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20+ DIY Pizza Oven Ideas

Written by, Bojana Atanasovska

Updated October, 14, 2022

You can’t cook a pizza without a pizza oven and a good pizza oven can be pricey.

If you’re looking for more affordable options, here are some quick and easy DIY pizza oven ideas.

20+ Homemade Pizza Oven Ideas

We did our research and found more than 20 different ideas to build your own pizza oven. After all, a homemade pizza cooked in your DIY oven can be just as good, if not better, than a takeaway pizza from the popular pizza chain.

Wood-fired pizza oven made of bricks

Building a wood-fired pizza from bricks isn’t as difficult as it sounds and is quite cheap. The only thing you need to buy is 47 little red bricks and 2 big bricks, which should be lead-free. It costs about $50 and it can heat up to 750 degrees. 

Wood-fired oven plans and kits

Flamesmiths offers two types of kits that you can use to build a wood fire oven: a brick oven kit and a precast oven kit. They also provide step-by-step instructions for a variety of sizes and free guides you can use to create your own design.
Flamesmiths recommends always using refractory insulation over the dome and under the base, which makes sure that the oven stays heated for longer.

MyOutdoorPlans pizza oven

MyOutdoorPlans has in-depth instructions on how to build a nice, small pizza oven with an arched brick-layered top, concrete blocks, firebrick, and fire clay. The project does require some skills and experience in bricklaying. 
It’s also worth doing quick research about quality pizza stones and pizza pans for your oven before you start.

A pizza oven with firewood space

This pizza oven with a stone top is a great addition to any backyard. It’s bigger than most home-built pizza ovens, measuring 34 inches, and the foundation is 3×3 feet and spacious, meaning you can cook more than one pizza in it at the same time.

This outdoor pizza oven also has extra space for storing firewood

A classic clay pizza oven

Have you ever tried a pizza made in a clay oven?

The good news is you can build one in your garden with simple tools and things you can easily find in your local store. The clay oven takes longer to heat up, but once it does, it cooks the pizza, and other foods, in mere seconds. 
Make sure you pick a location that has lots of room around it, preferably in direct sunlight. The oven might take around 2 days to build.

The Pompeii brick oven plans

This is a typical Italian pizza oven that is made primarily of fire bricks and cement and comes with multiple venting options.
The oven has a curved form, which ensures that the heat from the fire is trapped. Not only does it save on wood fuel but it’s also ideal for a crunchy-crust pizza.

A concrete pizza oven build

Could You Cook’s project might not be one of the easiest projects to make but it’ll help you build a quality pizza oven that’s more resistant to bad weather than others. 

This pizza oven has a solid base made of concrete and fire bricks, a metal stand, and a small chimney.

Insulated clay pizza oven plans

Instructables’ pizza oven uses recycled materials and things you might be able to find at your home, including recycled bricks and a chimney, newspaper, wallpaper paste, and wood slats. 
The oven uses terracotta tiles as the insulating material under the floor and is great for those who want to cook their pizza at the highest temperature possible.

A mortarless pizza oven

You don’t need mortar to build your own pizza oven. 

Since the oven is built without mortar, it might take around 2-3 hours to build. The oven uses cement blocks and concrete under the clay brick base, which allows it to withstand higher temperatures, as well as angle iron to hold the bricks at the top of the oven.

An outdoor pizza oven for under $40

The materials, including the bricks and pavers, for this pizza oven, cost around $36
Building the oven doesn’t require any special skills or equipment and shouldn’t take more than an hour. Keep in mind that the measurements and materials are for a mini pizza oven, so if you want something larger, you might have to look elsewhere.

Recycled outdoor brick oven from permaculture

The great thing about this outdoor brick oven is that it’s made out of used bricks and you use any leftover materials that are lying around in your garage. You will need to put a solid insulation layer on the top to make sure smoke doesn’t come out of it.

A classic adobe oven

The adobe pizza oven is a mud-brick-inspired oven.

It takes around two days to put together and you’ll need concrete building and cap blocks, firebricks, a cardboard barrel, 1-quart can, wire mesh, and chicken wire, among other things. 

Building the oven also requires other equipment, like a hacksaw, wire cutters, a sabre saw, and rubber gloves.

A fixed outdoor pizza oven

This oven is durable, low-cost, and efficient, and with a 27-inch diameter interior, you can easily cook at least two small pizzas at once. 
Make sure you pick a location for it and start building it there since it takes more space than most DIY pizza ovens and cannot be moved.

A durable, concrete pizza oven 

This is yet another concrete pizza oven that’s made to last. It may take a couple of days to build, so it’s best to divide the project into stages. 

The guide has instructions on how to build it on a wooden crate and some of the materials and equipment you’ll need include sharp sand, cement, aggregate, bricks, a drill, wood saw, and wood screws.

The cob oven project

The cob oven is made of clay, sand, straw, gravel, tarp, and rocks. The oven has a dry-stone foundation and a thick outer shell thanks to the adobe dirt mix.

The best thing about it is that there is some leeway in choosing how to design.

The swishy wood pizza oven

This project uses refractory firebricks, which are great if you want to avoid cracks in the long run since they’re durable and have great thermal properties. It’s a great mini oven with a chimney made of bricks and a separate chamber for wood logs.

A DIY pizza oven project for experienced builders

This is an excellent DIY project for those who want a professional-looking pizza oven in their backyard. Its base and top are made of different types of bricks, there’s insulation on the top of the oven, and it has a metal door.

A quality pizza oven for under $100

This is a small but fancy backyard oven. Food Truck Empire says that anyone can construct one for less than $100, even if you had to get all of your components from your local home improvement store. 

The guide offers some room for size changes and design.

An insulated pizza oven made of clay

This DIY clay pizza oven has a good concrete and brick-layered base, a solid insulation layer, and two clay layers

If you opt for this build, it’s best to take your time with it. If you’ve never built a pizza oven before, do a little research about how to heat it up and how to properly measure the temperature in the oven chamber.

A wood-fired earth oven

Earth oven DIY projects are a tried-and-true method. It’s a fun work project that doesn’t require any special tools or materials you can’t find in your local store. 

It’s also cheap and easy to build.

An oil drum pizza oven

This project is a mix of the Ugly Drum Smoker and the Gym Ball Pizza Oven, made of an oil drum, vermiculite, cement, and fire bricks. 
It’s easy to put together, but you’ll need a wire brush and a drill, and some paint to prepare the barrel. The vermiculite, mixed with water, is a solid insulating layer, and you can use either wood plants or builder trestles for the base.

Bottom Line

If you can’t afford a store-bought pizza oven or you prefer a challenge and a good project, there are plenty of DIY pizza oven ideas you can find online to learn how to build different types of pizza ovens, from clay to oil drum, and brick ovens.

Bojana is my name and writing is my game. I am a content writer from Bitola who is always interested in the latest research in almost all areas of life. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a perfectionist character, both of which help me find the most accurate data and information available. Although I have my head stuck in studies and reports most of the time, I still have a bit of free time during which I enjoy knitting and watching classic 90’s Disney movies.