If you are after something a little bit exotic yet practical for your kitchen, why not install a pizza oven? There are different types that can be used in your kitchen so we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best one for you.
Types of Pizza Ovens
There are two main types of pizza ovens that you can choose to install your kitchen – portable electric ovens and inbuilt pizza ovens. Portable pizza ovens are a kitchen appliance that can be kept in the cupboard whenever they are not being used, and just placed on the countertop and plugged in when they are. An inbuilt pizza oven is actually installed into your cabinetry which has been properly heat proofed and that is fully vented to the outside. They are either gas or wood fired. Gas fired ovens heat up faster but wood fired ovens have an incomparable taste!
How Much Space Do You Have?
One of the primary considerations when choosing a pizza oven is how much space you actually have. If you have a large kitchen with plenty of spare room, an inbuilt pizza oven is just perfect for you. However, if like many people, you have limited space in your kitchen, the portable pizza oven may be a much better option, as you can put it away when it is not in use, freeing up valuable space.
What Will You Be Cooking In It?
Another factor that will determine what type of pizza oven you get is what you plan to actually cook in them. Of course, all pizza ovens will cook pizzas of all thicknesses (deep pan, traditional crust, thin crust etc) but they are not just limited to that. A gas or wood fired pizza oven for example can also cook roasts, bread, casseroles, cakes, and anything else that you would do in a standard oven. Portable pizza ovens come with interchangeable stone and non stick bases and, as well as pizza, you can cook fish fingers, omelettes, and frittatas. The shape of the portable pizza oven also makes it perfect for reheating foods such as pies, quiches and pastries. Essentially, you’ll need to sit down and decide how you prefer to cook and then choose an oven that fits in the best with that.
Safety is a concern if you are installing an inbuilt pizza oven in your kitchen. You must make sure that the oven is fully flued and that it is installed with adequate ventilation around it. This means that just opening a window may not be enough and you may have to have a powerful exhaust fan or rangehood installed. Gas fired pizza ovens must have flame failure devices fitted, as these turn off the gas when they detect that there is no flame present. You also need to check that your pizza oven is rated for indoor use.
If you need more advice about which pizza oven is best for your needs, visit your local kitchen