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Ooni Fyra 12 Review: The Perfect Pellet Grill Companion?

OONI FYRA 12

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The perfect pizza solution that should sit beside every pellet smoker.

4.8/5

I’m not even that into pizza (well I wasn’t…).

But, being a big fan of pellet smokers, when I first heard about the pellet-powered Ooni Fyra I was dead-set this would be an awesome addition to our backyard.

Once that initial excitment wore off, I started wondering how good this relatively inexpensive, portable pizza oven could be.

And, since you’ve landed here, I’m guessing your head’s in the same space as mine was.

Well, we’ve been using the Ooni Fyra for a few years now. We’ve also used every other oven in Ooni’s range. And, these are our thoughts on this no-nonsense, live wood-fired experience.

In this Ooni Fyra 12 review, I’ll answer all the questions you might have before buying one.

How steep is the learning curve? Do you have to make your own dough? Are 12 inch pizzas big enough? And, ultimately, how good is the pizza you can cook in one of these?

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The Quick Version of Our Ooni Fyra 12 Review

The pizza you can make on the Ooni Fyra is seriously freaking great!

We’re absolutely not just saying it to make a sale. After years of using Ooni, we LOVE them to bits.

Ooni can even turn the ‘not that into pizza’ person into a die-hard fan. And, learning how to do it really isn’t as hard as some people make it out to be.

The Fyra runs on the same wood pellets as you use in a pellet smoker. But, it’s gravity fed so you don’t need electricity. Basically it’s 100% wood-fired without the hassle of having to use logs.

You use a single firestarter to light the pellets, it heats up in about 15 minutes and cooks a pizza in literally 60 seconds.

And, because it’s so fast to cook, the Fyra is pretty fuel efficient too.

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But, if you’re looking at the Fyra over other ovens in Ooni’s range in the hope that the pizza will come out with a strong, wood-smoked flavor, think again.

Great crust, well-cooked toppings, and perfectly melted cheese, yes.

But, a single pizza is in and out so quickly and quality pellets run so cleanly that you’ll only get a slightly woody flavor.

Me and my guests aren’t complaining! Ooni Fyra pizza is better than you’d get at a lot of pizza restaurants in my opinion.

The 12 inch side is going to be spot on for most couples and families. 12 inch pizzas are easy to handle and let everyone have a bit of fun choosing their own toppings.

Ideal for anyone who’s keen on a simple Friday night meal, likes the idea of pizza parties, or, who wants to be able to take their oven on the road, the Fyra is affordable, well-built, and just like they said… absolutely capital letters AMAZING.

We 110% rate it!

About Ooni

Ooni (originally known as Uuni), is one of the largest and most popular at-home pizza oven manufacturers, started and run by Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland, a husband and wife team.

Aiming to build ovens that cook fast, are portable, affordable, and most importantly, make great pizza, Kristian and Darina designed and tested many prototypes and before bringing to the market their incredible products.

Fast forward a few years and Ooni has won numerous awards including being named as the first and only pizza oven recommended for domestic use by the prestigious international authority on true Neapolitan pizza, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

Now, Ooni sell a whole range of different pizza ovens, accessories, and even pizza making groceries.

Ooni Range of Pizza Ovens

After having used the entire Ooni pizza oven range, we can say that they’re every bit as good as is advertised!

Ooni is the real deal and manages to pack incredible value into their high-quality products that work exceptionally well.

About the Ooni Fyra 12

The Ooni Fyra 12 is Ooni’s upgrade of their original wood-pellet pizza oven, the Ooni 3 which is no longer sold.

Running off of the same 100% hardwood pellets that a pellet smoker burns, the Ooni Fyra 12 promises to give you real wood fired pizza without having to touch a real piece of wood. But, unlike a pellet smoker that requires electricity to run it, the Ooni Fyra 12 does not need power.

You simply light some hardwood pellets with a natural firestarter, fill the gravity fed hopper, and get ready to cook. The pellets will need to be topped up every 20 minutes or so but it’s easy to maintain the ultra-high temperature you need to cook incredible pizza and you get some wood-fired smokiness in what you’re cooking.

Unlike the gas and multi-fuel Ooni pizza ovens, unfortunately you can’t get a larger version of the pellet-powered Ooni Fyra, it’s only the 12 inch size.

But, in saying that, the 12 inch size will be fine for most people. We’ll just tell you up front in case it’s a deal-breaker.

Features of the Ooni Fyra 12 Pellet Powered Pizza Oven

We’ve owned a lot of Ooni’s for a lot of years now and not one of them has a single imperfection in it’s shell. They’re durable and look great.

For improved fuel efficiency and good performance on colder nights, there’s mineral fibre insulation inside that shell.

Gives excellent heat retention for perfectly cooked bases from the bottom up.

There’s no power required to use the Ooni Fyra 12. The pellets will move down the chimney-style hopper to the firebox as required.

15 minutes is all you need to have the oven lit and hot enough to cook.

It’s easy to fill the hopper and simply pop the lid on once you’re done.

By adjusting the air intake, you can raise or lower the temperature as needed.

Simply pop the legs down to store it in a smaller space or pop it in your trunk for pizza on the go.

Try it and see if you like it for yourself.

How Does the Ooni Fyra 12 Work?

First of all, you don’t need electricity to run the Ooni Fyra 12. Yes, it burns pellets like a pellet grill does (which would need electricity). But, the Ooni Fyra uses a simple gravity fed hopper to feed pellets into the firebox so there’s no power needed.

But, how does the pizza oven actually work?

To get it going you’ll add a handful of pellets to the fuel grate, pop a firestarter on top (we’d recommend going natural), then light it.

After giving it a few minutes for the pellets to get going, you’re going to fill the hopper up with pellets (the hopper is what looks like a second chimney at the back of the oven) and leave it running for about 15 minutes with the door running to fully heat up.

As the pellets burn, more will naturally fall into the firebox, keeping the fuel up for about 20 minutes before it needs a refill.

To cook a pizza on the oven, you’ll whip the door off, launch it in, turn the pizza twice at 20 second intervals, and it should be done in about 1 minute, and we’re not underestimating. It’s fast. But, keep reading for more details on what the Ooni Fyra 12 is like to cook on.

Specs for the Ooni Fyra 12

BBQ type: Pizza oven

Fuel type: Pellets

Stone: 10mm cordierite

Material: Powder-coated shell with stainless interior

Capacity: 12 inch

Hopper capacity: 27 lbs

Heat range: Up to 950°F

Dimensions: 29.1 D x 15.4 W x 28.5 H

WiFi: Yes

Price guide: $$

Model: Fyra 12

Warranty: 5 years with rego

Comparison of the Ooni Fyra Vs Other Ooni's

Our Experience Using the Ooni Fyra 12

The Ooni Fyra 12 was the second Ooni we’d ever used after the Ooni Koda 12 (read about our experience with it here).

But, we didn’t have a whole heap of pizza making experience other than having topped a few pre-made bases and thrown them into the oven. And, of course that turned out alright but very average… We’re sharing our background on this with you to assure you that we’re no pizza-making experts and you don’t need to be either to make really good pizza on this or any other Ooni oven.

But, before we wrote this review, we used the Ooni Fyra 12 hahaha… well actually multiple times a week for a few months. We ate a lot of pizza! I mean the pizza’s just really good so we gave it a very good run for it’s money in the name of really checking this thing out very thoroughly for you.

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We trialled a few different Ooni pizza dough recipes, used store bought fresh dough, and pre-made bases to see the difference. We tried a range of toppings to see how it handled things thick or thin, used different brands of hardwood pellets in here, and cooked in a range of different weather conditions as well.

From here on down, what you’ll read here is based on our experience with the Ooni Fyra 12.

Since first publishing this article, it’s been updated and with it, we’ve also added some more experience and perspective after having used the rest of Ooni’s pizza oven range too.

Unboxing and Setting Up the Ooni Fyra 12

Being a portable pizza oven, the Ooni Fyra 12 comes in a pretty compact box.

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Beautifully packaged, the parts are neatly nestled together to travel without getting damaged.

Lift the shell and separately packed stone out, fold the legs up, insert the firebox, chimney’s and door and you’re ready for the burn-in. It literally takes a couple of minutes to set up the first time.

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Before you fire up your first pizzas, Ooni recommend running the Fyra for at least 30 minutes at high heat to season it. Then, let the stone cool before wiping it clean and it’s ready for cooking.

Construction and Build-Quality

The Fyra’s shell is made from powder-coated commerical grade, cold-rolled carbon stainless steel. Basically, that means it’s great quality and is durable enough to handle regular use at home or on the go.

But, there’s more to the Fyra 12’s build than first meats the eye.

The shell is actually insulated to reduce heat loss and maximize fuel efficiency. We thought we’d be chopping through the pellets like it’s nobody’s business. But, we only use about 1.5 – 2 hoppers full of pellets to cook a round of 6 pizzas. It’s really pretty impressive.

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As far as a pizza stone material is concerned, the cordiertie stone inside the Ooni Fyra 12 is a top choice.

It’s ultra durable and should last many, many years to come. Fast to heat up, cordiertie really does give you those perfectly cooked pizza bases from the bottom up.

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A couple of things to point out about the Fyra 12.

Unlike Ooni’s gas and 16″  multi-fuel pizza oven, the Fyra 12 has a stainless steel door. This helps to keep the heat in and create a more even cook. But, you can’t see in easily although there is a small peep hole. We’ll talk more about the door when we go into cooking on the Fyra.

Also, the chimney cover doubles as a pellet scoop. It makes adding pellets really quick and easy.

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Overall, the build quality of the Ooni Fyra 12 is exceptionally excellent, especially if you consider what’s a very reasonable price tag on it.

Fueling the Ooni Fyra 12

The Ooni Fyra 12 runs off of 100% hardwood pellets.

You can’t put wood chunks or wood chips in there. The firebox is designed to burn wood pellets efficiently for low-maintenance, wood-fired pizza.

The rear chimney is actually the pellet hopper. And, unlike your regular pellet smoker, the Ooni Fyra 12 does not need electricity to run. Instead, it relies on gravity to feed the pellets into the fire as is needed.

Ooni’s Oak pellets are great. But, you can use any brand of cooking wood pellets in the Fyra 12.

If you’ve got a pellet smoker, just use the same pellets you’ve got for that. Or, see which wood pellets we rate and use.

Whatever you use, DO NOT PUT HEATING PELLETS IN THE OONI!

Because there’s no electricity, you will be manually lighting the pellet fire using a single, natural firestarter. You also control the temperature by adjusting the chimney baffle if needed.

For the high temperatures you need for pizza, most of the time we leave the baffle fully open on the Fyra.

Capacity

The Ooni Fyra 12 is designed to cook 12 inch pizzas.

Unlike Ooni’s gas and multi-fuel pizza ovens, they don’t make a larger Fyra. So, if you’re keen on the wood pellet option, the 12 inch is the only size choice.

How big is a 12 inch pizza?

A 12-inch pizza is a medium-sized pizza at many pizza places, including Papa John’s.

To give you a reference, picture a ruler or a foot-long sub sandwich. That’s about the diameter of a 12-inch pizza.

One 12 inch pizza typically gives you about 8 slices.

Ooni Koda Pizza and Peel

They’re a good choice for sharing with a couple of friends or having a personal-sized feast if you’re feeling hungry!

Is the 12 inch Ooni big enough?

For most individuals, couples and families, the 12 inch Ooni Fyra will be large enough.

12″ is small enough that the pizzas are pretty easy to work with, stretching out the dough, transferring onto a peel and chopping on a regular cutting board.

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Plus, because you can literally cook a pizza in 60 seconds, you won’t be standing there all night if you’re entertaining or have a lot to feed.

To compare to the larger 16 inch size, one batch of our go-to Ooni Quick Dough recipe makes enough for 6 x 12 inch pizzas or 4 x 16 inch pizzas.

Either way, for us, one batch of dough, which equals 6 x 12 inch pizzas or 4 x 16 inch pizzas, will feed up to 4 adults and 3 kids. If we’re entertaining and need to feed more, we simply make a double batch.

So, if you’re asking if the 12 inch Fyra is big enough for your family, keep in mind that one batch of dough will make the same amount of food, just in fewer pizzas.

Cooking 4 pizzas instead of 6 will be faster. But, if it’s more food you’re after, you will need to start with more dough on either sized oven.

Cooking on the Ooni Fyra 12

If you’ve been reading other reviews about the Ooni Fyra, you’ve probably heard that it takes a while to learn how to cook great pizzas on it.

That’s not what we found at all.

Before using the Ooni, we had almost zero experience making pizza dough and cooking pizzas. Like, we’d thrown premade bases in the oven before but never hand-stretched dough.

The dough took us about 3 attempts to master (and all were totally edible, just a bit hard to stretch and/or holey). Our first pizza was a little overcooked, the second was slightly undercooked and the third and we were 100% converted!

Totally, do not be put off thinking it’s too hard to cook pizzas on the Fyra!

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But, here’s how to use the Ooni Fyra…

It runs off of the same 100% hardwood pellets you put in your pellet smoker. But, there’s no electricity needed. Instead, the pellets are gravity fed into the firepot which you manually light.

To get it going, you remove the fuel tray and grate. Fill it with pellets (it takes about 2 small handfulls) and place a natural firelighter on top of the pellets. Light it, insert the tray back into the Fyra and give it a few minutes for the fire to get going.

Once it’s burning well, add pellets to the fuel hopper (that’s what looks like the rear chimney) and leave it running with the door on for about 15 minutes to heat up fully.

Lighting the Ooni Fyra 12

Once it’s at heat (you can use Ooni’s infrared thermometer to check this but we’ve never use this and haven’t had any issues), it’s time to get a pizza in there.

The only accessory I will say that you absolutely do need with the Ooni Fyra is a pizza peel.

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If you don’t have one of these, it’s pretty much impossible to get the uncooked dough and your toppings into the oven. So, load your pizza on the peel, launch it in, pop the door back on and keep an eye on it through the peephole.

After about 20 seconds you’ll need to open the door and rotate the pizza.

There’s two ways to do this. The easiest is by using a turning peel to lift up one side and rotate the pizza while it’s in the oven. But, if you don’t have a turning peel, you can use the regular peel to pull the whole pizza out, rotate with your hand and put it back in again.

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Depending on how far you’ve rotated it, you might need to turn the pizza one more time.

We got the best results by doing 3 turns at about 20 seconds each.

Once it’s done, grab your peel and pull the pizza out, slice and enjoy.

Ooni Fyra 12 Flame

A word of warning!

When you open the door on the Fyra, oxygen rushes into the cooking chamber, giving the fire that bit extra and flames will literally shoot out the back of the fuel tray like you can see in the picture above.

It’s completely normal and doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong.

The only thing to be careful of is that you give the Fyra a bit of extra clearance at the back so there’s space for those flames to shoot out without damaging or igniting the wall, a tree or your mother in law :/

The Results

Ooni Fyra pizza? Yes, yes, yes… give it to me any day! Like, seriously, this thing is the bomb!

I love me a pizza but I only love me a GOOOOOD pizza and the Fyra does deliver!

It’s every bit as good as they say. My family loves it, the extended family have now bought Ooni’s as well, and, our friends ask for it when they come around. It’s an all-round hit.

Ooni’s typical neopolitan-style pizza has a thinish base. It comes out crispy yet still soft and not at all dry, the toppings are well-cooked but not overdone and the cheese is melted to perfection with a little bit of crisp depending on how long you cook it.

But, you’re not commited to only using one recipe on the Fyra.

Here’s Ooni’s Chicago-style deep dish pizza recipe, you can do Detroit-style, beer pizza dough or sourdough. The options are pretty endless and we do recommend checking out Ooni’s recipe blog for ideas and inspiration.

Do I Have to Make My Own Dough?

You absolutely can use store-bought pizza bases in the Ooni Fyra.

But, there’s one reason you shouldn’t – homemade bases taste SO MUCH better. They’re not that difficult to do. And, it’s a lot cheaper.

So, use one of Ooni’s dough recipes (we almost always use their Quick Dough). Or, buy premade dough from your local store.

Ooni also sell their own dough that gets shipped to you frozen. Made with the right flour, simply defrost them in the fridge the night before pizza, put them on a tray to proof at room temperature and you’ll be ready to cook in 30 minutes.

Whichever dough you use, check out Ooni’s video showing you how to stretch your bases.

There’s also a written guide on how to stretch your bases if you like the written word.

What Else Can You Cook in the Ooni Fyra 12?

You’re not limited to just cooking pizzas in your Ooni Fyra 12. Use a cast iron skillet to grill up a steak, burgers, vegetables, focaccia or even dessert.

Depending on what you’re cooking, you’ll need to adjust your chimney baffle to reduce the temperature and you’re good to go.

Just remember that only dry, bread-based things can sit directly on the pizza stone.

Anything else will put moisture into the cordierite, damaging the surface and increasing the risk that your stone will crack over time. So, use your own cast iron cookware or grab Ooni’s with a longer handle.

Check out Ooni’s YouTube channel for a whole range of recipes that can be made in the Fyra 12. Jam-filled doughnuts anyone?

Portability

The Ooni Fyra 12 is marketed as a portable pizza oven and portable it really is.

Weighing just 22 pounds with folding legs, detachable chimneys and being just 29 inches long, it’s easy to put the Fyra in your trunk to take to the beach, a friends house or even tailgating.

Leave the stone in while you’re transporting it, the shell will help to keep it safe.

You can get a carry bag if you want that extra level of protection against bumps and scratches too.

Cleaning the Ooni Fyra 12

As is detailed in the Fyra quick start guide, to clean it you simply run the oven at high temperature for 30 minutes. That should burn off any food that’s stuck on.

Then, once cooled, you can use the pizza brush (not included) to scrape down the stone, wipe it and flip it over.

This will keep the stone in great condition and helps it to wear evenly.

To clean the outside, simply wipe it down with a clean rag when cool.

And, although it’s not mentioned in the guide, we do also wipe out the chimney and firebox to clear out any built-up soot.

This doesn’t need to be done after each use though. Ours probably gets done about every 4th cook depending on how it looks, or more often if we’re loading it into the car. But, just like you’d clean the chimney on your regular fireplace, it’s never a bad idea.

Optional Extras

There’s a lot of extras you can get for the Ooni Fyra.

If you’re an accessory person, kit yourself out!

But if you’re not, or you want to keep the cost down, there’s no need to get anything with your Fyra except for a basic peel and maybe a turning peel.

To give you a quick run down on the most popular add-ons there’s:

  • Regular peel – cheaper peel to take pizzas in and out of your oven
  • Perforated peel – slightly more expensive peel that is perforated to let steam and excess flour/semolina out for a crustier finish
  • Infrared thermometer – tells you exactly how hot your oven is (there’s no built-in thermometer)
  • Ooni Fyra 12 carry cover – definitely recommend for easy and safer transportation
  • Pizza oven brush – to make cleaning the stone quick and easy
  • Modular table – this one’s the right size for the Fyra 12 and has hooks for hanging your peels
  • Cutting wheel – faster and easier than using a knife

Watch the video below for a quick run-down of the optional accessories you can use with the Fyra.

Warranty

The Ooni Fyra 12 comes with a 1 year warranty. But, if you register online you’ll extend the warranty to cover 5 years from the date of purchase.

We did actually have a problem with the spring that’s used to adjust the vent.

It broke the second time we used it. We contacted Ooni and after sending them some photos, they posted us a replacement part free of charge.

After more than a year of very regular use, we haven’t had any issues with the replacement part yet. It’s working just fine and I’m not sure what caused the original failure.

What We Liked & Didn't Like About the Ooni Fyra 12

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Our Verdict on the Ooni Fyra 12 Review

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Pellet-fired pizzas are where it’s at if you’re keen on using real wood but don’t want to be messing around with logs, stoking the fire. And, Ooni have done a hands down amazing job of designing the Fyra 12 to be really pretty darn perfect at what it does.

Not just a pretty backyard feature, the Fyra 12 is easy to use, lightweight enough to take camping, tailgating or to a friends house, and really truly does make incredible pizza.

You don’t need electricity. It’s gravity fed hopper means the fire takes care of itself while you focus on the toppings. And, the 12 inch size is large enough for most families while being easy enough to handle.

Perfect for backyard use, RV living or hauling around with you, the Ooni Fyra is a really amazing oven. It brings a lot of fun to dinner time. And, saves a decent amount of cash on takeout too.

Are Wood Pellets The Best Fuel Choice For Me?

One of the great things about Ooni pizza ovens is that you’ve got the maximum choice when it comes to which fuel you like to use.

The Fyra wood pellet pizza oven is ideal if you:

  • Like the idea of wood-fired but don’t want to mess around with logs
  • Want a fire that’s easy to start and easy to maintain
  • Already have wood pellets because you have a pellet smoker
  • Live somewhere that gets really windy (the gas Koda can blow out easily)
  • Need to stick to a smaller budget (the Fyra is the cheapest of Ooni’s ovens)

If you were hoping to use small hardwood logs, it’s the Ooni Karu you’re looking for. Read our full review here, and check out our Ooni Karu vs Fyra comparison.

Or, if you wanted even easier than pellets, the Ooni Koda 12 runs off of propane gas and still gets amazing results! We’ve used and reviewed that too. We’ve also got an Ooni Koda vs Fyra comparison for a detailed side by side look.

What Other Pizza Ovens Should I Consider?

The Ooni Fyra 12 is what we use regularly for pizza. We find the pellet system simple to use, the flavor is spot on and it’s great that the fire’s not being blown out by the wind.

But, if the Fyra is still sounding a bit more involved than you’d like, you can always look at the Ooni Koda 12. It’s propane powered just like a regular gas grill. You literally turn it on and leave it to heat up, there’s absolutely no fuss at all.

OONI KODA 12

Ooni Koda 12

In the opposite direction, for an even more authentic wood-fired pizza, there’s the Karu 12 as well.

The Karu burns real wood so there’s no arguing that you’re not doing it right. Plus, you can actually get the gas insert for the Karu 12 to give yourself the complete convenience of propane as well.

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Ooni Karu 12

Are there other brands of pizza ovens we’d recommend?

No, not really. Ooni gives such a great mix of price, functionality, quality and performance that we truly see them as the top at home pizza oven on the market. This is an independent review in case you’re wondering.

And, because they’re not a really expensive purchase (in terms of barbecues and pizza ovens), an Ooni will fit most people’s budget to turn any backyard into the best pizza joint around!

FAQs About the Ooni Fyra 12

Absolutely! The Ooni Fyra 12 cooks exceptional pizza, is easy to use, doesn’t require electricity and lets you bake wood-fired pizza without having to touch a log.

Plus, you’ll never buy pizza takeout again! Takeout’s nowhere near as good. Sorry, not sorry, your Ooni pizza will ruin it…

A 12-inch pizza is a good size for most pizza enthusiasts. It’s large enough to share with a few friends or family members, or make individually topped pizzas, but it’s not so big that it’s hard to handle.

The 12 inch Ooni pizza ovens are also the only size that’s still easily portable. You can take it picnicing, on camping trips, or just move it around your backyard with ease.

The Ooni Fyra 12 does not come with pellets.

You can buy the Ooni ones with your pizza oven. But, the Fyra will work with any high quality 100% hardwood cooking pellet, these are our favorites!

The Ooni Fyra will work with any high quality cooking wood pellet including Traeger pellets. Good quality is important to prevent excess smoke, soot and ash.

We regularly use Traeger’s pellets in the Fyra. But, any of the brands listed in our best pellets for smoking review are ideal.

The Ooni Fyra 12 runs off of hardwood pellets only. You can’t add wood logs, chips or chunks because the firebox isn’t designed to handle them.

If you want a wood burning Ooni, it’s the Karu 12 that you’re after. Or, upsize to the Karu 16.

You can only use hardwood cooking pellets in the Ooni Fyra 12. That means no wood chips, wood chunks or logs. The firebox just isn’t designed to handle them.

The wood pellets will give you real wood-fired flavor because they are 100% real hardwood. See our favorite wood pellets for the Ooni Fyra 12 here.

That’s a no for using charcoal in the Ooni Fyra 12. It’s designed to burn hardwood pellets only. If you want a charcoal-based pizza oven, it’s the Ooni Karu you’re looking at. Read our full Karu 12 pizza oven review here.

Heating up the stone in the Fyra takes about 15 minutes. After that, you’re looking at 60-90 seconds to cook each pizza.

Yes. The fire inside the Fyra is covered so it will keep burning if it starts raining.

The insulated shell will protect it a little if the temperature drops too.

But, your pizza will get wet on the way in and out of the oven so, yes, you can use it but it’s not ideal.

No. All Ooni pizza ovens, except for the electric Ooni Volt 12 are designed for outside use only. That’s a no for using them in your garage too, there’s simply not enough ventillation to be safe for you and your family.

Once you’ve cooked your last pizza, simply go and eat it and leave your Ooni Fyra to burn through any remaining pellets. You don’t need to put the fire out. And, unfortunately you can’t save any unused pellets.

You also don’t need to fill the hopper to the top. So, if you’re nearing the end of your cook but need to top up, just give it a little more fuel instead of filling it to the top.

After the fire’s been out for about 30 minutes, the Ooni Fyra should be cool enough to move safely.

Yes, you can store your Fyra outside.

But, even though it’s excellent quality, the sun and rain will damage it over time so we do recommend using the Fyra Carry Cover to protect it. Ooni recommend storing the Fyra inside in really bad weather or for extended storage (but who’d be doing that and missing out on pizza…?)

There’s a slight smoky flavor in pizza cooked on the Ooni Fyra 12. But, the pizzas only in there for about 60 seconds so it’s not really long enough to impart much wood-fired flavor.

The biggest con of the Ooni Fyra pizza oven is that it’s not available in the larger 16 inch size.

It’d also be nice to have a glass door like the multi-fuel Karu 16 or the Karu 12G.

Other than that, the Ooni Fyra 12 is a great value for money pizza oven that turns out incredible pizza.

The Ooni Fyra 12 does not come with a pizza peel. You’ll need to grab a peel separately. Launching pizzas without one is very, very hard if not impossible.

You’ll 100% need at least 1 pizza peel (2 is handy if you want to get a bit of a production line going). And, a turning peel makes the cooking easier and faster but isn’t necessary.

Kate Brown, the founder and voice behind Burning Brisket, is not your typical pitmaster or restaurateur. Her expertise in barbecue grew from a humble desire to cook exceptional meals for her family. From overcoming burnt brisket mishaps to establishing her boutique cattle ranch, Kate shares her passion to help 'ordinary' individuals cook extraordinary barbecue, believing that simplicity often yields the best flavors. Kate is committed to making great barbecue accessible to all with the right resources and some tasty practice.

About Burning Brisket

Burning Brisket is one of the leading, independent authorities on all things barbecue. Family-owned and run, it's our mission uncomplicate the art of smoking to help you enjoy making incredible food at home for your family and friends to create memories over.

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