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Are Pizza Ovens Worth It?

Is it Worth Getting a Pizza Oven?

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in Britain. The UK takeaway and delivery food market is worth around £8.5bn a year according to stats house Statista and pizza deliveries alone in the US account for US$11bn of annual spending (and that excludes take-away and ‘quick serve’ options).

But there can be a vast difference between a sad, soggy frozen pizza cooked at home versus a hot, crisp and cheesy wood-smoked pizza. Mmmm… pizza.

There are numerous ways to create a great pizza at home from a simple pizza stone right up to an all-singing all-dancing wood-fired outdoor pizza oven in your garden.

But before you invest have a read through of our guide to pizza ovens to discover the best way to get that top notch pizza-y goodness at home – without shelling out for delivery (plus tip!).

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Outdoor pizza ovens

These are the top of the range pizza ovens.  For a good, crispy pizza a pizza oven needs to get very, very hot. Much hotter than a standard oven can get.

The best pizza ovens should reach temperatures of between 370 to 500 degrees centigrade and because they get so hot they can cook a perfect pizza in a matter of minutes!

But because of that they’re going to need to be specially built, take a lot of space and will need a fair bit of fuel and additional equipment too.

If you have a decent outdoor space than an outdoor pizza oven can be a great addition to the garden.

Outdoor pizza ovens are especially great for people who like entertaining as they can help you feed a crowd in minutes and make a pretty spectacular addition to your outdoors space and a terrific (and warm!) centre piece to sit around in the garden.

These days outdoor pizza ovens don’t have to be enormous brick and terracotta constructions, newer models are a lot like outdoor barbeques.

The advantage of these modern outdoor pizza ovens is that they are portable so can be moved around the garden (or put away in the garage) as needed. Portable pizza ovens are also small enough to use on patios, terraces and balconies.

Some models work on gas, much like gas barbeques, while others run off wood chips, which imparts a fabulous authentic smoky flavour.

Advantages of outdoor pizza ovens

  • They can reach the high temperatures needed to make quality pizza
  • Pizza cooks really quickly
  • Great for sociable al-fresco dining
  • Can also be used to cook meat, fish or breads.

Disadvantages of outdoor pizza ovens

  • A more expensive option
  • Weather-dependent.

The best outdoor pizza ovens on the market include


Burnhard Nero

This stainless steel outdoor pizza oven is a neat 40.7 x 81.35 x 83.26 cm making it fully-portable and small enough to use on a terrace or balcony.

It can be run with charcoal, briquettes, firewood or pellets and once fired up it can reach 500 degrees centigrade in just 10 minutes.

The pizza stone inside is 36 x 32 cm making it perfect for several small or one large family-sized pizzas.

BURNHARD Nero Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven incl. Pizza Slicer & Pizza Stone, Pizza Oven, Premium Wood-Fired Oven for the Garden, can be used with Pellets, Charcoal & Briquettes
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BURNHARD Nero Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven incl. Pizza Slicer & Pizza Stone, Pizza Oven, Premium Wood-Fired Oven for the Garden, can be used with Pellets, Charcoal & Briquettes
  • READY TO USE IN NO TIME – Once you’ve got the charcoal, wood, or briquettes burning, it takes the oven less than 10 minutes to reach 500 °C.
  • CRISPY EVERY TIME – The cordierite pizza stone absorbs heat quickly and holds it in, baking your homemade pizza to crispy perfection in 5 minutes.
  • ENERGY-EFFICIENT – The body of the oven is made of two layers of stainless steel separated by a layer of wool insulation, allowing it to maintain high internal temperatures for a long time.
  • CLEVER DETAILS – The removable door features a built-in thermometer, displaying the internal temperature. And if you start running out of fuel, you can use the refill opening to add more.
  • OUR PROMISE - We want you to be 100% satisfied. For this reason, we offer personal customer service with free return shipping.

Roccbox by Gozney

This great pizza oven lets you cook restaurant quality pizza from the moment you pull it out of the box.

It runs off gas so you can simply turn the gas on – removing the hassle of finding, buying and loading it with fuel to light it.

The pizza oven is covered in dense insulation making sure all the heat stays in and keeping the outside safe to the touch – great if you have pets or kids (or both!).

Easily portable, the legs fold up allowing you to take the pizza oven anywhere you go from the your next camping trip to the balcony. It makes quite the impression on the campsite, hooked up to a gas cylinder – you’ll be the envy of all your neighbours or may find you have a whole host of new friends, eager to join you!

ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven - Gas Fired, Fire & Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven, Includes Professional Grade Pizza Peel
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ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven - Gas Fired, Fire & Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven, Includes Professional Grade Pizza Peel
  • A PREMIUM, PORTABLE FIRE AND STONE PIZZA OVEN - reaching high temperatures of over 950ºF to give you the ideal balance of thin base and perfectly puffed up, charred artisan crust - in just 60 seconds.
  • READY TO GO - with built in thermometer, retractable legs and detachable dual-fuel burners Roccbox is easy to transport and set up- just click the switch and start cooking!
  • GAS OR WOOD FUELLED* - Offering the convenience of gas and tradition of wood fire, Gozney Roccbox comes complete with a gas burner as standard, and the option to buy a detachable wood burner as an additional accessory (available in October).
  • SAFE TOUCH - body insulation and the outer silicone skin make Gozney Roccbox the family friendly option, reducing the danger of skin burns that is a feature of metal bodied ovens.
  • RATED NO. 1 OUTDOOR STAND-ALONE PIZZA OVEN by Serious Eats - highly regarded by Forbes, GQ and The Times.

Ooni Karu Pizza Oven

The Ooni Karu pizza oven works on wood or charcoal and reaches a perfect 500 degrees centigrade (ready to cook great pizza!) in just 15 minutes.

You can cook a 12” pizza in just 60 seconds! Proper pizza-restaurant style cooking!

The Karu is well insulated making it more fuel efficient to reach and maintain those top temperatures too:

Ooni Pro Multi-Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven
  • Wood or charcoal-fired
  • Ready to go in 15 minutes
  • Cooks a 12″ pizza in 60 seconds
  • Superior insulation for more efficient cooking
  • Highly portable – just 12kg
  • Carry bag available
  • Price from £229

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You can also get a water-resistant carry cover – from around £39 – to go with it.

There is a gas-fired Ooni oven version too if you need the power of gas but at £499.99 it’s considerably more pricey than the charcola/wood-fired version.

If you’re super keen to have a proper traditional outdoor kiln-style, brick-built pizza oven then you can buy the plans to build your own on Etsy.

Other options for making pizza outside

Having a dedicated pizza oven is not the only way to cook pizza outside.

If you already have a barbeque then to save from buying a whole other piece of kit you can invest in a ‘pizza oven’ attachment which sits on top of the barbeque.

The Blaze Box is a great option.

It includes a pizza stone housed in an insulated stainless steel ‘oven’ which you place on top of your barbeque grill to heat up.

The temperature gauge on the outside lets you know when it is at optimum temperature.

BLAZE BOX BBQ Pizza Oven with Temperature Gauge for Outdoor Garden Barbecues & Gas Grills (Pizza Oven)
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BLAZE BOX BBQ Pizza Oven with Temperature Gauge for Outdoor Garden Barbecues & Gas Grills (Pizza Oven)
  • Pizza stone; Features a 10mm pizza stone for authentic style pizza
  • Magnetic door; The box has a magnetic door, with a central glass panel, allowing you to check the progress of the pizza without letting the heat out
  • Temperature gauge; The temperature gauge shows when the pizza box is ready to be used; ranges from 50 to 450 degrees Celsius
  • Portable; Complete with carry handles for easy transport
  • Guarantee; 24-month guarantee

A pizza stone is another cheap and effective way of converting your barbeque, chiminea or grill into an outdoor pizza oven.

Just place the stone on the grill over the hot coals and wait for it to get nice and hot and then place your pizza on top until it has a lovely crispy base.

The disadvantages of the pizza stone outdoors is that it only cooks from below (unlike the Blaze Box which reflects the heat from the top and bottom) so while you might get a nice crispy base, the cheese might not get browned.

This La Hacienda pizza stone:

La Hacienda 10' inch Pizza Stone for Chiminea, Oven, BBQ, Grill
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La Hacienda 10" inch Pizza Stone for Chiminea, Oven, BBQ, Grill
  • 10 inch pizza stone
  • Suitable to put on grill of chiminea, BBQ, oven
  • Cook authentic pizzas
  • Comes packed ready to use
  • 10" circle design

goes perfectly with the La Hacienda range of chimeneas – to really complete that Mediterranean outdoor dining experience!

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  • Traditional Mexican Style
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  • Chrome Plated Cooking Grill

Indoor pizza ovens

When you picture an indoor pizza oven you are probably thinking of those huge ovens in pizza restaurants… but actually you can get amazing small counter top pizza ovens.

They’re no kitchen gadget white elephant either. If you get the right one they are a versatile bit of kit which can be used to cook other items too.

Indoor pizza ovens come in a number of guises from plug-in electric counter top ovens to ovens you place on your gas burner.

They are a really good option for people who either don’t have a very hot traditional oven or perhaps don’t have an oven at all.

Advantages of indoor pizza ovens

  • They can quickly reach the high temperatures needed to make quality pizza
  • Hotter than standard ovens for authentic pizza cooking
  • Pizza cooks really quickly
  • They can be used all year round
  • You can make pizza without an oven.

Disadvantages of indoor pizza ovens

  • Can only cook one pizza at a time
  • They take up counter space.

The Ferrari Delizia

This great little machine plugs into the electric and sits on the counter top.

Once plugged in it takes just 5 minutes to reach 400 degrees centigrade (just enough time to place all the toppings on your pizza dough).

Standard ovens cannot reach such high temperatures (most maxing out around the 200 degrees mark) so if you love pizza then this gadget can really transform your cooking, giving you restaurant grade pizzas every time.

Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

This is a great item for if you don’t have an oven but do have a gas hob.

The metal pan sits on top of the gas flame and heats up the pizza stone inside, ensuring it gets hot enough to quickly and crisply cook your pizza.

A temperature gauge on the top tells you when it has reached the correct heat and vents in the top ensure your pizza cooks evenly without getting soggy.

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Indoor Stove Pizza Oven, Red, 37x43x17 cm
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Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Indoor Stove Pizza Oven, Red, 37x43x17 cm
  • Pizza in minutes on your gas stove
  • Perfect pizza one after another
  • Ready to bake pizza after 5-8 minuttes
  • Cordierite pizzastone

Other ways to make perfect pizza at home

If you have a conventional oven in your kitchen then you can up your pizza game by investing in a number of accessories to improve your efforts.

This special baking tray can go into an ordinary oven but the holes in the base ensure air can flow to give that properly crispy pizza base.

Lakeland Pizza Crisper Oven Tray

  • Fits up to 12″ pizzas
  • Non-stick layers for easy cleaning
  • Oven safe up to 240°C
  • Price from £9.99

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This is a great recipe for easy pizza dough from Jamie Oliver.

And if you’re making your own pizza bases, this is a fab rolling pin which you can fill with ice or cold water to keep your pastry cool and easy to roll:

Cooling Rolling Pin

  • Hollow stainless steel rolling pin
  • Fill with cold water or ice Keeps pastry cool, prevents sticking
  • Cavity to store flour for dusting
  • 40cm long
  • Price from: £14.99

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Then you’ll need a great recipe book full of ideas, such as this one:

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Franco Manca: Artisan Pizza to Make Perfectly at Home
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Franco Manca: Artisan Pizza to Make Perfectly at Home
  • Hardcover Book
  • Giuseppe Mascoli (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 11/07/2013 (Publication Date) - Kyle Books (Publisher)

The maths

So if you’ve made it this far I am guessing you are a big pizza fan.

You may be wondering: Will cooking my own pizza save me money? And if so, how much?

Let’s imagine you like eat, on average one large pizza a week.

Even if you don’t eat pizza every week, you may average a pizza a week as one pizza doesn’t go very far if you’ve got a large, hungry family. You probably have two (or more) pizzas per sitting, so easily clock up 52 pizzas a year.

One large pepperoni pizza (let’s get real that’s the best topping!) from Dominos is £19.99 – and that’s excluding any tip you may give the delivery driver.

Over the course of a year you are going to be spending £19.99 x 52 weeks = £1039.48!

Even if you opt for a pizza from the supermarket then you are looking at about £5 for a Pizza Express pepperoni which works outs at £5 x 52 weeks = £260.

Whereas to make your own pizza at home you need:

  • Pizza dough mix 65p
  • Passata 75p
  • Mozzarella 75p
  • And pepperoni £1.35

which comes to a total of £3.50. So the ingredients alone for a pizza a week come to £182 – already significantly cheaper than takeaway or supermarket pizza.

Annual pizza costs: Takeaway vs. Supermarket vs. Homemade

TakeawaySupermarketOutdoor ovenIndoor oven
Weekly cost£19.99£5£11.10£6.38
Annual cost£1039.48£260£580.84£331.76

The above assumes: you buy the most expensive outdoor/indoor option; and also that you don’t need a new oven to cook the supermarket pizza.

Add the ingredients cost to the one off cost of your pizza oven and – even if you buy the most expensive option we listed (the Roccbox at £399) – then you’re still coming in at way less than a takeaway pizza every week for a year.

Even versus the cheap supermarket pizza option, the most expensive outdoor pizza oven covers its costs in around four years; the cheaper indoor options in less than two years.

And if you eat more pizza (one pizza doesn’t go very far, for a large family!) then the savings add up even more quickly.

Conclusion

If you like entertaining and eating al fresco then an outdoor pizza oven is a great option for adding an extra element to your summer parties.

But if you are a serious pizza fan and like nice, crispy pizza all year round then a specialist counter top pizza oven such as the Ferrari Delizia could be the better option.

And for those on a seriously tight budget then investing in a special pizza crisping oven tray can ensure pizzas cooked in your normal oven can get the perfect crisp on the base.

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