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Whether to Construct or Buy Your Outdoor Pizza Oven

Posted by Benny Traub on

If you’re thinking of getting an outdoor pizza oven, you might not be sure if you should buy a premade one or construct your own. There are several factors that may sway your decision. 


Read on to learn about the pros and cons of buying or making your own outdoor pizza oven.


The Premade Pizza Oven

There are several advantages to buying a premade pizza oven. Firstly - and most obviously - there is little to no effort involved. Most premade pizza ovens are ready to use upon purchase. They are created by companies who invest time and resources into their oven designs. These companies want their customers to make pizza at home with little fuss or complications. If you’re looking for a wood-fired pizza oven, these might be harder to find than electric or gas types. But premade wood-fired pizza ovens do exist.


There are also downsides to premade ovens, however. A mass-produced pizza oven is going to do exactly what it says on the box, and won't allow for any customization. You have very little control over what you can do with the oven. However, this is more than enough for most home pizza oven users, so don't let this scare you off.


The DIY Pizza Ovens

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With this option, you will be building your pizza oven from scratch, right in your backyard. The end result may have the potential to produce the most amazing pizzas imaginable. But there are a few factors that determine this. Most DIY pizza ovens are wood-fired. That means they use wood as their main source of fuel. Cooking with wood gives you the most options for flavor and versatility. But many people do not realize the skill required in cooking a pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven. The inconsistencies in fire and stone construction can make cooking a pizza evenly fairly difficult.


The hardest part is of course actually building the outdoor pizza oven. This requires a lot of hard work. It is the biggest factor that puts people off of building their own outdoor oven. Getting it right will take some skill and patience. It can be especially intimidating if you have not had much experience with handy work. But homemade pizza lovers who like getting their hands dirty may absolutely love the challenge. 


The Third Option: Pizza Oven Kits

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Finally, there is also the middle ground. Maybe you are fairly handy, but don't want to go through the trouble of building an oven from scratch. If so, then you’ll be happy to know that pizza oven kits are available in many countries. Believe it or not, you can build quite a large outdoor oven from nothing but a kit and some hard work. These kits come with step by step instructions that will make it easy to construct a very impressive oven, with a lot less effort. 


No matter which option you go for, you will surely love the delicious homemade pizza from your brand new outdoor pizza oven.


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