2 Major Considerations When Choosing a Wood Fire Pizza Oven

Posted on: 18 February 2016

A wood fire pizza oven is not a luxury in the kitchen only reserved for the rich and famous; these ovens can be purchased in kits and fit into a corner of the kitchen, dining area, or around other kitchen features and fixtures. They can also be put outside on the deck or patio for when you want to cook outdoors or don't have room in the kitchen for your new oven. When you're ready to invest in a wood fire pizza oven, note the top considerations you'll want to keep in mind so you ensure you get the right one for your home.

1. Cooking surface

A professional wood fire pizza oven will have a large cooking surface so that many pizzas can be cooked at once, but one made for home use may have only a few square feet available, enough for just one or two pizzas at a time. While the space available in your kitchen will be a consideration, note that you want a cooking surface that will provide you with the space you need now and in the future, as well as potentially space for more than just woodfired pizza.

Ask yourself: will your family grow or do you think you might start hosting pizza parties at your house with your new oven? Do you want to roast meats and vegetables in your wood fire oven? If so, invest in a larger cooking surface than you currently need so you don't feel that your oven is too small in a few years or when you're trying to use it for more than just the occasional pizza.

2. Material

You'll need to note how quickly each type of material takes for warming up and its overall heat conductive properties, and then balance this information with your needs and space. For example, you may want a concrete oven custom built around your current kitchen features but the concrete may take longer to heat up than terra cotta, often used with a pizza oven kit. You may not mind waiting a bit longer for the oven to fully heat before using it but for busy families, a material that heats faster is going to be the better choice.

Being able to hold heat is also very important. If you choose a very cheap wood fire oven kit, it may be made of a material that doesn't hold and distribute heat very well so that your food doesn't cook evenly. Terra cotta and dense firebrick both distribute heat very well, so they're usually a better investment when it comes to the quality of cooking. Keep this in mind when choosing the material for your wood fire pizza oven.