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Kyle
09-09-2013, 11:44 PM
My boss wants a pizza oven to build in to his backyard kitchen. Wood fired oven would be sweet, but he doesn't want the hassle. He's willing to spend $4-$5K for the right oven, if necessary, although I think $2-3K is going to be more comfortable for him. He's not a chef but he loves pizza and is looking for a new hobby.

Does anyone have any recommendations or tips for what to look for?

Baby Huey
09-10-2013, 12:34 AM
If it is in the backyard build one for a lot cheaper. Or have a mason build one. They are fairly easy to make as far as an old fashioned brick woodfire oven.

mzer
09-10-2013, 12:45 AM
A little above budget, but this thing is amazing. A friend has one and it makes fabulous pizza.
http://kalamazoogourmet.com/products/artisan-fire-pizza-oven/

gic
09-10-2013, 01:23 AM
Get a big green egg, makes insanely good pizza

El Pescador
09-10-2013, 01:26 AM
Get a big green egg, makes insanely good pizza
So true!

Kyle
09-10-2013, 09:28 AM
Get a big green egg, makes insanely good pizza

That's funny, because I'm an Egghead myself and I've tried to talk him into getting one. He actually really wanted one but has since decided he'd rather have a dedicated pizza oven instead. He's the type that doesn't want to fuss with lighting charcoal and dealing with the cleanup, he wants to turn it on and start cooking.

mikemac
09-10-2013, 10:02 AM
I have one of these:
http://www.earthstoneovens.com/index.shtml

a Model 90 wood fired. Having a gas fired one would have some upside (see the pre-assembled ones), but there is no such thing as turn it on and start cooking...wood or gas, they will take several hours to heat up properly.

I've also had one of these for over 20 years and this brand is seriously rock solid:
http://www.amazon.com/Old-Stone-Oven-4467-14-Inch/dp/B0000E1FDA

I also have a Kamado and they did/do make a gas unit...does BGE have a gas fired unit yet? I've never done pizza on the Kamado, but really, and 'Old Stone' & extra large BGE is the way to go

adletson
09-10-2013, 03:31 PM
If I were getting a pizza oven today, the link below is what I would get. It has made huge waves at the pizzamaking forum and has consistently achieved Neopolitan results (albeit with some mods).

http://www.amazon.com/Blackstone-1575-Outdoor-Oven/dp/B00CELFJ4A

You could drop $450 on this (with mods) and pocket the rest and not have to worry about a wood fire. What kind of pizza is he wanting to make? How much of a pizza geek is he?

gic
09-10-2013, 03:41 PM
Not that you could ever pry my big green egg away from me, but how hot can this Blackstone get??? The thing that makes a BGE so awesome is how hot you can get it for pizza making...

adletson
09-10-2013, 04:56 PM
I don't have one, but lots of people have temped it (with pics) at 850+ at the stone and 1000+ in the dome, which is in the range that traditional neopolitan pizza requires.

AFKitchenknivesguy
09-10-2013, 07:01 PM
Kyle, if he doesn't want to mess with charcoal, wood, or clean-up then why get a pizza oven? Woodfired pizza is the reason why people get these ovens. Good luck!

Duckfat
09-10-2013, 07:38 PM
The BGE is better than a dedicated pizza open. The BGE gets hotter than gas, has more uses, costs less and tastes better. ;)

Dave

Ant4d
09-10-2013, 07:43 PM
Big green egg makes great pizza

bear1889
09-10-2013, 10:53 PM
Deleted, doesn't want to mess with charcoal

docjavadude
09-14-2013, 11:13 PM
Big Green Egg all the way for homemade pizza!!! And just about anything else that makes its way onto it as well... :thumbsup:

Kyle
09-15-2013, 01:12 AM
Looks like I've talked him BACK into getting a Big Green Egg!

hutchla
09-15-2013, 07:51 PM
I modded my Weber Genesis gas grill by placing fire bricks around the sides and back of the grill. Then I placed an unglazed quarry tile over top (had it custom cut to size). Pizza cooks on a pizza screen directly over the fire. The tile cooks the top. Makes great pizza that I'll put up against a wood fired oven any day. Entire mod cost about $30.

Kyle
09-16-2013, 12:27 AM
I modded my Weber Genesis gas grill by placing fire bricks around the sides and back of the grill. Then I placed an unglazed quarry tile over top (had it custom cut to size). Pizza cooks on a pizza screen directly over the fire. The tile cooks the top. Makes great pizza that I'll put up against a wood fired oven any day. Entire mod cost about $30.

Sounds like a cool setup, I love cooking hacks (especially outdoor/grill related). I'd love to see pics of the setup! However, my boss won't go for this, it has to look good in addition to cooking good.

hutchla
09-17-2013, 01:43 PM
Here are a few pics.
1. When not in use I keep the bricks and tile against a wall.
2. First line the grill with fire bricks. Had to cut the back bricks so that they would fit widthwise and so that the pizza would have enough room.
3. Quarry tile goes on top.
4. Pizza cooks on a screen over the fire.

I typically set this up and then heat the grill on high for 20 minutes before use. Then turn it to low and cook it covered until done. Depending on the crust and toppings I'll adjust the fire.

Also, it's easy to take on and off. The other night I made a couple appetizer pizzas, then took off the tile/bricks with oven mitts and grilled the main course.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nrNIPih1xbA/UjiDA-upuoI/AAAAAAAAAOI/vsy1MSX6RRE/w640-h480-no/photo+1.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vZaVS7_UzN0/UjiDA3eEmAI/AAAAAAAAAOM/GooUJmH2RyM/w640-h480-no/photo+2.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TLXcBecBXgk/UjiDAwUtE1I/AAAAAAAAAOY/llVyEDPga4k/w640-h480-no/photo+3.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jZ0ZGxzATgg/UjiDDNT8mFI/AAAAAAAAAOc/QyAAae0gI30/w640-h480-no/photo+4.JPG

Mucho Bocho
09-17-2013, 02:00 PM
:doublethumbsup:


Here are a few pics.
1. When not in use I keep the bricks and tile against a wall.
2. First line the grill with fire bricks. Had to cut the back bricks so that they would fit widthwise and so that the pizza would have enough room.
3. Quarry tile goes on top.
4. Pizza cooks on a screen over the fire.

I typically set this up and then heat the grill on high for 20 minutes before use. Then turn it to low and cook it covered until done. Depending on the crust and toppings I'll adjust the fire.

Also, it's easy to take on and off. The other night I made a couple appetizer pizzas, then took off the tile/bricks with oven mitts and grilled the main course.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nrNIPih1xbA/UjiDA-upuoI/AAAAAAAAAOI/vsy1MSX6RRE/w640-h480-no/photo+1.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vZaVS7_UzN0/UjiDA3eEmAI/AAAAAAAAAOM/GooUJmH2RyM/w640-h480-no/photo+2.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TLXcBecBXgk/UjiDAwUtE1I/AAAAAAAAAOY/llVyEDPga4k/w640-h480-no/photo+3.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jZ0ZGxzATgg/UjiDDNT8mFI/AAAAAAAAAOc/QyAAae0gI30/w640-h480-no/photo+4.JPG

Kyle
09-18-2013, 10:45 AM
Very nice! I'd love to see pics of the pies!

hutchla
09-18-2013, 03:36 PM
Here's a pizza with homemade kimchee
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CzUoAXJUFZ4/UjnyM92HxNI/AAAAAAAAAP0/uETeqfxbMhY/w800-h600-no/kimchee+pizza.JPG