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The 7 Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens Reviewed For 2019

One of the most popular foods in the entire world? The pizza, of course! Sure, ordering one to your door is convenient, but commercial chain pizzas aren’t exactly known for tasting the best.

We know a way to have great-tasting pizza literally any time you want, without even having to leave the house or dial a number. What you need is one of the best home pizza ovens!

We’re sure your stomach is already growling, so let’s not waste any more time!

Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens

 Pizzacraft Pronto Outdoor Pizza OvenilFornino Wood Fired Pizza OvenCamp Chef Artisan Pizza Oven
editors choice
Size:13” Diameter1007 sq in13.25" x 20"
Heat:16 Oz PropaneWood16 Oz Propane
Temp:700F+500F700F
Cook Time:5 minsVaries5 mins

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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Rated Outdoor Pizza Ovens For 2019

  1. Pizzacraft Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven
  2. ilFornino Professional Series Wood Fired Pizza Oven
  3. Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
  4. BakerStone Portable Outdoor Gas Pizza Oven
  5. Ooni Outdoor Pizza Oven
  6. Pizzacraft PizzaQue Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven
  7. Napoli Wood Fire and Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven

Here is a feature comparison of my top rated home pizza ovens with a comparison table and our buyers guide below will help you choose a pizza oven for you.

Outdoor Pizza Oven Reviews

A truly futuristic-looking and impressively fast oven, the Pizzacraft PC6000 Pizzeria Pronto is excellent if you’re impatient! Pre-heating up to 700 Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, and cooking an entire pizza in 5, you and your friends or family will be impressed with what’s borderline magic!

There’s often the misconception that pizza ovens are large and bulky. While many are, if you don’t have the room, then this is an excellent option.

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The black enamel-coated steel body is durable, and isn’t much larger than your standard crockpot. As it runs on propane, it’s also one of the most portable ovens out there!

Take it with you camping, on picnics, to the beach, and more! With the 1-pound propane tank, it can operate up to two hours on its own, which should be sufficient for any party!

The hollow-core pizza stone works to heat up and cook crust evenly, making for a perfectly crunchy pizza each time with no worry about burning. The built-in thermometer and matchless starter make operation easy, even if it’s your first time using one.

We like that it comes with everything you need, a grill brush and peeler and pizza eBook to give you plenty of ideas. You will need to purchase the propane canister separately.

The only real downside for us, was that it’s lacking a rotating turntable, which means you must be consistently rotating the pizza yourself as it’s cooking. With its versatility and fast cooking time the Pizzacraft is out Editor’s Choice for the best outdoor pizza oven!

 

Pizzacraft PC6000 Pronto Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 13” Diameter
  • Power: 1lb propane tank
  • Temperature: 700F in 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

If you do happen to have a ton of room in your backyard or patio and/or are searching for a more “traditional” type pizza oven, take a look at the impressive ilFornino Professional Series Wood Fired Pizza Oven.

We’d even go out on a limb and say it’s probably the best alternative to brick and mortar! The Napolitano stainless steel oven features old-school feel with a modern look that will turn heads everywhere.

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The dome is ultra-durable due to the double-wall heavy gauge steel and 2 layers of refractory ceramic fiber insulation blanket. This makes for an oven which heats up relatively quickly, keeping the heat in for hours upon hours.

With a cooking area of a huge 1007 square inches, you can feed the whole neighborhood with ease! It holds 3 large pies or 6 small pies, depending on what kind of variation you’re going for or if people will be sharing.

What we really loved about the ilFornino, was the sense of fun and community it brings.

Rather than just going off of gas or electricity, you get that satisfaction of doing it yourself or having others help create delicious pizzas together.

It’s definitely up there in price, but if that’s okay with you, we can say it’s more than worth it! If you want a tradition wood taste, the ilFornino Professional is the best wood fired pizza oven on our list.

 

ilFornino Professional Series Wood Fired Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 1007 square inches
  • Power: Wood (Fire)
  • Temperature +500 degrees Fahrenheit in 22 minutes
  • Cook Time: Varies

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Portable Pizza Oven

For deliciously brown, crispy crust on a budget, take a look at the Camp Chef Italia Single Burner Pizza Oven. With stainless steel construction, it holds up well and meshes nicely with just about any outdoor décor.

Modeled after traditional wood-fired brick ovens, it unfortunately doesn’t give that classic smoky flavor, but you can always purchase a separate smoker box.

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The 1-pound propane tank is nice and versatile with an inside temp gauge and a built-in ignition for easy start-up.

For how small and portable it is, we were impressed with the fact the burners could heat up to 7000 BTUs in just minutes. Including preheating and cook time, you won’t have to wait over 20 minutes.

The cordiente ceramic pizza stone which is included with the oven, makes for a yummy crispy crust, drawing extra moisture away from the dough as it’s being cooked.

Thanks to the double-layered ceiling and walls, heat is contained well so your pizzas will be baked evenly, all the way through. If want the best home pizza oven that cooks up a tasty pizza, the Camp Chef is a good choice.

For us, we only found one major “con”, which was that it was rather difficult to clean. Baking and eating were fun, but having to clean it was something we would have liked to have avoided with the narrow door.

 

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 13.25″ x 20″
  • Power: 1lb propane tank
  • Temperature 700F in 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

BakerStone Portable Outdoor Gas Pizza Oven

Maybe the most stylish and attractive backyard pizza oven on our list and is another favorite for space-saving yumminess.

The oven heats up in just minutes using propane, once at temperature you are only two minutes away from having a fully cooked 15″ pizza, no waiting around here!

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Not everyone has the ability to have a full-sized oven in their home, so you’ll love the accessibility and convenience of this model.

You can easily set it out on a table or on a countertop without taking up too much space. The 20-pound propane tank gives you up to 12 hours of cook time, so you can feed everyone who needs to be!

The oven can be removed from the heating element for easy cleaning and transporting. The legs on the base fold for easy storage when not cooking up a delicious pizza.

We love the versatility of the Bakerstone, with an option accessories you can use it as a griddle, or a grill to cook burgers, fish or steaks.

The only real “complaint” we had was that the stone did give off an odd smell the first couple of uses. After that, we noticed it was fine. If you are in the market for the best outdoor gas pizza oven that fits on a table, it would be hard to go wrong with the BakerStone!

 

BakerStone Portable Gas Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 13” Diameter
  • Power: 1lb propane tank
  • Temperature 800F in 10 – 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

If you want a pizza oven but don’t know if you’re going to eat enough pizza to justify getting one for your home, check out the Ooni 3 Pizza Outdoor Oven.

It’s one of the most versatile ovens we’ve used, and not only works with pizza, but will turn out delicious salmon, veggies, meat, and just about anything else your stomach desires.

The letterbox-opening door is great for easily sliding pizza in, and the second door is removable so you can easily place various-shaped food items in there.

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The Ooni is actually the first portable outdoor pizza oven to feature different fuel type options. You can use wood, charcoal, or both if you prefer. We prefer wood as it’s more natural, and also gives pizzas that authentic wood-fired flavor.

Made with 430 stainless steel, it’s surprisingly durable yet lightweight enough to carry out to the backyard or the park for a fun picnic.

Just remember that you’re going to have to take off the chimney to transport. With 3 legs, it’s stable on just about any surface, which is important if you’re going to be near sports games or children.

 

Ooni 3 Pizza Outdoor Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 324 square inches
  • Power: Wood or Charcoal (Fire)
  • Temperature 932F in 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 seconds

Here we are again with yet another Pizzacraft oven – this time with their slightly more budget-friendly option, the PizzaQue PC6500 Portable Outdoor Oven. It’s very, very similar to the PC6000, so we’re going to illustrate a few of the major differences between them.

First off, the PC6000 is about four pounds lighter than the PizzaQue, and includes ThermaBond, Bamboo, and Nylon in its makeup.

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The PizzaQue’s lid is also a bit bulkier, and its temperature gauge is located on the top of the vent. We liked that the PizzaQue could reach 900F where the PC6000 Pronto could only reach 800.

While the domed lid is similar in design, the PizzaQue doesn’t have a heat visor which helps keep the heat in.

Overall, it makes a wonderfully crisp pizza on a 14” cordierite pizza stone that cooks evenly and in just 6 minutes.

It’s another incredibly portable option that you can take just about anywhere, and have a wonderful meal ready in moments.

 

Pizzacraft PizzaQue PC6500 Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 14” Diameter
  • Power: 1lb propane tank
  • Temperature 700F in 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes

Napoli Wood Fire and Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven

If you’re looking for a bit more versatility in how you cook your pizzas, the Napoli Wood Fire Outdoor Oven may be just the thing for you.

Use Gas, Charcoal, Wood, or Pellets to create the fire for cooking your pizza – it’s compatible with it all! Coming with a cordierite stone, wood chip scoop and pellet/wood/charcoal tray, you have just about everything you need to get on your way to making a fine pizza or 10!

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The design is similar in weight to the PizzaQue, but if you’re willing to shell out just a bit more cash, you get this incredibly stunning design.

Not only are you “confined” to cooking pizza, but you can also cook up meat, fish, veggies, and even some mouth-watering dessert pizzas!

Capable of reaching temperatures over 900 degrees Fahrenheit, your crust will always come out just how you want it.

Keep in mind that it isn’t going to be able to make pizzas over 12 inches. This can be difficult if you have a lot of people over and want to feed them all at once. However, we can say that it’s the best portable pizza oven!

 

Napoli Wood Fire Outdoor Pizza Oven at a Glance:

  • Cooking Space: 12.5″ x 13.5″
  • Power: Gas, Charcoal, Wood, or Pellets
  • Temperature 930 Fahrenheit
  • Cook Time: Varies

Portable Pizza Oven Comparison Table

Home Pizza Oven Cooking AreaHeat SourceTempCook TimeRating
Pizzacraft PC6000 Outdoor Pizza Oven13” Diameter16 Oz Propane700F5 mins4.0 / 5.0
ilFornino Wood Fired Pizza Oven1007 sq inWood+500FVaries4.5 / 5.0
Camp Chef Italia Pizza Oven13.25" x 20"16 Oz Propane700F5 mins4.5 / 5.0
BakerStone Portable Gas Pizza Oven16” Diameter20 lb Propane800F5 mins4.9 / 5.0
Ooni 3 Outdoor Pizza Oven324 sq inWood or Charcoal900+F60 secs4.3 / 5.0
Pizzacraft PizzaQue Pizza Oven14” Diameter16 Oz Propane700F6 mins4.5 / 5.0
Napoli Wood Fire Pizza Oven12.5" x 13.5"Gas, Charcoal, Wood, or Pellets930 FVaries4.9 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

You’re here because you want the ability to cook delicious pizzas in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps be able to take your oven on little adventures. However, pizza ovens vary so widely that it can be difficult to decide on just one!

That’s why we’ve decided to go ahead and write up a buying guide, so that you can confidently select the perfect backyard pizza oven for you and your family/friends!

Fuel Source (Wood, Pellets, Propane, Etc.)

Looking at the models above, there are quite a few different fuel sources available. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.

Wood

The traditional wood burning pizza oven, as you may know, are operated completely off of wood logs. Not only are they very convenient, but wood-burning ovens can reach temperatures others couldn’t come close to. This makes cook time much lower, and gives you the ability to create that perfectly crispy crust that’s so hard to emulate in regular kitchen ovens.

Propane

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20 pound bulk propane vs 16oz propane canister

Propane is an increasingly common fuel source in outside pizza oven, due to their convenience. While they have their place, they’re not going to give you that delicious wood-cooked flavor that, well, wood would.

They’re going to be less of a mess to clean up later, but won’t quite be able to (generally) reach the temps wood-fired stoves can.

Propane comes in two sizes: the 16oz small canister and the larger size 20 pound you see with most grills. If you plan on doing a lot of cooking, then you will be better served with the larger size so you are not changing them out as often.

However, if it will be an occasional treat or you plan on taking your propane pizza oven with you camping the smaller 16oz size will be a better fit.

Pellets

Pellets are also made of wood, so this is tying into our first point. However, pellets, for many, are more easily accessible and easier to use.

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Napoli Wood Fire and Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven

Style

Whoever said that looks don’t matter had clearly never had an outdoor pizza oven before! The truth is, that we like things that look nice.

Stainless steel is a very common theme in the products above, and for good reason. It goes with everything, and it’s durable enough to use for many seasons. There are others that have the look of a crockpot, which doesn’t quite give you that feel of cooking a nice pizza in Italy!

Heat Retention

You’d be surprised at how many ovens out there really lack in proper heat retention, especially when this is so essential to a well-cooked pizza.

You’ll want to ideally find a model that has a fully-insulated exterior, which means both the hearth and the dome. Double-walled construction is thicker and more likely to keep heat where it should be, and things like heat visors will just help with that.

Size & Portability

Think about what you’re going to be using your oven for. Are you planning on taking it with you to the beach or camping? Perhaps you just want to have the ability to set it out on the back porch when friends come over for some tasty eats in the fresh air.

If you are planning on being able to take your oven anywhere with you, you’re going to need a lightweight and more compact model like the PizzaCraft. Most are going to be easily under 30 pounds, which is feasible for most to carry short distances like to the campground.

In contrast, if you’d like an oven that you can leave outside and use whenever you feel like, but don’t need the ability to carry it, then choose something like the ilFornino outdoor wood fired pizza oven. It looks absolutely stunning, with its traditionally-inspired design and huge amount of cooking space.

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ilFornino free standing vs Pizzacraft PizzaQue tabletop pizza oven

Price

Of course, price is a factor in most purchases we make. Even if we don’t necessarily need to save money, price can affect how we feel about an item. How much are you willing to spend on your new outside pizza oven?

Have a solid budget in mind, so you don’t risk going over that number while shopping. While price isn’t always indicative of quality, we’ve found that it does have a direct correlation with it in this case. The more you’re willing to spend, the more you’re going to get out of it.

FAQs About Backyard Pizza Ovens

Q: Can I just place my oven anywhere I want?

A: No, you must for safety reasons, place it in a well-ventilated area as it reaches incredibly high temperatures. If it’s a gas model, also keep the fuel hose pointed away from any heated surfaces, so never lead it through under the oven.

Q: Can I use my pizza stone as-is or do I need to season it?

A: Once it arrives on your doorstep, it is ready to use! Simply sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on it so the dough doesn’t stick.

Q: Do I just set my pizza in the oven and leave it for a few minutes?

A: No. If it doesn’t have a rotating function, you’re going to have to rotate it during the cooking process every so often. Use your discretion, but it will vary depending on temperature and how long it takes to cook your pizza. To do this, simply use a peel and tongs. Slide the pizza out a bit, using the tons to turn it.

Q: Will my oven work the same in any weather?

A: It’s not a rule, but typically, the answer is “no”. Wind and outside temperatures can affect the temperature of your oven. Particularly in cold winds, your pizza may take longer to cook.

Tips For Using Your Home Pizza Oven

#1: To keep your pizza from sticking to the pizza peel, sprinkle on a good amount of cornmeal – It may feel intuitive to use something like parchment paper, but do not do this. Parchment paper is oven safe, only up to 450F, and as yours is capable of reaching almost double that, the results are not going to be good.

#2: Make sure to properly care for your pizza stone each use –  Always clean any leftover food on it by scraping rather than using soap. Black stones mean that they’re well-seasoned, so if yours is getting darker, that’s actually a good thing! There’s no need to oil it or anything like that.

#3: To prevent your stone from cracking, make sure it always cools down slowly.

#4: If you find your crust bottoms keep burning, there are many ways to prevent it from happening – First, try rotating your pizza more frequently. As soon as you start to see the bottom darkening, use your pizza peel to kind of lift it up off the stone.

This ensures the rest of your pizza will keep cooking with the heat inside the oven, but stops the bottom from making contact with it. Another step would be to make your pizza smaller to allow the heat to move more freely. If those don’t work, reduce cooking time and/or temperature.

Final Thoughts

Now that your mouth is probably watering, have you decided on the best home pizza oven for you? We know there are a lot to choose from, but it’s important that you find the perfect one for your needs. We hope that our article has helped you accomplish that. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you again shortly. Happy eating!

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The Pizzacraft Pronto is our Editor's Choice for the best outdoor pizza oven with its ease of use, versatility and value.

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