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What Is the Best Outdoor Pizza Oven For You?

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.

What Does an Outdoor Pizza Oven Do?

An outdoor pizza oven is designed to replicate the quality of a pizza oven with the portability of a grill and thrill of cooking it out on the patio or anywhere else you may be. The best outdoor pizza oven for the money doesn’t cost a fortune to buy or install or maintain.

The ideal unit makes pizza as good as the pros in less time than it takes to order an receive it delivery. The best pizza ovens need little fuel or energy to make pizza, bread and a number of other side dishes. The ideal pizza oven can be used to make much more than just pizza.

Don't slave in the kitchen making dinner. Consider your options for preparing food outdoors.
Don't slave in the kitchen making dinner. Consider your options for preparing food outdoors. | Source

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

This is the most expensive pizza oven on the list. On sale, it ties with the other two models at full price.

What do you get for the money? It bakes like a brick oven but only takes a few minutes to heat up. It lets you control the flame so you don’t overcook the pizza. It has a temperature gauge to control the internal air temperatures to minimize the odds of burning it or undercooking it. However, this pizza oven tends to undercook the top of the pizza if you have a really thick crust. It can’t do flatbreads sandwiches, but it can heat up garlic bread from the store. You can butter up bread separately with a slice of cheese to make quick grilled cheese sandwiches, but it can’t do much for meat unless it is very finely sliced. It heats up to 700°F, so be careful not to turn your skirt steaks into beef jerky.

This pizza oven uses gas to cook, so you can take it along with your gas grill. One bottle of propane lasts two hours in this, more than enough to fuel a long pizza party. It usually cooks the pizzas in less than five minutes, so you don’t need to turn the pizzas around.

Be careful when removing items from this pizza oven; the inner edge of the arched door is sharp and can cut you.

Cuisinart Alfrescamore Portable Pizza Oven

This pizza oven is middle of the pack when it comes to price, if you pay full price. However, on sale, it is the cheapest option.

This pizza oven can cook freshly made pizzas in less than five minutes and reheat frozen ones in less than fifteen minutes.

This is easily the most versatile pizza oven on the list, because it does convection cooking as well as standard cooking. You can use this to bake desserts like thin pies, calzones, French bread and thin steaks. However, it shouldn’t be used for grilling; it tends to burn hot dogs and thick slices of meat before the inner portion is fully cooked.
This unit is the simplest to assemble.

It weighs 40 pounds and has handles to help you carry it, so you can take this with you camping or on a cookout.

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Oven

This pizza oven is middle of the pack at full price, and it rarely ever goes on sale. Like the Cusinart, this model runs on propane. It preheats in ten minutes and makes fresh pizzas in five minutes. Note that many large frozen pizzas won’t fit in this pizza oven.

This model has a pizza stone for an evenly baked crust, so this is the only model that can make thick crust pizzas, especially those that you make with cheese or other fancy ingredients wrapped in the outer crust.

KettlePizza Kit for Creating Pizza Ovens

The KettlePizza kit turns 18 ½” and 22 ½” grills into pizza ovens. This solution lets you turn grills into pizza ovens without having to buy a separate pizza oven for tailgating parties, camp-outs and cooking out on the deck.

Take off the KettlePizza kit, and you can resume cooking hot dogs, burgers and kabobs. The Kettle Pizza kit, while not an official stand alone pizza oven, is the cheapest option on this list if you don’t want a dedicated pizza oven. It is also a good choice for those who want to minimize the amount of outdoor cooking equipment they own.

The Kettle Pizza Kit is the best option for those who want to make a few pizzas after grilling steaks and chicken for the parents.
The Kettle Pizza Kit is the best option for those who want to make a few pizzas after grilling steaks and chicken for the parents. | Source

Summary

The Cuisinart Alfrescamore is ideal for those who want to be able to cook almost anything on a thin crust, from do it yourself apple crisps and cinnamon rolls to pizzas.

The Camp Chef Italia model is best for making pizzas when you’re using the same gas as you do for the grill.

The Pizzacraft Pronto is the only one that will make home made deep dish pizzas and those with cheese and other ingredients baked into a thick outer rim.

The KettlePizza Kit is perfect for those who want to be able to make pizza on their small portable grill but don’t want the hassle or cost of a separate pizza oven.

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