What comes in the box
Big Horn pizza oven comes nicely packed, and there is not much assembly required. Contents of the package include: the oven itself, with legs folded down, the ashtray that goes on the bottom, the fire tray and the grill that fits in the tray, the door and the handle for the door, the chimney, the pellet hopper, the chimney cover that doubles as a pellet scoop, the poker, a little convenient handle, and of course, the pizza stone.
Design and Build Quality
From a design perspective, the Big Horn Pellet Pizza oven is very attractive. Made of high-quality stainless steel and powder-coated steel, it feels sturdy and looks modern. It has a sleek, minimalistic look with some nice curves that make it stand out from other pizza ovens in its class.
The build quality is also very good. All the welds are clean, and there are no sharp edges anywhere. The door seal is made of silicone, which should last long and be easy to replace if necessary. The pizza stone that comes with the oven is made of cordierite, which is a material often used in professional pizza ovens because it can withstand high temperatures and transfers heat evenly.
Overall, this is a great-looking oven with top-notch build materials and the whole unit look and feel is way beyond its price range.
Ease of Use
To be honest, using Big Horn pizza oven requires some skill. You need to be comfortable lighting a fire, adding wood, and regulating the airflow to get the desired results. Also, making pizza in this oven is a process to master. You need to wait for the oven to achieve the perfect temperature before putting a pizza in, and you also need to keep turning it around while cooking to get that crispy crust everybody craves. The door is also a bit fiddly to put on and off, even more so when it’s hot.
That being said, once you get the hang of it, it’s actually not that difficult. And the good news is, there are plenty of instructional videos on the internet to help you get started, and a Facebook group for the owners of this oven.
Cleaning and Maintenance
As with any wood-fired oven, cleaning and maintenance are key. The ashtray on the bottom of the oven needs to be emptied regularly, depending on how much pizza you’re making throughout the day. In addition, you will also need to clean up the fire tray and grill if they get dirty – especially after cooking fish or seafood pizzas.
Please be aware that some of the edges on the inside of the oven are sharp, so use caution when cleaning. Overall, the cleaning process is not difficult, but it’s important to do it regularly to ensure optimal performance of the oven.