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Pizza Ovens

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I know the BGE makes good pizza (that I’ve seen a lot here) but SWMBO gave me the go ahead to get an Ooni. Tell me your pros/cons and tips/tricks if you got them.
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  • JohnInCarolina
    JohnInCarolina Posts: 31,250
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    pros: the fuel is dirt cheap.  Now you’re cooking with gas.
    cons: high temp pizza cooking is more challenging, and you’ll probably need to make your own dough 

    tips: buy a copy of Ken Forkish’s book titled “The Elements of Pizza”
    tricks: those are for kids 
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • unoriginalusername
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    It’s not as much of an upgrade as you might think. Yes it’s better…. But I would only get one if you’re interested in either pizza all the time, or am having a wood fired oven as there are lots of things it’s nice having a different heat signature to work with 
  • ColbyLang
    ColbyLang Posts: 3,545
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    I’ve got the Karu 16. Multi fuel. Watch your dome temps cooking pizzas. She runs hot. Awesome as a wood burning oven for steaks, roasting veggies etc. I use mine 3-4 times a month at most. Gotta have a dedicated spot for it as well
  • GrateEggspectations
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    Don’t know where you’re located, as I can’t see that here, but @canugghead recently flagged a screaming deal in the GWN that may be with considering. 



  • Campbell2N
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    Thank you for the replies!  

    I do have a spot for it. Been debating the multi fuel vs propane only model, not sure if the multi fuel option is worth it so please provide additional insight. Pizza dough and sauce is somewhat of a speciality of mine that I greatly enjoy making.
  • cmac610
    cmac610 Posts: 173
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    I can’t comment on the Ooni, but I do have a dual-fuel Gozney Dome. Love the ability to hit the propane when I’m “lazy” or wood when I want to. I’ve also done a lot more than pizza on it…steaks, shellfish, etc. I love it!
    Craig aka Cmac Cooks
    Amesbury, MA
    #BGETeamGreen #TeamArteflame #TeamBarrelProof #TeamGozney
    XL BGE, Mini-Max, La Caja China, Arteflame Classic 40, Arteflame One 20, Arteflame Euro 20, Cotton Gin Harvester, Weber Classic, Gozney Dome, Anova wifi Sous Vide.
  • ColtsFan
    ColtsFan Posts: 6,401
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    Thank you for the replies!  

    I do have a spot for it. Been debating the multi fuel vs propane only model, not sure if the multi fuel option is worth it so please provide additional insight. Pizza dough and sauce is somewhat of a speciality of mine that I greatly enjoy making.
    That said, these ovens run very hot. I find my dough does best around 68% hydration. 
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    XL BGE, LG BGE, KJ Jr, PK Original, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • JohnInCarolina
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    I have yet to hear a good argument for the multi fuel.  My own pizza oven has it, but I only ever use gas.

    Consider the typical use: cooking pizza at 900F.  The pizza cooks in 90 seconds.  That’s just not enough time for it to pick up much of any flavor from wood smoke.  Gas is just a lot more easy to control, and you don’t need to keep feeding it.  
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • womaus
    womaus Posts: 256
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    Okay....I'm not trying to shill something here.
    For pizza, on a grill I recommend a https://www.kettlepizza.com/
    I acquired one a year ago off of Craigslist. The one with the steel slab.
    Yes...it takes a Weber 22" kettle, and charcoal. Preferably lump.
    High temps. Easy reload of fuel.
    Gas does not get to the temps. I've tried it. Lump, hardwood chunks does the job.
  • ColbyLang
    ColbyLang Posts: 3,545
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    Thank you for the replies!  

    I do have a spot for it. Been debating the multi fuel vs propane only model, not sure if the multi fuel option is worth it so please provide additional insight. Pizza dough and sauce is somewhat of a speciality of mine that I greatly enjoy making.
    Multi fuel gives you the option to run lump charcoal, pellets or splits of wood. Lots of possibilities for cooking fuels
  • HeavyG
    HeavyG Posts: 10,380
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    Some folks may like to go camping or a picnic and not want to have to also lug around a propane tank. The ability to gather up some sticks instead might be of use to some folks. Or, some folks are just pyromaniacs and like to play with "real" fire.
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Diçk




  • Ybabpmuts
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    My sister Beulah used to vault over the campfire using an old sheileileigh as leverage. One particular time she was really slow going over and halfway across her pants started smoking and she went down yelling something like "fire in the bush, fire in a the bush" but she landed in beach sand, there were no bushes around. When this is all over and her pufffalump heals  she's going to see a botanist for sure. 
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,364
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    I love my wood fired.oven.  Pizzas are only about 1/3 of what I cook in it.
    No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses. - Herman Melville
  • danhoo
    danhoo Posts: 690
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    pros: the fuel is dirt cheap.  Now you’re cooking with gas.
    cons: high temp pizza cooking is more challenging, and you’ll probably need to make your own dough 

    tips: buy a copy of Ken Forkish’s book titled “The Elements of Pizza”
    tricks: those are for kids 
    This is the way. 
    current: | Large BGE |  Genesis 1000 | Genesis E330 | 22 inch Kettle | Weber Summit Kamado
    sold:| PitBoss pro 820  WSM 22 
  • danhoo
    danhoo Posts: 690
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    Thank you for the replies!  

    I do have a spot for it. Been debating the multi fuel vs propane only model, not sure if the multi fuel option is worth it so please provide additional insight. Pizza dough and sauce is somewhat of a speciality of mine that I greatly enjoy making.
    I have a karu 12. I use propane in the winter, wood when the weather is nicer to attend to the fire. 
    current: | Large BGE |  Genesis 1000 | Genesis E330 | 22 inch Kettle | Weber Summit Kamado
    sold:| PitBoss pro 820  WSM 22 
  • JohnInCarolina
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    HeavyG said:
    Some folks may like to go camping or a picnic and not want to have to also lug around a propane tank. The ability to gather up some sticks instead might be of use to some folks. Or, some folks are just pyromaniacs and like to play with "real" fire.
    Well fair enough I suppose, although the ovens themselves aren’t exactly something you want to strap on your back.  But there are also adapters to allow you to use smaller propane tanks like those Coleman ones people often bring camping.  I’ve never tried to use mine with one of those so I don’t know how well they work, but in principle I think you can still cook with gas in a truly “portable” way.
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • hondabbq
    hondabbq Posts: 1,980
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    Nothing better than the Blackstone option.  I have the OG model and its still going strong. 
  • cookingdude555
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    I have yet to hear a good argument for the multi fuel.  My own pizza oven has it, but I only ever use gas.

    Consider the typical use: cooking pizza at 900F.  The pizza cooks in 90 seconds.  That’s just not enough time for it to pick up much of any flavor from wood smoke.  Gas is just a lot more easy to control, and you don’t need to keep feeding it.  
    I am not sure you will consider this a good argument or not, but I use dual fuel on my gozney every time I use it.  I set the dome at the lowest temp, add a log, and I don't touch it again.  Cooking temp is perfect when the log is engulfed.  The lowest temp using gas is ~350, adding the log pushes it to around 750-800 which is perfect for my pizzas.  I cook about 8 pizzas this way before the log goes out.  I can bump the gas up or down to regulate heat.  cooking with wood only does make it harder if you want to cook below 900 for a consistent period of time.  Few pics I have demonstrating it here 





  • JohnInCarolina
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    I have yet to hear a good argument for the multi fuel.  My own pizza oven has it, but I only ever use gas.

    Consider the typical use: cooking pizza at 900F.  The pizza cooks in 90 seconds.  That’s just not enough time for it to pick up much of any flavor from wood smoke.  Gas is just a lot more easy to control, and you don’t need to keep feeding it.  
    I am not sure you will consider this a good argument or not, but I use dual fuel on my gozney every time I use it.  I set the dome at the lowest temp, add a log, and I don't touch it again.  Cooking temp is perfect when the log is engulfed.  The lowest temp using gas is ~350, adding the log pushes it to around 750-800 which is perfect for my pizzas.  I cook about 8 pizzas this way before the log goes out.  I can bump the gas up or down to regulate heat.  cooking with wood only does make it harder if you want to cook below 900 for a consistent period of time.  Few pics I have demonstrating it here 





    What you describe makes perfect sense to me, because you have a Gozney Dome.  I really couldn’t do something analogous on the Roccbox, which is much smaller.
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,364
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    hondabbq said:
    Nothing better than the Blackstone option.  I have the OG model and its still going strong. 
    I would say the Gozney is potentially a better option or something from the Alfa Moderno line.  If you don't need gas/dual fuel you have a lot more options.
    No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses. - Herman Melville
  • cookingdude555
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    I have yet to hear a good argument for the multi fuel.  My own pizza oven has it, but I only ever use gas.

    Consider the typical use: cooking pizza at 900F.  The pizza cooks in 90 seconds.  That’s just not enough time for it to pick up much of any flavor from wood smoke.  Gas is just a lot more easy to control, and you don’t need to keep feeding it.  
    I am not sure you will consider this a good argument or not, but I use dual fuel on my gozney every time I use it.  I set the dome at the lowest temp, add a log, and I don't touch it again.  Cooking temp is perfect when the log is engulfed.  The lowest temp using gas is ~350, adding the log pushes it to around 750-800 which is perfect for my pizzas.  I cook about 8 pizzas this way before the log goes out.  I can bump the gas up or down to regulate heat.  cooking with wood only does make it harder if you want to cook below 900 for a consistent period of time.  Few pics I have demonstrating it here 





    What you describe makes perfect sense to me, because you have a Gozney Dome.  I really couldn’t do something analogous on the Roccbox, which is much smaller.
    Yep not sure it’s possible on anything else. 
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,364
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    I have yet to hear a good argument for the multi fuel.  My own pizza oven has it, but I only ever use gas.

    Consider the typical use: cooking pizza at 900F.  The pizza cooks in 90 seconds.  That’s just not enough time for it to pick up much of any flavor from wood smoke.  Gas is just a lot more easy to control, and you don’t need to keep feeding it.  
    I am not sure you will consider this a good argument or not, but I use dual fuel on my gozney every time I use it.  I set the dome at the lowest temp, add a log, and I don't touch it again.  Cooking temp is perfect when the log is engulfed.  The lowest temp using gas is ~350, adding the log pushes it to around 750-800 which is perfect for my pizzas.  I cook about 8 pizzas this way before the log goes out.  I can bump the gas up or down to regulate heat.  cooking with wood only does make it harder if you want to cook below 900 for a consistent period of time.  Few pics I have demonstrating it here 





    What you describe makes perfect sense to me, because you have a Gozney Dome.  I really couldn’t do something analogous on the Roccbox, which is much smaller.
    Yep not sure it’s possible on anything else. 
    Cook bite sized pieces.
    No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses. - Herman Melville
  • Ybabpmuts
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    My sister Beulah.had a Gozney Dome. I think my poppa put it there because she wore really tight pants and looking her up and down all the time hurt his neck like you read about. I don't think he knew he was hurting all of us who just wanted to look at one spot, like her crotch.
  • JohnInCarolina
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    Ybabpmuts said:
    My sister Beulah.had a Gozney Dome. I think my poppa put it there because she wore really tight pants and looking her up and down all the time hurt his neck like you read about. I don't think he knew he was hurting all of us who just wanted to look at one spot, like her crotch.
    By any chance is Beulah also your ex wife?  From the way you talk about them both I’m just starting to wonder.  
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Ybabpmuts
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    Technically she's not my ex wife yet ... but I have no idea .. it just comes out of me and it is what it is. Is there some subliminal message.. I would say it's possible, just not sure.
  • Ybabpmuts
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    My wife has one chin, Beulah has two
    Beulah has a third nipple and my wife has two nipples and something that can be called a chest warble at best.
    Beulah head could fit through the outhouse hole we had to cut for her head sized doodie .
    My wife's head is small and she won't go to the outhouse, but if she did she'd need a hole half the size of her head.
  • Ybabpmuts
    Ybabpmuts Posts: 950
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    Thems the differences 
  • JohnInCarolina
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    Ybabpmuts said:
    My wife has one chin, Beulah has two
    Beulah has a third nipple and my wife has two nipples and something that can be called a chest warble at best.
    Beulah head could fit through the outhouse hole we had to cut for her head sized doodie .
    My wife's head is small and she won't go to the outhouse, but if she did she'd need a hole half the size of her head.
    seek therapy
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Ybabpmuts
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    This is me on therapy, I have to just deal with it.
  • Ybabpmuts
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    Seriously, I go to a therapist every two weeks. We talk about all the stupid **** that's constantly going through my head, I snort ten fidget spinners and giver her $200