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. 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? Let’s compare – Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3 – and find out!
It probably comes as no surprise that I love Ooni’s pizza ovens, you can see my other articles and comparisons here:
Here’s the new Fyra (I love that name, by the way!):
Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3
|Ooni Fyra||Ooni 3|
|Fuel:||Wood pellets||Wood pellets|
|Hopper:||Taller hopper holds more fuel for a long burn||Normal hopper.|
|Gas compatibility:||Dedicated pellet oven, it is designed and optimised with pellet cooking in mind!||The Ooni 3 Gas Burner is compatible with large propane tanks (normally used with barbecues), as well as 1lb propane tanks along with a suitable adaptor.|
|Ready to cook in:||15 minutes||10 minutes|
|Max temp:||932 F||932 F|
|Naepoliton pizza in:||60 seconds||60 seconds|
|Size:||29.2 x 15.1 x 28.6″||25.2 x 14.1 x 8.6″ (ex. chimney)|
|Weight (unboxed):||10 kg||10.9 kg|
|Cooking space:||12"||13.2 x 13.2″|
|Construction:||Durable, insulated, powder-coated carbon steel shell||Brushed stainless steel with ceramic fiber insulation|
|Baking board:||0.4″ (10mm) cordierite stone baking board||0.4" (10mm) cordierite stone|
|Delivery:||Free mainland US delivery on orders over $35||Free mainland US delivery on orders over $35|
Differences Between Ooni Fyra and Ooni 3
There is some confusion on Facebook as to what exactly has changed in the Fyra. Not that it really matters, it looks like the Ooni 3 will be phased out, to be completely replaced by the Fyra. *EDIT 24/4/20* I was wrong! The Ooni 3 is now available for pre-orders, shipping expected in May. Will they continue manufacturing the Ooni 3? Time will tell!
I suppose, if you already have an Ooni 3, 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, but below is my list of changes.
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.”
My list of difference in Fyra vs Ooni 3:
- The Ooni Fyra as a new viewing window so you can check on pizzas without opening the door.
- The Fyra 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) to a durable, insulated, powder-coated carbon steel shell (Ooni Fyra).
- No gas compatibility in the Fyra. The Ooni gas burner turned your Ooni 3 (or Karu) into a gas pizza oven for $90, but the Fyra is a dedicated pellet oven.
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!
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 is is not really a step forward in his opinion.
We’re sorry you feel that way! We listened to our community and incorporate in 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 is great. The Fyra 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 the launch videos:
What if I Want to Cook Pizzas on Gas?
Looks like you’re out of luck with the Fyra, but:
- You can look at the Ooni 3 and Ooni Karu, both of which use this gas burner to convert to gas.
- You can also look at the Ooni Pro, which also has a gas burner available for gas pizza cooking. It’s $10 more than the Karu’s but still worth it if you want the versatility.
- And of course, my favorite, the Koda 16 gives you bigger pizzas and is gas-powered by default, as is the standard-sized Ooni Koda.
Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven Starter Kit & Carry Bag
Check out the starter kit for $345.99 (at time of writing) and the waterproof carry bag for $39.99 (not available yet at time of writing, but you can enter your email and Ooni will notify you).
The Fyra bundle includes:
- 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
To finish, I just wanted to add this picture because it shows you the different pizza oven models, all nicely lined-up.
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 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 friends over or you’re having a 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!
One last thing, the Fyra is pre-order and Ooni expects to be shipping them in mid to late May. People have been having trouble securing an Ooni Karu, so don’t miss out, pre-order yours today!
P.s. did you know Ooni changed their name from Uuni?
Oh, and please, once you get your Karu, let me know how you go with the new hopper and the viewing window!