So you’ve decided to take your outdoor barbecue area to the next level by adding a wood fired pizza oven to the mix. Good call! This will add delicious wood fired pizzas to the menu, to the delight of your dinner guests.
A wood fired pizza oven is the perfect addition to your outdoor kitchen. Not only do they cook delicious pizza, they add to the atmosphere and the open flame create a delightful ambience.
For a beginner, choosing a wood fired pizza oven can be a little overwhelming. This post is designed to provide you with tips when it comes time to purchasing your wood fired pizza oven.
Choose a wood fired pizza oven that will serve your cooking needs and spatial requirements. You probably already have a spot for your pizza oven in mind. The best thing to do is measure it up so that when it comes time to shop for your pizza oven, you know how much space you have to play with. This will narrow down your selection and make shopping a lot easier. The last thing you want is a pizza oven that is too large for the space and then you have to send it back to the store! It’s an inconvenience nobody needs.
Some pizza ovens only have the space to cook one pizza, while others can cook up to four. If you are always entertaining guests in the backyard you might want to opt for a bigger oven so you can pump out multiple piping hot pizzas at a time. If you’re cooking for the family a one shooter will do the job nicely.
If you have a young family, you will also need to keep safety in mind. You need to make sure that your pizza oven is out of reach of young children or you create a barrier for it so that there is no chance that the little ones will be able to burn themselves.
Construction and Materials
Pizza ovens come in all shapes and sizes. They also are also made of a variety of materials, such as stainless steel and natural brick. They all do the job quite nicely – it’s simply a matter of choosing one that suits your needs in regards to style and functionality.
Ease of Use
Your wood fired pizza oven should be a delight to use. It should be just the right height so you don’t have to strain yourself when making the fire or putting pizzas in (or pulling them out).
Some of the aluminium pizza ovens come on a stand with wheels making them portable. This is ideal if you don’t want a permanent fixture and would like the freedom to move the pizza oven around. The down side to this style is that they are not as stylish as a brick or natural stone pizza oven.
If you want a permanent fixture, brick and natural stone are ideal for the backyard. They make a stylish addition to your outdoor area and of course they make delicious pizzas.
Performance and Temperature
The performance of your pizza oven lies in its ability to maintain an even temperature. The curvature of the pizza oven greatly effects its ability to cook great pizza. It pays to do some research before buying your pizza oven. There is a wealth of knowledge online. Take some notes and go into the store with as much information as you can, that way you will ask the right questions and hopefully get the right answers from the shop attendant.
One Job Wonder or Versatile Beast?
Do you want a pizza oven solely to cook pizzas or would you like an outdoor stove that cooks bread, stews, meats, with all the functionality of an oven? This aspect is worth considering. If you already have all the kit you need for other cooking, then you might just be after a pizza oven to do what it was designed for – and that’s cook delicious pizza. If this is the case, you probably don’t need all the bells and whistle of a multifunctional cooking machine.
On the other hand, it’s better to have too many tools than not enough! Having a multifunctional pizza oven will give you more options to cook a myriad of different dishes and wow your dinner guests. At home, I have a multifunctional pizza oven and when I have guests over, I’ll often bake a fresh loaf of bread for entree and then for the main I’ll do pizzas and a baked fish. It all depends how far down the rabbit hole you wish to go.
Choosing the right pizza oven all depends on your personal needs and spatial requirements. Once you know those two things it is just a matter of choosing a pizza oven that covers those things and you’ll be cooking delicious pizzas in your backyard in no time at all.