Fuel Type: Wood | Unboxed Weight: 45kg | Materials: Marine grade stainless steel and powder coated aluminium | Cooking surface: 60cm x 60cm | Size: W: 66cm x L: 68cm x H: 111cm (inc chimney) | Warranty: 1 year from purchase
Cards on the table time. We absolutely loved the Igneus Classico (£730). Easy to get started, big roaring fire, proper logs and loads of cooking space for a couple of pizzas at a time. This was an awesome experience. It’s the closest we felt to feeling like a proper pizza chef and perhaps the most accomplished too.
Whereas some of the ovens we tested felt like they needed manning constantly – tending to the flame, watching the temperature with an infrared thermometer, adding more fuel – the Igneus Classico was simply a relaxing Sunday evening at home cooking pizzas at our leisure. It had the least steep learning curve of any oven on test and worked perfectly as advertised.
We loved the addition of the built-in thermometer and maintaining the all-important rolling flame to cook toppings was a doddle. We also found the maximum temperature this oven can reach is about 500-degrees Celsius, so there was less worry about burning the pizzas. There’s also more headspace to protect the pizza from the flame. It was a case of ‘when the pizza is done, it’s done’ and the results were tremendous.
Our favourite pizza of the night was also the dirtiest. It was the last dough ball we had left. We stretched it so it was still relatively thick and loaded it with homemade tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella and grated parmesan, before brushing the crust with olive oil and roasted garlic. Just sensational. A friend, who is a notorious pizza loader, threw the lot on too. I was concerned about being able to peel it from the surface, but no problem, the cured brick stones were a dream to use.
The ease of use of this oven is just great. While the Classico has room for two 12-inch pizzas, I enjoyed the ease and flexibility of just popping one in and having the added space and manoeuvrability for the turns. We didn’t get to try this, but if you want, you can do a lot more than just pizzas with this oven. You can put a whole roast dinner in there, or sizzle burgers, sausages and fish.
However (and there is a however in this love letter), this is the largest oven we tested by a considerable distance, so you’ll need a little more space in the garden. It also takes quite large kiln-dried logs so there’s an additional cost to running it. We’d estimate the fuel cost at about £6-£7 per session depending on where you get your logs.
Igneus also sells smaller ovens too. The Igneus Minimo (£345) is more like an Ooni. It weighs just 15kg and is still large enough to handle a roast chicken. The Igneus Bambino (£624) is a bit larger than the Minimo (50cm x 50cm internally) and fully insulated. Next up is the Classico, before the Pro range, which can handle up to 4 pizzas, but they’re more intended for commercial use.
Pros: Tremendous ease of use; built-in thermometer and manageable max temperature; brilliant homemade results
Cons: Classic oven is very large; not designed for portability
Price: £730 | Check price on Igneus | The Pizza Oven Shop
A portable and affordable pizza oven