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Best High End Pizza Ovens for Your Back Yard

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Updated: August 29, 2022

If you are serious about making the best pizza at home, then you already know you need a really hot pizza oven. There are a lot of choices when shopping and looking at pizza ovens.

Of course, first, you need to decide your budget. Are you wanting to buy more frugal pizza ovens that you can store in your kitchen or are you going all out with the high-end pizza ovens for your backyard?

The next choice you need to make is whether you want a wood-fired oven, a gas oven, or an oven that can switch between the two. There are even pizza oven kits that provide you with the oven, and you can get creative and build around it – think tiles, bricks, or adobe.

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You will want to consider a few things before investing in a high-end pizza oven. For example, how often do you make pizza? How much space do you have? Some ovens are perfect for a small patio others need some room for ventilation and are best for larger areas.

And, probably most importantly, how much do you want to spend on your pizza-making station? If you are looking for more affordable pizza ovens, you can find something that fits your budget. We also have a list of top-of-the-line outdoor brick pizza ovens.

But if your motto is ‘go big or go home,’ then we have some excellent pizza ovens to recommend. These ovens range from several hundred dollars to a few thousand. We have grouped them into categories of fuel to help you learn about each oven and decide the best type of pizza oven for you.

Gas-Fueled Pizza Ovens

Cooking with gas is easy. No chopping wood and waiting for a fire. The heat is even, and you can get your pizza oven fired up right away. Here are three excellent options for a gas-fired pizza oven for your backyard.

The Gasland Outdoor Pizza Oven $359

One of the best gas ovens on the market for the price is the Gasland outdoor pizza oven. It reaches temps of 572 degrees Fahrenheit within 3 minutes and bakes a 12-inch pizza in 4 minutes. You can use up to a 20-pound propane gas tank.

This oven is a countertop oven meaning it isn’t a stand-alone, so you will need to have a solid heat-resistant workspace to place it on. It is portable, so if you want to have a pizza party at the park or the beach or wherever you want, you can bring this oven along.

It only weighs 44 pounds and comes with a 13 square inches pizza stone, 5 feet propane hose with a CSA safety-approved regulator, fixing kits, and an installation manual.

Ooni Koda 16 Gas Pizza Oven $599

Ooni makes some of the best pizza ovens around, and this outdoor gas oven is no exception. It heats up to 930 degrees Fahrenheit and is ready to start cooking in as little as fifteen minutes. This pizza oven is a great value and perfect for your outdoor kitchen.

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Summerset ‘The Oven’

($1,699-ish)

This gas oven is quite a bit more than the previous listing, but it also offers more. It can make an excellent pizza, but it also works as a smoker. This stainless steel oven includes a cover, two racks with three-position options, a smoker box for wood chips, a flame tamer, a grease tray, and a large pizza.

Use propane for cooking up a great pizza, or switch to a smoker and use your favorite wood chips to smoke meat, fish, or cheeses.

Available on ProPizzaOvens and offers top-notch customer service as well as various accessories and even some warranties.

Dimensions: 54.2″ x 25.5″ x 58.5″

Weight: 154 lbs.

Wood Fueled Pizza Ovens

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We love excellent all-natural wood-fired pizza ovens. The smell of the fire, smoke, and heat are all part of the pizza-making experience. If you love to use a wood-fired oven, check out these four ovens. They range in price, but they are all consistent in making a great pie.

Cru Ovens Outdoor Portable Wood-Fired Pizza Oven $495

This stainless steel wood-fired pizza oven is portable, so you can decide where to make your pizza. It’s easy to set up and only takes fifteen minutes to reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can heat this oven with whether wood or charcoal. Use this oven to make more than just pizza, roast meats and veggies, or bake bread and focaccias. You will be impressed at what this big oven with a small price tag can do.

Outdoor Nahuen Oven by BOSCA $1,400

If you are looking for a stainless steel portable oven that reaches 968 degrees Fahrenheit, you have found it. This is a great oven that is versatile and well made. It weighs in at 83 pounds, but it’s portable due to its four high support feet and two wheels, making it easy to move.

It works as a stand-alone or remove the legs and set it on a heat-resistant table. It really is a great oven, and if you like supporting small businesses, you can feel good about this purchase.

Empava Wood Fired Pizza Oven $1,733

Another great option is this wood-fired oven from a small business. This stainless steel oven heats up quickly. It boasts a side table to prep your pizza while waiting for the oven to heat up.

The other side has convenient storage for your pizza-making accessories like a pizza peel, server, and slicer.

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Chicago Brick Oven Wood-Burning Outdoor Pizza Oven 1000

($6,799-ish)

This high end outdoor countertop pizza oven has a copper vein hood to disperse the smoke and keep the heat in. This made in the U.S.A. oven boasts that it can hold heat longer, heat up faster, and cook in excess of 1000º F.

Perfect for all your DIY brick pizza oven projects for your backyard. With this piece, you can literally make any style around it to match your decor and kitchen specialty.

All of this was made possible due to a proprietary blend of commercial-grade refractory cement. If you are looking for a high-end oven, this is money well spent.

Available on ProPizzaOvens and offers top-notch customer service as well as various accessories and even some warranties.

Dimensions: 50″ x 58.5″ x 18″

Weight: 652 lbs.

Multi Fueled Pizza Ovens

If you have a fear of commitment and can’t decide which pizza oven is best for you, a multi-fueled option might be best. You can choose to use gas or wood. Two of these options are from Ooni, one of the best pizza ovens in the game.

ROCCBOX Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven  $499

This is a portable outdoor pizza oven with a built-in thermometer, retractable legs, and detachable burners. You have the convenience of gas or the tradition of wood, so you can decide how to make your pizza.

It reaches temps of 930°F to ensure you get the perfect charred crust. It has a protective silicone outside coating to keep the heat level down, so it’s a safe option if you have little ones. We love that this is portable, so you can take it to the park or on a camping trip.

Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven  $799

You can use wood, charcoal, or gas to make pizza with this Ooni outdoor pizza oven. You know you are getting quality with Ooni.

The temperature reaches 950°F in fifteen minutes, and then you can get a fantastic Neopolitan pizza in about 60 seconds. You can watch your pizza cook through the glass door and make sure it comes out just right.

Ooni Pro 16 Outdoor Pizza Oven $875

Another great oven from Ooni that uses wood, charcoal, pellets, and gas is the Ooni Pro, made of alloy steel. It is one of the larger portable ovens, so if you have a big family and a lot of friends, this is an excellent option for making a lot of pizzas.

It reaches temps of 950°F in about twenty minutes and then cooks an excellent pizza in about 60 seconds. The insulated steel body and stone baking board mean it keeps the heat in for longer than other ovens. The Ooni Pro is a highly rated pizza oven and is great for the price.

Pizza Oven Kits

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Pizza oven kits are designed to help you build your own backyard pizza ovens. The kits have the main components of the oven, and you can build around the oven to create the pizza oven that you want.

You can use bright colored bricks or tiles, make geometric patterns and create very unique looking pizza ovens. So if you have an eye for design and like to roll up your sleeves and do some serious DIY, then building your own pizza oven with a kit is the perfect option for you.

Cuore Ovens Gourmet Wood-Fired Oven Kit $1,549 

Build your own pizza oven with this Cuore oven kit. It comes with everything except the chimney. Fire bricks are already installed on the cooking surface, so you can start building your outdoor pizza oven. This inner shell is covered with fiber insulation and chicken wire.

This must be covered with stucco-type concrete or enclosed in a box construct, usually with a vermiculite fill. You can get creative and check out some fun designs on YouTube. You can use tiles, brick, or adobe to cover the oven and create an outdoor pizza oven that matches your style.

The EuroFlame Amadora $2,550

This outdoor oven comes from Portugal. It comes fully assembled, and everything is handmade. So if you like to DIY but only the fun decorative parts, then this oven is for you. The heating system and insulation are already put together, and you could use them straight out of the box.

Or you can get creative and build an outdoor cooking area around this excellent oven. This oven boasts a traditional Italian-Style handmade refractory cement dome with a terracotta brick facade and iron door. 

Chicago Brick Oven® Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven $2,899

This is another excellent outdoor oven kit for those who love a good DIY project and a great pizza. They offer three different sizes to get the right fit for your family.

These Chicago brick oven pizza kits are easy to use and install. The smaller one goes for $2,399 and the larger one for $6,799. This would be great for a summer home or commercial outdoor kitchen.

Pizza Accessories

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Investing in high-end pizza ovens is a big deal, and you will want to get the most out of your purchase. Make it easy on yourself and make sure you have all of the pizza accessories you need to use your new backyard pizza oven safely.

Infrared Thermometer 

An essential part of the pizza-making process is ensuring you have the oven at the right temperature. Using a thermometer ensures that you do it right each time. Our choices for 5 best infrared thermometers.

Pizza Peel

Using a pizza peel helps you get the pizza in and out of the oven. It is an essential tool for every home pizzaiolo. There are different types, and you will need to choose the best one for your oven. Learn more about pizza peels to help you find the best fit.

Heat Resistant Gloves

Using heat-resistant gloves is a safety must. Pizza ovens get extremely hot. You will need to protect your hands and forearms from the heat. Also great in the winter!

Firestarters

If you are using a wood-burning pizza oven, having a little help getting the fire going can be a big help. 

Large Cutting Board

A large cutting board is a perfect place to put your pizza after it comes out of the oven. 

Pizza Cutter

You can use a big knife to cut a pizza but using a pizza cutter is much more fun. And there are so many different styles to choose from.

Pizza Cookbooks

If you are new to using a wood-fired pizza oven, you might want to check out some great books about pizza to get you started. 

The Essential Wood Fired Pizza Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques From My Wood Fired Oven by Anthony Tassinello

This book comes from the chef at  Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse and covers everything you need to know to get started.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook  by Genevieve Taylor

This book is a great guide to using a wood-fired oven. Get tips and tricks to learn the ins and outs of a wood-fired oven.

From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire by Richard Miscovich

What kind of wood to use? How to dry the wood? How to care for a wood-fired oven? If you have these types of questions and want to know everything there is to know about cooking with fire, this is your book.

From roasting fish and meats to baking pizza and bread to dehydrating food, rendering animal fats, and clarifying butter, Miscovich is a wealth of information.

We love a good wood-fired backyard pizza oven. What pizza ovens do you like? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below or send us a message with any question. Our email is always open!

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