Comparing the Ooni 12G Pizza Oven with the Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven!

Comparing the Ooni 12G Pizza Oven with the Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven!

Comparing the Ooni Karu 12G and Ooni Karu 16 PIZZA OVENS!

Hi and welcome to our learning-to-cook pizza journey! This video shows the differences and similarities between the Ooni Karu 12G and the Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Ovens. This is an independent review, I bought these ovens. This is not a sponsored video.
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Ooni have recently launched a new version of the Karu 12 pizza oven range and added a G to its name – the ooni karu 12G.

The Ooni Karu 16 has a 16-inch cooking surface which is perfect for cooking bigger pizza. 

The Ooni Karu 12G has a slightly smaller cooking surface of 12 inches, making it a more compact option.   The Karu 12G is lighter in weight and more portable than the Karu 16.  The Karu12G weighs 15.5kg (34.2lbs) and the Karu 16 weighs 28.4kg (62.6 lbs) that is nearly double the weight.

So lets find out what the other key features are between the Ooni Karu 12G and the bigger version, the Ooni Karu 16. 

They both have foldable legs and the relative compact size of these ovens mean that storing them is easy to do.  You can remove the chimney, the stone and the grate burner to store separately from the oven and this makes the ovens lighter to carry.

They both are fuelled by wood and lump wood charcoal with the option of buying the gas burners as an option.  Having these multi- fuel choices give you the opportunity to cook differently based on your preferences and the environment you are cooking in.

Setting them up is quick and straightforward.  The new 12G has a powder coated exterior shell that fits in with the look of the other Ooni pizza ovens and matches the Karu 16.  Both are easy to wipe down and clean.

They both reach a high temperatures quickly, up to 932°F (500°C). This heat is crucial for achieving that authentic Neapolitan-style pizza with a crispy crust and beautifully charred toppings.

The cooking experience with both these ovens are fun and enjoyable. Just heat up your pizza stone to 430c/810f in the centre and you are ready to cook. It takes just a minute or two to cook a pizza, thanks to the intense heat generated by the flames at the back. 

There are some differences in size however.  

They both have good sized grates for both lump wood charcoal and real wood logs.  

They both have a clear glass door.   I love to see the pizza cooking and the glass lets you do that with ease.  It is a good size on both ovens and you can easily see inside.  It keeps itself clean and I love it.  I just wipe down with a dry cloth after cooking.  

Even though they look structurally similar in style they are different in size, they still offer similar options and features.  The new 12G measurements are on the screen, 74.5 x 72.8 x 42.7 cm (29.7″ x 28.7″ x 16.4″) and the  Karu 16 measurements are: 81 x 50 x 83cm (31.9 x 19.7 x 32.7″)

The pizza cooking stone area for these ovens are: Karu 16 = 42.42 x 42.42cm (16.7 x 16.7″) and Karu 12G is :33.7cm x 33.7cm (13.27” x 13.27”).


these are super pizza ovens for cooking wood fired pizza!

They both have temperature gauges. The Karu 12G has a dial on the side and the Karu 16 has a digital thermometer on the base of the door.  I prefer the 12G dial as it never runs out of battery.  These dials are really useful to check how your heat levels are progressing in the oven without opening the oven door.

Opening the door releases the oven heat so it’s best to avoid doing that until it reaches temperature. You should still check the stone temperature using your digital laser thermometer when the oven has reached its temperature on the dial.

The door on the Karu 12G has a magnetic attachment making it easy to open and close quickly.  The Karu 16’s door lifts up on a  little latch to unlock and close.

If you are thinking of buying either the new Karu 12G or the Karu 16 they are both super ovens to own and I think they cook fantastic pizza using the wood burner.

There is the option of buying a gas burner for these ovens as an optional extra.   Changing over to the gas burner is easy too.

I don’t much use the gas burner with the Karu 16 as I love using it for wood but it’s nice to have as an option when you need it.  The same with the Karu 12G gas burner.  

In conclusion, both these ovens are super pizza ovens that offer portability, fuel versatility, and a great pizza cook performance. They are portable and easy to clean and will give you loads of wood and gas fired pizza cooking fun at home or on the go.


PIZZA OVENS – if you are looking to buy a pizza oven check out all my pizza oven review videos as there are a number to choose from such as the Ooni Volt 12, Ooni Karu 12G, Ooni Fyra 12, the Ooni Karu 16,  the Ooni Koda 16, Ooni koda 12, Gozney Roccbox and the Ooni Karu 12!  

Check out our Pizza Stone Cleaning Video here.

I’ve created a Pizza for Beginners – Learning to Cook Pizza and How to Use Pizza Ovens YouTube playlist that gives some great tips to help you with your learning to cook pizza journey!

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