Ooni Koda 16 Review

Just like me, you must wonder if there is a better alternative to eating frozen pizza from the grocery store or ordering an expensive pizza from a pizza parlor. 

My mouth is not watering when I think of eating yet another frozen pizza, and the ten dollar bill in my pocket surely won't do when eating at the neighborhood pizzeria. 

There has got to be a better answer for an easy meal after working hard all week long. 

Back yard parties, camper's delight, a nice hot pizza is in my sight.

A pizza oven can solve all of your pizza cooking problems, and cravings.

Don't underestimate yourself. Both you and I are fully capable of making a delicious pizza in our own backyard, on our back patio, or at our favorite campsite.

Easy to set up and start

Easy to tote around, the Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven can become a camper's dream come true. Open the box, pull out your oven, hook up the propane gas tank, and turn her on. Take mom's pizza dough and all the fixings out of the cooler and dive right in. A good solid table is all you need to set up this handy oven.

After preheating your Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven, it's ready to roll. The outside of the oven is hot so keep the children a good four feet away. Once you've assembled your pizza on your crack resistant cordierite baking stone that comes with the oven, slide it into the oven.

Cooking pizza

Sweet Caroline, it's time to cook. One whole minute is all it takes after you preheat it. Remember, because it takes such a short time to cook, your pizza will be ready before you know it. Be sure to give the pizza a quick turn while it's cooking so it won't burn around the edges.

Cooking food other than pizza

Packing up your vehicle for a week end or a week long camping trip has never been easier. The pizza oven's opening is big enough for your favorite cast iron frying pan so you can cook breakfast, lunch or dinner in it. Just be sure to take along your favorite oven mitt and some paper plates, and dig right in.

I can smell the bacon cooking, or is that a mouth watering steak that I smell? The only thing you can't cook in your Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven is the coffee. Wait a minute. Maybe you can.

The extra wide opening in the 16 pizza oven allows for you to use your cast iron skillet to cook a steak, hamburger, that breakfast bacon I mentioned earlier, or any kind of roasted veggies. Just be sure to use your oven mitt so you don't get burned because a cast iron frying pan handle will get hot.

Clean up

Clean up is a breeze. Just like the chefs use, a perforated, or not perforated, pizza peel is a must have. As an add on accessory, it's definitely worth the extra money. Just slide it underneath the pizza to remove it from the oven.  

What's included in the box

Recipes and how to tips are included in the manual that comes in the box. You also get the proper accessories needed to hook up your propane. Its gas regulator is much like the control knob on your kitchen stove. If you'd rather not use propane, there are natural gas conversion kits available at Ooni.

Pros & Cons

Yes, of course there are pros and cons to the Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven just as there are for anything you buy. What are they? The list is not a long one, so don't worry about that.


  • 16" opening for making large pizzas. 
  • Extended 3 year warranty when you register your oven
  • It's easy to take to a ball game or on a camping trip, although it's hot after your meal is cooked.
  • The legs fold up which makes it easy to store, and it only weighs about 40 lbs. so even mom can set it up.


  • Burn time is one minute. Not really. Just watch your pizza carefully, rotating it so the crust doesn't burn.
  • Twenty minutes to preheat.


The three year warranty covers just about everything you can think of, but because it's so well built there should not be any reason to return it, although you can if you need to. Even the baking stone won't crack so this handy item can't be easily damaged.

Where to use

As a precautionary measure, the Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven should not be used in the house. Not in the kitchen or the pantry, or inside the camper either. It's an outdoor patio or backyard oven only. Because it's fueled on propane there's no messy charcoal or wood to clean up, but of course there are people who prefer to use natural gas. A conversion kit is available if you prefer to use it instead of propane.

Tips and tricks

Here are some tips I've learned from people who have their own pizza oven. One guy said that he prefers to buy a chunk of mozzarella cheese and grate it himself, then he sprays it with olive oil. Another person said that he didn't have to assemble the oven when he got it. When he took it out of the box, it was already assembled. Another said he liked the three legged design because it kept it from wobbling on an uneven surface like a oven does that has four legs.


I'm certain that you will find other satisfying results when you cook your pizza on the Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven. Because it cooks quickly, there's no waiting around when company comes over. The preheat time is like that of the oven on your kitchen stove, around 20 minutes. Just preheat the oven first, before your guests arrive. There's no long wait time like there is when you order for delivery, and no restless children waiting to be fed.

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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