Your Pizza Oven Buying Guide
When shopping for a new pizza oven, do you get the same feeling looking through an internet catalog as you do when navigating through a giant shopping mall? That is, overwhelming confusion. But, it doesn't need to be that hard!
To take away some of the pains that come from shopping for your new pizza oven, we've created this guide on how to choose the best pizza oven for you based on a few key questions. Answer each question to determine the best recommendations for you.
1. What do you plan on cooking?
Pizza ovens can be made of brick, stainless, or aluminum among other materials. While all of the ovens could work great in your backyard, your style of cooking may dictate which oven would work best for you.
The metal ovens take less time to heat so getting your oven up to cooking temperatures will be faster. However, metal ovens don't retain heat as well as a brick oven and will cool quicker when you let the fire die down. Metal ovens can still handle all cooking styles but if you are doing lots of slow cooking like roasting a turkey or baking breads, you'll need to maintain the fire a little more to keep the oven at the right temperature.
The benefit of a brick oven is that they hold heat for a longer amount of time. So, once they have been heated to a specific temperature, they will hold that heat for many hours.
On the flipside, brick ovens take longer to heat because the bricks are absorbing the heat (to use later when you're cooking!). So, you'll need a little more time, 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, to get the brick ovens to their cooking temperatures. Of course, that gives you plenty of time to prepare your food and have a drink while the fire is heating up!
2. How much do you plan on cooking?
Pizza ovens are available in different sizes and configurations that can make cooking more or less easier depending on your needs, so here’s a short pizza oven size guide.
For small batches
If you think you’re only going to be cooking one pizza at a time, for example, as an occasional family meal or a cookout option, then a smaller oven is probably better for you. If you also want a faster heat up time, a metal oven may work best.
Options that would fit this kind of cooking include, but are certainly not limited to, the Alfa Ciao and the Maximus Arena. These are both smaller metal ovens that heat quickly and are capable of handling 1-2 pies at a time.
For avid entertainers
One pizza doesn’t always cut it, however, and you may want to look at a larger oven. For the party animals out there (or leaders of a large family pack) an oven with a little more capacity might be in order. A larger oven doesn’t necessarily sacrifice cooking time or quality either, so it’s a win-win for someone who is entertaining large groups.
Models we carry that boast higher capacity include the Lisboa oven, our Pizzaioli model or our Brazza model, capable of handling 2 pies at once, or for those who prefer stainless, the sleek brushed-metal Alfa Allegro oven may be your choice.
3. Where will you be putting your oven?
The location of your oven is an important consideration for a few reasons. One is whether or not you’d like it indoors or outdoors, as well as how your oven will look compared to your home or yard’s current aesthetics. The best pizza oven for sale that meets your needs will depend on where you’d like it!
If you live somewhere an outdoor oven might not be of use because of weather or other considerations, indoor ovens like the Earthstone Gas Oven, or the dual outdoor-indoor certified wood-fired Chicago Brick Oven Countertop 500 oven might make excellent choices. Indoor ovens don’t sacrifice quality because of their location, either, and you also certainly aren’t stopped from taking your delicious meal back outside on the off chance that weather is permitting! Just be sure to make sure your home pizza oven dimensions are such that they’ll fit inside your home; otherwise, you’d have a rather sad-looking orphan pizza oven sitting in your living room.
The majority of our options are suited towards cooking outdoors! They’re an excellent addition to backyards and other outdoor areas, and often serve as entertainment centerpieces. Some of our best-selling outdoor ovens include the brick Brazza oven,
Occasionally, you might need to take the show on the road. We have you covered if that’s the case; we carry portable stainless steel ovens like the Maximus Arena, which offers world-class portability without sacrificing wood-fired flavor and charm. Portable ovens are also available in smaller configurations, like the Alfa 4 Pizze which even comes with wheels on its base!
4. What kind of experience do you want?
Although purists insist that wood-fired ovens are the only way to cook a pizza, the fact that we know how a traditional pizza oven works also means we know it’s not the right fit for everyone. Wood or gas-fired models might make better choices depending on your needs.
No pizza oven guide would be complete without some healthy swooning over wood-fired ovens. A wood oven imparts delicious flavors and unique cooked textures to your food, and some of our bestselling wood-fired models include the gorgeous, cork-finished brick Pizzaioli model oven, or the moodier Buena Ventra Black oven.
Cooking with wood isn’t always feasible or an efficient choice, and that we understand wholeheartedly. Areas where burning might be an issue preclude wood-fired ovens, and a gas oven can offer much quicker preheat and cook times that prove advantageous when feeding crowds. Since we mostly offer residential pizza ovens, we don’t neglect the gas-fired side of our catalog, and therefore carry models like the dual wood or gas-burning Chicago Brick Oven 750, or the equally best-selling Pacific Living Countertop oven.
5. Do you want to do it yourself?
A DIY project can be an invigorating way to spend a few weeks, especially when done in collaboration with friends or family. You’ll feel a grand sense of accomplishment when it’s all said and done, and your handiwork will last a lifetime. On the other hand, a massive project can’t fit on everyone’s docket, and sometimes you just want to start cooking pizza. Fortunately, we have options for both ends of the manual labor spectrum!
If doing it yourself sounds like a good time, you’ll be thrilled to know we offer a large variety of DIY pizza oven kits that come with the necessary forms, and in some cases, other materials and instructions necessary to build your own master-class brick pizza oven. These projects offer the advantage of your own creative faculty, so the final product can match your home’s yard in aesthetics, and be modified to make cooking other food like barbeque an easier possibility. The world is your oyster!
One of the largest DIY wood fired ovens is the commercially-oriented Chicago Brick Oven 1000 which could be the star of your backyard shenanigans.
For those more interested in getting an oven in right away so they can focus their efforts on making the perfect pizza, we have plenty of options as well. Almost all of our wood-fired and gas-fired catalog are fully assembled ovens, unless they’re marked as kits. Also, even if you aren’t sure you want to handle the construction yourself, a DIY kit might be a good candidate if you hire the help of a contractor so that you can still exercise some creative control over the final product.