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ideaswoman 10-07-2009 10:23 PM

Steel, brick or clay WFO?
I have spent weeks researching options for a portable pizza oven. As I rent, it needs to portable and not too heavy.

Can you please give your opinions on this steel oven which the guy makes himself: Small Steel Oven

I like the fact that I can cook next to the coals or just in the top box when I do not want so much of smoke penetrating the food.

The Koala brand oven sold in Australia comes from the US and I am assuming made in China.
Koala Oven |
Outdoor Wood Fired Oven

I am concerned a portable clay oven will crack.

I have spent much time on this forum reading all the archives and do value members comments.

dmun 10-08-2009 04:07 AM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
There was some discussion of the aromatic embers oven on another forum:

Aromatic Embers

As for me: It seems exactly like cooking pizza on a pizza stone in a barbeque, albeit with a little more insulation. Most of the people who try to cook pizza that way, complain that it's hard to cook the top of the pizza without burning the bottom, since the source of heat is below.

It seems like a very expensive barbeque to me: I'd seriously want to cook on one before spending any actual money on this.

By the way, smoke flavor? Proper ovens operate at a temperature where they are virtually smokeless during pizza cooking.

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-08-2009 04:13 AM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
I havent taken the time to read it all yet, (i will) but just going thru the pics, I like the guy who makes his own ovens.. They look much sturdier... And If he isnt far from you maybe you can go visit him and see them for yourself..... I would always reather buy something I can personally see,,,, rather than over the internet...

ideaswoman 10-08-2009 03:40 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
Thanks for this advice. As this is a lot of money, I do want to make the correct choice and make amazing pizza. I would be buying sight-unseen. I have seen the Koala in a bbq store and the price is double of Aromatic Embers which is just ridiculous.

At present I am cooking pizza on the bbq with a tile. Negative is the fact bbq is 4 burner and so I am using too much gas to keep temp up and then to get temp up, bbq frame has warped and knobs have melted! I paid $600 AUD 10 years ago for this bbq and it is not a cheapy. I may even consider a small egg/weber style.

I will read the other other thread.


ideaswoman 10-08-2009 03:44 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
I had already read that post on pizzamaking but thanks for the link - very helpful!

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-08-2009 05:28 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
Do you have a yard where you rent ?? can you bauild an adobe oven... not to pricey and it works.... Im guessing you would have to knock it down when you leave..


ideaswoman 10-08-2009 06:04 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
Yes Mark, I have a good size yard but as we are not very 'handy' people I can see many problems and domestic disputes arising :P

I had considered a cob oven and have read up extensively about this.

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-08-2009 06:31 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
Check out this thread from Uganda,,,,

You would be amazed what can be done with a pile of mid and no money.....


ideaswoman 10-08-2009 07:12 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
OMGosh, that is amazing! Thanks for link, truly inspirational!

ThisOldGarageNJ 10-08-2009 07:52 PM

Re: Steel, brick or clay WFO?
Isnt it amazing what can be done when you reall want too.....

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