Popular portable pizza oven the PizzaQue by Pizzacraft, makes many bold claims. Among them are a preheat time of 15 minutes, a normal baking temperature of between 700 and 800 degrees, and a cook time of just six minutes or less. Pair that with its portability and its surprisingly affordable price point (currently $159 on Amazon.com) and the PizzaQue has my attention. So much so that I decided to pick one up! I’ll be running this little guy through its paces all this week and giving you my thoughts on this intriguing portable pizza oven. Make sure to comment or post on the Facebook page if you have any specific questions you want answers to regarding the PizzaQue.
A Portable Pizza Oven? Really?
Yes! At 25 lbs. and with an external diameter of about 18 inches, this portable pizza oven strikes a healthy balance between feeling like a quality piece of cookware and maintaining true portability. I once drove two hours to another county to fill my truck with 200 firebricks, which I then brought home (another two hours) to build makeshift pizza ovens with. I’m not above traveling way too far and lifting way too much weight in the name of pizza. Now that I’ve had that experience, however, the relative compact size of the PizzaQue portable pizza oven is music to my ears.. and my arms… and my back. It even comes with a handy vinyl cover which protects the oven as you travel to your culinary destination. I can absolutely confirm – this oven is truly portable and ready to travel.
What Size Pizzas Can You Bake?
Although the round pizza stones measure 14″, the opening of the oven measures 13.5″ wide by 2.25″ tall. You should expect to be able to comfortably bake 12″ pizzas in the PizzaQue. It’s worth mentioning that you’ll want to make sure you have a pizza peel that can fit and adequately maneuver within that opening as well. Naturally, Pizzacraft sells an accessory pack that includes a metal peel and brush that fit the oven perfectly. Also worth noting: although you certainly can use a wooden peel in this outdoor pizza oven, I think you’ll appreciate leaving as much vertical clearance for the pizza itself when sliding the pie in and out of the oven. I would recommend a metal peel for this particular pizza oven – it’s worth a few extra bucks to not lose your toppings on the way in.
What Makes It Go?
The PizzaQue is fired by a 14,500 BTU propane burner, similar to what you’d find in your bbq or home-brewing setup. This is a huge benefit if you want to be able to just turn the oven on and start baking a few minutes later. Plus, if you are planning to travel with your portable pizza oven, bringing a cylinder of propane along with you is infinitely easier than everything needed to fire a wood-fired pizza oven. Pizzacraft even claims that you can bake in their outdoor pizza oven for 2 hours on a 1lb. canister of propane and 25 hours on a single 20 lb. cylinder – pretty impressive!
The Convenience of Propane, the Flavor of Smoke
Pizzacraft offers a few great accessories for the PizzaQue, but the one I am most interested in testing next really makes this pizza oven a true competitor to wood burning backyard ovens. If you’re the kind of tailgater that yearns for the flavor of charred wood like I do, have no fear – there is a solution for us too: the optional PC6021 Pizza Oven Wood Pellet Smoker will add rich wood smoke flavor to pizzas cooked on your portable pizza oven. ($22.12 on Amazon.com)
Check Out The PizzaQue In Action
I found a quick 2-minute preview of the outdoor pizza oven on Pzzacraft’s site. It should give you a good idea of what we’ll be getting into later this week as the week of the PizzaQue continues!
Continue on to Part 2
I unbox the PizzaQue, set it up, and fire it for the first time. Stay tuned and check back in soon for the next installment in the week of the PizzaQue! If you’d like to check out the PizzaQue further, check it out on Amazon.com. There’s a lot of great reviews there and the oven ships free for Prime members!
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