What’s the Distinction Between the Ooni Pizza Ovens?


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The successor to the pizza oven Kenji examined and really useful years in the past is the Ooni Frya 12, nevertheless it’s wooden pellet-only. For a gas-powered decide, we suggest the Ooni Koda 16, whereas our multi-fuel best choice is the Ooni Karu 16

We final examined pizza ovens in 2017, when Kenji evaluated a dozen of them in his yard (think about the area that took up). However, since then, an entire bunch of our favorites have been discontinued. Most notably, Uuni rebranded as Ooni and phased out the Ooni 3 (which was certainly one of our prime picks). The corporate presently has 5 ovens out there—all of which have their very own execs, cons, and gasoline sources.

So, we determined to place the entire Ooni ovens to the check at our Lab: timing how lengthy they took to come back as much as temperature, making a number of pizzas, and evaluating their efficiency and usefulness. We additionally reached out to Andrew Janjigian, to seek out out which Ooni oven he makes use of at dwelling and why. (Andrew’s a little bit of a pizza oven particular person—he wrote this out of doors pizza oven how-to, our out of doors pizza oven dough recipe, and several other out of doors pizza oven pizza recipes.)

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Here is what it’s good to find out about every Ooni oven that can assist you determine which one’s excellent on your yard.

Ooni Koda 16 Gasoline Pizza Oven

That is our top-pick in the event you’re in search of a gas-only oven. It heats up comparatively shortly, produces pies in about one to 2 minutes, and has a big (20.5-inch) opening that makes turning and retrieving pies straightforward. Its L-shaped flame (positioned on the again and on the left aspect of the oven) licks up its partitions and partly up its ceiling, so extra of the pizza is uncovered to the flame. It has a single ignitor/temperature dial positioned on the fitting aspect of the oven and is extremely straightforward to assemble: you simply have to take it out of the field and unfold its legs earlier than utilizing. Whereas it’s fairly giant, we discovered it significantly straightforward sufficient to retailer due to its foldable legs. It was additionally a cinch to ignite. 

The Ooni Koda 16’s pizza appears fairly good, huh?.

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Finest For: If you’d like a gas-only pizza oven that’s extremely straightforward to activate and modify the temperature. It additionally gives a really giant, 16-inch cooking floor.

Challenges or Shortcomings: For out of doors pizza novices, the concentrated, L-shaped flame would possibly result in scorching spots and has extra of a studying curve. It’s additionally gas-only, which could be unappealing for some. 

Key Specs

  • Gasoline supply: gasoline (propane or pure gasoline)
  • BTUs: 29,000
  • Time to achieve suggest temperature: 25 minutes
  • Weight: 40.1 lbs

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Ooni Fyra 12 Wooden Pellet Pizza Oven

Ooni Fyra Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven

This can be a hardwood pellet-only oven. And, in reality, it’s the successor of the oven we examined and suggest (the Ooni 3). The professionals (quick, quick-heating, light-weight) and cons (small hopper, airflow points) we famous then maintain true at the moment. When its fireplace is actually going, we discovered it preheats in about quarter-hour. To make use of it with wooden pellets, you add the pellets to the gasoline tray, mild it, and slide it again into the oven. After these starter pellets have burned, you add extra pellets via the cylindrical hopper positioned in the back of the oven. As Kenji defined in our assessment, because the wooden burns, “the flame is drawn over the stone, throughout the highest of the oven, and out a tall chimney within the entrance.” It cooks pizza in about one minute, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. 

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Finest For: If you’d like a wooden pellet-only pizza oven, that is the way in which to go (Ooni’s different multi-fuel ovens aren’t appropriate with wooden pellets). It’s additionally the most affordable Ooni oven, at $349.

Challenges or Shortcomings: There’s extra setup concerned with this mannequin. We suggest testing this video for assist. As we famous after we reviewed the Ooni 3, the small hopper requires tending to to maintain airflow excellent and ensure the pellets are burning effectively. This may even imply repositioning the oven mid-cook. The oven’s door is supposed to be stored on always except including or eradicating your pizza. Whereas this isn’t an enormous deal, taking off and placing a door again on a bunch of occasions feels finicky. The chimney and hopper could make storage more durable, however they are often each eliminated and positioned inside the oven to make issues extra compact. It’s not a multi-fuel choice.

Key Specs

  • Gasoline supply: wooden pellets
  • Time to achieve suggest temperature: 15 to twenty minutes
  • Weight: 22 lbs

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Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Gasoline Pizza Oven

ooni karu 16 pizza oven

We favored that this oven has a temperature gauge (positioned on the entrance of the oven, under the door) that shows the Karu 16’s inside temp. It has a hatch in the back of the oven for including wooden or charcoal (we suggest sporting gloves for this process, because the flames can lick up the hatch when the lid’s off) and a glass door that permits you to watch pizza/monitor the flame as you prepare dinner. To make use of this oven, you must first take away the chimney cap, modify the pin (referred to as a baffle) to open the chimney and ceiling vent. The vent may be completely opened (for gasoline) or closed partway (for wooden or charcoal) as a way of controlling inside temperature. The flame is positioned in the back of the oven and radiates outwards and upwards. It produces pies in about one minute to one-minute, 30 seconds and likewise took about 25 minute to preheat. It’s the solely pizza oven of its sort to be “Suggest for Home Use” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN)—the authorities on Neapolitan pizza. 

That is additionally the oven Andrew has at dwelling. He says,  “I’m utilizing the Karu now, and I really like just a few issues about it: 1) the door, which makes it warmth up extra shortly and effectively, 2) the thermometer, which makes heating simpler to handle, 3) the actual fact you need to use both gasoline or wooden/charcoal, and 4) the roominess, which helps you to make large-sized (12- to 14-inch) pies with out threat of them burning too simply.” 

We checked the temperature of the Ooni Karu 16 with an infrared thermometer, to verify its temperature gauge was monitoring accurately.

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Finest For: If you’d like the flexibility to make use of a number of gasoline varieties and worth further options, like a built-in inside temperature gauge. For somebody who often makes a number of pizzas back-to-back, the Karu 16 retrains warmth extremely properly and requires just about zero restoration time between pies.

Challenges or Shortcomings: If you happen to’re utilizing the oven’s gasoline burner attachment, it’s positioned on the very again of the oven, which appears like much less of an intuitive placement than to the aspect. It options foldable legs, too, however at 50 kilos, it’s fairly dang heavy, making it much less moveable.

Key Specs

  • Gasoline kind: wooden or charcoal; gasoline (gasoline burner bought individually
  • BTUs: 25,591 (for gasoline)
  • Time to achieve suggest temperature: 25 minutes
  • Weight: 50 lbs

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Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Gasoline Pizza Oven


This multi-fuel oven is appropriate with wooden, charcoal, or gasoline (its gasoline burner is bought individually, as with all Ooni multi-fuel fashions). When its fireplace was actually going, we discovered it preheated in about 20 minutes. To make use of it with wooden, you add the kindling to a tray in the back of the oven (the tray has a heat-resistant deal with for simple use). It cooks pizza in about one minute, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Opening or closing the baffle lets you management the airflow of the oven, relying on the gasoline supply or once you need longer, slower cooks.

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Finest For: If you’d like a light-weight, multi-fuel pizza oven with a barely extra compact cooking floor (13.2 inches, so finest for smaller pies).

Challenges or Shortcomings: The gasoline burner is positioned in the back of the pizza oven (by the hopper). This can be a much less intuitive placement than having the burner on the aspect of the oven, like with the Ooni Koda 16. Its chimney makes it more durable to retailer, although it may be taken off and positioned contained in the oven to make issues extra compact.

Key Specs

  • Gasoline supply: wooden or charcoal—it’s not appropriate with wooden pellets; gasoline (gasoline burner bought individually
  • BTUs: 29,000
  • Time to achieve suggest temperature: 15 to twenty minutes (for wooden)
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs

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Ooni Koda 12 Gasoline Pizza Oven


This oven is a smaller model of the Ooni Koda 16 and, due to this fact, has a smaller cooking floor and isn’t appropriate for bigger pies. It heats in about quarter-hour (quick!) and cooks pizzas in a few minute to one-minute, 30 seconds. Its legs fold down for compact storage.

Its smaller measurement made it more durable to show and retrieve pizzas, which generally led to a further charring.

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Finest For: If you happen to’re in search of a smaller, gas-only pizza oven that’s straightforward to retailer. At $369, it’s one of many most cost-effective Ooni fashions. 

Challenges or Shortcomings: As a result of it has a smaller opening, we discovered it more durable to show and retrieve pizza, so we suggest investing in a smaller peel and/or turner to go together with it. Its ignitor/warmth management knob is positioned in the back of this oven, and we discovered this placement wasn’t as intuitive because the Koda 16’s. And, in fact, it’s gas-only, so it is not excellent for individuals who desire a multi-fuel choice.

Key Specs

  • Gasoline supply: gasoline 
  • BTUs: 13,648
  • Time to achieve suggest temperature: quarter-hour
  • Weight: 29 lbs

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Different Gear We Suggest for Out of doors Pizza Oven Success


How lengthy must you preheat a pizza oven?

How lengthy to preheat a pizza oven is determined by the mannequin you’re utilizing. For the Ooni ovens, we discovered wherever from 15-25 minutes to be adequate. 

Which Ooni oven takes wooden pellets?

Just one Ooni oven (the Ooni Fyra) makes use of solely wooden pellets as gasoline. Utilizing wooden pellets with certainly one of their multi-fuel ovens “will hold your oven from getting as much as temperature,” the firm says.

What’s the easiest way to retailer a pizza oven?

Pizza ovens ought to be saved in a dry, lined place. We suggest getting cowl, too, to guard each the outside and inside of the oven.

Do you want a particular desk to place your oven on?

You don’t want a particular desk—any heat-safe floor (we simply wouldn’t suggest plastic or glass) will do. Nevertheless, a stainless-steel prep desk (particularly one with wheels) may be mighty useful whereas in-use and for storage/transport. You could find ones off Amazon, nevertheless Ooni additionally sells their very own, which has each cabinets and hooks for putting or hanging pizza peels and turners. Simply you should definitely measure your pizza oven so you’ll be able to order the proper desk measurement.



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