There is absolutely no beating the taste of pizza fresh out of a proper pizza oven, but most of us do not have the outdoor space for one. That is just what we thought – until we discovered the portable Ooni pizza oven. Not only do they let the home chef create the most delicious homemade pizzas, they open up the opportunity to throw great parties with friends and families.
Cooking with an outdoor pizza oven is a highly enjoyable experience, and the award-winning Ooni Koda is an absolute game-changer.
Aesthetically attractive and functionally superb, this portable gas-powered pizza oven is crafted for ultimate speed, convenience and ease of use. Impressively, it is capable of heating up to 500°C (932°F) in 15 minutes, after which delicious, crispy pizza may be cooked amazingly fast in just 60 seconds. The stone-baked base and the super-high cooking temperatures of Ooni Koda are guaranteed to deliver exceptional results.
Packed with intelligent, innovative and convenient features, the Ooni pizza oven offers multiple reasons why pizza aficionados rave about this pizza oven:
Extreme heat and speed: The Ooni Koda pizza oven can get much hotter than the conventional oven of a typical kitchen. Featuring instant gas ignition, it can reach temperatures of up to 500°C and is ready to cook within 15 minutes. Cooking a 12-inch Neapolitan-style pizza might take just 60 seconds.
The convenience of gas: Being gas-powered, there is no fiddling around with wood and wood pellets that are the slowest to reach temperature, messy and the most volatile to control temperature. Gas heats up the pizza stone quickly and keeps the temperature consistent, which makes it more predictable than the pellet-fuelled flame.
Incredibly easy to use: Just connect the integral gas burner to a bottle of propane and press the one-touch gas piezo ignition. It starts heating up immediately, reaching scorching temperatures within just 15 minutes. The waterfall-effect flame distribution means it heats up evenly, whilst the built-in flame keeper maximises heat and directs the flame toward food for faster results. The gas regulator gives a constant flame that does not need to be stoked or fed to keep it going.
Ultimate convenience: The built-in gas ignition means instant flames, whilst the adjustable heat control dial lets home chefs increase or decrease the flame, offering easy control of heat levels.
Transportable with a portable, compact design: Thanks to its design, a weight of just 9.25 kilograms and compact dimensions of 63 centimetres by 40 centimetres by 29.5 centimetres, it fits in any outdoor space. It is also really easy to take Ooni Koda anywhere – out to the garden, to gatherings away from home or bring it along on a picnic or camping trip. Because there is no chimney and the legs fold neatly away, it can be stored effortlessly. There is a 100% waterproof carry cover for protection.
No assembly: With no setup, Ooni Koda is ready to go in seconds. Simply flip open the foldable legs, insert the baking stone and connect the oven to the gas supply. It does not get much easier than that.
Custom-made pizza stone: One of the secrets for stellar crust is the pizza stone. Inside Ooni Koda, there is a custom-made stone baking board made from cordierite. The 10-millimetre baking stone optimises heat retention and absorbs any moisture from the dough, giving the pizza crust that distinctive crispness.
No unnecessary door: When cooking on gas, an oven door is not required. This keeps the temperature more stable, as the oven does not lose any heat when inserting, turning and removing the pizza. The open front is perfect for keeping an eye on the pizza while it cooks.
Beautifully designed with quality materials: Well-built with a sleek design, the attractive housing is made of commercial-grade carbon steel shell with a high-temperature-resistant, powder-coated finish. The fully insulated shell holds in heat and provides the searingly hot temperatures required for a perfect pizza. The foldaway legs stay cool so it is easy to place the oven anywhere, without worrying about damaging the tops of outdoor tables.
After years of slightly disappointing pizza-making at home, we have been testing the Ooni Koda outdoor oven since the summer. We are totally hooked. It cooks delicious, piping hot pizzas with beautiful leoparding. The crust is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside.
The Koda does not have a built-in temperature gauge so we have been using Ooni’s excellent infrared thermometer with built-in laser beam for accurate readings. Simply point the beam toward the back of the cordierite baking board and read the figure instantly.
The short learning curve required to become proficient in the use of Ooni Koda’s pizza oven is simply all part of the fun. As with all compact ovens, there is some temperature gradient from back to front, so it is best to turn the pizza with a peel every 20-30 seconds for that evenly cooked crust.
Ooni Koda is more than just great pizzas. It can be used to make seared steaks, char-grilled fish, roasted vegetables and much more.
Ooni was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland. Kristian got things rolling when he expressed frustration at not being able to create restaurant-quality pizzas at home. He learned that in order to achieve that authentic pizza taste, he would need an oven using high heat – double the temperature of domestic ovens.
This began Kristian’s search for a wood-fired pizza oven he could use in his own backyard, but the only products he found were eye-wateringly expensive and bulky. He realised that there was a gap in the market, and set out to invent one that was of premium quality, with high-heat performance, affordable and not too big.
Ooni completely revolutionised outdoor cooking and created a new category when it launched the world’s first portable wood-fired pizza oven on Kickstarter in 2012. It was an instant hit, garnering media and retail interest the world over.
Seven years later, Ooni has continued to define the outdoor pizza oven category with the launch of further pizza oven models. The collection now includes three models: besides the gas-powered version, there are wood-fired and multi-fuel styles. Now there is an Ooni pizza oven for everyone.
Ooni donates 1% of every sale to carefully chosen social and environmental causes such as Eden Reforestation Projects. The company is a member of the organization 1% for the Planet, a group of companies dedicated to donating at least that share of sales to environmental efforts.
For anyone serious about crafting restaurant-calibre pizza at home, the Ooni Koda is game-changing. Fun, sociable and easy to use, it offers the best way to make amazingly tasty homemade pizzas.