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Get started with Karu 16

Set up your oven

Assemble your oven according to the manual instructions and decide which fuel source to cook with. To season, run Ooni Karu 16 at top temperatures for 30 minutes before extinguishing. Once cool, wipe down the inside with dry paper towels.

After your initial season, pre-heat Ooni Karu 16 for at least 15 minutes. Check that the baking stone has reached the ideal temperature (752°F/400°C) with an Ooni Infrared Thermometer.

Wood / Charcoal

To cook with solid fuels like wood and charcoal, use high-quality kiln dried wood like the bespoke wood pieces in our Ooni Premuim Assorted Oak Pack. Add fuel little and often to build a strong fire that burns at top temperatures.


To cook with gas, attach the Ooni Karu 16 Gas Burner to the back of the oven and connect a propane tank. The gas will flow steadily into the oven as you cook, greatly simplifying fuel maintenance.

Place Ooni Karu 16 on a sturdy surface made from wood, stone, marble or stainless steel.

This oven is for outdoor use only.

Using Ooni Karu 16 indoors is not safe.

Shape your base

Before you start, remove any jewelery on your hands. It’s also essential to dust your surface and hands generously with flour or semolina. Then follow these steps below.

Holes in your base? If it's small, pinch it closed! Bigger? No matter the scenario, your dough can be salvaged. Turn it into a Recovery Calzone!

Top your pizza

Before topping, move your shaped base onto a floured peel. See our tips below to check your base doesn’t stick before you launch.

For a margherita, top lightly with your pizza sauce, mozzarella and some fresh basil leaves.

Top your pizza

Launch your pizza

It's time to slide your pizza off the peel and into the oven. This can be a tricky part of the cook. After making sure your base hasn’t stuck, aim to slide the pizza into the middle of the baking stone.

Launch your pizza

Cook your pizza

For best results, use your peel to take the pizza out and turn it every 20-30 seconds.You can also use an Ooni Pizza Turning Peel to turn pizzas while still in the oven.

Your Neapolitan-Style pizza will be ready in under 2 minutes. If you want to cook a second pizza, make sure the stone gets back up to 715°F-850°F (380°C-450°C) before launching.

Cook your pizza

Uneven bake?

Try adjusting your cooking technique with these tips: Why is my pizza burning?