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How To Build a Wood Fired Pizza Oven in Your Backyard

Have you ever had real Neapolitan pizza? It's cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven at around 1000 degrees, and only takes 90 seconds to cook. It's also insanely delicious. I became obsessed with the idea of building a pizza oven in my backyard, despite having no masonry experience at all, and ended up with an amazing outdoor kitchen.
Time: 6 Months Cost: $5000 Difficulty: Advanced
It's the perfect outdoor entertaining space, and we can feed a crowd--easily, deliciously, and quickly! It's dinner and a show, all in one.
A concrete pad and simple dry-stacked concrete block wall created a solid foundation. I did this all myself. While I was pregnant. I nest with power tools.
The floor of the oven came next--a counter height concrete slab on which I'd build my brick oven dome.
The firebrick dome was built over the course of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
We built the enclosure out of metal studs and concrete backerboard. No fire should ever get out there anyway, but it never hurts to be extra careful! That's a picture of me signing my masterpiece. Nobody will ever see it, since it's enclosed, but I know it's there! ;-)
Finishing touches--stone veneer. I did so many squats applying the stone! Best leg workout ever.
And the end result? AMAZING pizza. We actually can get three days of cooking from the retained heat from a pizza fire. Pizza the first night, artisan breads the next morning (500ish degrees), calzones and lasagna made from leftover pizza ingredients the second night (375ish degrees), and then low, slow cooked things like beans or some meats overnight and into the third day (225 degrees). I love my WFO!

To see more: http://tikkido.com/blog/wood-fired-pizza-oven-tutorial

  • Steve
    Steve Fairfax, VA
    on Apr 21, 2015

    Wow! I'm speechless. What an amazing job and you make it sound so easy. I know keeping those courses level for the oven couldn't have been easy. Fantastic job.

    • Steve
      Steve Fairfax, VA
      on Apr 21, 2015

      Pompeii is one of the coolest places I have ever been to. I could have spent weeks there.

  • Lavistany
    Lavistany South Salem, NY
    on Jul 18, 2015

    Wow, that's impressive!!! My young adult children and I built an authentic, rustic one for $100.00 mostly from stuff we had or got from friends and family.

    • Nikki Wills
      Nikki Wills Gilbert, AZ
      on Apr 13, 2016

      @Lavistany That's fabulous! Is it a cobb oven?

  • Gavi
    Gavi Teaneck, NJ
    on Apr 12, 2016

    This is so incredibly amazing! I'm sitting here wishing I had a backyard to do this!

  • Marybeth Flynn Guminski
    Marybeth Flynn Guminski
    on Apr 13, 2016

    Wow! Oh, and Wow! Quite a masterpiece.

  • Mel
    Mel Louisville, KY
    on Apr 13, 2016

    Very impressive! Now that yours is finished, will you build one in my backyard?

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