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    Pizza oven for home use?

    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?

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    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.

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    A little above budget, but this thing is amazing. A friend has one and it makes fabulous pizza.
    http://kalamazoogourmet.com/products...re-pizza-oven/

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    Get a big green egg, makes insanely good pizza

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    Get a big green egg, makes insanely good pizza
    So true!
    "So you want to be a vegetarian? Hitler was a vegetarian and look at how he turned out."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    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.

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    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.../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

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    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-157.../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?

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    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...

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    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.

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