Comparing the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Ovens.

Comparing the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Ovens.

Comparing the Ooni Karu 12 and Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Ovens.

We compare the Ooni Karu pizza ovens!  Check out our video here!

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The Ooni Karu Pizza ovens are available in two sizes, the Karu 12 and the Karu 16 and both ovens are multi-fuelled.

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There is a big price difference between these two sized ovens, but whichever oven you choose, they cook super pizza, using either gas or wood fuels.  The gas burners are an optional extra.

I don’t think it’s an easy decision to choose between pizza ovens as there are so many great outdoor portable ovens on the market at the moment.

Here, I compare the  Ooni Karu 12 and the Ooni Karu 16.  There are some key differences and similarities.

First to mention is the price – there is a  difference and so your budget may decide which oven you choose.

However, these are the key differences and similarities between these ovens:

Both of these ovens use wood and gas as fuel, although the gas burner is an optional extra.

The gas burners are used with the chimney on, just like the wood burner.

They both have nice, thick pizza stones and this provides great heat retention.  This is particularly useful for cooking more than one pizza.

Both have an oven door.  The Karu 16’s door is made of glass and has vents at the top.  The Karu 12’s has a solid metal door.

They are easy to clean

The Karu 12 cooks pizza up to 12” and the Karu 16 cooks pizza up to 16”.


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The Karu 16, because is it larger is also heavier and the Karu 12 is, therefore, easier to carry around.

They both have good-sized wood grates.  The Karu 16 can take larger logs which is useful, this keeps the oven hotter for longer.

If you are considering only using a gas burner then you may want to check out the Ooni Koda 12 and Ooni Koda 16 Pizza ovens.


Check out our pizza dough recipe here.

Check out our Pizza Stone Cleaning Video here.

Enjoy your outdoor pizza oven cooking!

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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