An outdoor pizza oven is not only the ideal tool for making delicious homemade pizza, but it’s also fun to use. Nothing beats a pizza night on the deck or in the backyard with friends and family. And I’ve hosted them countless times with my Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven.

As a professional baker and pizza oven enthusiast, I’ve tested six different pizza oven options on the market including Solo Stove, the Ooni Volt and the Ooni Karu 12G. I’ve owned the Ooni Koda for over a year now. This is definitely one of the top ovens I go back to every time I’m cooking pizzas.

What is the Oona Koda 16?

The Ooni Koda 16 is a gas-powered pizza oven. It has a connecting gas hose that hooks up to a small propane tank like your regular home barbecue. The exterior of the pizza oven is covered with a powder coating. This gives it a sleek design while also making it weather-resistant. The oven reaches incredibly high temperatures and has plenty of space to cook homemade pizzas. You can also use this versatile oven for cooking with cast iron for a variety of other meals.

We Tried It

Ooni Koda 16

This gas-powered outdoor pizza oven reaches up to 950 degrees and is designed for large pizzas, meats, fish and vegetables.

Ooni Koda 16 Features

The Koda 16 is constructed from carbon steel, which makes it incredibly durable. My oven actually accidentally fell out of a truck during a move and it was perfectly fine. The thick steel creates great insulation to keep heat in, and the wide opening at the front makes it easy to turn pizzas.

This is one of the largest pizza ovens in the Ooni line-up, so it’s not ideal for someone hoping to save on space. However, that extra space inside always comes in handy for me, and at just under 40 pounds, it’s still movable to be able to store or even take out for tailgating.

The cordierite stone provides a beautiful cooking surface, and it heats up quickly to allow for that fast 30-second cook on the base of the pizza. From there, I turn it a few times to cook the toppings and finish the crust—it only takes about 90 seconds to fully cook a pizza from launch to finish. Once cooked, I like to pull the pizza out of the oven and let it rest for a minute or two before grabbing my pizza cutter and digging in.

How We Tested It


The Ooni Koda 16 is one of the easiest pizza ovens to set up. It shipped in a large cardboard box with plenty of padding. Once it arrives, all you have to do is open the box and pull the entire unit out. Extend the three folding legs, unwrap and gently place the cordierite stone inside. Attach the gas hose and you’re ready to fire it up! Set up the oven on a heat-safe surface for cooking. Ooni recommends a seasoning process for the first use of your oven. I lit my oven and let it sit on high heat for 30 minutes before using it.

Lighting the Pizza Oven

The Ooni Koda 16 has an ignition and temperature dial on the side of the oven. Once the gas tank is flowing, it’s quick and simple to turn the knob to ignite the burner. However, it’s important to stand to the side of the oven rather than in front—you’ll keep clear of the rush of heat that comes out. Once the oven is lit, I keep it on high to allow it to preheat for 20 minutes. I like to cook my pizzas right around 750 degrees, so I always let the stone heat up accordingly and check the temperature with an infrared thermometer to make sure it’s hot enough before the first launch.

Cooking Pizzas

The Ooni Koda 16 was the first pizza oven I ever used, and there was a bit of a learning curve at the beginning. It’s crucial to prep the dough with plenty of semolina or flour to keep it from sticking to the pizza peel. However, you don’t want too much of that flour going into the pizza oven and burning the bottom of your pie. To avoid that, I always use a perforated pizza peel, which lets the excess flour slide out before launching the pizza.

Once a pizza is in the oven, it takes about 30 seconds for the bottom of the crust to set, thanks to the heat of the pizza stone. I always cook with my flame on medium for better flexibility. The Ooni Koda 16 has an L-shaped burner, so the live flame is only on the left and back of the oven. I have found this design makes it much simpler to cook and turn your pizza without having to worry too much about burning it. The extra cooking surface area definitely helps out with that, allowing you to keep the pizza in the heat while avoiding the live flame.

Cooking Other Items

While pizza is the number one food I cook in my Ooni Koda 16, I’ve also used this oven for a variety of other things. I’ve cooked apple crisps in this oven in a cast iron skillet, as well as used it to make incredibly juicy burgers and flavorful chicken. This can also be achieved in the Koda 12, but I’ve found that the extra surface area of the Koda 16 makes it that much easier.


Easy to set up
Gas-powered for ease of use
Reaches 950 degrees
16-inch cooking area provides plenty of space
Durable carbon steel construction with folding legs


Pizza tools and Ooni accessories sold separately
Learning curve at first with the live flame


Is the Ooni 16 better than the 12?

While I haven’t tested the Ooni Koda 12 on my own, I have tested other 12-inch Ooni models. I love the functionality of the electric Ooni Volt, or choosing between gas and wood in the Ooni Karu 12G. However, the extra cooking space in the Koda 16 makes all the difference to me. You can certainly still make smaller pizzas, but the extra room makes for easy turning or for placing a cast iron skillet or griddle in the oven.

Can I use the Ooni 16 indoors?

Use the Ooni Koda 16 for outdoor use only. It is fueled by gas from a propane tank, which should not be utilized indoors. The Ooni Volt is the only model from Ooni that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Using the Ooni pizza steel is another great option for indoor cooking.

What Other Reviewers Had to Say

Curious what others have to say about the Ooni Koda 16? Verified Amazon purchaser Stewart Fox said it’s a great pizza oven. “This is a terrific product. First, it came very well packaged. There is virtually no setup. It’s easy to use, cooks pizzas very fast and they come out great. The first pizza I made came out good, by the fourth, they were coming out perfect. Really happy with this product. Highly recommended.”

Another five-star reviewer, Chris, noted that it has become part of a pizza tradition at his house. “My kids and I regularly make mini pizzas on this thing. It’s easy to operate and works great. There’s a bit of a learning curve when making pizza, but the oven part of it was easy and reliable and fun.”

Product Comparison

The Ooni pizza oven line-up includes two options with a 16-inch cooking area. The Ooni Karu 16 allows for cooking with wood, charcoal and gas, while the Ooni Koda 16 allows for cooking with gas only. There’s a bit more of a learning curve with the other models, especially due to the flame placement and if you plan to cook with other fuel sources. If you’re hoping for ease of use, gas is the simplest. You get temperature and flame regulation for perfectly cooked pies.

The Ooni Koda 12 and Ooni Koda 16 are virtually the same. The main differences are portability and the cooking area. The Koda 16 offers better versatility to move food around in the oven without being confined, ultimately making it simpler to use. Other brands such as the Solo Stove Pi Prime and Cuisinart pizza oven are highly rated by our team of reviewers, but they still have a smaller cooking surface area.

Final Verdict

If you’re searching for a pizza oven to add to your backyard or patio setup, the Ooni Koda 16 is a great option. Because of its 16-inch cooking area, it is easier to use than many other models, whether you’re cooking pizzas or using it for other foods. Cooking with gas allows for great heat regulation, overall resulting in the best pizza-making experience for beginners looking to hone their craft.

Where to Buy the Ooni Koda 16

We Tried It

Ooni Koda 16

This gas-powered outdoor pizza oven reaches up to 950 degrees and is designed for large pizzas, meats, fish and vegetables.

Ready to launch? While you may find a great pizza oven sale, the Ooni Koda 16 typically retails for $599 and can be purchased on Ooni’s website among other retailers. Once it arrives, all that’s left to do is gather your favorite pizza toppings!

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