Comparing the Ooni Koda 12 and Ooni Karu 12G Pizza Ovens!

Comparing the Ooni Koda 12 and Ooni Karu 12G Pizza Ovens!

Comparing the Ooni KODA 12 and Ooni KARU 12G Pizza Ovens!

Hi and welcome to our learning-to-cook pizza journey! Today I cover my impressions, the differences and similarities between the Ooni KARU 12G and the KODA 12 Pizza Ovens.
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Today, we compare two popular pizza ovens: the Ooni Koda 12 and the Ooni Karu 12G.

Let’s cover the Ooni Koda 12 first. This 12” pizza oven is fuelled by gas.  It easily connects to a gas tank from a pipe at the back of the oven.  It has a linear gas burner that covers the back of the oven.

It’s simple and easy to use. With a grey powder-coated shell and a sleek modern design, it will look great on your pizza table!  It has foldable legs and is light to carry around due to its compact size.   Just attach the oven to your tank, turn the gas dial knob at the back, ignite and you’re oven has instant flames!

The Koda has a 12” cooking surface and provides a powerful flame that reaches temperatures of up to 932°F (500°C) in just 15 minutes.

I bought the Koda 12 four years ago now and it’s still looking great and working well!

One of the great features of the Ooni Koda 12 is its built-in ignition. It provides a hassle-free startup without any messy charcoal!  And on that note let’s quickly move on to the new Ooni Karu 12G which is an updated version of the original Karu 12 pizza oven.

This multi-fuel pizza oven gives you the flexibility to cook with wood, lump wood charcoal, or gas as an optional extra, depending on your preferences. Check out my Karu 12G first cook video where I discuss the Karu 12 gas burner in more detail.  It’s a super 12” pizza oven for those who want to use different fuel options and cooks pizza really well using the wood burner that it comes with as standard.  The Karu 12G also has a grey powdered steel shell that looks very similar to the Koda 12’s and also reaches temperatures of 932f/500c.  Both the Koda and the Karu ovens cook pizza have foldable legs and removable stones and are also really easy to clean.

However, there are a few differences between the ovens.

The multi-fuel option of the Ooni Karu 12G gives you the cook, more fuel choice options.  It has a chimney and a door, which the Koda 12 does not have.  The chimney and door on the Karu are used with both gas and wood fuel options. 

The Karu 12G gives you beautiful wood flames from its lovely-sized grate.  It also has a temperature dial on the side and this helps to monitor the heat with the door shut as opening the door to check the oven temperature releases the heat and slows down the heat-up time.


The koda 12 will cook you a super gas fired pizza

The optional Karu 12 gas burner attachment is easily placed onto the back of the oven once the wood burner has been removed.  This is handy for when you want to have an instant flame at the click of the ignition just like the Koda 12.  The gas burner connects to your gas tank in the same way as the Koda 12.

If you are interested in buying these ovens, you may want to consider which fuel you are more interested in cooking with.  If you only really want to cook with gas then the Koda 12 does that really well. Wood-fired ovens are a little messier, especially using the lump wood charcoal, and take a little longer to set up and require a little more skill in wood flame management!  Check out my video on how to light the Karu 12 pizza oven.

The Karu 12G has a glass door and so this gives you a great view of the pizza as it cooks whilst retaining the heat inside during the cook.  The door is easy to clean and doesn’t smoke up as you are cooking so it works really well.

Both the Koda 12 and the Karu 12G have their unique advantages. The Koda 12 is very easy to set up and use, it heats up quickly and is portable.  The Karu 12G gives you the flexibility to cook with different fuels,  also heats up fast, and is portable – it’s heavier than the Koda 12 though because it has a door.

Which oven you prefer depends on your cooking fuel choice and your cooking style. Whichever one you choose, they both cook super pizza and will provide you with years of pizza-cooking fun!


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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