Have you ever considered building an outdoor pizza oven? If you haven’t, let me spare you the pain. It’s time consuming and pricey. I’ve attempted to go down this road a few times with varying degrees of success. But I keep coming back to it over and over again. The reality is, it just doesn’t get much better than the experience of cooking your own pie over an open flame.
Despite my love affair with wood-fired pizza, it’s tough to recommend going this route. So how do we bring home that Neapolitan goodness without breaking the bank? Städler Made recently took to Kickstarter with its Euro-styled metal outdoor pizza oven that is both affordable, and clever. Made from steel alloy and capable of hitting temperatures over 750-degrees, this $300 pizza oven has me drooling over my keyboard…and the response from crowd-funders has been the same.
Städler Made comes to us from the Netherlands with a unique and simplified design that makes at-home wood-fired pizza all the more affordable. Sure, there are gas-powered alternatives at Amazon for less but those fail to deliver the experience of real crackling wood and high-powered temperatures.
Let’s start with the design, which is unique in that its 3mm steel shell can be quickly put together without any screws. Every piece of precisely cut metal is designed to slide into the next as it cuts down on complicated instructions and installation.
There are two primary areas in the Städler Made Pizza Oven, the first of which is the firebox down below. Here kindling is burned until the fire is up and running, then larger pieces of wood can be added to bring up the temperature. The flame then extends upwards to the pizza stone cooktop that is heated to temperatures in excess of 700-degrees.
If you’re not familiar, it’s the very hot cooktop that makes all the difference with woodfired pizza. Städler’s unique design keeps the flame close to the stone without taking up a large area on your patio. It will take about 20 minutes to get the cooking area up to temperature before use. From there, you’ll need to periodically add kindling to keep the fire at 700-degrees or more.
The beauty of Städler’s design is that it’s portable and doesn’t take much on the effort side of things to get your pizza oven up and running. At roughly $300, it’s not going to break the bank either. Through just over a week on Kickstarter, this project has raised nearly $80,000 on it’s way to easily surpassing its initial $6,500 goal.
Interested in expanding your pizza setup at home? Pizzacraft’s Stovetop Oven is a great place to start. Although you won’t get the same wood-fired experience, it’s a solid investment at $100 and a definite step-up from a frozen pizza.