Let us guess.. you want the best of both worlds? Well then you’ve landed the perfect oven! Don’t stress over deciding if a traditional wood burning oven or an efficient gas oven fits your needs when you can have both with a hybrid pizza oven!
Hybrid pizza ovens are the top choice for foodies, chefs and entertainers. Use the gas (natural or propane) for the oven to heat up quickly and then add wood to attain that smoky wood fired flavor. Be the envy of your neighborhood with this authentic addition to your outdoor oasis.
One thing to note with dual fuel pizza ovens is it will require you to have thorough cleanings. Why? This is because using wood creates ash and the ash can clog the gas orifices if not cleaned properly. Regardless of the type of oven you buy, regular cleanings are necessary but especially important with hybrid pizza ovens to maintain that perfect pie of your dreams.
Benefits of Hybrid Pizza Ovens
With the choice of gas or wood fired oven the world is yours! Home late from work and want to quickly make some delicious pizza? Turn on the gas and get to your desired temperature in as little as 20 minutes. Have a little more time to use the wood and get it up to temperature? Your pizza can cook in as little as 90 seconds! Efficiency is key and the options are yours with the hybrid pizza oven models.
Cook more than just pizza in a hybrid pizza oven. Cook up a variety of breads, tailgating foods, desserts and much more! For ideas check out our latest recipes onthe Pro Pizza Ovens blog.
When fruits and vegetables are cooked for shorter durations such as an open flame with the wood fired oven portion of your hybrid oven, the antioxidants and nutrients are higher when compared to longer cooking times in a traditional oven that diminish the nutrients. Make sure to add some vegetables to your next pizza when cooking over the wood fire and enjoy those added health benefits!
Temperatures maintained with Ease
With the option of both you can skip the stress of tending to a fire by using the gas fired oven option. Feeling that wood fired taste without all of the time it takes to get there? Easy with hybrid ovens. Simply, start up your gas fired oven to approximately 650 degrees and switch to the wood fired to bring it up to even higher temperatures.
How to Choose the Right Hybrid Pizza Oven for Your Backyard
A hybrid pizza oven can be the main attraction to your outdoor oasis. Ordering in pizza on a Friday night is a thing of the past when you can have the real thing at the comfort of your home. Think back to the best pizza you’ve ever had. Now you can easily replicate it with a hybrid pizza oven. Impress your guests, family or a romantic date with this dual fuel oven allowing you to have the authentic wood burning choice and the speed of the gas pizza oven.
It isn’t a one size fits all approach when it comes to choosing your new hybrid pizza oven! You’ll want to make sure you go through these questions before you pull the plug on the newest addition to your home.
- Space - Where do you plan to put your hybrid pizza oven? How will you use your oven?
- Size - How many pizzas do you want to be able to cook at one time? What do you plan on cooking in your pizza oven?
- Set up - Do you want your oven to come pre-assembled or do you want to build it yourself?
- Understanding your budget - How much are you looking to spend on your premium oven?
Selecting a Model and Size
Where do you plan to put your gas pizza oven?
The first thing you’re likely to think about when deciding on a hybrid pizza oven is where am I going to showcase this? This is an important part in the decision making process as it will dictate what size oven is ideal for your specific needs.
Make sure when you’re planning that oh so perfect spot to put your new hybrid oven that you ensure a spot for the oven’s chimney to vent out as well as a gas line near-by. This is especially important if you plan to put it under a roof or pergola.
Authentic pizza ovens can be extraordinarily heavy- think around 1000 pounds! For this, you’ll want to ensure you have access to a fork-lift in order to bring your oven from delivery into the perfect place in your outdoor kitchen. If this just isn’t a possibility for you, do not fret! There are DIY Kits that come in pre-assembled pieces. Planning ahead is a crucial step in the buying process when it comes to authentic pizza ovens.
How will you use your oven?
- Personal use and family
- Entertaining large groups and parties
- Pizza, Pizza, and MORE PIZZA!
Cooking a plethora of different recipes in the oven. Thanksgiving Turkey for the family? Vegan burger for your niece? How about aspooky halloween pizza for the kiddos? I want to try it all!
How many pizzas do you want to be able to cook at one time?
Regardless of what anyone told you, size does matter! Depending on the size of the oven you choose, will be dependent on how many pies you can cook up at one time. Throwing a pizza party for game night? Cooking up an authentic meal for two? How about a pizza station for the kiddos' next birthday? Make sure you get the size of oven that matches your needs.
- Small ovens: One 12 inch pizza
These small dual fuel ovens are a great option for someone who lives by themselves and occasionally wants to cook up some delicious pies.
- Medium ovens: Two to four 12 inch pizzas
Medium ovens are perfect for small families or even entertaining small groups of people.
- Large ovens: Four to six 12 inch pizzas
Large ovens are the ideal choice for larger families and all of your entertaining needs!
Do you want your oven to come pre-assembled or do you want to build it yourself?
- Advantages to the DIY Kits are that they come customizable. If you’re looking to build the oven into your space then a DIY kit is for you. It is important to note that these kits will come with pre assembled pieces and instructions that you will need to build yourself.
- Advantages to the pre-assembled ovens is convience. Your oven will arrive to you fully handcrafted and ready to use (after you cure it of course!). Please note for this option you will need a fork-lift or a bob-cat with forks so you can move the oven to its desired location. Remember these authentic ovens can be extremely heavy!
Understanding Your Budget
How much are you looking to spend on your premium oven?
Prices range from $5,999 to $8,999 for premium hybrid ovens.
Propane or Natural Gas?
Typically, hybrid ovens will come set up with propane gas, but you have the option to convert it to natural gas. You’ll want to decide this at the time of purchase. Now, how to choose? Glad you asked. The first question you will need to ask yourself is do you have a natural gas line that you can tap into? If the answer is no then skip the rest of this section because propane will be the way to go! If yes, keep reading our list of pros and cons for you to make the best choice for your specific needs.
With the natural gas option you never have to worry about running out of fuel! Plus one for natural gas for convenience.
For propane, you want to make sure you always keep two backup tanks on hand. Imagine cooking at a gathering you put together. Everything is going awesome, you’re whipping up pies left and right! All of the sudden the tank goes out in the middle of cooking and you don’t have a spare. This can be a huge bummer.
However, one thing to keep in mind for hybrid ovens is if the gas goes out you can always switch to wood burning! A huge plus for dual fuel ovens in our book!
Here is one less thing to make a decision about - there is no significant difference when it comes to performance for natural vs. propane gas.
The area in which you live can make a difference when it comes to cost. Make sure to do some research on your specific area prior when making a decision based on cost. Also, based on the fuel market, cost can frequently fluctuate.
For propane gas, you can typically expect to pay approximately $40-50 dollars for a 20lb tank. You can choose if you would like to refill or exchange it. The costs are approximately $3-4 dollars for a refill or $4-5 dollars for an exchange. Whereas, natural gas will run you $.50 to $2 per therm. However, this typically does not include any monthly fees.
Upfront costs for propane? Zero! For the natural gas option, you will need to pay to have someone tap into your natural gas line.
All in all, we cannot make the decision for you when it comes to propane vs. natural gas as it can vary widely for each individual based on your geographical location and your ability to tap into a natural gas line. Use this as a guide when deciding which is best for your needs.