Outdoor pizza ovens are catching fire with home cooks. What started as a charcoal grill in the driveway grew up to be an outdoor kitchen on the patio. The wood-fired pizza oven is the newest addition to that kitchen. Using it results in an incomparable crust, as good or better than dining out. All you need is sauce and toppings.
You can spend a few hundred dollars for a good outdoor pizza oven or wow the neighborhood with an investment of several thousand dollars. We’ve done a roundup of some entry-level, outdoor pizza ovens to get you started. You’ll also find a list of accessories, including pizza stone, peel, thermometer and cookbooks.
Make up to a 10-inch pizza in a classic clay oven with the Tierra Firme Talavera Tile Pizza Oven ($199, Wayfair). It doubles as an outdoor firepit.
The Mimiuo Freestanding Wood-Fired Pizza Oven (on sale for $319, originally $399, from Wayfair) is a wood-pellet pizza oven with a rotation system. It reaches 932 degrees fahrenheit and cooks a Neapolitan pizza in just 60 seconds.
The Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven ($399.99, Kohl’s) is compact and efficient.
The Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven bundle ($469.99, Amazon) can be wood, gas or charcoal fired. It was seen on “Shark Tank.”
The Danrelax Outdoor Pizza Oven (on sale for $199.99, originally $299.99, from Walmart) has a two-level cooking chamber for versatility.
Pizza oven accessories
Outset 16.5-inch Pizza Grilling Stone (on sale for $57.94, originally $60.99, from Kohl’s) is made for grilling. Make sure your pizza stone can handle high temps. Some only go to 450F.
Aluminum Pizza Peel with foldable wood (on sale for $29.99, originally $39.99, from Bed Bath & Beyond) makes is easy to remove pizza from the oven.
The hand-held Kizen Infrared Thermometer Gun (on sale for $24.99, originally $29.99, from Amazon) reads temperatures up to 1,100F.
Pizza oven cookbooks
You’ll need the perfect recipe for your pizza oven. Start with a great crust and the rest is easy. Check out ideas in these books:
- Fire and Slice: Deliciously Simple Recipes for your Home Pizza Oven: Ryland Peters & Small ($14.79, Amazon)
- The Essential Wood Fired Pizza Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques From My Wood Fired Oven: Tassinello, Anthony ($11.14, originally $17.99, Amazon)