Buying a backyard pizza oven can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Not only are there many different models, but there are also a lot of different designs, fuels, sizes, and materials to choose from, which can make it difficult to know which one is best for you. With that said, we’ve put together a quick reference guide of what to look for when shopping for your outdoor pizza oven.
Cooking Performance and Overall Quality
There are several backyard ovens out there that claim to be the best pizza ovens on the market, but this simply can’t be true for all of them. Despite claiming to be the best, some of the ovens out there just simply aren’t up to par, either because of their flawed design or because they aren’t made with the highest-quality materials. Here are a few quality assurance factors to look for:
● Fully insulated dome and hearth
● Professional-grade refractory brick
● High-grade stainless steel to withstand extreme temperatures inside the oven chamber
● Traditional flue to minimize heat loss
Family Safety and Food Quality
When choosing an outdoor pizza oven, it’s important to look for one that’s been built with safety in mind, and that includes dual layers of insulation that allow for maximum temperatures and heat retention inside, but at the same time ensuring the outside dome is not a burn hazard. Another issue with wood-fired ovens is heat retention. How well does the oven maintain its temperature. While all wood fired ovens will have some heat loss, just like a charcoal BBQ. Some keep their temperatures more than others. One of the factors that can greatly affect this performance aspect is the flue design. Is it simply a hole in the top of the oven that allows the heat as it rises to simply go straight up the chimney? Or if it designed to draw the smoke out, while keeping as much of the heat inside the oven as possible? One results in better cooking performance, while the other results in low temperatures and significantly increased fuel consumption.
In that regard, look for a pizza oven that has a traditional flue design that draws smoke out through the flue while leaving the heat to circulate inside the dome (which also translates to lower fuel consumption).
Oven Size and Capacity
An outdoor pizza oven isn’t a one-size-fits-all appliance, and there are many different models and sizes of pizza oven. Smaller ovens require less space and are great for smaller patios and terraces. They also require less time to heat up and use less fuel. Size does not mean it cooks better.
Larger ovens, while being able to cook more food at the same time, also provide the luxury of more room to manage your fire, rotate the food while it cooks, and generally more room to work with while your cooking.
A good smaller oven cooks just as well as a larger one.
Consider your requirements and preferences and choose an oven that accommodates both. Forno Venetzia has ovens in a variety of sizes, including:
● The Pronto, which is 24 by 20 inches, and can hold two personal pizzas.
● The bigger Torino oven, which is 32 by 24 inches, and can hold four pizzas.
● The largest Bellagio oven, which is 36 by 32 inches, and is ideal for large families and special events.
All the Best Pizza Ovens from the Right Partner
At Forno Venetzia, our drive to create well-designed and quality-made wood-fire pizza ovens came from a love of delicious cuisine and succulent flavours combined with a need to return to the family-oriented mealtime of yore. Our desire is to create well-crafted pizza ovens that prioritize high standards, excellent performance, safety, and affordable prices.
We use only the best materials and proven designs to create backyard pizza ovens that will ignite your culinary passions, bring together family and friends, and help you create cherished memories and delicious meals with our nostalgic wood-fired ovens.
Performance, quality, safety, and size are some of the most important things to consider when buying an outdoor pizza oven, because these will all impact cooking performance and the taste of your food. When it’s time to get down to the business of buying your backyard pizza oven, contact Forno Venetzia for assistance, or check our retailer listing to find a nearby vendor.