Ooni 3 – Gas:
The gas adapter makes it very easy to light the Ooni, get the stone to temperature and to start cooking. When cooking on gas you don’t really need to think about the fire at all, you just focus on cooking.
Which gas adapter?
There are currently two types of gas adapter available for the Ooni ovens.
For the Ooni 3 make sure you buy the Ooni 3 gas adapter as the Ooni Pro gas adapter won’t fit.
What gas do I need?
I hadn’t used gas before I got the Ooni gas adapter so it took a bit of reading to work out what I needed before I ordered an 11KG bottle of Patio Gas from Gas Deal for £54 delivered.
What is Patio Gas? It’s Propane.
What is the difference between Patio Gas and Propane? Patio Gas takes a clip on regulator and Propane requires you to screw the regulator in and tighten it with a spanner.
For ease of use and safety I would recommend Patio Gas.The regulator that comes with the gas burner also comes with a Patio Gas ready adapter too.
I bought an 11KG bottle as I wasn’t sure how long it would last but the bottle is massive and the gas has lasted ages so far. I would recommend the smaller 5KG bottles as they could fit under the Ooni on a table.
Fitting the adapter:
The pipe from the regulator can be quite hard to slot on to the gas burner. The easiest way to get it on is to drop the hose into boiling water for 2 minutes to soften it then push it onto the gas burner. It doesn’t need to go all the way on, just get it on as far as you can then tighten it up.
The gas adapter is easy to fit to the Ooni 3. Just unscrew the pellet tray by using the allen key provided with the Ooni oven and/or the gas burner, pull the pellet tray out and slot the gas burner on then tighten the screws back up.
Lighting the Gas:
Chimney cap off, Ooni door off.
Clip the regulator onto the gas bottle, turn the gas dial on the bottle then push the dial in on the gas burner and twist left until the igniter clicks. Have a look from the front to check the gas has lit, if it hasn’t turn the dial back to the right and try again.
The first position at nine o clock on the dial is maximum power. The second position at six o clock on the dial is low power.
The official guide to using the gas burner is to have the door off and the chimney cap on. I have tried this and found the pizza stone doesn’t get quite as hot as I want it. The door on but slightly propped open with the chimney cap between the Ooni and the door with the chimney uncapped seems to provide a nice heat.
I had a long list of suggested methods from the Ooni Facebook group to test:
1: Door propped, chimney off, cap on.
2: Door on but to one side so there is a gap of 2-3 inches, chimney cap on.
3: Door on, chimney cover off.
4: Door on, chimney cap 3/4 off to heat up and reheat stone. Gas down to low for pizza cook then full power for the final stages of the pizza cook.
5: Door off, chimney off and cap on. Turn the gas down a bit to cook.
The best results I have had so far are from having the door on, chimney on and cap off. Using this method the pizza stone was up to 500c in the centre, around 450c across the back (near the burner) and 400c at the front.
A lot of people say they can’t taste a difference between gas fired and wood fired pizzas. I can taste a difference and find the wood fired pizzas have a slightly different flavour profile on the crust from the wood which I like. Time for an experiment with a block of whisky oak.
Placed in front of the flame guard.
The flavour was slightly different to those cooked only on gas. It wasn’t the same as pizzas cooked on pellets but there was a hint of wood smoke in the crust. Only a hint mind, not sure it’s worth chucking a wood chunk in each time but it was worth a try!
Ooni 3 Gas Cooks:
This blog post documents the best pizzas I cooked on the Ooni 3 with gas:
It was really interesting cooking on gas. It was a lot easier than pellets as the flames just run and you get to temp then pretty much leave it but maintain that same temperature. This leaves you able to focus on just building the pizzas and cooking them without having to maintain the fire and temperature.
I really enjoyed the gas cook above and am so pleased that I managed to cook some great looking and tasty pizzas on the gas burner!
In summary: Door on but propped, chimney on, cap off to warm up then door on fully when cooking. This may or may not be 100% safe but seemed to work so make sure the flames are coming out the burner if you try it. If the flames go out don’t try to reignite it straight away in case the oven has a build up of gas, lighting that may cause a boom so leave it a while.
If you are struggling with pellets try the jam funnel and fan, if that still isn’t working out for you then try gas as it is as simple as can be.