Pros & Cons – Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

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If you really want to cook with wood pellets pretty much anywhere and you’re really into pizza, then you may be interested in the Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven. The Fyra 12 does not require any power source at all, unlike automated pellet grills/smokers. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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We have nearly thirty portable pellet grills/smokers now listed in our database. However, they all require a source of power. Hence, you need an inverter to draw power from a vehicle’s 12V DC battery.

The Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven does not need a source of electricity to operate.
As electricity is not needed for the Fyra 12 to operate, it means you can use it to cook pizza pretty much anywhere

As the Ooni Fyra does not need a source of power, you can use it pretty much anywhere. However, it does also mean you have to manage the pellet fire yourself.

The typical price point of the Ooni Fyra 12 is just under $350 (check our database). At that price point, in the database, you will see several other automated pellet grills/smokers.

With a price point of $350, the Ooni Fyra 12 is quite expensive for what it actually is.
With no controller, fan, pellet auger etc, the Ooni Fyra 12 is quite expensive for what you are actually getting

Now, I will say that generally, the owners’ comments reflect that the build quality of the Ooni is commended, and there is also quite a lot of stainless steel used in its construction.

My people (like me) drive a Toyota. Is it the fanciest car I could get for the money? No, but I know its going to work. That is a benefit of the Ooni Fyra 12; it’s simple and, therefore, reliable.

The Gravity Pellet Hopper and no fan/controller on the Ooni Fyra 12 means there if effectively nothing to go wrong/break.
The benefit of the simple design is that there is essentially nothing to go wrong/break

Sure, if you dropped the Ooni, you could break it, but other than that, you don’t have to worry about a controller failing or a pellet auger motor/fan not working properly. There is an appeal to simplicity.


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I’m going to presume for a second that you eat more than just pizza? So, if that’s the case, can you use the Ooni Fyra to cook anything else? Sure, just slide in a cast iron pan/skillet and get cooking!

Due to the Ooni Fyra 12 being primarily designed as a pizza oven it does limit its wider cooking functionality.
As its primarily a pizza oven, cooking certain other foods in the Fyra 12 may be tricky

Cooking steaks and burgers etc in a cast-iron pan, sure, the Fyra 12 will do a great job, though you’ll only be able to cook a few at a time. Its more taller/larger pieces of meat/vegetables that it will struggle with.

With a weight of just over 22 lbs, the Ooni Fyra 12 is an ultra-portable means to cook with pellets and can easily carried by two people, as seen below. Really, most people on their own could easily carry it.

The Fyra 12 pellet pizza oven is so lightweight, most people will easily be able to carry it around on their own.
A carry bag/cover is available for the Fyra 12 portable pellet pizza oven

It is good to see that Ooni has designed a bag to carry the Fyra 12 around. However, its an additional cost, and for the price, I really think a bag should be included.

Now, most of the automated (powered) portable pellet grills in our database don’t feature any stainless steel. However, they also offer more cooking functionality than the Ooni Fyra 12.

Not all of the cooking chamber of the Ooni Fyra 12 pellet pizza oven is made from stainless steel.
As you can see the main body of the Fyra 12 is not stainless steel, its painted carbon steel (hence can rust)

I don’t expect all pellet grills/smokers/pizza ovens to be made from stainless steel. It’s an expensive material. However, when you have such simple construction as the Fyra 12, yeah, it’s disappointing it’s not full SS.

My Final Thoughts On The Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

I love the idea of a gravity-fed portable pellet pizza oven, and by most owner feedback, the Ooni Fyra 12 does a great job at what it’s primarily designed for, cooing pizza.

Many owners also state that its well build and durable, and such things come at a cost. I just think, in this case, the cost is a little high. If the Ooni Fyra was closer to $200, I think it would be a no-brainer.

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