What’s the Difference Between a Custom Wood Pizza Oven and a Fireplace Pizza Oven?

Imagine biting into a pizza with a perfectly charred crust, infused with the sublime smoky flavors only a fireplace can impart. Delicious, right? Well, to achieve that level of perfection, you need the right tools—and the right pizza oven. Both custom wood pizza ovens and fireplace pizza ovens offer distinct advantages that cater to your unique preferences and needs.

Wood Pizza Ovens

Wood pizza ovens, also known as outdoor pizza ovens or just “pizza ovens,” are standalone structures designed specifically for cooking pizzas. They can be made from a variety of materials, such as brick, stone, or even metal. However, custom wood pizza ovens are particularly special because they can be customized to your exact specifications.


  • Can be customized to match your outdoor space and aesthetic
  • Can reach high temperatures (up to 900°F) for perfect pizza cooking
  • Infuses pizzas with a delicious smoky flavor


  • Requires frequent cleaning and maintenance due to the buildup of ash from burning wood
  • Takes longer to heat up compared to other types of pizza ovens

Fireplace Pizza Oven

Fireplace pizza ovens, also known as wood-fired fireplace pizza ovens, combine the traditional charm and warmth of a fireplace with the functionality of a pizza oven. They are typically built into an existing fireplace and utilize the chimney to vent smoke.


  • Boasting duality, this can be used for cooking pizzas and providing heat for your outdoor space
  • Utilizes the existing structure of a fireplace, saving space
  • Can reach high temperatures (up to 800°F) for perfect pizza cooking


  • Limited customization options compared to standalone wood pizza ovens
  • May require additional installation costs if not already built into a fireplace

Which Pizza Oven is Best for Me?

So how do you pick between the two?

You’ve heard it before: it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and needs. If you are looking for a structure that will offer both heat and pizza-cooking magic, then a fireplace pizza oven is the way to go. However, if you’re only looking for a dedicated pizza oven, then a standalone custom wood pizza oven is the right choice.

Whichever one you choose, a wood-fired pizza oven will elevate your pizza game and bring a touch of rustic charm to your outdoor cooking experience. So go ahead and indulge in that perfect slice of wood-fired pizza—you deserve it!

Want Your Own Pizza Oven? We Can Help!

Whichever type of pizza oven you prefer, Round Grove Products has got you covered. Our expert craftsmen can create a custom fireplace pizza oven that fits your unique style and needs. So say goodbye to store-bought pizzas and hello to delicious, homemade pizzas cooked to perfection in your very own custom wood or fireplace pizza oven.

Let us help elevate your outdoor cooking experience and make all of your pizza dreams come true. Contact us today to get started on creating the perfect pizza experience in your own backyard! 

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