Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven First Cook

Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven First Cook

Ooni Karu 16 Pizza Oven First Cook

I bought the Ooni Karu 16 in June 2021 and it arrived this week – this is my first cook with it!

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The Ooni Karu 16 is a multi-fuelled pizza oven and is the big brother to the Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven.

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The large stone cooking area and the clear glass door gives you a great cooking experience.

I have stated for a while that the Ooni Pro 16 needed an upgrade and so I was very happy to see the Ooni Karu 16 released onto the pizza oven market in June 2021.

A first cook with a new pizza oven is challenging and fun.

The first cooking experience with the Ooni Karu 16 taught me the following:

  • Lighting the oven was easy to do.  Ooni provides a quick tip guide on how to do this and what to use.  I used lumpwood, and some kindling to start it off, then a few logs after 5 minutes.
  • The logs kept the fire going for the next 10 minutes and through the cook so I didn’t need to add any kindling or any more logs other than those shown on the video.
  • With the door on, this oven will cook your pizza very quickly so get ready for those rotations.  I made 2 rotations in 80 seconds and one crust edge just missed being scorched!

This is an easy wood-fired oven to use.

  • The oven isn’t as bright inside as the Ooni Koda 16 so you will have to keep an eye on the back crust through the glass door.
  • As someone who  likes to have full vision of the pizza being cooked, having the option to see through the glass door is a huge advantage.
  • The oven stone was still very hot at 360c when I tested it 25 minutes after the pizza cook.  I had let the fuel burn down.

Overall, the lighting was easy to do, the heat up time took 15 minutes and the cook took 83 seconds and the oven stone was still very hot 25 minutes later.  Check out the unboxing and first cook videos for more information!

I’ve created a Learning to Cook Pizza YouTube playlist that gives some great tips to help you with your learning to cook pizza journey!


Check out our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Got2EatPizza

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