Dinner With An Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven – Fontana Countertop Stainless Steel Oven

Outdoor-Wood-Fired-Pizza-Oven2Dinner With An Outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Oven is perfect for the pizza enthusiast!  If you are, here is a way to indulge in Italian-flavored pizza direct from your own backyard.  Fontana Forni is taking the homemade pizza experience to new heights by way of the most premium outdoor ovens on the market.  Their ovens boast elements such as 12 centimeters of natural rock-spun wool insulation, cast iron, and three-millimeter-thick stainless steel. Fontana Forni’s ovens and pizza oven kits are 100% genuine Italian products.  Made by master craftsmen who fuse the finest in old-world craftsmanship with modern ease of use.  This ultimately results in ovens that take advantage of a traditional vault shape, double-forced ventilation system, three-surface refraction, and innovative “total fire” structure for uniform heat distribution.

Fontana Forni Wood Fired Stainless Steel Ovens

Fontana Forni was started in 1946 by the Fontana brothers; Bruno, Carlo, and Guiseppe.  They have been manufacturing high-quality ovens for over 70 years. Three generations of Fontanas are now involved in producing top-class reliable ovens for all cooking types.

The Fontana Forni product line includes indoor and outdoor ovens, barbecues, and grills, all manufactured to the highest quality in San Lorenzo by Italian craftsmen. There is even a new hybrid fuelled oven, the Piero. Powered by both gas and wood, the Piero is the first of a new generation of high-performance outdoor ovens giving the “Chef” a choice of fuels. If time is short, then gas power can be used with a 10-minute “up to temperature” performance, or if time is a little less critical, then wood can be used for the fully authentic traditional Italian outdoor cooking experience.

The Fontana family is proud to be synonymous with the only wood-fired oven on the market today that combines the finest old-world Italian craftsmanship with the best that modern technology offers in convenience and refinement.

Outdoor-Wood-Fired-Pizza-Oven1Expand Cooking Beyond The Grill

Backyard grills are great, but now it’s the time to experience the excitement of a new way to cook. Impress your friends and surprise your family with delicious new meals. Our wood-fired ovens are perfect for pizza, bread, chicken, steaks, or anything you can cook in an oven but better!

Your wood brick oven works just like a traditional oven, only with wood. With the wood kept off to one side, the interior heats to a cooking temperature in about 30 minutes.

Dinner With An Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven

Pizza is the type of meal that brings people together. With an outside brick oven from Gappsi, you can now enjoy more quality time with your loved ones. We offer a range of outstanding options such as the

It has never been easier to enjoy the joys of a brick oven outdoor setting with your friends and loved ones. Elevate your backyard wood-fired pizza oven with accessories such as wood holders, dough trays, and more for the full experience.

Pizza Oven – FAQs

  1. How long does it take to heat up a brick oven?
    • It usually takes up to 1 hour to fully heat up a wood-fired pizza oven. However, this does depend on the size and design of your pizza oven, the wood used, and the weather outside. Smaller ovens can be heated up in 40 minutes, larger ovens could take as long as 2 hours or even more to heat up to the right temperature.
  2. What is the best wood for a wood-fired pizza oven?
    • The best wood to use in a wood-fired pizza oven is hardwood which produces high heat and low smoke. Such as ash, birch, and oak that is fully dry and well seasoned.
  3. Are brick ovens safe?
    • Yes, however, you want to realize they are heating to a high temperature, so use proper tools, gloves, etc. when using so as not to burn yourself. And don’t let kids use wood-fired ovens unsupervised.
  4. How do you cool down a brick oven?
    • Time. That is the best way. Shut the door. Close the vent, and give it overnight to cool completely before you attempt to remove ash/clean the oven.
  5. How long does it take a pizza oven to cool down?
    • This really depends on how hot it got, how good the fire bricks are, external temperatures, etc. But I always plan to simply let it cool overnight.
  6. How long does an oven stay warm after turning it off?
    • Several hours, and you don’t exactly turn it off. There is no switch, the fire simply burns out, and eventually, the oven cools.

Whether it’s pizza night or Sunday dinner, an outdoor brick oven is sure to make any occasion special.

Imagine gathering around a wood-fired brick oven right in your backyard, roasting meats and vegetables with the smoky aroma of burning embers wafting through the air. Whether it’s pizza night or Sunday dinner, an outdoor brick oven is sure to make any occasion special.  Come in today to Gappsi and let us help you choose the best wood-fired brick oven for your home.

Outdoor-Wood-Fired-Pizza-OvenFontana Wood-Fired Countertop Stainless Steel Ovens

Visit the Gappsi showroom to purchase your new Fontana Wood-Burning Stainless Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven, Fontana is an Italian manufacturer of wood-burning pizza ovens, BBQs, and Smokers.  Choose from the Toscano Line, the Mangiafuoco, the Margarita, the Cucina double, or the Gusto. Come and visit our showroom display to view Fontana products.  Below in the video, is a Fontana wood-burning pizza oven with the proud owner making pizzas for his guests.

Gappsi Supplies Alfa Wood-Fired Ovens

Visit the Gappsi showroom to view the Alfa Oven Line.  Alfa Ovens are fired either by wood. gas or a hybrid outdoor pizza oven.  Alfa Forni is an Italian manufacturer of stainless steel ovens, with their own cart and stand or it can be placed on a countertop.

Visit the Gappsi Showroom display to view Alfa products. You can choose among many sizes and models from Classico, Moderno, and e Futuro.


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Brick Oven Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens

Brick-Oven-Wood-Fired-Pizza-OvensWe are passionate about brick oven wood-fired pizza cooking. Gappsi specializes in wood-fired appliances. We build handcrafted firebrick pizza ovens, grills, smokers, and fireplaces. For each customer, we build a fire-breathing work of art.

Wood-fired pizza ovens have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. The main reason for this fame is for sure the excellent taste and flavor of Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven.

But, besides beautiful pizzas, in a wood-fired pizza oven, you can bake and cook plenty of other foods.  And, there’s not only tasty food and the unique outdoor cooking experience that matters. A wood-fired pizza oven is an excellent place for socializing and hanging out with your friends and family.

Almost all brick ovens are single-chambered or ovens with direct combustion. It means they have one chamber, both for firing and cooking.

Assembled Wood-Fired Pizza Oven – Best of the Best

Without a doubt, purchasing an assembled pizza oven is the shortest way to get the best pizza oven. A completed oven is settled on the pre-prepared desktop or counter, ready to use.  Assembled ovens are mostly made of prefabricated refractory elements. Of course, they’re entirely insulated and with a finished exterior, practically ready for use.  Some producers of assembled brick pizza ovens also use bricks for their ovens, especially for commercial ovens.  The best-assembled pizza ovens are cured in a factory, while others need curing before regular use.

How to Cook In A Wood-Fired Pizza Oven?

Your wood-burning oven will need a bit of time to preheat before you can start cooking, though this duration is considerably shorter than what you might expect in a regular, in-home kitchen oven. When firing your oven up, use small pieces of kindling to get a blaze going before switching to medium-sized cut logs.

Brick-Oven-Wood-Fired-Pizza-Ovens2For best results, use dry hardwood in your outdoor pizza oven to get the optimum temperature without lots of smoke.

Depending on how big and well-insulated your oven is, preheating can take anywhere between 20 to 60 minutes. A brick oven will take longer to heat than a stainless steel oven.

You won’t need a pizza stone or a baking stone when cooking in an outdoor pizza oven. You will cook directly on the oven floor so you want to have the right temperature on the cooking surface. To get high temperatures on the oven floor, spread out a bed of hot embers where the pizzas will cook before pushing the fire to the back of the oven in preparation for cooking.

Get It Crispy!

For pizza with a crispy crust and perfectly cooked toppings, high heat is required. This is where wood-fired ovens shine since they can withstand temperatures far greater than those of regular conventional ovens. A Margherita pizza needs a temperature of approximately 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the thermometer on most home pizza ovens is sufficient for getting a rough idea about how hot things are inside, some extra peace of mind can be found by using an infrared temperature gun. An infrared thermometer will provide more reliable results of how hot the inside of a pizza oven is and how hot the floor of the oven is.

How long it takes to cook your pizza will depend upon your oven’s internal temperature, and can vary from as long as 4 minutes to as quickly as just 90 seconds!

Pizza Dessert Made at the Gappsi OvenThe Key Is The Peel

Remember the flour that went on your pizza dough? This is where it becomes important. We don’t advise throwing a raw pizza into your oven with your bare hands, so a trusty pizza peel will be a valuable investment in your outdoor baking supplies.

A Pizza Peel is a flat, wide tool that helps you move pizza pies around. Some pizza peels are better designed to transfer a pizza from the countertop to your pizza oven floor while others are better for turning the pizza while it’s cooking in the oven.

Before You Buy: 4 Things to Consider When Purchasing the Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

  • Your residential habits – If you move homes often, you’ll want to take your oven with you. In this case, an assembled brick oven or portable oven would be the best choice. On the contrary, you may hardly see yourself in a new house then a masonry or modular brick oven makes sense.  It could happen that you must move anyway. A brick oven settled in an outdoor kitchen is an extension of the living space that will add significant value to your home.
  • Location of your oven and access – Are you installing an assembled oven?  It is recommended to test the oven’s placement possibilities before the actual installation. To get started, determine the dimension of the oven as well as the weight which are the most important figures to consider.


  • How much time will be spent cooking outside with your wood-fired oven?  If you can afford a few hours to yourself to heat your masonry oven, then it makes sense to maximize its potential.  When you start with pizzas, you can go ahead with baking bread. Then you may add your food for dinner. Once that is complete, you can also take advantage of the oven’s retained heat for overnight slow cooking.  Cooking in a wood-fired Gappsi Oven can be a whole day activity. At the same time, you can use it as a “social corner.” It’s an excellent opportunity to hang out with your family and friends.
  • Dimensions of cooking surface – You will often cook only one pizza at a time because it’s much simpler and more manageable. It is important to have some extra space on the cooking floor. First, you need space for handling and rotating pizzas.  You will not want the pizza right beside the fire. In this case, you’ll have to turn the pizza all the time. Otherwise, you’ll burn it.

Brick-Oven-Wood-Fired-Pizza-Ovens1Check Out Our Latest Large Brick Gappsi Pizza Oven In Smithtown NY

This is a Gappsi Pizza oven we installed in Saint James NY. We built an island base including storage cabinets on one side, a refrigerator on the other side, and a wood storage right below the oven. The structure was built with Eldorado pre-made boxes and veneered with court stones. This gives the patio and the oven area a very rusty look. The oven was manufactured in Sorrento Italy.  In addition, it was veneered with Natural split-face rock, giving the oven a very rustic look. The oven size is 50 inches inside and is the best-made oven, with the highest material and craftsmanship. To learn more about Gappsi Ovens visit our showroom in Smithtown NY.


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Brick Pizza Oven Construction


The process of building Gappsi Brick Pizza Oven Construction starts with the collection of clay and storing the bricks to dry and cure.  The drying process continues for several weeks.

The Artisan starts to mix the clay for the bricks at the time the manufacturer places the order. We mix the clay constantly in order for the molding process to take place and so it reaches a thick paste.  Gappsi measures and sizes the bricks for each oven.

At the time of the request, the manufacturer starts making the clay bricks to use. For several weeks the drying process continues. Smaller bricks dry naturally stacked. Stacked into a chamber with a wood-burning fire the clay bricks complete the drying process.

Gappsi Brick Pizza Oven Construction

  • Our brick ovens start with a metal frame base which is the foundation for the oven.
  • Gappsi applies insulation under the concrete base to keep the bottom of the oven insulated.
  • Wire mesh added.
  • Concrete poured.
  • Assembling the floor of the oven is next.
  • The Biscotto of Sorrento bricks are set up and used to start building the walls around the floor.
  • This combination acts as a subfloor that provides insulation as well as heat retention under the oven’s terracotta floor.
  • Volcanic sand is the base the Biscotto Di Sorrento clay bricks sit on. In this particular oven we build, we drill the hole completely through the oven floor.
  • Installed in each Gappsi Brick Oven is a gas burner.  In addition to using a gas burner to heat the oven, you may also use wood.

There Is Nothing Like The Taste and Smell Of Brick Oven Pizza


Gappsi is starting to build the walls by erecting the door frame and cutting the bricks to match the door angle.

  • Vertically installed Biscotto Di Sorrento clay bricks create the soldier course around the perimeter of the oven.
  • Italian artisans install the bricks to perfection.
  • The top row forms the bond beam with the brick’s base wall.
  • The dome shape is created by using a temporary dome made out of volcanic sand.

The cupola inside the oven was also created using the same techniques to build the dome. We use this process until the brick dome is complete too. The exterior of the brick dome is covered with a wire mesh as well as a reinforced layer of a mix of cement is added.  Sand in addition to expanded clay pebbles is added to further insulate the oven exterior process.


The picture above is a completed oven structure using the best clay bricks for an oven.  Built the same way each oven.  Up to this point, each model is constructed the same way.  From this point, it depends on the finishing style the oven would take shape of the desired model. The interior of every Gappsi oven is a site of craftsmanship, beauty, as well as history. For more than 300 years this tradition has not changed. The exterior of every Gappsi oven comes standard with a large useful mantle made out of volcanic black marble. This is beautiful and also heat resistant.


Using the traditional oven shell we are building the Vesuvio-style oven using a combination of brick accent to face the front of the oven.

Built over a metal frame and insulated is the smoke stacks dome. A high-quality fiberglass blankets the Gappsi oven dome for insulation. Built on the outside of the oven is also a second frame. Galvanized wire lath wraps the reinforced rebars for additional support.

True Brick Oven Italian Artistry & Craftsmanship

True craftsmanship and precise execution go into every Gappsi Brick Oven Construction. Over the wire, we apply a layer of cement.  The air chamber created services for two purposes. This provides all the insulation for the oven and makes the exterior surface of the oven safe as well as cool to the touch. The final installation of the top cupola is smoke style and the Vesuvio model is complete.

This is our Napolitano model veneered with the river rocks. These are our craftsmen posing with the Sorrento model oven. Standard veneered with random sizes, natural stones, and brick accents. And to complete our line of custom brick ovens is the Amalfi style. Finished with custom hand-painted tiles of your favorite memories with friends and family. You can also have your family name engraved into the door on the oven. Thank you for taking your time to learn more about our brick ovens and construction process. Please visit the Gappsi showroom to view our brick ovens and all of our unique products. If you are in the market for a brick pizza oven. Please do all your research and come to us last. We are very confident that we will prove to you and that you will agree that the Gappsi ovens are the best quality ovens on the market.

The Napolitano Oven3



Our showroom display includes the most beautiful as well as unique imported natural stones for patios, walkways, and driveways.

We provide services in Nassau and Suffolk County.  Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon, Huntington, Islip. Commack, Kings Park, Quoque, Commack, and Smithtown. Brookhaven, Southampton, Riverhead, East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury. and Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor, Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor, and East Norwich.  Gappsi’s knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dreams!

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Italian Clay Bricks In Pizza Ovens Handmade

Italian Clay Bricks In Pizza Ovens

Italian Clay Bricks In Pizza Ovens have been around for centuries, and for good reason because they produce uniquely spectacular pizzas. It is much more than a pizza oven. Gappsi Brick Ovens open up a wonderfully savory world of open hearth cooking, including meats, fish, vegetables, bread, and even desserts. Crafted with an artisan’s soul, a passion for detail, and unmatched customer service, Gappsi sets the industry standard for performance, practicality, and longevity for Outdoor Ovens.

What Makes Brick Oven Pizzas Special?

Neopolitan-style pizzas are special. The crust is crisp and flecked with tell-tale charred spots, evidence of being baked in an extremely hot oven. The interior of the dough is soft, elastic, tender, and fragrant, and the toppings are cooked to perfection.

Achieving the perfect pizza is not easy! The pizza pros usually use brick ovens that heat from 625ºF – 700ºF.

For perfect pizza, the cook must balance the two so that the dough and the toppings finish cooking at the same time. For that, they need to get the oven temperature right.  The Roman pizzaiolos (pizza bakers) used the high temperature, combined with the thermodynamic properties of the bricks. The vaulted cavity of the brick oven and the thick layer of bricks at the bottom of the oven guarantees even heating of the pizza. Brick ovens are ideal because the crust heats at a high but reasonable temperature giving the toppings enough time to properly cook.  This combination adds to the secret of the perfect pizza.

Italian Clay Bricks In Pizza

Italian Clay Bricks In Pizza Ovens Floors

The clay is one of the most important parts of making the brick and if your clay isn’t of high quality, there’s no way your pizza oven is going to be high quality.  The video below it shows the floor of the pizza oven and how the Artisian makes it using the traditional mixer.  This machine mixes the clay gathered locally in the region of Sorrento Italy.  The Clay is rich soil with volcanic pumice and silicon, a particular characteristic beneath Sorrento’s famed citrus orchards.  An oven base needs to be porous.  The pours help to warm up early and maintain the heat for a long time, releasing this heat evenly.

This is an old manufacturer that has been around for hundreds of years in Italy.  Time and tradition keep with each generation.  as the clay is mixed and poured to make the brick.

A wood mold is placed on top of a platform and the clay is spread by hand.  Simply spreading the clay by hand and not pressing it creates a more spongy finished product.  The bricks can absorb the heat and release the heat slowly. The clay is found locally and has been used for hundreds of years too.  Gappsi Italian Clay Bricks is not a product you can mass produce, the clay is being excavated locally in Sorrento Italy, and poured by hand for your next Italian Pizza Oven Order.

A Real Master Piece and Italian Art In Your Home!

The Amalfi Oven

We design Gappsi Brick Ovens using a machine made in the most traditional way. The techniques used are no longer around or followed by any other manufacturer that makes bricks or pizza ovens. Smoothing out the top surface is what makes the stone denser on the surface. You are talking about something made by hand; a real piece of Italian Art. Here it is!  And it can be YOURS. We prepare each brick in the same way; it is a dying art. To make each stone you literally have to feel the product as you make it. Craftsmen that create these particular bricks have a passion for the trade and understand a very old method of producing a brick oven. Every brick made for a Gappsi customer oven has this much care in producing it!

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Wood | Gas Fired Pizza Ovens

The difference between Biscotto di Sorrento and other types of brick materials on the market is that it does not burn the bottom of a pizza, absorbing moisture from the dough.

Gappsi Artisan strictly follows the ancient tradition of manufacturing:

  • Manual extraction of the clay.
  • Mix clay using water, grinders, and mixers
  • Form clay into different molds: bricks or floor bases.
  • Dried for 3 days in molds
  • Dried for 10 days in a stacked position
  • Clay bricks turn light grey after we fire them in the kiln.
  • Dried for 7 more days
  • The natural firing phase.

This involves the continuous burning of wood for seven hours. Then, after four days of baking the bricks are ready and have acquired a natural red color.

The unique flavor of brick oven pizza can cause any foodie to wish that they owned a brick oven of their own. Not only are they useful, but brick ovens also add elegance to any outdoor living area.



Our showroom display includes the most beautiful as well as unique imported natural stones for patios, walkways, and driveways.

We provide services in Nassau and Suffolk County.  Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon, Huntington, Islip. Commack, Kings Park, Quoque, Commack, and Smithtown. Brookhaven, Southampton, Riverhead, East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury. and Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor, Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor, and East Norwich.  Gappsi’s knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dreams!

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