The Difference Between Gas Fired Pizza Oven & Wood Fired Pizza Oven

Ooni Pro Pizza Oven

Few things compare to a delicious slice of cheesy, saucy, bubbling homemade pizza, baked to perfection in your very own outdoor pizza oven. Pizza ovens unlock a whole myriad of opportunities to create delicious, restaurant-quality food from the comfort of your very own backyard. Of course, your pizza oven isn’t only restricted to making pizzas. You can also use your pizza oven to create succulent roasted meat and veggies, along with decadent desserts such as brownies, cakes, pies- basically, anything that you would use your regular kitchen oven for, you can use your outdoor pizza oven for instead. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless!

If you’ve already started looking for the perfect oven to snag for your alfresco area, then it’s likely you’ve already come across the two main types; a gas fired pizza oven and a wood fired pizza oven. But which one is better? More specifically, which one can you rely on to make the most mouth-watering meals for your family and friends? 

Well, to answer that question, we’ve compared the two different types of ovens down below: 

Fuel Type

Gas fired pizza ovens run on either natural or propane gas, whilst wood fired pizza ovens rely on dry hardwood that you’ll have to either buy or chop for yourself. In terms of efficiency, gas fired pizza ovens are the real winners here. All you’ll have to do is flip on a switch, wait for your oven to heat up, chuck in your food, and turn it off when it’s done. On the other hand, wood fired pizza ovens take a lot longer to heat up, making them not-so-ideal for homeowners who get hangry and impatient. One benefit of using a gas fired pizza oven is that burning gas releases a lot less carbon dioxide than burning wood does. As such, it’s probably the more environmentally friendly choice. 


Wood fired pizza ovens are a lot more maintenance heavy than gas fired pizza ovens. That said however, some people enjoy the wood fired oven experience; kind of like how the process of making your own bread is much more energy and time consuming than simply buying a loaf at the shops, however the end result makes it totally worth it. Wood fired ovens also add to the ambience of your alfresco area. Plus, the smell of wood-fired pizzas cooking is absolutely irresistible. 

Unlike gas fired ovens, wood fired pizza ovens require you to prepare the fire yourself, maintain it with kindling, and rotate the pizza inside so that it cooks evenly on all sides. Aside from this, you’ll also have to clean up the leftover soot and ash after every use. 


Many would argue that taste is what it all boils down to when it comes to choosing a pizza oven. Well, we’re here to break it to you that in terms of flavour, you can’t beat anything that comes out of a wood-fired pizza oven. Wood fired pizza ovens give your pizzas a unique, smoky, and irresistible flavour. It’s also easier to achieve that charred, crispy crust that compliments the rest of the chewy, flavourful slice so well. Don’t get us wrong, you can still create some excellent pizzas with gas fired ovens. But equipped with the best wood fired pizza recipes and a wood fired oven, you’ll have pretty much the whole neighbourhood following the smoky scent straight to your door. 

Can’t Decide? Go for the Ooni Pro at Alfresco Creations

Both wood fired and fired pizza ovens come with their own benefits and downfalls. However, if you’re finding it hard to choose one over the other, why not opt for the best of both worlds? At Alfresco Creations, we’re proud to showcase the Ooni Pro, Perth’s first portable wood fired pizza oven. But the Ooni Pro doesn’t just run on wood- you can also choose to run it on gas or charcoal, making it a flexible and versatile choice of appliance for your alfresco area.

Want to find out more about the Ooni Pro? Contact Alfresco Creations today for more info!

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