Ooni Koda 12 Review

Ooni Koda 12

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Pros:
  • Lightweight & portable
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Heats up in just 15mins
  • Easy to clean
  • 60-day return policy
  • 3-year warranty
Cons:
  • Gas only
  • Max Pizza Size of 12"
  • Thinner pizza stone (10mm)
  • Taste may not be as good as a wood-fired oven

The Koda 12 is Ooni’s entry-level gas-burning pizza oven and sells for Β£299, about Β£50 more expensive than Ooni’s equivalent wood-fired pizza oven, the Fyre 12.

About Ooni

Ooni is a multi-award winning pizza oven designer, manufacturer and distributor that continuously innovates and improves its product range.

It was founded by Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland in their quest to develop an affordable pizza oven for the masses.

The company was formed in 2012 (so they have been around for almost a decade) and was originally funded by Kickstarter money.

Their name was originally Uuni, but changed to Ooni in 2018 due to different pronunciations of the former around the world.

What fuels does the Ooni Koda 12 use?

The Koda 12 burns propane gas to heat up the cooking chamber. There are no options for other fuels – if you want a multi-fuel model (both gas and wood) then the Karu 12 or Karu 16 are viable alternatives.

Gas-powered pizza ovens are typically easier to use because it is simpler to regulate the temperature using a control knob rather than managing a wood fire. In addition, they are easier to clean because they don’t leave any ash behind. However, they do not produce the classic taste of wood-fired pizza.

How durable is the Ooni Koda 12?

The Koda 12 is constructed from powder-coated carbon steel, which provides protection against corrosion as well as dings, scratches and discolouration. However, it is not designed to be left outside all year round and should be stored inside during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions.

How easy is it to set up the Ooni Koda 12?

The Koda 12 can be set up in just a few minutes.

  1. After unpacking, the legs on the unit are extended
  2. Next, the pizza stone is inserted into the cooking chamber
  3. Finally, the gas regulator is connected to the propane gas tank valve

Although this process is quick, Ooni does recommend that the Koda is seasoned before first-time use, which involves heating the unit up to full temperature for 30mins before letting it cool and wiping down the inside with dry paper towels. This burns off any oils or coatings that are still present from the manufacturing process.

How easy is it to use the Ooni Koda 12?

The Koda 12 is very simple to use.

  1. After installation, open the valve of the propane gas tank to allow gas to flow into the oven
  2. Push in the control knob on the front of the Koda and turn it anti-clockwise until it clicks and the burner ignites
  3. Keep the control knob held down for another 5 seconds or so before releasing
  4. Adjust the heat with the control knob until you reach the desired temperature

How long does the Ooni Koda 12 take to heat up and cook pizza?

It will usually take about 15 minutes to get up to the cooking temperature – you should check the temperature of the pizza stone with an infrared thermometer and if the temperature is 400-500 degrees Celsius, you are ready to cook your first pizza.

A pizza can be cooked in 1-2 minutes.

Is the Ooni Koda 12 portable?

The Ooni Koda weighs just 9.25Kg, making it the lightest Ooni across the range. In addition, it has foldable legs so it is very easy to move around and can easily be transported, however, remember that you will also need a propane gas tank, which will add to the weight and portability.

What is the capacity of the Ooni Koda 12?

The Koda only has the capacity for one pizza at a time and the maximum size pizza that can be cooked in it is 12β€³ (hence, why it is called the Ooni Koda 12).

Does the Ooni Koda 12 come with any accessories?

The Koda 12 does not come with any accessories other than a 10β€³ cordierite pizza stone. For a pizza stone, this is quite thin but is suitable for this model because of its smaller size.

Accessories are available from the Ooni store and Ooni usually has deals for the Koda 12 plus a bundle of necessary accessories.

Do I need anything else to use the Ooni Koda 12?

To use an Ooni Koda, you will need to buy a pizza peel for transferring your pizza in and out of the oven and turning it around. You will also need to purchase a propane gas tank. Finally, you will also need a thermometer so that you know when your oven has reached the optimal cooking temperature.

Verdict

The Ooni Koda is a great entry-level, gas-powered pizza oven. It would be suitable for someone that is buying the first pizza oven but does not want to spend too much and wants the ease of use that gas provides.

It is also great as a portable unit to be used on days out or camping trips, but remember to account for the weight and dimensions of your propane gas tank.

However, its limited capacity makes it unsuitable for chefs that will be cooking for larger numbers of people and you will not achieve the traditional taste of pizza that is cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Ooni Koda 12 Datasheet

Manufacturer:Ooni
Environment:Outdoor
Fuel:Gas
Portability:Tabletop
Type:Portable
Height:63cm
Width:29.5cm
Depth:40cm
Weight:9.25kg
Time to heat up:15mins
Max pizza size:12inches
Max capacity:1 pizza(s)
Price:Β£299 Check for deals