If you’re a fan of making pizza for the family, then a pizza oven is an essential yard accessory! However, it is easy to underestimate the importance of the best wood when cooking pizza.
Using the ideal wood in your
Using the ideal firewood to cook pizza is as vital as choosing fresh ingredients and toppings. And it can make or break a family pizza night!
- What Is the Best Wood to Use for an Ooni Pizza Oven?
- How to Choose the Best Wood for an Ooni Pizza Oven
What Is the Best Wood to Use for an
Ooni Pizza Oven?
If we could only use one wood type to fire our Ooni pizza oven – which would we choose?
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Well, certain elements make all the difference when cooking pizza. We need to create a hot oven – around 900 degrees Fahrenheit – that maintains consistent heat and gives off a clean, aromatic smoke.
The best way to do this is by using oak logs that have been well seasoned and kiln-dried. They should get split into one to two-inch sections for a fast, even burn.
If you need a more direct answer regarding which firewood is best for
Then here are some of our favorites.
Ooni Premium Assorted Oak Pack
For our top spot? We recommend the
It provides an elegant Neapolitan wood-fired pizza experience! If you want to get off to the best possible start with wood-fired pizzas, this compact box will provide everything you need.
Inside the box, you get natural firelighters, kindling, and all the wood you will need to cook your pizzas. The pizza firewood bundle includes a mix of logs in varying sizes, plus some wood chips to give a burst of heat. All the wood is premium oak, kiln-dried for a hotter and more consistent burn.
It doesn’t fit the Ooni Karu 12 pizza oven.
Other than that? And the potentially high cost of firewood – there aren’t many negatives here. The firewood starter set contains everything needed to cook several batches of pizza, and we genuinely can’t think of anything negative to say about this product.
(Of course – if you have a cheaper source of natural organic firewood close to home, like in your backyard, then nothing beats fresh and local! But – not all of us are so lucky.)
Ooni Premium Hardwood Pellets
Ooni premium hardwood pellets work for all Ooni pellet pizza ovens. They’re best for hassle-free cooking with a consistently high temperature.
While some wood pellets get made from somewhat dubious materials, these
This giant bag will fuel a pellet pizza oven for 8-12 hours of cooking – that’s a lot of pizza! Wood pellets give you all the flavor of a wood-fired pizza without the mess associated with using logs. They quickly reach the optimum cooking temperature, and you can easily regulate the temperature by adding more or fewer wood pellets.
The only downside to using pellets is that they are just not as fun as a wood-fired pizza oven. Pellets can also only get used in specific pizza ovens. We find that charcoal and logs are more versatile.
Ooni Premium Lumpwood Charcoal
Ooni Premium Lumpwood Charcoal is suitable for all Ooni multifuel pizza ovens, plus many solid-fuel barbeque grills. It’s best as a base layer underneath wood chunks.
Ooni Premium Lumpwood Charcoal gets made from sustainable 100% birch hardwood, a high-performance fuel that infuses food with all-natural flavors.
The charcoal gives a slow, sustained burn, ready for cooking just 15 minutes from lighting. It outputs ultra-low ash and provides a longer burning time than wood.
Burns at a lower temperature! So it will need to be used in conjunction with logs or wood chips when cooking pizza.
4. Smoak Kiln Dried Red Oak Cooking Logs
Smoak Kiln dried red oak is perfect for
Kiln-dried red oak logs get cut into various sizes to suit all types of
You don’t get kindling or fire starters! So you will need to source these elsewhere. That’s a hassle – since not all firestarters are food-grade. Make sure to read the labels. Eat safely!
5. Pit Boss Fruitwood Blend Hardwood Pellets
The fruitwood blend from Pit Boss is appetizing for all types of
Try something different with this fruitwood blend of hardwood pellets! The smoke from fruitwood adds a subtle sweetness and flavor depth to pizza, making an exciting oak pellet alternative.
Low mess – just one-half cup of ash from a 20-pound bag.
The taste is distinct. It’s a wildly different flavor contrasting against oak wood smoke, which not everyone may enjoy.
6. Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal
Did you know that you can use a pizza oven for baking fresh homemade bread? It’s easy! Swap the wood for this hardwood charcoal to reduce the temperature, and away you go!
Jealous Devil hardwood charcoal is perfect for all
Large chunks of charcoal for a longer burn time. Perfect for fresh (and fluffy) homemade bread.
It can be much messier than logs or pellets.
7. The One # 1 Pizza Oven Hardwood Logs
These pizza oven logs rock for all
The box contains a range of different hardwood logs for when you fancy a change from the regular oak boxes. It includes sustainable hardwoods such as poplar, ash, and aspen.
A break from the norm, bringing some new smokey flavors to your pizza oven.
These logs are longer than some small pizza ovens we’ve seen! It might not fit all
How to Choose the Best Wood for an
Ooni Pizza Oven
Choosing the correct wood for your pizza oven is a bit of a deal-breaker. There is nothing worse than seeing your pizza-building skills get wasted because your pizza oven is not performing correctly!
So – let’s look (and cook) at everything you need to know about the best wood for an
We’re madly in love with cooking fresh homemade pizza. Not just any pizza! We love pizza with fresh homegrown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and plenty of chive from the herb garden.
What about you? What’s your favorite firewood for pizza ovens – and which wood do you think works the best for fresh homemade pizza?
We love eating and cooking pizza. Nonstop.
We’re also happy to answer any questions about homemade pizza ovens – and the best wood for baking homemade pizza!
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