Wood or Gas - is there a difference?

All Ooni ovens - whether wood or gas - will reach 932˚F / 500˚C and cook delicious Neapolitan pizza in just 60 seconds.

Will I notice a difference in flavor between wood and gas?

You may notice a small difference in flavor. The smell of burning wood will give your pizza a subtle wood-smoked flavor which you won’t get using a gas oven. The difference however will be very slight since your pizza won’t be in the oven for a long time.

When choosing between wood or gas, there are a few key things to consider. Use the charts below to find out which fuel type is right for you:

To consider when choosing wood:

To consider when choosing gas:
  • The enticing aroma, subtle wood-fired flavor and traditional feel.
  • The super simple cooking style - simply connect your gas tank to the provided regulator and get cooking!
  • Working with wood is a truly rewarding and exciting skill to master - for those with a passion for hands-on cooking.
  • Makes cooking pizza quick and convenient - for those with a lot on their plate.
  • Temperature control is achieved by opening or closing the vents as well as adding more or less fuel.
  • Easy to control the temperature with the gas control knob - requires less maintenance throughout your cook (without compromising on taste).
  • Fuel can be sourced easily and at low expense.
  • Fuel can be sourced easily and at low expense.
  • No smoke or ash = minimal clean up.


If you’d prefer cooking with only wood - choose Ooni Fyra 12 (pellet-fired oven)If you’d prefer cooking with only gas - choose Ooni Koda 12 or Ooni Koda 16 (gas-powered ovens)

If you’d like to have both options available - choose Ooni Karu 12 or Ooni Karu 16

Both of these ovens can be used with hardwood, charcoal or gas*.

* With the purchase of the separate gas burner: Ooni Karu 12 Gas Burner, Ooni Karu 16 Gas Burner

Once you’ve made your decision on which oven to get, check out our Getting Started guides.

For more information on our oven models, head over to our oven comparison page and explore our YouTube channel!

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