Looking for placement and storage options for your Ooni Pizza Oven? I went through the same thing. So, along the way, I learned a couple of tips about how to store and where, or what to place your Ooni Pizza oven on, and would like to share that with you today.
The Ooni pizza oven. What a fantastic tool it is. If you haven’t got one yet, what are you waiting for? I couldn’t get by now without it.
The pizzas you get out of it are second-to-none (and all from the comfort of your own home). It’s a technical marvel and I encourage you all to get one!
But there’s one problem that leaves a lot of people scratching their heads. A problem that needs to be addressed before you invest in one.
That problem is storage. Where do you place an Ooni pizza oven? How do you store it? How do you keep it safe? These are valid points that I had to ask too before I figured out how best to work it.
So, let me talk you through what I’ve learned.
What To Put An Ooni Pizza Oven On?
There are several things that could answer this question, but only a few that I’ve tried myself and will be happy to recommend to you.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, I should mention that the Ooni company actually offers their own modular table – which is specifically designed to keep the Ooni pizza oven safely on top.
It’s a dedicated stand, with the top shelf being where the oven is placed and a couple of tray inserts underneath to store your propane tank and fuel.
The top shelf is made from stainless steel and it’s perfectly designed for your Ooni pizza oven. I like to use this over everything else – I suppose you could call me a sucker for the named brands, but it gets the job done!
If you don’t want to spend the money on getting the branded stand, there are plenty of other options you can find in furniture stores.
It doesn’t have to be a dedicated stand but ideally, it should have a stainless steel surface (or at the very least it should be solid wood).
I would absolutely avoid anything that has a glass or plastic top (I’m hoping the reasons are pretty obvious to you, but let’s just say there can be an issue with melting).
Ooni Storage Ideas
When not in use, it’s a good idea to think about how best to store your Ooni pizza oven.
Most people tend to keep their Ooni tucked away until it’s needed as leaving it out and exposed to the elements can cause a lot of issues that you would otherwise be able to avoid. It’s just not worth the drama!
Above all else, the Ooni pizza oven should be kept indoors if it isn’t in use for a long period of time.
While you can keep it outside if you repeatedly use it, you’ll find that the longer it is left exposed to things like rain and high winds, the worse it’ll end up performing for you when you need it.
Also, I’ve got myself an Ooni Pro Cover that I use to tuck my Ooni pizza oven in when I’m not using it.
Basically, it’s a large barge that has handles (so, it’s portable, which makes it even more useful). It acts as a shield for your Ooni from the elements and will keep it in tip-top condition.
I still prefer taking it indoors though, even after I’ve put the bag over it, and I recommend you do the same. It’s just not worth running the risks! The Ooni is far too useful to be accidentally broken.
Where To Use An Ooni Pizza Oven?
Just having it on a table or a stand isn’t always enough to ensure your Ooni will get the most out of operation.
When you’re cooking outside and trying to get the pizza just right for you, you’ll need to consider a few things to optimize cooking times and efficiency.
The positioning of your pizza oven is just as important as what you place it on, and I’ll run you through a few of the things I’ve learned lately about it.
Firstly, keep it away from any buildings or constructions. The more out in the open you can get it the better. Hopefully, you’ll have a large enough yard to secure a good spot, but if you don’t, just try and keep it away from your walls while you use it.
The last thing you’ll want to do is burn down your house when you’re trying to make a pizza. Okay, that most likely won’t happen, but you never really know!
It’s also good to keep your Ooni sheltered from the wind. This can be a challenge in itself if you have a fairly open yard that allows for plenty of wind to get in.
Just try and find the best place you can to avoid the most direct onslaught of the wind. Speaking from experience, this can be a challenge! But don’t give up just because you’re finding the day particularly windy.
In fact, Ooni actually mentions on their website how best to deal with a windy day. You can still get all the pizza goodness out of it, even if the wind has other ideas.
They recommend that you position your Ooni and the table in a way so that the air enters through the rear of the oven. This encourages airflow and general operation of the oven and you’ll end up with some pretty fantastic pizzas to match!
Hopefully, I’ve given you some good ideas as to how best to keep your Ooni in working order. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure it’s kept on a table that is actually capable of holding it safely.
No plastic, no glass. Either stainless steel or wood are the only things I’d encourage. You can just go to your local furniture store and find a small standing table and that should do the trick.
And remember, when it comes to storage, you’re going to want to make sure you keep your Ooni indoors whenever possible.
The last thing you’re going to want is to have it damaged by a random bit of rain or wind. I couldn’t imagine my life without my Ooni now that I have one – and I look after it like it’s my own child. I suggest you do the same and bring it indoors once you’re done with it!