How to Build an Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Learn How to Make a Pizza Oven

After building your own outdoor pizza oven, you can enjoy the combined joys of pizza, outdoor living, and firewood for a unique experience that you will love to share with family and friends.

Your garden will become nothing less than a social mecca. After all, who can resist the fascination of quick-baked pizza with incomparable smoked oak, maple, ash, beech, or birch umami? Let an outdoor pizza oven complete your backyard or add to your outdoor kitchen.

How Do Pizza Ovens Work?

Wood-fired pizza is not a gimmick or just a nostalgic throwback to the past. The wood stove's small masonry interior increases heat exponentially at temperatures that far exceed anything in your kitchen oven.

One secret to perfectly cooked pizza dough is to bake at extremely high temperatures for short periods of time, often 750 to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for just over a minute or two.

The other secret, of course, is the rich and flavorful flavor that wood smoke imparts. It's a flavor that no kitchen oven can match.

Codes and Permits

Check with your local department for building regulations licensing or zoning restrictions associated with building an outdoor pizza oven. If you live in a townhouse or other property controlled by a homeowners association (HOA), you may need permission from the HOA board before proceeding with the project.

Project Metrics

  • Working Time: 2 to 3 days
  • Total Time: 7 days
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Material Cost: $300 to $400

What You Will Need


  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tub for mixing concrete
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Metal snips or hacksaw
  • Jigsaw
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Mason's trowel
  • Hammer
  • Masonry chisel


  • Quick-set concrete
  • 4-foot by 4-foot piece of melamine-faced medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panel, common thickness 3/4-inch
  • Steel rebar mesh, 10 gauge, flush cut
  • Drywall screws, 1 5/8-inch long
  • Silicone caulk, black, or another dark color
  • Release agent: mineral oil or paste wax
  • Decorative bricks
  • Mortar
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Scrap pieces of MDF, OSB, or plywood, each 18 inches by 18 inches
  • 75 pounds of sand
  • Plastic sheeting
  • 6-inch diameter by 2-foot round metal duct pipe


Build the Bottom of the Mold For the Base

An outdoor pizza oven is essentially a confined wood fire, so you will need a durable, fire-retardant base.

While it is possible to create a concrete floor base, a specially designed raw concrete slab offers maximum flexibility in size and appearance. Pour the plate as close to the pizza oven location as possible.

Build a melamine MDF mold by first cutting a large part for the bottom of the mold and then four sides. Cut the bottom to any size of your choice or 36 inches by 36 inches. With the scissors or saw, cut the net into 35 inches by 35 inches.

Build the Sidewalls For the Base Mold

Using the circular saw, cut another piece of MDF wood into strips 2 3/4 inches wide and 36 inches long. Secure these sidewalls to the sides of the bottom of the concrete mold with 1 5/8 inch drywall screws.

Inject the silicone at all 90-degree angles into the mold and smooth it out with your finger. Once the dough is set, cover the mold with the release agent.

Pour the Concrete For the Mold

Mix the concrete and pour 1 inch of concrete into the mold. Place the mesh on the concrete and finish pouring to the top.

Hit the sides of the mold vigorously with the hammer to firm up the concrete. Let it dry for at least two full days, occasionally spraying the concrete with water to prevent cracking.

Remove the Base From the Mold

After hardening, carefully remove the side parts. With the help, turn over the slab and remove the lower formwork.

Dry-Fit the Lower Bricks

To get a general idea of ​​the footprint of your outdoor pizza oven, lay the brick underlayment over the concrete base. The pizza oven consists of two connected zones: the front arched opening and the rear dome oven itself.

The front opening will eventually have two double bricks stacked side by side about 18 inches apart. Five bricks form the arch and rest on the double-pile bricks. The rear screen will have a looser shape.

Start at the back of the arch. It almost forms a circle so that it touches both sides of the arc. Cut the bricks in half as needed with the hammer and masonry chisel.

Build the Front Arch Form

You will create the sides of the arch by joining the mortar with two stacks of two bricks. Place these double-stack bricks about 18 inches apart to create the two side walls of the front arch.

Next, create a shape for the arch. Place one of the 18 x 18 inch waste shelves on the edge of these piles.

Using a carpenter's pencil, draw an arc that extends from the inside of one wall to the inside of the other wall. Remove and place the second plate underneath. Cut out both arches at the same time with the puzzle.

Build the Front Arch

Place the two shapes in an arch about 3 inches apart, between the side walls. Support the arch shapes below with a stack of bricks.

Place five bricks together at the top of the arch shape. One of the five bricks must be placed in the center to function as a cornerstone. Mortar on both sides of the arch on the side walls. Let the bow dry completely before removing the bow shape.

Create the Form for the Oven's Rear Dome

Once you have successfully established a dome footprint, glue this primer directly to the concrete base. Once the course is completely hardened, create a shape for the dome by stacking sand.

Mix the sand in the cup with water to moisten it and help it stick. With your hand, transfer the sand to the center of these bricks. Build the sand to form a hemisphere. Cover the sand dome tightly with plastic wrap.

Add the Brick to the Oven's Rear Dome

Brick in the sand dome. Mortar each row on the next row. Also, neighboring mortar bricks. When you get to higher paths, generously cut the bricks in half or quarter for a more precise fit.

Stop adding bricks when you reach a 6-inch diameter circle at the top of the dome.

Create the Oven's Chimney

Insert the metal conduit into the top opening of the dome. Make sure it does not protrude from the inside wall at the top of the dome.

If the duct descends, it may interfere with the preparation of the pizza and may not extract the smoke properly. Mortise the conduit in place.

Mortar Over the Oven's Bricks

Mix a large amount of mortar and apply it to the top of the pizza oven. Smooth the mortar with the spatula and shape it manually. This top layer of mortar gives the pizza oven its characteristic round shape.

Let Cure and Remove Supports

Wait about three days for the oven to dry and dry completely. First, remove the arch form and its supporting bricks. Then go to the pizza oven dome area and excavate the supporting sand.

Be very careful to remove all sand and especially all plastic sheeting.

Complete Drying With a Small Fire

Before setting the pizza oven to full temperature, light a small wood fire to complete the drying process. Keep the heat low as you risk breaking the mortar and bricks if you heat the oven too fast.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about Wood Fired Brick Pizza Oven

Source: SecondSonWoodworks

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