Ooni Koda is a Gas Powered Pizza Oven, and in this review, we will talk about everything you need to know about this new Pizza Oven.
The Ooni Pro and the Ooni 3 Pizza Ovens have been excellent, and if you have been reading this blog, you know how much we love the Ooni Pro.
So, having a new release from Ooni was not only exciting, but it piqued my curiosity to know where the Ooni Koda stands among the other two pizza ovens.
We have separate comparison posts as well, so make sure you check that out but for now, let’s dive into the review.
Design and Built of the Ooni Koda
The Ooni Koda Pizza Oven design slightly reminds me of the Napoli Pizza Oven, except that the Ooni Koda has a Stainless Steel Finish.
The pizza oven has a stainless steel finish, and the Oven has pretty good heat retention. The Oven also comes with a cordierite pizza stone, which cooks the base of the pizza evenly.
The Oven is light in weight and portable to easily carry it around if you want to take it along with you on trips or camping.
Now, comparing the Ooni Koda with the Unni Pro, the Ooni Pro is a lot heavier, and even though the Oven is portable, it is a task to carry it around as it is more than twice the weight of the Koda.
The Ooni Koda does not need to install it; all you have to do is pull it out of the box, extend the Oven’s folded legs, place the cordierite pizza stone, and you are ready to cook.
It makes getting started with the Ooni Koda Pizza Oven easy, and once you have a gas tank with you, you can fire up the oven anytime.
Fuel used by the Oven
The Oven is gas-fueled, unlike the other models from Ooni, which are multi-fueled.
The Ooni 3, which was popular when released, was a wood-fired pizza oven initially, and then they added a gas burner component making it multi-fueled.
On the other hand, this Oven is only gas-fueled, and you cannot use wood as fuel. Using the gas-fueled Oven is easy as you need 15 minutes so that the pizza oven reaches the optimal temperature for cooking.
Ensure you have a temperature monitor to see the exact temperature that different parts of the Oven are and place the pizza inside the oven only when you feel it is right to do so.
The IF Thermometer is the one I like to use as I do not need to touch the pizza oven to know the temperature and can do so by just pointing the laser at the areas whose temperature I want to measure.
Cooking Pizzas Inside the Oven
Cooking Pizzas inside the Ooni Koda is pretty simple as you need to attach the propane gas tank to the Oven and get it fired up.
The Oven would take about 15-20 minutes to reach the temperature desired. Once you have checked the temperature using the IF thermometer making sure it is above 400-degree Celsius, you can pop the pizza inside the Oven.
Now, cooking a pizza inside the Oven is easy as well since you need to wait for 2 minutes or sometimes even less at higher temperatures and keep turning the pizza using a pizza peel so that you have a pizza that gets evenly cooked.
One of the Oven’s downsides is that the pizza peel comes without a handle; I usually prefer the handle as it makes rotating the pizza a lot easier, and I do not need to be near the Oven to turn around the pizza.
I would link to the pizza peel I usually use, but if you already have one you feel comfortable with, use it. Click here to check out my favorite pizza peel.
Once the pizza has some leopard spots, the toppings are perfectly cooked, and there is that perfect cheese melt, your pizza is ready.
The Pizzas cooked inside this Oven are unique, and once you taste them, you are not going to eat a pizza outside. You can customize your pizza and cook thin crust or deep dish according to your needs.
Since you are not using wood pellets like Ooni 3, it is much easier to clean up the pizza oven. There is not much soot produced in comparison to a wood-fired pizza oven.
The oven design makes it easy to wipe it down with a wet cloth, and if you are too much into cleaning, you can do some thorough cleaning with dish soap and water once in a while.
Overall, cleaning and maintaining the pizza oven is easy. If you have kept it outdoors, I would suggest that you wipe it down once before cooking on it.
Final Thoughts on the Ooni Koda
Ooni Koda is a nice pizza oven that I would recommend. It is an affordable outdoor pizza oven that can help you make pizzas in less than 2 minutes.
You can easily host pizza parties or have small family get-togethers where everyone would enjoy some hot, freshly made pies.
The Oven is not as versatile as the Ooni 3 or the Ooni Pro pizza ovens, but looking for a gas-fueled pizza oven gives you the best-cooked pies.
It is portable and much lighter in weight than the Ooni Pro, so if you want an oven that works amazingly well and can carry it around easily, then Ooni Koda should be your choice.
Overall, I like this lightweight and compact pizza oven, which is easy to use without too many issues.
If you were planning to buy this Oven, then I would say you SHOULD go for it. Check out the pizza oven and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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