Blackstone Oven - Would you recommend it?


I recently saw a post about the Blackstone oven and would like to get some opinions from people on this site. The Amazon reviews look great, but reviews from people here would carry more weight.. Any thoughts on this oven would be awesome.

Ben T.
posted over 2 years ago

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One of my friends purchased the Blackstone. She is extremely happy with it. For the sub $500 price point, you'll have a hard time finding ovens that can produce this kind of heat.

It sounds like you saw the post by Adam S. with his results from the Blackstone. You can definitely get it well above the 700F range, which is what you need to make a decent high-temp pie.

http://www.thepizzabible.com/posts/this-is-what-you-get-when-you-follow-instructions

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted over 2 years ago


I have been researching the propane pizza ovens myself.....and I come to the conclusion of buying the Blackstone.....going to order it soon.....what sold me on it was, it can cook up to a 15-16 inch pizza....you do not have to rotate the pizza like you would in brick oven, the 16 inch stone rotates inside this oven.

Mark S.
posted 10 months ago


We've had a Blackstone for almost 3 years now. It's a great pizza oven, and their customer service was great. For the price, you can't go wrong. It only takes about 15 minutes to heat up for Neapolitan pizza. I usually use a medium flame to heat up, and then crank it up to high when I launch the pizza. Turning off the rotating turntable momentarily, when you launch the pizza, helps avoid disaster.

Donna Sieron
posted 10 months ago


Hey Donna,
Glad to hear from someone on this board that has used the Blackstone.....thanks for the good advice...I am going to purchase one soon....Have you cooked any thick crust pizza? like the Detroit Style Pizza on it or a pan pizza?.....

Mark S.
posted 10 months ago

Alright....I got my Blackstone oven by UPS 2 days ago...put it together, which was a breeze....very easy.....but beware, parts of it are heavy, and you may need a partner to handle certain part of it...and the only tools I used was a phillip screwdriver and a pocketknife. It is well package....one minor issue, the rotisserie motor came out of its box, and was loose inside the box, so if you find a white box about as big as your hand and the motor is not in it, keep on looking inside the box. I had no damaged parts....only problem I had putting it together where the handles....the 2 screws put in a little resistant.and I had to use some muscles to get them in...Tonight I will cook 2 pizzas on it....I got a infrared thermometer order, but it has not come in....so I will cook the pizza with Blackstone recommendation temp. One thing you will need to do with your new Blackstone, it to do a burn off before cooking pizza....there was some residue oil on parts of it and don't be alarm if it puts off a little smoke. This oven can be moved, but be careful when you do...because of stones....if I was going to transport it, for example, to a campsite....I would recommend taking out the stones and package them....and put them back in when you get to your destination. The stones sits in a tray, but are not clamp in....so when you move it, keep it level, so that the stones will not fall out or move around and check that they are in place before you fire it up. Looking forward to firing up this baby and will give another report later.

- Mark   10 months ago

Well....lit up the Blackstone, turn on the rotisserie motor that spins the stone...got it heated up....put on a pizza...about one min the rotisserie motors quits on me....I manually turn the stone with an oven mitt to finish off the pizza.......email the company about the part........I have read quite a view reviews about the rotisserie motor going bad......I am going to order a better rotisserie motor, and keep the replacement as a spare...

- Mark   10 months ago

Doh! Will Blackstone replace the part?

- Raj   10 months ago

I am sure they will......I went on ahead an order a better replacement rotisserie motor...OneGrill model 4PM05....a much better motor....if anyone does this, you may have to modify it to make it fit.....the metal post that sits in the rotisserie motor.....stands taller in the new rotisserie motor.....in order make it fit, I had to bend the bracket that holds the motor, so that the metal post would slide in the slotted space on the shaft....i got it to fit......Now, I tried it the other day.....cranked it up, cooked my first pizza....did great....by the time I was putting in my second pizza, the motor stop running....I turn the motor switch off and back on, and it start turning again......but I notice that the shaft and the metal encasing around the motor was very hot......I know rotisserie motors will stop when they get to hot.....I am going to put some kind of shielding around the motor to help it stay cooler and hope that will help.......but I love the way this thing cooks......takes an average 3 to 4 mins to cook a plaza......some folks less than that........nice brown spots on the cheese, nice browning on the crust....will report later...after I make some minor adjustments

- Mark   9 months ago

Ok....back to the Blackstone....I purchased a better rotisserie motor..One Grill Stainless Steel Electric Rotisserie Motor...I did get it to fit with some diffulculty..and the reason, the driveshaft sits higher in my new motor, but I fix this by cutting it down just a little and it fits fine......crank the oven up, and once it got hot, my motor stopped spinning the stone....wrote the company and followed their advice.....I took it apart, took out the rotating tray, they had me to check for the angle of the shaft, to make sure it was not bent.....I did bend it in one direction and put back in.......that seems to work, crank it up again....got it hot......this time it worked......I love the way this Blackstone oven cooks....I cooked a pizza in 3 mins....it gave my pizza a whole different characteristic....I love the slight charring of the crust.....nice brown spots on the cheese.....I am now in love with this oven.......I did have another issue with this oven, the rubber covering the igniter button came off while I pull the cover off......I did this while standing behind the oven....to avoid this pull your cover standing in front of the oven, and pull the cover straight up....and pull on the cover where the button is located, while pulling it straight up to avoid any friction from the cover against the button. Blackstone support sent me another button cover to replace the torn one......now I am going to experiment cooking other types of pizza in the Blackstone, DSP, Pan Pizza, and St Louis pizza.....I know I am going to have to lower the temps to cook a DSP and Pan style of pizza....can't wait!!

- Mark   8 months ago


Hi Mark,
We've done mostly Neapolitan or thin crust pizzas on the Blackstone. For pan pizza, we use two stones in the home oven. I've done pita bread, and gotten good results. It's probably best to make a 14" or smaller pizza until you're used to the oven. I would say that the Blackstone isn't made for years of hard use, but you can't really expect that for the price. Ours lives (covered) outside the mudroom window, and we're in a 4-season climate (Maine). I just open the window to fire it up, and shoot the pizza onto the turntable when it comes up to temperature.

There are tons of threads on the pizzamaking.com forum (General Topics > Pizza Making Equipment > Pizza Ovens>Home Ovens). It's your best source of information for the Blackstone. I'm sure people have tried to cook everything under the sun. One of the members, Jackie Tran, makes some pretty awesome pizzas.

Medium pepperoni

Donna Sieron
posted 10 months ago


Hey Donna, pizza looks great! Blackstone gets great reviews from users for the way it turns out a pie.. There are a couple of persistent problems people write about. I wonder if you've experienced any. 1. shipping damage, 2. the turntable motor burns out quickly 3. rust. The first two lead to customer service frustrations. As you say, the price is right, so the oven will have some issues. Did you replace/rig the turntable?

Maria .
posted 10 months ago


Hi Maria,

Thanks! We've gotten some really good pizzas out of this oven. There are tons of images people have posted on pizzamaking.com that put mine to shame.

We did have to contact customer service when we received the oven because the shaft was bent. Blackstone quickly sent out the replacement free of charge. The pizza stones arrived intact, and are both still in one piece. We only used the motor a few times before we replaced it with a more powerful motor from Amazon. We can see rust on the outside where the flame hits, but it hasn't rusted through yet. You could probably weld (or have someone weld) a patch on it if it did go through.

Donna Sieron
posted 10 months ago


Thanks, Donna! You've helped us out so much. It sounds like you have a sweet set-up that you can use most of the year. Happy pizza making to you!

Maria .
posted 10 months ago


Best of luck to you, Maria. I hope you're happy with the Blackstone.

Donna Sieron
posted 10 months ago


Here is one of my pies cooked by the Blackstone pizza oven

Medium pizzablackstone

Mark S.
posted 8 months ago


Bought this through Amazon in the beginning of the summer. After a few trials I was making perfect great tasting pizzas all summer. Brick oven taste. Cooks in about 3-4 minutes at about 750 degrees.

Rich P.
posted 8 months ago


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