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Outdoor Pizza Oven Plans

For a lot of people, installing an outdoor kitchen in their backyard is one of the biggest home improvement activities they will ever undertake—maybe even the biggest. A well-designed outdoor cooking area can become the focal point of many fun get-togethers that the family will remember for years to come. It’s a pleasant thought—but before you decide to set up your own outdoor kitchen, there are some important issues you need to know about. You can’t expect to put an outdoor pizza oven in your backyard without giving any thought to what you’re doing. Otherwise, you’ll succeed only in making a big mess back there, and possibly even creating a safety hazard. So let’s explore making an outdoor kitchen plan. 

Fortunately, your friends at Fontana have already solved one of the biggest problems you’ll face when assembling your outdoor space. We’re talking about building a ceramic oven. With Fontana’s outdoor ovens, you don’t have to worry about that. Our ovens are fully assembled units, so there’s no need to figure out which materials to use, how to hold the various components in place, or anything of that nature. Your outdoor pizza oven plans involve simply figuring out where to put the unit, and which complementary components (refrigerators, countertops, etc.) will be in the area. Integrating a Fontana Forni outdoor oven into your pizza oven plans will make your outdoor kitchen something to truly enjoy during and after the installation.

At the outset, it’s important that to understand that your outdoor pizza oven plans dimensions and layout could conflict with local rules and regulations. These vary by region, and it’s impossible to summarize them here, so you will have to do a little research to see whether you’ll be allowed to set up your outdoor kitchen the way you’d prefer. You need to do this before you spend money on materials for your kitchen.

Where do you place your outdoor brick oven? Some people decide to place it on their existing patio, but if you elect this option you need to be aware that the materials you already have in place may not be able to support all this heavy equipment. Our ovens can weigh hundreds of pounds each! If so, it will be necessary to reinforce your patio. That’s why a lot of homeowners prefer to simply build a new foundation from scratch.

You also need to worry about protecting your kitchen setup from the elements—wind, rain, snow, and other kinds of weather phenomena. For this reason, some people set up their wood burning oven right next to their house, letting the roof overhang block out the sun and the rain. It’s a valid approach, but there are some considerations to be kept in mind if you decide to do this. To begin with, you need to keep your outdoor oven (and any other appliance that emits heat) at least ten feet away from the house. It’s also a good idea to position it near the edge of your roof—otherwise; all that smoke will collect in the kitchen area and foul up the place. That’s why you should be careful about setting up your oven too close to the windows and doors of your home.

Would you prefer to have a sink in your new outdoor kitchen? Many people do, as it saves them the hassle of going into their house whenever they want to wash their hands. But running water lines from the house can be a hassle—this is another reason why so many homeowners try to keep their outdoor oven setup as close to their house as safely possible. One good solution is to purchase a water heater for your outdoor sink, which will eliminate the need to have a separate hot water line running from your house.

When putting together your pizza oven plans, try to keep in mind the classic “kitchen triangle.” This will ensure that your kitchen setup is convenient to use. The kitchen triangle arrangement simply means that three appliances—the oven, the sink, and the refrigerator—are in a pattern that form the three points of a triangle, preferably with the “legs” no more than ten feet long. In addition, try to make sure that nothing is between these appliances. For instance, you shouldn’t have anything between the oven and the fridge. Also, it’s best to ensure that you have a countertop area to the side of your wood fired oven to ensure that you won’t have to turn around to set your cooked food on a safe surface.

Designing an outdoor pizza oven setup can be highly rewarding, but it definitely pays to do some planning before you take the plunge.