Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

There is nothing quite like the lip-smacking taste of freshly-baked pizza. While most ovens are large and difficult to move, Ooni Karu can be taken anywhere. What’s more, this portable oven can bake the perfect pizza in just 60 seconds.

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu
Ooni Karu portable pizza oven
  • What is the best temperature for baking pizza? Traditional and commercial ovens reach 700–800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Why do pizza ovens need to be so hot? The intense heat cooks the dough and melts the cheese without burning or drying the pizza.
  • Can you use a pizza oven to bake other food? Absolutely. The Ooni Karu portable oven is great for vegetables, meat, and fish, along with pizza.

Although frozen pizza serves the purpose of convenience, it is nothing like the traditional Italian dish. Even if the ingredients were all the same, the cooking process is drastically different. To produce the kind of lip-smacking thin crust pizza you enjoy in Italian restaurants, you need a seriously hot oven. Ooni Karu can reach 932°F, meaning your pizza cooks perfectly in 60 seconds. In addition, this portable oven can be taken anywhere — perfect for camping trips and summer parties.

How big are pizza ovens?

The pizza ovens you find in commercial restaurants are pretty huge. They are designed to bake many pizzas at one time, after all. The ovens can be even larger in Italy, as they are built from stone.

In contrast, the Ooni Karu is tiny. Made from ceramic fiber-insulated stainless steel with a detachable chimney, it measures just 30 inches wide and 31 inches long. The whole thing stands on sturdy metal legs that fold for transport.

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

Ooni Karu is made from insulated stainless steel

But size isn’t everything. Whereas your standard home oven many only reach 500 degrees, this tiny beast can reach 932 degrees in just 15 minutes. You can choose between wood and charcoal as your power source, and the chimney can be adjusted for temperature control.

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

You get full control over temperature

Once Ooni Karu is hot, you can slide your pizza onto the supplied stone baking board. In just 60 seconds, it will be ready to eat. Alternatively, you can roast vegetables, meat and fish to enjoy that wood-fired taste.

Perfect pizza

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

Bake perfect pizzas with Ooni Karu

To make a pizza oven so small, you need to make some really smart design choices.

For instance, Ooni Karu has a perforated fuel tray. This allows for better air circulation, meaning the flames burn hotter. Once the fuel has been used, the remaining ash simply falls through the gaps.

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

Use your the fuel of your choice

Making the legs foldable and the chimney detachable means you can take this oven virtually anywhere. It comes with a carry bag, so you can easily take it into the woods or around your campsite. With a separate adapter, you can even run Ooni Karu on gas.

“Ooni Karu delivers an unparalleled outdoor cooking experience. Designed for optimum airflow and maximum heat retention, it features a ceramic fiber-insulated stainless steel body, an extra-thick stone baking board and patented Flame Keeper technology.” — Ooni on Kickstarter

What we ❤️

Bake perfect pizza in the great outdoors with Ooni Karu

Ooni Karu is very easy to use and clean

Everyone loves pizza, and this oven lets you enjoy an authentic flavor experience wherever you go. You could even keep it in the car for hunger emergencies!

Future upgrades

Although portability is obviously important, we would love to see a slightly larger version of the Ooni Karu oven at some point. Twelve inches isn’t always enough!


– Kickstarter: Until September 26

– Pledge: $229 USD

– Delivery: February 2019

Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.


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