The Ooni pizza oven: everything you need to know about this must-have!
Lately, Ooni has been stirring up the BBQ world with its new invention of the Ooni pizza oven. This pizza oven distinguishes itself from other similar ovens and barbecues because of its versatility; not only is the Ooni pizza oven very compact and easy to take with you, but besides pizza, you can also use it to prepare a wide variety of other delicious meals.
If you’re interested in getting an Ooni pizza oven of your own, you’re in luck; as Creative Gardens is the largest of all Ooni dealers in Ireland. We’ve gathered all the essential information regarding the Ooni oven and summarized it right here. Which Ooni pizza oven is best? How do you use one, and which accessories are true must-haves? After reading this, you’ll be sure to make an informed decision
on which Ooni products are suitable for you!
Which Ooni pizza oven is best?
First things first: Ooni pizza ovens come in many shapes and sizes. Although they’re all similar, they do come with their respective traits and qualities that make each model different and unique in its own way. Here are 5 of the most popular Ooni pizza oven models:
Ooni Koda 12
The Koda 12 is an Ooni gas pizza oven known for getting warmed up and cooking pizza in a very, very short time. The Koda 12 reaches 500 °C (950 °F) in only 15 minutes and can cook a stone-baked 12” pizza in 60 seconds! A pizza oven this efficient cannot be found anywhere else. Another great asset of the Ooni Koda 12 is its compact size and agreeable weight; a Koda 12 will fit in any outdoor space and weighs less than 10 kilos (a little over 20 lbs), meaning it can quickly be taken anywhere.
Ooni Koda 16
Introducing the Ooni Koda 16: the upgraded version of the Koda 12. The 16 comes with more space, multiple fuel options, more fuel-efficient air flow, increased oven insulation and better visibility. Just like the Ooni Koda 12, this model takes very little time to warm up and even less time to dish out the perfect 16” pizza. Although the Koda 16 is bigger than the Koda 12, it still keeps its compact build, meaning you don’t need much space to use it.
Ooni Fyra 12
The Ooni Fyra 12 is similar to the Ooni Koda 12 in most aspects, with one key difference: the Fyra’s fueled by wood pellets, making for an authentic feel and intense smokey tastes. While enjoying these fantastic features, you still get to make good use of the short warming time and the single 60 seconds it takes to cook a 12” pizza. The Ooni Fyra 12 only weighs 10 kilos, it is perfect for any outdoor space at home or on holiday.
Ooni Karu 12
The Ooni Karu 12 is all about multifunctionality while still maintaining compactness. Thanks to this Ooni pizza oven, you can choose between both gas or wood pellets for fuel. The Karu 12 comes with a custom-designed fuel tray, allowing for optimal airflow to pass through and a powerful blast of searing flames to quickly cook any dish to perfection. Whether you pick wood, pellets, or charcoal, very little ash will be left behind. The Karu 12’s lightweight design offers portability so that you can take your Ooni pizza oven anywhere.
Ooni Karu 16
If you’re looking for the perfect mix of innovation, versatility and user comfort, the Ooni Karu 16 is the perfect pizza oven for you. On top of the standard advantages like short warming time and the ability to cook a pizza in a single minute, you also get amazing visibility inside the oven, a thermometer display and overall outstanding quality.
How to light an Ooni pizza oven?
How you should light your Ooni oven depends on whether you want to use gas or Ooni wood pellets. If unsure, check out our various fuel options. If you’re planning on using gas for your Ooni pizza oven:
- Make sure that your gas tank is securely plugged onto your Ooni oven and turned open.
- Place the pizza stone inside the oven unit and let it heat up for a few minutes. Make sure to put the pizza stone in before heating your oven, as it could crack if exposed to a difference in temperature too big.
- Close the oven door and set the temperature knob to the desired heat. Once the oven reaches the desired temperature, you can put your pizza in the oven and bake it.
Ooni pellets are just as easy to use. Ensure your oven’s chimney is uncapped and the vent is open. Simply scoop up a generous amount of pellets in your oven’s fuel tray and add a fire lighter. Make a flame before shoving the fuel tray back in and wait a few minutes for the pellets to catch fire. Keep track of the inside temperature using an Ooni thermometer, so you know when your Ooni pizza oven is all set.
How to use an Ooni pizza oven?
Before you start cooking, make sure to preheat the oven. The optimal temperature to use an Ooni pizza oven is about 500 °C (950 °F). By now, you know warming up your Ooni oven will take you about 15 minutes. You can bake pizza in the Ooni pizza oven either directly on the stone or on a grizzler pan. It’s recommended that you use a baking sheet underneath the pizza tray to avoid the bottom of your pizza from getting burnt. Using a pizza peel to put your pizza in and out of the oven will make your life a whole lot easier and less messy!
When your pizza is ready, you should use a pizza peel to remove it from the Ooni pizza oven. It’s important not to open the oven door while the pizza is cooking to avoid moisture escaping. If you need to check on the pizza’s progress, you can use a kitchen timer, avoid opening the oven door until it’s reached the desired temperature.
Enhance your Ooni experience by using all of your favorite Ooni accessories! The various accessories available will all significantly add to the Ooni pizza oven experience. Do you want to learn more about all of our great options? Don’t hesitate to ask us any of your questions or take a look at our Ooni accessories assortment. Keep reading for a brief guide on which accessories fit your needs best.
Ooni pro cover
When it’s time to store your Ooni oven away for a while, you want your Ooni oven to keep its excellent condition until you use it again. The best way to protect your Ooni pizza oven from the elements is by covering it up with an Ooni Pro Cover. The Ooni Pro Cover fits like a glove, is easy to use and is made of durable materials that will undoubtedly last a long time. The Ooni Pro Cover is also suitable for keeping your pizza oven safe during travel.
Ooni pizza peel
The Ooni pizza peel is exactly what you need to safely get your pizzas in and out of your Ooni pizza oven. Your pizzas will stay intact, your Ooni oven will remain clean, and you won’t accidentally burn your fingers or make a mess. All in all, the Ooni pizza peel is absolutely one of the most essential accessories to your Ooni experience. Pick from a variety of types.
Ooni pizza stone
Ooni pizza stones are specifically engineered to conduct heat in an optimal way. Using a pizza stone as a cooking surface in your Ooni oven means the pizza will be cooked to perfection in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take. Using an Ooni pizza stone in an Ooni oven is essential to make the most out of your time spent cooking, so you’ll be happy to hear every Ooni pizza oven already comes with one.
Are you looking for more useful Ooni accessories? Then you’re in luck! Besides the accessories mentioned above, you’ve got a whole range of additional options in our online store. How about an Ooni pizza cutter to easily divide your creations into perfect slices? Maybe an Ooni thermometer to keep track of your oven’s temperature? Consider investing in an Ooni grizzler pan if you want to try other dishes, or opt for an Ooni cookbook to get some inspiration for your next cooking session. Whichever Ooni accessories you pick, you’re guaranteed to broaden your Ooni horizon considerably.