truck?” Unfortunately, the answer is: “they expect you to pay for a lift-gate delivery”. You don’t want a delivery truck trying to deliver without a lift-gate and then not have a way to get it off the back of the truck.

If you can’t get the freight off the truck, there will be a re-delivery fee on top of the full retail lift gate fee.

*Please note: In some area’s freight companies may require lift-gate delivery for liability reasons.

Is lift-gate delivery always available?

No. The availability of a lift-gate varies by carrier and type of truck used for delivery. Therefore, it is very important to notify us in advance if you will require lift-gate delivery since most trucks are not equipment with a lift-gate.

How much does lift-gate delivery cost?

The charge for lift-gate service from the Freight company is $65.00.  The good news?  WE PAY IT FOR YOU!  :-)  Just make sure you let us know you need it!

How do I request lift-gate service?

We make it easy for you to request the lift-gate service when ordering your oven.  Simply select "Free US Shipping - Residential/Lift-Gate Freight Delivery Charge" when checking out and the lift gate service will be added at checkout.