Using an outdoor oven is the perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. From the portable ones to the ones that have all the bells and whistles, you can turn your garden into your kitchen with the help of a few of these garden ovens. What’s more, some can be taken to the beach and beyond. Cooking en plein air is great for entertaining, but also it enables you to enjoy your outside space, whatever size it is, in a different way.
If you’re looking for something more specific, why not try our selection of the best outdoor pizza ovens, or our selection of recipes for outdoor eating.
The below outdoor ovens range from ovens you can cook for plenty on, to those which cater for fewer, to wood fired and gas powered, but all of the ovens are top notch and worth the investment.
Outdoor electric ignition charcoal oven from Heston Blumenthal
This mega outdoor oven is designed and endorsed by none other than the chef Heston Blumenthal. It’s a charcoal cooker, with heat levels that can be monitored and controlled using a dial and an airflow design and range from 110 degrees to 400 degrees. The fast flame ignition element means you don’t have to fiddle with matches in the wind, it lights up easily and you can cook in ten minutes. 1kg of coal can last up to nine hours of cooking, so it’s very efficient too.
This outdoor oven also comes with a five year guarantee.
Buy it from John Lewis
Outdoor oven and smoker
The Fornetto Wood Fired Oven and Smoker isn’t just your usual outdoor oven. The garden oven comes with a detachable smoker box and you can turn the oven itself into a smoker oven.
There’s a cooking thermometer on the outside and the stainless steel interior gives a smart, sturdy look to it, along with the cast iron doors, of course.
Perfect for anything from pizza to pasta to roast meats. And it could not be easier to turn it into a smoker – you need to set the ventilation control on the chimney flue. Find the woodchips with your favourite smokey flavour and place a handful in the smoker for extra smokey effect.
The size of this outdoor oven is 191.7 cm high, depth 45.5cm and width 65 cm.
Buy it from the Garden Gift Shop
An oven with a handy lower shelf
There’s a three year warranty that comes with the Alfresco Chef Verona outdoor oven, which has a large cooking floor with enough space to cook up a feast.
It gets up to 400 degrees celsius in 20 minutes and is 1.84 metres high, 94 cm wide and 70 cm deep. It also works as an outdoor pizza oven, or roasting oven too.
It comes in two colours – red and black/dark copper and the oven cooking floor itself is 70cm by 60cm.
Buy it from Bradley Stoves Sussex
Slow burner oven
The Large Big Green Egg outdoor oven is a classic design. There’s plenty of variety in sizes and the engineering behind the egg means it’s highly likely to cook pretty much whatever you’d like to perfection.
The insulated ceramic base really keeps the heat in and the egg itself is very versatile, turning into a smoker, low and slow roasting machine, BBQ and an outdoor pizza oven. It can sustain heat for 12 to 24 hours and can reach temperatures of over 1,000c in the ceramic firebox.
It also comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Cost: £995 (stand extra)
Buy from Big Green Egg
Italian inspired oven
This Jamie Olivee Dome 60 Leggero is a lighter, stronger outdoor oven option that’s handmade from terracotta refractory clay. It is crack resistant and waterproof and should manage to stay hot enough to cook two hours after your fire has gone out.
The outside oven is handmade in Italy and it’s nicely mobile. A great outdoor oven option for family entertaining.
Buy from Creative Outdoor Living
This outdoor wood-fired oven is made from Corten steel, a material that’s all the rage in gardens at the moment. The steel rusts, giving the metal a strong, protective covering that means it can sit happily outside and not need protecting.
There’s space for homemade pizzas, or a grill rack too. It can also become a warm and cosy fire to sit around if your cooking in the cooler months.
A rustic but very reliable look to it and a versatile outdoor oven.
Buy from Weltevree
Choice of six sizes
This Pro Woodfired outdoor oven is a good one for many different sizes. It starts at 740cm and gets to 1.24 meters internal cooking area. The company even says they can go bigger, if needed.
But just because it’s big, doesn’t mean it’s hefty. These ovens are helpfully lightweight as well as being waterproof, so you can leave them outside and not worry.
The oven can be used for meat, fish, vegetables and it also doubles as an outdoor pizza oven and there’s no pesky construction needed when it arrives.
Cost from £1,700 plus VAT,
Buy from Pro Woodfired Ovens
As seen on TV, the Primo 60 Go outdoor oven is a primo dome, with a round base, stainless steel flue, rain cap and door. It’s internal diameter is 600mm and it takes around 20 minutes to heat up.
This one’s a smaller version, and fits one pizza in and retains heat for four hours. It’s a perfect option for smaller space. It’s also helpfully weather and frost proof and is very easy to move around so if you’re not sure where you want your oven, don’t worry, you can try it out and then move it.
Buy from The Stone Bake Oven Company