The popular XO outdoor appliances brand has a new addition to their lineup: a freestanding pizza oven. This wood-fired pizza oven joins an impressive suite of grills, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and more, all designed in Italy with a unique, sleek style that adds functional elegance to your outdoor living area. This is not the first pizza oven that XO has offered. XO sells several countertop pizza ovens that can be attached to a grill cart (sold separately). This freestanding model is an all-in-one pizza oven with legs and wheels for quick and easy maneuvering in your outdoor space.
Design and Cooking Features
What makes the new XO freestanding pizza oven unique and incredible? Like other XO products, this pizza oven is designed and crafted in Italy using the finest quality materials. Its specially-shaped dome hood cooks food evenly by redistributing the flame along the roof of the cooking chamber. The dome also helps retain heat for better efficiency. The refractory ceramic floor insulates the oven, and it also retains heat, allowing for very high temperatures and maximum efficiency. A stainless steel chimney with damper gives users total control over the oven's internal temperatures, which you can easily monitor using the built-in thermometer.
This outdoor pizza oven features the Air Plus system, which brings your pizza oven to cooking temperatures in as little as 15-20 minutes. This is a major advantage since pizza ovens need to reach very high temperatures, such as 700° F. Shorter preheating time means you don't burn as much fuel.
A movable pizza oven is much more convenient than a countertop pizza oven because it can be easily moved from one place in your backyard to another, even when it is hot. This freestanding pizza oven comes with legs and two wheels. Install the stack on the oven, and you're ready to cook!
If you are making pizzas in a wood-fired outdoor pizza oven, you need something to take the pizzas in and out of the oven. That's why XO includes a large peel for adding or removing pizzas from the oven, a small diameter peel for rotating the food as it cooks and moving the fire inside the oven, and a brush for clearing ashes and debris from the hearth.
Pizza Recipes to Try
Need some new pizza recipes to try in your XO freestanding wood-fired pizza oven? Take a look at these two savory recipes. They are intended for a wood pellet grill, but can easily be adjusted to your XO wood-fired pizza oven's efficient cooking times.
Barbecued Chicken Pizza
Enjoy the sweet and spicy barbecue sauce on this barbecued chicken pizza. The sauce contains ketchup, brown sugar, chipotle chili peppers, adobo sauce, chili powder, and garlic powder. Add thinly sliced peppers and onions, shredded chicken, and pepper jack cheese, plus a yummy homemade crust, and you've got yourself a dinner the whole family will love.
Vegetarian Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Peppers, and Blue Cheese
Serve up the goodness of this vegetarian pizza piled high with sweet onions and red bell peppers. Mozzarella cheese, blue cheese, walnuts, and parsley top this pizza for a unique flavor and crunch that you'll want to try again and again.
Can you cook other things in a wood-fired pizza oven?
Yes. Wood-fired pizza ovens are not only for pizza. You can bake bread, cook meat and seafood, slow-cook a casserole, roast vegetables for a side dish, and bake a dessert. Experiment with your favorite foods for tasty, smokey, family-pleasing dishes.
What temperature do you cook pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven?
Wood-fired pizza ovens get very hot. An ideal temperature for a pizza is around 700° F.