What Materials Are Needed For An Outdoor Pizza Oven?

If you’ve decided to invest in an outdoor pizza oven for your home, pub, or restaurant, you’ve made a wise decision. Pizza ovens are a sure-fire hit with diners, as they blend the finest Italian cuisine with al fresco dining at any time of year.


An outdoor pizza oven with the ideal materials used

However, if you’ve made the decision to install a pizza oven in your garden, it’s vital to understand what materials are needed to ensure the finished design is of the highest quality. After all, there’s little point in constructing a pizza oven if it doesn’t offer exceptional performance and high-class food.

What Materials Do I Need To Build A Pizza Oven?

For beginners new to the concept of an outdoor pizza oven, a natural question is ‘How do you build an outdoor pizza oven?’ Let’s take a look at the materials involved:

Refractory Materials

The temperature in a pizza oven can reach extraordinary highs, so it’s vital to use refractory materials that can withstand the extreme heat of up to 1,200°C. These include firebrick grog, perlite, vermiculite, fireclay, and high alumina cement.

Constructing a pizza oven from refractory bricks can be incredibly hard and laboursome work. The bricks must be cut but, due to their hardness, even a diamond blade can become worn after only a few cuts. Any irregularities will result in the construction being substandard and unable to sustain the high temperatures needed for authentic crispy food. Therefore, using a DIY pizza oven kit can be a cost-effective solution that doesn’t compromise the quality of the finished product.

Ciment Fondu

Ciment Fondu is an aluminate hydraulic binder that is designed for use in applications involving extremely high temperatures. Highly versatile and resistant, it is manufactured by cooking limestone and clay mixtures before it is milled to produce an effective binder that is resistant to temperature, impact, and corrosion.

Insulation And Reinforcement Materials

If a pizza oven is to be used regularly, it must be well-insulated. For safety, food must be cooked evenly, so any loss of heat or energy will risk producing undercooked food which can be hazardous for diners.

At Pizza Oven Supplies, we use several different insulation and reinforcement materials in our ovens, including:

  • Kiln blankets, effective up to 1,200°C and adaptable to specific pizza oven shapes.
  • Aluminium-type vapour barriers.
  • Chicken wire to hold insulation blankets in place and prevent cracking of the outer render.

Find Out More

If you’re searching for high-quality outdoor pizza oven materials, please contact Pizza Oven Supplies today. We stock and supply a variety of pizza oven DIY kits, including the Naples 600 and the Milano 750, for homeowners and The Roma 900 which is popular in Pubs and hotels.

To find out more, please call us on 01782 212777 or send us a message.
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