The Blackstone Griddle is an icon for those who love outdoor cooking, whether it’s used to whip up hash browns for breakfast or a batch of smash burgers. Now, the barbecue brand has entered the line of outdoor pizza ovens with its propane-powered Blackstone Pizza Oven.
As a pizza enthusiast, I make pies once a week in my backyard. I’ve also tested numerous pizza ovens, including the best-selling Ooni Koda 16 and the all-electric Ooni Volt. To see just how Blackstone’s pizza oven compares, I put it to the test.
What is the Blackstone Pizza Oven?
The Blackstone Pizza Oven is a gas-powered oven that hooks up to a propane tank. It utilizes a hose and connectorthe same setup as with a regular barbecue. The pizza oven is almost all black with a stainless steel interior and looks very similar to a gas grill.
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Blackstone Pizza Oven
Two-stone technology with a rotating bottom stone generates even cooking.
It has a front ignition switch and heat regulation dial along with a power button. Inside there is a large rotating pizza stone, as well as a pizza stone on the top of the oven. It has a wide opening at the front and space to cook 16-inch pizzas. And, in the right cookware, you can prep other items such as steak, salmon or wings.
The Blackstone Pizza Oven is sold with a stand and includes a pizza peel, but all other pizza-making tools and accessories are sold separately.
Blackstone Pizza Oven Features
The Blackstone Pizza Oven is sold either with a stand or a mobile cart. These units are crucial because of the design of the powerful, heavy pizza oven. While this means that the pizza oven takes up more space, the wheeled cart is helpful for moving the pizza oven around your backyard and patio. The oven can also sit on a heat-safe countertop or table, but because of its weight, it’s likely that two people will need to move it together.
The burner is very powerful, putting out a lot of heat. This makes it so the pizza oven’s exterior gets quite hot as well. Even standing two feet away from the front of the oven, you can feet the heat. This burner makes a significant difference in cooking pizzas because the small live flame is housed underneath and to the side of the pizza stone. It eliminates the need to worry about whether the crust of your pizza will touch a live flame.
The rotating stone is operated by a small motor which can be powered by either plugging it in or using batteries. For those who are new to making pizzas in an outdoor oven, it could be a useful tool, eliminating the need to think about turning as often. However, it sill is necessary to stand and watch pizzas cook because the high heat cooks them very fast.
How We Tested It
Set-Up and Assembly
The Blackstone Pizza Oven is incredibly heavy, weighing 140 pounds once assembled with the stand. The assembly is definitely best with two people, especially once it’s time to position the pizza oven onto the stand. To get the pizza oven ready for use, you have to attach the feet, screw in the handles, attach pieces for the rotisserie to rotate the pizza stone and attach the motor. Building the stand requires quite a bit of assembly to build the walls and attach the wheels. Once the stand is built, simply lift the oven component on top. Overall, the assembly wasn’t too tricky, but it did take over an hour to put together and ready for use.
Lighting the Burner
For my first few uses, it took several tries to ignite and light the burner. Once I turned the ignition switch, I had to hold the dial in a specific spot to keep it lit long enough to maintain a flame. After a few tries, I got the hang of it, and this was no longer an issue. Once lit, I turned the heat regulator up to high to preheat the oven. The high-pressure burner is incredibly strong and puts out a lot of heat. It’s also surprisingly loud on high. Preheating the oven took only 15 minutes to reach 900 degrees.
Looking at the built-in thermometer, the pizza oven was at 700 degrees. However, when I checked the temperature with an infrared thermometer to see what the stone was at, it was over 800 degrees. With the rotating pizza stone powered on, I launched my pizzas into the oven with no issues. The wide opening makes it simple, especially for 12-inch pizzas. The pizza stone rotates throughout the cooking process, which only takes 60 to 90 seconds depending on the toppings used for each pizza tested. This rotation eliminates the need for a pizza turner, making for even browning. The fact that the pizza won’t come in contact with a live flame makes a difference as well.
While the pizzas I tested cooked beautifully on the crust and top, I did have an issue with the amount of char on the base of the crust. For all of the pizzas I make, in any pizza oven, I use coarse organic wheat flour, which helps to prevent the dough from sticking to the pizza. I used the same amount as I would for any other pizza oven. However, because of the incredibly high heat, I ended up with far more charring on the base of my crust than usual. For some, this isn’t an issue, but it does point to just how hot this pizza oven gets.
The high-pressure burner pumps out an incredible amount of heat, even while cooking with it on low. Once I let the pizza oven cool down for a bit, I had better luck cooking pizzas with less charring. The pizza peel included with the pizza oven also played a role in how much flour was transferred into the pizza oven while cooking. Blackstone sells a perforated pizza peel that would help with this issue significantly. It’s one of our favorite Blackstone accessories!
Cooks 16-inch pizzas very quicklyUnique rotating stoneno need for a turner!No live flame within the cooking spaceComes with pizza peel, but may want to supplement it with a perforated peel
Very heavy so it’s not conveniently portableLearning curve to maintain temperature
How long does it take to cook a pizza in a Blackstone Pizza Oven?
The time it takes to cook a pie in a Blackstone Pizza Oven depends on the crust thickness and topping choices. For most pizzas, it will take 60 to 90 seconds to cook. You’ll be able to use your pizza cutter and grab a slice in no time.
Can you put a pizza oven on a Blackstone Griddle?
Blackstone sells another type of pizza oven that can be used with a Blackstone Griddle. The conversion kit sits on top of a griddle to transfer and retain heat, allowing you to cook pizzas on a stone within the chamber. The stand-alone Blackstone Pizza Oven cannot sit on top of a griddle.
What else can you cook in a Blackstone Pizza Oven?
While the Blackstone Pizza Oven is designed for cooking pizzas at high temperatures, you can use this addition to the backyard to cook just about anything. You can put a cast iron pan in the pizza oven and cook steaks, burgers, chicken wings and salmon.
What Other Reviewers Had to Say
Blackstone lovers are shouting praises for this pizza oven. Reviewer Ray says there was a bit of a learning curve at first, but now the oven is cooking amazing pizzas. “Installation of the pizza oven was simple but give yourself time to not rush through this process as it will save you time having to go back and rebuild your oven. Directions were easy to understand. Have now cooked 10 to 12 pizzas and while there is a learning curve to get to that perfect pizza. Once you get you will experience amazing pizza. I have really enjoyed using my pizza oven. I know it is an investment but well worth it. Can’t wait to try other cooks!”
Reviewer Rick noted that this pizza oven is as close to plug-and-play as you can get. “With so many pizza ovens on the market right now I debated long and hard as to which one to purchase. Which fuel, what size, etc… Ultimately I decided that pizza night should be fun and not work so I chose this one. After a few Friday night pizza gatherings, I am confident that I made the right choice. This unit comes to temperature ready to cook in approx. 10 minutes and stays there with no tinkering needed. The rotating stone is fantastic as it allows you to be prepping the next pizza while the one in the oven is cooking evenly (without the constant turning).”
The Blackstone Pizza Oven certainly heats up to high enough temperatures to cook delicious pizzas at home in just 60 seconds. However, in comparison to other popular pizza oven options on the market, it is a significantly different design. Ooni pizza ovens, Solo Stove and the Gozney Roccbox all use gas burners to produce a live flame on their pizza ovens. The heat from this flame radiates throughout the oven to heat up the stone and cook the top of a pizza.
The key difference with the Blackstone Pizza Oven is that it’s heated by a burner, which is located out of the way of the pizza stone, eliminating any worry about contact with a live flame. The rotation of the pizza stone is also unique to the Blackstone Pizza Oven design. This pizza oven produces similar results as others on the market, including Ooni pizza ovens. It has a no-fuss design so you don’t have to think as much about watching or turning your pizza while cooking.
The Blackstone Pizza Oven is very different from the other pizza oven models I’ve tested. While Ooni, Gozney and Solo Stove are individually unique, each brand’s pizza oven is relatively similar in design with a live flame and a base pizza stone. Blackstone did something entirely different with its pizza oven design. For those looking for portability, this is not the best option out there. However, for those looking for a no-fuss pizza oven experience where you can rely on a rotating pizza stone to do much of the work for you, this is definitely a good fit. It’s also helpful for those who already love Blackstone griddles and want to complete their outdoor kitchen set-up.
Where to Buy the Blackstone Pizza Oven
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Blackstone Pizza Oven
Temperatures reach over 900 degrees and cook a pizza in as little as 90 seconds.
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