Outdoor pizza ovens are gaining in popularity and there’s nothing quite like the sizzle you get when you’re baking up your very own gourmet pie. There’s something magical about pulling out a perfectly charred-crusted pizza, loaded with your favourite toppings.
Before you start kneading your dough, though, you will need to decide if you want your outdoor pizza oven to be wood fired or gas fired, built-in or free-standing, and how much you want to spend.
1. Benefits of Wood-Fired
Modern outdoor pizza ovens are easy to use and very efficient, unlike older styles. Other benefits of wood-fired ovens include:
- It can take under five minutes to get to cooking temperature in a metal oven and 15 to 20 minutes to get hot enough to cook a pizza.
- Wood-fired ovens produce a smoke from the wood that flavours the items you cook.
- Metal cart types don’t have a firing or curing process you have to perform before you can cook pizzas. This is in contrast to traditional ovens made of sand and cement; these need a slow burn over the course of several days in order to cook the moisture out to prevent damage when you heat to temperatures hot enough for pizzas.
- Wood-fired ovens are more affordable compared to gas-fired ovens when comparing ones that are of similar size.
- It’s nice to stand around a fire at night, both in the summer and winter.
2. Benefits of Gas-Fired
Gas ovens are easier to operate since all you have to do is turn them on, allow them to pre-heat, put in your pizzas, and wait for your food to cook. When you’re done cooking, you just turn it off.
- Gas-fired pizza ovens require less maintenance afterwards since there’s no ash or log remains to clean out.
- There’s no need for you to chop, carry, or order timber or logs for your pizza oven.
- Liquid propane gas tanks are easy to buy and fill, or you can do the exchange program and take your empty tank to the depot and drop it off in exchange for a full one.
- A natural gas outdoor pizza oven can be hooked right into your home gas supply by a qualified plumber. All this takes in a natural gas conversion kit which may come included with your oven, depending on which one you choose.
3. Built-In or Free-Standing
Outdoor pizza ovens come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are small enough to roll around on a cart or place on a table. This offers the advantage of portability if you want to move it around the yard or put it into the garage or a shed when not in use. You can also take these with you if you move.
A built-in oven seems more luxurious and you can build an outdoor kitchen more seamlessly around one if this is what you want for your backyard living space.
4. How Much to Spend
Outdoor pizza ovens range in price from around $3000 to $8000 for a low- to mid-range model. High-end models cost $14,000 and even more, depending on the model, size, and type you choose. That’s for the oven alone, so expect to spend more for the masonry to go around a built-in version. Stone surrounds will cost around $3000 more while a concrete block surround will run you about $1500 or so. The plumbing for having the oven hooked into your natural gas lines for your home will be another additional cost to consider.