The Best Outdoor Pizza Oven – 2018
If you’re a pizza lover, what better way to enjoy your favourite food than cooking it outside with friends and family? With a little practice you can easily make a much better pizza than what you could get delivered from the pizza chains.
Unfortunately, traditional wood-burning brick ovens are a little on the expensive side. However, in recent years, many manufacturers have started offering cheaper, propane-fired alternatives. In some ways these are similar to a gas grill, however the lid stays on for the duration of the cooking time, allowing you to cook the perfect pizza in around 5 minutes.
One of the reasons pizzas cooked outside taste so good, is because almost all indoor ovens only heat up to around 550°F. You’ll need to go at least 200°F higher than this to get the authentic pizza taste.
We have thoroughly researched 3 of the best outdoor pizza ovens below:
The Best Gas Pizza Oven In 2018 - Comparison
#1 - Pizzacraft PizzaQue PC6500 - Our Choice
The Pizzacraft PizzaQue PC6500 is a bit different from the traditional style of pizza oven.
It has been designed to be portable, so you can take it with you camping, tailgating, or to the drive-in movies.
This pizza oven uses as standard 20lb propane tank, so it’s more convenient than a wood-fired pizza oven – from lighting to being ready to cook takes around 15 minutes. It takes about 5-6 minutes after that until the first pizza is ready, and there’s very little cleaning up to do once you’re finished.
With gas-fired pizza ovens you can actually do the majority of the cleaning by running the oven on high heat for a few minutes after you’ve finished cooking – this will burn most of the residue off.
This oven cooks at around 700 Fahrenheit, and its design removes the moisture that can cause the crust to become soggy in some other ovens.
There's enough room to cook one 13" pizza at a time.
The PC6500 is lightweight (around 25lb). You will need to do some assembly, both when you first receive the oven (about 15-20 minutes), and a few minutes to set up and break down if you’re taking it with you on your travels. Initial assembly will need a #2 Phillips screwdriver and a mallet.
There’s a built-in igniter, so there’s no need to remember to pack matches.
You can buy this pizza oven with or without legs – the legs raise it about 3’ off the ground (similar to a Weber kettle grill).
It comes with a pizza stone which ensures all the heat goes into your pizza, and it cooks evenly.
There is an included adapter for a 20lb propane tank. If you want to use a different tank (such as a camping-style 16oz tank) you can buy an adapter separately.
Pizzacraft back this oven with a 12 month warranty.
Assembly could be easier – some users find it a bit fiddly and time-consuming.
There is no handle provided to open the lid while cooking – though you shouldn’t really do this anyway (as the oven will lose its heat very quickly), if you don’t own a pizza peel you’ll find it quite difficult to get the pizza in and out of the oven.
These are very minor niggles though – overall we believe this is the best outdoor pizza oven for the money.
WE DON'T LIKE:
- Revolutionary new way to cook pizza
- Pre-heats and is ready for cooking in 15 minutes
- Makes crisp oven-style pizzas in just 6 minutes
#2 - Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven
Compared to our no.1 pick, the Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven isn’t quite as convenient.
The product is heavier than the Pizzacraft option; however, this is partly due to the fact that it includes a rotisserie motor that rotates the pizza to bake it consistently, all the way across.
This pizza oven also has a self-igniter, operated by a push button.
The maker claims this oven heats up to cooking temperature up to 2x faster than competitors.
Cooking temperatures over 1000°F have been reported by users - at a slightly more restrained 900°F a perfect pizza, crispy on the outside but still soft in the middle, should only take 1-2 minutes to cook.
The oven has durable steel handles contributing to easy lifting and relocation.
The design provides ventilation to avoid overheating.
Though this pizza oven is quite a bit more expensive than some others, if you're serious about cooking pizza in your backyard, this is probably your best option.
- FAST AND CONVENIENT - The Blackstone Patio Oven offers a 60,000 BTU burner for quick and even heat. Cook a pizza 2x faster than other pizza ovens
- EASY IGNITION - Offers a push button igniter and durable steel handles. The motor can be powered by 2 "D" sized batteries, or you can plug it in! Electric ignition requires 1 "AA" battery
- ROTATING STONE - The powered rotisserie motor rotates the pizza stone for accurate and reliable brick oven results in your backyard or on the go! Cooks up to 16 inch pizzas!
#3 - Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
The Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven is one of the most popular options currently available both online and at retail stores.
This product presents with a specially designed double layer ceiling to enhance the heating progression, giving you the same quality pizza as those baked in wood ovens.
It is more convenient than a wood oven, as you have more control over the heat settings.
The Camp Chef model has a built-in igniter.
The internal air temperature can also be monitored using the built-in temperature monitor.
Ventilation is important when creating the ideal pizza and this piece of equipment offers a well-ventilated oven door with easy to an easily accessible handle.
The Camp Chef Italia can cook either a single 12" pizza, or 2x 10" pizzas at once.
- Double layered ceiling enhances heating dynamics, bakes like a brick oven
- Preheat and ready to cook in 15 minutes
- Built-in valve ignition/micro-adjust valve give you total flame control
Do you own any of the pizza ovens mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!