Purchasing a pizza oven

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A pizza oven may be either built from raw materials or purchased as a partial or complete kit. The oven kits will come as a selection of raw materials and instructions, or as a per-assembled piece. Generally the kit ovens will be relatively small in size, whereas custom constructed ovens will be large and potentially stand alone structures. The following article looks to identify aspects which should be considered when choosing or implementing a pizza oven kit.

Cost of a Custom Built Oven[edit]

Building a pizza oven ranges in complexity and price greatly depending upon the oven shape, size, materials used and country of construction. A small oven will have an internal diameter of about 90cm/36" whereas a large commercial oven might be over 150cm/60". Materials for small kit ovens regularly include prefabricated mold domes, whereas traditional ovens will be built almost entirely out of fire bricks and fire clay. Purchased ovens are also generally of the 'Pompeii' igloo dome style rather than barrel brick or more elaborate large builds. The below table gives an indication of prices that might be expected if having a contractor come onsite to build a custom oven from scratch using brick. This would include design, construction of the foundation, oven, and final aesthetic cladding, brick or tiling.

Oven Size Cost
Smaller size ovens $3,000 - $6,000
Medium sized ovens $6,000 - $10,000
Larger commercial size ovens $10,000 - $25,000

Cost of a Wood Fired Oven Kit[edit]

Below are listed some suppliers of pizza oven kits and fully assembled products. Most of these companies will ship country wide and some will ship internationally.

Dealer Model Cost Currency Condition Details
Field Furnace Refractories Castable Oven $1,096 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 1000mm diameter
Field Furnace Refractories Tunnel Oven $2,296 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 900mm (W) x 1200mm (D) Outside measurement: 1350mm (W) x 1975mm (D)
Field Furnace Refractories Dome Oven $2,348 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 1000mm diameter (D) Outside measurement: 1500mm (W) x 1850mm (D)
Gourmet Wood Fired Ovens Perth Gourmet Deluxe Oven Kit $2,695 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 910mm (W) x 1140mm (D) Outside measurement: 1250mm (W) x 1300mm (D)
Gourmet Wood Fired Ovens Perth Chef Deluxe Oven Kit $2,095 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 910mm (W) x 1045mm (D) Outside measurement: 1200mm (W) x 1250mm (D)
Gourmet Wood Fired Ovens Perth Master Standard Oven Kit $1,395 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 710mm (W) x 840mm (D) Outside measurement: 1000mm (W) x 1050mm (D)
DIY Woodfired Ovens Large Family Oven $1,990 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 1000mm (W) x 1150mm (D) Outside measurement: 1300mm (W) x 1350mm (D)
DIY Woodfired Ovens Medium Napoli Oven $1,790 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 850mm (W) x 1000mm (D) Outside measurement: 1100mm (W) x 1150mm (D)
BrickWood Ovens Mattone Barile $1,599 USD Kit Inside measurement: 32" (D) x 22" (W) x 17" (H) Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens Mattone Barile Grande $1,899 USD Kit Inside measurement: 41" (D) x 26" (W) x 19" (H) Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens Cortile Barile $1,799 USD Kit Inside measurement: 31" (D) x 27" (W) x 14" (H) Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens 28" Mattone Cupola $1,999 USD Kit Inside measurement: 700mm (28") Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens 36" Mattone Cupola $2,599 USD Kit Inside measurement: 900mm (36") Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens 40" Mattone Cupola $2,999 USD Kit Inside measurement: 1000mm (40") Free delivery.
BrickWood Ovens 46" Mattone Cupola $3,199 USD Kit Inside measurement: 1170mm (46") Free delivery.
Belforno Wood-fired Pizza Ovens Belforno 32-inch Oven $2,450 USD Kit Inside measurement: 800mm (32")
Belforno Wood-fired Pizza Ovens Belforno 40-inch Oven $3,150 USD Kit Inside measurement: 1000mm (40")
Belforno Wood-fired Pizza Ovens Belforno 56-inch Oven $5,950 USD Kit Inside measurement: 1400mm (56")
My Woodfired Oven ETNA CK-100 $1,450 AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 800mm (W) x 900mm (D) Outside measurement: 1000mm (W) x 1000mm (D)
Zesti Woodfired Ovens Z1100 $4,600 AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 1020mm (W) x 1020mm (D) Outside measurement: 1200mm (W) x 1200mm (D)
Zesti Woodfired Ovens Medium DIY $2,500 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 1020mm (W) x 1020mm (D) Outside measurement: 1200mm (W) x 1200mm (D)
Bunnings Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens Large Entertainer DIY $2,299 AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 1280mm (W) x 860mm (D)
Alfresco Wood Fired Pizza Ovens Courtyard Oven AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 720mm (W) x 910mm (D) Outside measurement: 950mm (W) x 1050mm (D)
Alfresco Wood Fired Pizza Ovens Midi Oven AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 830mm (W) x 1050mm (D) Outside measurement: 1100mm (W) x 1200mm (D)
Alfresco Wood Fired Pizza Ovens Original Oven AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 1100mm (W) x 1325mm (D) Outside measurement: 1400mm (W) x 1500mm (D)
Abbey Fireplaces Elite Pizza Oven Premium 850TC $3,690 AUD Pre-assembled Outside measurement: 1120mm (W) x 1180mm (D)
Abbey Fireplaces Zesti DIY Kit Medium with black arch $3,199 AUD Kit Internal measurement: 800mm (W) x 950mm (D)
Clayworks Wood Fired Ovens Series 800 Oven AUD Kit
Clayworks Wood Fired Ovens Series 930 Oven AUD Kit
Forno Bravo Pompeii90 Oven Kit $1,050 USD Kit 90cm/36" Pompeii brick oven
Forno Bravo Pompeii110 Oven Kit $1,200 USD Kit 110cm/44" Pompeii brick oven
Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens Medium (Family) D.I.Y. KIT $1,295 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 660mm (W) x 1065mm (D) Outside measurement: 880mm (W) x 1175mm (D)
Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens Large (Entertainer) D.I.Y. KIT $2,395 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 860mm (W) x 1280mm (D) Outside measurement: 1200mm (W) x 1420mm (D)
Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens Medium (Family) D.I.Y. KIT $2,550 AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 660mm (W) x 1065mm (D) Outside measurement: 880mm (W) x 1175mm (D)
Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens Large (Entertainer) D.I.Y. KIT $3,900 AUD Pre-assembled Inside measurement: 860mm (W) x 1280mm (D) Outside measurement: 1200mm (W) x 1420mm (D)
Tom's Ovens Medium Pizza Oven $1,419 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 700mm (W) x 690mm (D) Outside measurement: 1000mm (W) x 1000mm (D)
Tom's Ovens Standard Pizza Oven $1,639 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 700mm (W) x 920mm (D) Outside measurement: 1000mm (W) x 1250mm (D)
Tom's Ovens "The Woody" Pizza Oven $2,500 AUD Kit Inside measurement: 700mm (W) x 1150mm (D) Outside measurement 1040mm (W) x 1300mm (D)

Types of Traditional Oven Kits[edit]

A variety of traditional oven kits are available from fully assembled ovens to kits which contain most of the necessary materials and instructions. The type of oven kit chosen will depend on the available builder skill, time, funds, and the location the oven is to be placed. In some localities there may be difficulties in obtaining relevant refractory materials and so the purchase of a kit which contains all necessary materials may ease the process. Due to the economies of scale kits may often be cheaper to purchase than for an individual builder purchasing all of the raw materials separately. Costs may be increased however if purchasing a pre-assembled kit.

Precast Domes[edit]

Precast oven dome
Precast oven domes are solid Igloo domes which have been cast out of a refractory material or standard Portland cement based concrete. These domes provide the convenience of creating the main chamber of the oven quickly and easily without expert knowledge. Once the dome has been put in place on the oven hearth the primary remaining steps are the installation of insulation, chimney and cladding, leaving the majority of the construction complete. Additionally the inside of the oven will have a desirable smooth texture when complete, and may have a quicker heat up time. As the dome is often thinner than a fire brick constructed dome, the thermal mass that needs to be brought up to temperature is less and thus will rise in temperature more quickly. This may reduce the amount of fire wood expended and the time from first firing to the first pizza being cooked.

Potential downsides of this method may include cracking or flaking of the internal surface. This may be particularly prevalent if the dome has been constructed from concrete rather than a heat resistant refractory material such as fire clay. For commonly used ovens the frequent expansion and contraction of the dome material may also increase the potential for cracks to form. With ovens constructed of fire bricks the butt joins and created gaps between bricks enables minor movement preventing cracks from forming. For some individuals the visual of fire bricks within the oven rather than a smooth surface may be desired. This will likely come down to personal preference.

Temporary Supporting Frames[edit]

Foam Molds[edit]

BrickWood Ovens - 28" Mattone Cupola

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