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How much should a refractory pizza oven kit cost?

Of course the cost of a pizza oven kit depends greatly on the size of the oven. So let’s pick a typical full-size refractory pizza oven kit size, and do a little analysis. We’ll pick an oven size of roughly 36″, which for many customers is the goldilocks scenario—not too big and not good small. We would say that a 32″ wood-fired round oven is really a mid-size oven, capable of only cooking one 11-12″ pizza at a time without having to worry about getting ash on your pizzas, while offering limited roasting capability. And ovens over 40″ can be a little challenging to manage, and require longer heat-up times. So let’s stick with 36″

For this analysis, let’s also assume that you are installing your 36″ (or so) pizza oven kit outdoors, and you don’t have to worry about setbacks from any combustible materials—which means you can use a single-wall stainless chimney system. And let’s also assume that you are going to properly insulate your oven, within at least 3″ of ceramic insulation over the dome and at least 2″ CalSil board under the oven floor. We can also assume that the cost of building a concrete block stand and masonry enclosure is the same for each oven.

You should know that unlike metal pizza ovens, most pizza oven kits are priced with shipping as an extra cost. These ovens are heavy, and the producers don’t want to build the cost of shipping, which can be as high as $600 or more depending the weight of the oven and the shipping distance.

With these assumptions, we can divide the market into sub-categories.

Less than $1,200

The Biscotto di Sorrento 36″ cast onsite oven kit comes with everything you need to build the oven core, including high quality castable and large format baking tiles, at a very cost-effective price. The difference between a cast-in-place kit and a precast kit is that you need to mix the refractory castable material and pack it again the provided mold. If you are willing to do that, you will have a lot of money.

Less than $2,000

WPPO sells a precast oven kit with a very thin cooking floor and minimal insulation made in China for $1,600. If you don’t want to cast your own oven dome from Biscotto di Sorrento, and don’t have a budget of over $2,500, it might be the best, and perhaps only, choice, despite the fact that it’s cooking floor won’t store very much heat and the insulation is pretty terrible. One option would be to buy the oven along with additional insulation.

$2,500-$3,500

Californo sells a 35″ precast oven kit with a small amount of low-quality insulation for about $2,600. You can either install the kit “as-is”, meaning your oven will not perform as well as the other choices, or you can spend hundreds of dollars on additional insulation, bring the price up to about $3,000.

The Firebrick Co sell a 38″ brick pizza oven kit for about $2,800, which is a good value for a real brick oven. But be aware that this is a kit of discrete firebricks that take a long time (possibly a very long time) to build, and requires a great deal of building skill. You will not want to pay a contractor to build this oven for you.

The Forno Bravo Casa 90 comes with everything you need to build a fully insulated ovens core, and includes a single-wall chimney system for about $3,000 making it a good value and a popular choice.

Forno Piombo sells a 36″ precast oven kit with a small amount of low-quality insulation for about $3,300. You can either install the kit “as-is”, meaning your oven will not perform as well as the other choices, or you can spend hundreds of dollars, or more, on additional insulation, bring the price up to nearly $4,000.

$3,500-$4,500

Muganini sells a 39″ precast oven kit, with 2″ dome and floor pieces, without floor insulation or a chimney for $4,000, which doesn’t really make sense.

$5,000 and up

Bread Stone Ovens sells a 37″ brick precast oven kit, with high-end insulation for about $5,800. It’s a nice oven with a real brick oven core that you install like a regular precast kit. It’s nice, but it’s expensive.

Mugnaini sells a 39″ precast oven kit with 3-4″ dome pieces and 2″ floor pieces, without floor insulation or a chimney for $7,000, which also really doesn’t make sense.

I hope this article has helped you understand the pizza oven kit market.