Here is my Aldi pizza oven review. Hope you enjoy!
Update – some people have asked where the best place to buy this is since they have stopped selling them in Aldi as it was a special buy. I’ve found a similar oven made by La Hacienda which can be purchased in Argos. The La Hacienda multi function oven is very similar in both shape and design. It is also available on Amazon and other online retailers.
So with the summer here in full swing, I decided to take a punt on an outdoor pizza oven that was available in Aldi for the grand total of €139 during one of their special buys. It’s far from the traditional Italian pizza ovens that can be purchased for well in access of €1,000 – €2,000 but this was worth a gamble at the price and it has certainly paid off! I’ve used this a few times since buying it and have made delicious pizzas every time.
The manual states that you can use it for smoking foods and barbecuing as well as using it with the pizza stone for cooking delicious pizzas. I haven’t tried it for smoking foods or barbecuing yet, but I will try it at some stage in the future.
The pizza oven comes flat packed so a bit of assembly is required. The instructions are straight forward to follow and it’s really easy to assemble. It took me 30 minutes to put it together on my own. It’s sturdy, solid and well built. It mentions in the instruction booklet that you should cover it as it is prone to rust, so I’ll be buying a generic BBQ cover soon to throw over it for the winter months.
There are four main components to the pizza oven:
- A tray at the bottom where the embers and ash deposit which makes cleaning up really simple.
- The fuel chamber where you put your charcoal or non treated fire wood. There are vents on the door which allow you to regulate the air flow which is really important when trying to bring the oven up to temperature or maintain a desired temperature. The chamber can hold up to 3KG’s of fuel according to the manual which is more than enough for getting some good heat.
- Then there is the oven where you can place your pizza stone or you can remove the stone and use it like a conventional BBQ with the stainless steel grates that come with it.
- The last component is the chimney which has a vent to regulate the chimney opening. Leave it open when bringing your oven up to temperature and then move it to the closed position to maintain the heat within the oven chamber.
Lighting the fire is easy, stick some coal or non treated fire wood into the chamber and light, open the vents to allow the air to circulate. If you’re using wood, it will come up to temperature in around 10 or 15 minutes. It takes a bit longer for charcoal as you need it to turn white before coking. You can easily maintain the heat by putting in more wood while you’re cooking.
The pizza stone is big enough to cook a single 9 inch or 10 inch pizza at a time. The great thing about this oven is that it takes only 2 to 3 minutes to cook a thin base pizza.
Cooking with the pizza oven is really enjoyable and simple once you get the hang of regulating the heat and temperature. We made the pizza dough from scratch and then rolled out the individual pizzas onto baking parchment which made transferring pizzas in and out of the oven really easy. It’s always best to leave the pizza stone in the oven as it heats up. Keep the oven door closed to retain the temperature and try not to peak in at the pizza while it’s cooking as the heat will escape. The oven itself needs to be up at around 250 degrees to cook some nice crispy thin base pizzas. It’s was a doddle to reach this temperature with the oven.
In summary, I am really impressed with this oven. I had friends over for some pizzas and they were all chuffed with the results. Definitely a good purchase and something I’m hoping to keep using during the good weather. It’s a great alternative or compliment to a barbecue
I’ll be posting some of the pizza recipes I’ve made in the oven over the next few days so feel free to subscribe! Just an update – here are some of my other posts which might be helpful to get the most out of your pizza oven:
And if you don’t go with the pizza oven, why not try this alternative: Cooking Pizza on Barbecue