Ooni Fyra 12 Review – The Best Wood Pellet Oven

I’m a foodie, but my desire to make specialty foods is restricted by the limited amount of space in my small apartment. I am always on the lookout for space-saving solutions that don’t require skimping on quality.

This is what prompted me to give the Ooni Fyra 12 pizza oven a try. Do you wish you could make authentic wood-fired dishes but lack the space for a traditional outdoor oven? If so, you may want to check out the Ooni Fyra 12.

The first thing I noticed about the Ooni Fyra 12 is how compact and light it is. I have only a small outdoor area behind my apartment, and there’s not enough room for a full-sized oven.

Even in the package, the Ooni Fyra was light. Once unpacked, it was even lighter, proving easy to lift and move around on my own.

Assembly and getting started

I’m a foodie, not an assembly expert, so I always dread new items that say “assembly required.” (I have an almost complete lack of talent for reading instruction manuals).

But even I was able to put together the Ooni Fyra 12 with ease. It’s all laid out cleanly and simply in the easy-to-read instructions. Just slot in the cordierite stone into the double-insulated, powder-coated steel of the main body of the oven, and fold down the legs which are packaged folded in.

Then set the door into place, twist on the vent pipes, and slide the fuel tray into the back, and… voila! Your oven is ready for your first creation. I was relieved at how easy it was.

The fully assembled oven was just twenty-seven inches long by nineteen inches wide, which is perfect for someone with limited space like I have.

What’s best, it folds back up for storage easily after use. I feel like the life of the product will be extended by storing it instead of just leaving it out in the elements.

Lighting the oven

I have a low brick wall at the back of my outdoor space, and it proved the perfect height for setting up the Ooni Fyra.

The oven is powered by wood pellets. I went through them fairly quickly. You’ll want to have more on hand for regular use. It does heat up, so heed the warnings on the label about giving it plenty of space and a non-flammable surface.

Lighting was easy with a fire starter and a bit of newspaper. I was surprised by how quickly the oven got to 400 degrees. But take note: keeping it at that temperature requires feeding it more wood pellets. If you want your pizza cooked evenly, keep an eye on the temperature.

But what about the pizza?

Enough about the set-up… what about the pizza? If you’re a fan of pizza made in a wood-fired oven, you’ll find a lot to love in the Ooni Fyra.

For the most part, if you’ve made homemade pizza before, the Ooni Fyra will be intuitive. There are just a couple of things that are different with the smaller oven, so I’ll flag those for you.

One, note the amount of cooking space available is appropriate for more of a personal-sized pizza than a pizza to share. So you may want to save this for smaller groups and not a large gathering.

To start with, I chose one of my favorite personal pizza recipes: a Margherita with extra basil sprinkled on. Be sure to flour the pizza peel and turn the pizza several times to cook it evenly.

When I lived in a larger home, we made pizza in the outdoor oven regularly, and the ones I’ve made in the Ooni Fyra stack up well in terms of flavor and ease of cooking. The Ooni Fyra is now one of my go-to's for a quick and flavorful meal. 

Pros & Cons

Overall, I am pleased with my Ooni Fyra. As someone who loves the flavors of homemade foods, I appreciate the ability to still make my favorites despite my small space. That said, you’ll be more likely to feel good about your purchase if you weight the pros and cons. Here are a few of mine.

  • You can’t beat the price. I’ve shopped around for wood-fired ovens and the Ooni Fyra is a great value.
  • Easy to assemble. If assembly is your nemesis, as it is with me, you will be grateful for how easily the Ooni is put together out of the box.
  • Stylish. The design is sleek and compliments most styles of décor.
  • Compact. If you need to conserve space but still crave homemade pizza made in a wood-fired oven, the Ooni is the perfect fit. 
  • Cooks up a great pizza. What it sacrifices in size in no way detracts from flavor. The pizza you make in the Ooni has that smoky, wood-fired flavor to it. Delish.
  • Easy to store. If you want to keep your outdoor space neat and uncluttered, the Ooni comes with a handy bag you can use to fold it down and store it when it is not in use.
  • Size. I know I mentioned “compact” as one of its pros… how can it also be a con? It all depends on your expectations. If you want to make family-sized pizzas or host a pizza party, the Ooni may not be the right oven for you. You can’t make anything bigger than a personal-size pizza in it. But if that’s all you’re looking to make, it gets the job done.
  • Heat. The Ooni gets hot. Extremely hot. Be mindful to place it out of reach of pets and kids and be sure not to touch the exterior accidentally.
  • Need for fuel. I found that the Ooni went through pellets quickly, so be sure to have enough on hand to cook everything you want to. It’s a bummer to run out of fuel halfway through cooking up your meal!
  • Evenness of cooking. You’ll need to rotate your pizza to get even color, and this requires vigilance. I did fine on my first one, but on my second I got distracted and one side got more charred than the other. So you’ll need to watch the pizza as it cooks.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my Ooni. Thanks to it, I’ve added flavorful, healthy, homemade pizzas back into my repertoire. It’s my Sunday afternoon treat. If you’re in the market for a wood-fired pizza oven and want to get started without the high expense of some of the bigger ovens, pick up an Ooni Fyre 12 today.

About the author

Kyle Jacobs, the creator of artisanpizzaovens.net, has been cooking for a very long time but has been specializing in artisan pizzas for the the past 10 years. He lives in Denver Colorado with his wife and 5 year old daughter who happens to be his official tester for new pizza ideas.

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