I put 16 backyard pizza ovens through rigorous testing using my gas line during weekends to identify the ones that truly meet my criteria: performance, convenience, safety, and crush result. It involved more than 100 hours of hands-on testing, all with a simple yet delicious pizza – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves.
The results revealed my top 5 choices. If, after reading my review, you still need help making the right choice, feel free to send me a message.
Most pizza ovens are not designed to work with natural gas.
Getting one that works with your gas line and cooks like a brick oven can be a dream come true.
So, I personally tested several devices on my backyard gas line, cooking a simple pair of pizzas to evaluate their performance.
I’ll also provide recommendations on who should consider a specific model and who might want to steer clear.
Stick around, and together, we’ll uncover the best outdoor natural gas pizza oven for an exceptional pizza-baking experience and outstanding results.
✅Our Natural Gas Pizza Oven Picks
- Best Overall [Ooni Koda 16 Gas Pizza Oven]
- Best Premium [Gozney Roccbox Gas Fired Pizza Oven]
- Best Value [Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven]
- Best Portable [Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven]
- Best Hybrid [Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven]
⭐Best Natural Gas Pizza Oven Review
1. Ooni Koda 16 Gas Pizza Oven
After testing a bunch of pizza ovens, the Ooni Koda 16 takes the top spot as the best natural gas pizza oven on the market.
During my extensive testing, this appliance was the easiest to set up and hook to my gas line since it came preassembled with literally everything necessary.
It came with a 4”WC pressure regulator you’ll need to connect to the gas line using a wrench.
Next, attach the 3.4m hose included in the package to the regulator’s outlet and connect the other end to the pizza oven.
It’s important to check for leaks before firing up the oven. I applied a solution of soapy water to all connections and looked for bubbles. There wasn’t, if there were I would tighten the loose connection with the wrench.
The Koda 16 boasts an attractive design and top-notch engineering. It’s made with stainless steel and powder-coated, cold-rolled steel, guaranteeing durability.
With a large mouth opening and a 16-inch cordierite stone, Ooni claims this unit bakes up to 16 inch pizza. However, I found it optimal for pizzas up to 14 inches to avoid potential burning due to the proximity to the L-shaped burner.
Talking of its L-shaped burner, its performance is hands down the best I’ve seen. I noticed it delivers intense heat, raising the stone’s temperature from 72°F to 813°F in a record time of 15 minutes 32 seconds.
However, the stone temperature was not consistent. The areas closest to the burner are usually hotter, creating a hotspot. Thereby, necessitating that I turn pizzas every 20 seconds.
With the deck temperature at 800°F, I baked three classic cheese pizzas back to back to see how it performs without allowing the oven to recover. I was impressed with its cooking consistency. The first, second and third pizza cooked in 1 minute 11 seconds, 1 minute 40 seconds and 2 minutes 15 seconds respectively.
The pizzas had crisp crust with charming char marks, puffy edges featuring leopard spots and evenly melted cheese. Based on my experience, I recommend maintaining a safe distance from the L-shaped burner and turning the pizza every 20 seconds to avoid burning.
What I Like
- Quick preheating
- Premium construction
- Easy setup
What I Don’t Like
- Not ideal for 16-inch pizza
2. Gozney Roccbox Gas Fired Pizza Oven
After testing about a dozen pizza ovens, Gozney Roccbox is the only product that comes very close to the Koda 16.
This oven screams elegance and best-in-class engineering.
If you have a penchant for premium appliances, you’d be glad I recommended the Gozney Roccbox.
Gozney, a globally acclaimed brand renowned for its top-tier ovens, proves its excellence once again with the Roccbox.
Straight out of the box, this gas-fired pizza oven impresses with its sleek olive safe-touch silicon-jacket and stainless steel accents. Setting up is a breeze – fold down the legs, attach the burner, and connect to the gas line.
Capable of cooking with both gas and wood (burner sold separately), I focused on testing this oven using natural gas. One standout feature during testing was its patented baffle plate technology, producing a captivating rolling golden-brown flame, reminiscent of a wood-fired cooking experience.
I’m particularly impressed with its quick preheating, reaching a scorching temperature of 805°F in 15 minutes. While this oven is integrated with a thermometer, I find it unreliable as it measures the ambient heat and not the stone’s temperature. It’s best to use an infrared thermometer.
With the Gozney Roccbox, I decided to bake two thinly-topped cheese pizzas consecutively to evaluate its cooking consistency. Getting the pizza off the included peel without ripping the crust or creating a mess in the oven can be tricky. I found that by adding enough corn flour pizza slides off easily.
At 800°F, both pies were baked in under 4 minutes, with the first taking 1 minute 15 seconds and the second 1 minute 48 seconds. I remember saying to myself “what a crust!” as I take a good look at the pizzas.
Beyond pizzas, the Roccbox showcased its versatility. With a cast iron skillet in the oven, I whipped up tasty wings and maple in under 15 minutes. When I was done cooking, the retractable legs fold up easily, making storage a convenient affair.
What I Like:
- Captivating rolling flame
- Beautiful, premium design
- Rapid preheating
What I Don’t Like:
- Learning curve involved