Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3 Review – How Does the New Ooni Fyra Compare to Ooni 3?

The new Ooni Fyra portable wood-fired outdoor pizza oven is here! The Ooni Fyra is the successor of the Ooni 3, which is the world’s first portable pizza oven fueled by wood pellets. About time we did an Ooni Fyra pizza oven review!

At the time of writing, the Ooni 3 has 438 raving reviews on Ooni’s website – is it possible to improve on the Ooni 3 pizza oven? Let’s compare the Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3 and find out!

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This Ooni Fyra review was originally published in April 2020 and completely re-vamped in July 2021.

It probably comes as no surprise that I love Ooni‘s pizza ovens, it truly is effortless cooking at its best! You can cook the perfect pizza in your own backyard, with minimal space requirements

Here’s the new Fyra pizza oven (I love that name, by the way!):

Fyra Portable Wood-fired Outdoor Pizza Oven

And here’s the Ooni 3 pizza oven:

3 Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven

Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3 Pizza Ovens

My favorite way of comparing things is with the help of tables! Things are no different in this Ooni Fyra review. Here’s the comparison table:

ooni-fyra-vs-ooni-3-pizza-oven-comparison

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Differences of Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3

There is some confusion on Facebook as to what exactly has changed in the Ooni Fyra. Not that you’ll have much of a choice soon, it looks like the Ooni 3 will be phased out, to be completely replaced by the Fyra.

Now, when I originally updated this article, Ooni was still shipping the Ooni 3 and they were taking pre-orders. I posed the statement: Will they continue manufacturing the Ooni 3? Time will tell!

Time has told and the Ooni 3 is now nowhere to be found on the Ooni website. It’s safe to say that your only option is now the Ooni Fyra, or one of the other models, of course.

If you already have an Ooni 3 pizza oven, you might like to know whether it’s worth upgrading.

This is something a Facebook user asked, and Ooni replied:

No rush to upgrade though, as you say, there are no issues with our Ooni 3 – it’s a beast!

So, if your Ooni 3 is still going strong, I wouldn’t upgrade just because there’s a new model available. I have contacted Ooni for some more clarification as to what the differences are exactly. I’ve also listed the differences I could find below.

Ooni also responded to my query, explaining that:

Ooni Fyra has a far better insulation than Ooni 3. In other words, it consumes less pellets / it’s more fuel efficient.”

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My list of differences of Fyra vs Ooni 3:

  • The Ooni Fyra pizza oven has a new viewing window so you can check on pizzas without opening the door.
  • The Fyra oven has a new, taller hopper. Some people mentioned “racing” through pellets, so Ooni has addressed that issue with a taller hopper.
  • The material has changed from brushed stainless steel with ceramic fiber insulation (Ooni 3 oven) to a durable, insulated, powder-coated carbon steel shell (Ooni Fyra oven).
  • No gas compatibility in the Fyra oven. The Ooni gas burner turned your Ooni 3 (or Karu oven) into a gas pizza oven for $90, but the Fyra is a dedicated pellet oven.
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Some people have doubts as to whether it was a good idea to have the Fyra as a pellet-only pizza oven. Ooni replied:

The Fyra is a dedicated pellet oven, it is designed and optimized with pellet cooking in mind!

And this sparked the old “you shouldn’t be cooking with gas anyway” discussion…

Sure, there’s something “real” about wood-fired pizza cooking, but I’m by no means a wood-only fanatic. It’s nice to have the choice to use wood or gas, so I’m sure there are people that will miss this feature.

I really like the viewing window, but am wondering whether you can still see through it after a few pizza cook-ups. My grill has a lid with see-through glass but after a few grill-ups there’s no way I can see what’s cooking.

Time will tell on this one, let me know if you’ve bought a Fyra so I can add your comments to this Ooni Fyra review!

The taller hopper is great. It’s double the size of Ooni 3’s hopper and Ooni has “tweaked the performance to address some of the issues they were seeing”. I’m hoping I’ll get some clarification on this from Ooni.

Mario commented on FB that it looks like they just put new lipstick on the same old model and that it is not really a step forward in his opinion.

Ooni replied:

We’re sorry you feel that way! We listened to our community and incorporates some major changes that we know people were looking for such as an extended pellet hopper and a viewing hole to keep an eye on your 60-second pizza.

I have a pretty simple conclusion.

The Ooni 3” href=”https://www.outdoorhappens.com/go/ooni-3/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-lasso-id=”9037″>Ooni 3 oven is great. The Ooni Fyra” href=”https://www.outdoorhappens.com/go/ooni-fyra/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-lasso-id=”9038″>Fyra oven is its successor with some improved features, so it has Ooni 3‘s greatness with some added awesomeness.

The Ooni 3 won’t be available anymore soon and the Fyra is the new Ooni 3. It’s a great buy if you’re looking for a portable (22 lbs/10 kg!) wood pellet pizza oven!

Here are is Fyra’s launch video:



Ooni Fyra Fuel Sources

The Ooni Fyra is a dedicated wood pellet oven. It runs on hardwood pellets as fuel type only and cannot run on gas or charcoal.

There as some benefits with pellets, though!

One 6.6lb bag will give you 2-3 hours of cooking time. One such bag is super compact, and with the Fyra’s light weight, is perfect for taking camping. 

So, when you consider that, one 20lb bag of Ooni Premium Hardwood Pellets ($24.99) will give you 8-12 hours of cooking time! https://ooni.com/collections/oven-fuel/products/premium-wood-pellets-100-american-oak

As long as you keep your hopper topped up, your oven will stay at a consistently high temperature. Pellets are also very easy to light and they burn cleanly – less cleaning afterward!

You have a wide choice of wood pellets, each of which adds a different smoky flavor to your food. 

What if I Want to Cook Pizzas on Gas?

If you want a gas-powered outdoor pizza oven, you’re out of luck with the Fyra.

However:

Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven Starter Kit and Carry Bag

Fyra Wood-Fired Bundle

If you want to take your pizza oven with you, you might be wondering whether there is a cover or carry bag for the Ooni Fyra.

Good news!

Ooni has specially designed covers for each of their ovens! You can find the cover for the Ooni Fyra 12 here.

Check out the starter kit for $345.99 (at time of writing) and the waterproof carry bag for $39.99.

*Edit 20th December 2020 – Ooni appears to have phased out starter bundles! Noooo! But yes. I can’t find them anymore. Sorry!*

The Fyra pizza oven bundle includes (or used to include):

  • The Ooni Fyra Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza oven
  • Ooni 12″ Pizza Peel
  • Ooni 12″ Bamboo Pizza Peel
  • Ooni Fire Starters
  • 10kg bag of Ooni Premium Wood Pellets – 100% American Oak

Fyra Carry Cover


Fyra Carry Cover

To finish, I just wanted to add this picture because it shows you the different pizza oven models, all nicely lined up.

Gas Burner forPro

Why Ooni Outdoor Pizza Ovens?

As you may have found out, cooking a really great pizza requires really high heat. Ooni‘s pizza ovens get to double the temperature of your normal in-house oven, and they get to this temperature much quicker than your standard oven too.

As we saw above, the Ooni 3 only takes 10 minutes before it’s ready to cook, and the Ooni Fyra takes 15.

It’s also incredibly fast to cook a pizza. A neapolitan-style pizza is cooked in only 60 seconds! It’ll take a bit longer the more toppings you put on but still much quicker than a standard oven.

Ooni Fyra pizza oven

Ooni pizza ovens give you the ability to cook great pizzas for far less money than buying a full-sized wood-fired pizza oven, and many of their ovens can be used as table-top pizza ovens.

It’s really special to pop your Ooni in the middle of the table when you have friends over or you’re having a pizza party, it’s definitely the center of attention.

These ovens are so quick that everyone can cook their own pizza and they don’t even need to wait long, you can line everyone up, get your peel ready, and fire them out!

The Benefits of the Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven

  • Ooni offers a free 3-year warranty if you purchase your Ooni Fyra through their website
  • The Fyra pizza oven cooks delicious pizza in as little as 60 seconds. 
  • It’s fueled by hardwood pellets which help to retain a consistent temperature and high heat. They also cut down on your pizza oven maintenance. 
  • It heats up in only 15 minutes – reaching temperatures as high as 950F (500C). 
  • Pizza size: You can cook a 12-inch pizza which is big enough for the average person. If you need bigger pizzas, you’ll have to look at one of the other Ooni pizza ovens with a bigger cooking surface, like the Koda 16 oven which cooks 16-inch pizzas.
  • The fuel hopper is gravity-fed and automatically feeds your own hardwood pellets for effortless hours of cooking. 
  • Crazy portable – take it with you for tailgating, camping, or to a friend’s house – it weighs only 22 lbs!

One last thing.

Ooni runs out of pizza oven really quickly. Right now, at the end of July 2021 when I updated this article, the Fyra is available with only a 1-2 weeks delay.

Often though, a lot of the pizza ovens are pre-order only. To avoid missing out, either pre-order your pizza oven, or subscribe to be notified when they are available. Ooni Fyra” href=”https://www.outdoorhappens.com/go/ooni-fyra/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-lasso-id=”9053″>Pre-order yours today!

Whether you want to cook a couple of pizzas or lots of pizzas, the Ooni Fyra won’t disappoint.

It’s an extraordinary cooking experience, especially if you share it with friends at a pizza party! Give it a dedicated cooking space with Ooni’s tables, have everyone make their own pizza dough, and fire out a Neapolitan pizza or two!

The Ooni Fyra has an incredibly compact design, which means you can take it with you anywhere.

Pizzas by the lake, anyone?

Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven FAQ

P.s. did you know Ooni changed their name from Uuni?

Oh, and please, once you get your Fyra oven, let me know how you go with the new hopper and the viewing window! Do you think the new Fyra oven is better than the Ooni 3?

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