First Pizza Oven
Roma & John


My partner Roma and I started building our first pizza oven around 1982. I used an old cast-iron boiler. It was initially a success until I realised it was dropping rusted fragments onto the pizzas!


I used a precast mould shipped in from the West Coast of Australia. It cooked pizza brilliantly but it cost a fortune.


I then built a few other pizza ovens with friends using precast domes, and the cost, the weight and the freight were all a big hindrance.

With the precast domes, it often took five good men to lift the cast domes into place and on one occasion a crane.

I also built an oven cast in pieces so I could get it into the rear of a house through a small side gate, that was an effort too!

I kept thinking surely there was an easier way.


Precision engineering

I had met a man at a party some 20 years prior and he had told me over a beer that he was designing cardboard furniture for China and Japan. I never gave it much thought until one day I imagined people sitting on cardboard chairs. I then thought could I use cardboard for the dome of the pizza oven and cast refractory cement over?

With the help and skills of a cardboard engineer, Pizza Oven In A Box was born.


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Thanks, my husband Wayne has been googling all types of pizza oven for weeks, he has decided to go with your one. Wayne is a cabinet maker and was contemplating making his own frame. After seeing your frames he says you guys have nailed it.


A big thanks to John, he has a ripper product here and his wealth of knowledge of the important insulating details are second to none. Can’t wait to eat some pizzas soon.

Cheers, Scott (Newport VIC)

PIZZA OVEN IN A BOX helped me obtain my end result, my outdoor oven that I had always wanted.

The result was awesome. It was an easy construction.

I found the whole experience fun and educational. Prior to this project l had never mixed cement before in my life.

Mal  (Waterford Park)


Our 900mm pizza oven assembly is coming along nicely.

Your experience and advice in making sure I do this right the first time, one time is invaluable. I opted for the old kiln baked red bricks as the oven base, with an underlay of temperature resistant foam 50mm thick (thank you for them) to keep the heat in the bricks instead of losing it through the concrete of the base. I have mortared the bricks down level so they won’t move and I won’t catch the pizza paddle when sliding out the pizzas. And lastly, at this stage I have also painted the dome and throat of the oven with a good shellacking of acrylic-based paint and waiting for dry weather to apply the refractory cement over the cardboard pizza oven template, (Ingenious idea).

Anyway, all the best John and I will keep up to date with photos and descriptions as the build happens. Cheers Shaun, Stacey and Rylan Kool sent from Koolview


Thanks so much for all your help and guidance. The oven is a huge success and I’ve already fed a good 40 people with it in its first week of operation.


I’m pretty proud of the oven and thoroughly enjoyed making it. I reckon the cardboard mould you created in fantastic. I researched a lot of other ways to “DIY pizza ovens” and this was definitely an easy way.

Again, John, thanks for all your advice and I can’t wait to fire this sucker up (weather permitting) and get into those pizzas and breads.”

Shaun Kool