Wondering what happened to the original Blackstone pizza oven? The bad news is they discontinued it, but the good news is Blackstone released the new Blackstone Steel Outdoor Pizza Oven Add-On for the Blackstone 22-inch griddle models!
You can cook a delicious homemade pizza on your flat-top grill. The Blackstone pizza oven attachment is a Walmart.com exclusive, so you can’t find it anywhere except at Walmart online. Here’s what you need to know about the Blackstone pizza oven conversion kit before you buy it.
Design and Construction
The Blackstone pizza oven conversion kit is only for Blackstone’s 22″ model griddles. It will not work on any other size griddle made by Blackstone, so if you don’t have one already, you’ll need to purchase a 22″ Blackstone griddle in addition to the pizza oven kit.
The pizza oven is made of durable steel and has handles with heat-resistant grips. It’s a hefty add-on weighing 50 pounds, so it’s pretty sturdy. The pizza oven has a vent and two cordierite pizza stones. The heat-retaining front door also has a heat-resistant handle and is easy to open and close.
Assembly & Conversion
Assembling the Blackstone pizza oven add-on is relatively simple. It has ten pieces and takes only 15-20 minutes to convert your griddle. Here’s a quick summary of the installation process:
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Remove the griddle cooktop
- Install the heat shield on the bottom of your 22″ Blackstone griddle
- Attach the vent to the top of the oven
- Attach the handles to the oven
- Insert the two pizza stones
- Attach the door handle to the oven door
- Carefully set the pizza oven on the griddle body
Recommended Pizza Accessories
To get the most out of your Blackstone pizza oven conversion kit, there’s a handful of accessories that can make your pizza cooking experience much easier.
Pizza Cutter or Pizza Rocker
Use a pizza cutter or pizza rocker to quickly cut your freshly baked pizza into individual slices. Whether you want larger slices or smaller slices, a pizza cutter or pizza rocker is the perfect tool.
A pizza peel is very helpful for moving your pizza throughout the cooking process. It allows you to easily and safely slide your uncooked pizza onto the pizza stone. It’s also very helpful for turning the pizza while it cooks and for removing the pizza from the oven once it’s finished.
Pizza Sauce Ladle
A pizza sauce ladle is a great tool for not only adding your pizza sauce, but for evenly spreading it across the dough so you have a nice distribution.
Use pizza trays to spread your dough on and build your pizzas. They are perfect for assembling your pizzas and makes taking the pizza in or out of the oven even easier than with a only a pizza peel.
Pizza Stone Brush
The pizza oven brush is ideal for cleaning the pizza stone. It easily gets rid of toppings, burnt cheese, dough and thick grease
The cooking performance of the Blackstone pizza oven is excellent. Because of the design, the pizza oven can reach temperatures as high as 750 degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect for making pizza. The two pizza stones do an excellent job absorbing and holding on to heat, so you get a nice crisp bottom crust underneath.
Because of the high cooking temperatures and pizza stones, you can also cook pizzas reasonably quickly. Pizza cooking time is about 2-4 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the dough of the pizza.. The pizza stone is 15 inches in diameter so you can cook pizzas that are up to 15 inches.
If you’re interested in taking the pizza oven camping or to a tailgate, it is portable enough to bring with you. It’s a bit bulky and weighs 50 pounds, so it’s not ideal to move long distances without a cart. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to bring your 22-inch griddle as well.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Just like your griddle, the Blackstone outdoor pizza oven will require some light cleaning and maintenance.
Do not mistake brown or black accumulation of grease and smoke for paint. Interiors of gas ovens are not painted at the factory (and should never be painted). Apply a strong solution of detergent and water or use an oven cleaner with scrub brush on insides of oven lid and bottom.
Rinse and allow to completely air dry. Clean cooking stone simply by brushing off. If desired, wash Pizza Stone with warm water. NEVER USE SOAP ON THE COOKING STONE. This may penetrate the stone’s cooking area and leave a soap taste in food.
Review of the Blackstone Pizza Oven Conversion Kit
Here breakdown of the pizza oven’s specifications as well as a list of the pros and cons.
- Assembled – Height 16″ – Width 30.5″ Depth 25.75″
- Weight – 50 lbs
- Two large cordierite pizza stones
- Handles with heat-resistant grips
- Heat-retaining front door with heat-resistant grip
- Built in temperature gauge
- Uses 1-pound propane tank (Can convert to 20-pound propane tank)
- Allows you to make high quality pizza on your Blackstone griddle
- Temperatures up to 750 degrees
- Pizzas cook in under 5 minutes
- Easy to assemble and convert your griddle to a pizza oven
- Less expensive than many pizza ovens
- A Walmart.com exclusive product
- Heavy (50 pounds)
- Converting back and forth between a griddle and a pizza oven
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to common questions about the Blackstone 22 pizza oven!
What happened to the Blackstone pizza oven?
The original standalone Blackstone pizza oven was discontinued and has been replaced with the Blackstone pizza oven conversion kit. However, Blackstone recently released a new standalone pizza oven with cart.
Where can I buy the Blackstone pizza oven conversion kit?
The Blackstone pizza oven attachment is a Walmart.com exclusive, so it’s not available in-store and is not for sale by other vendors.
How accurate is the Blackstone pizza oven thermometer?
The built-in pizza oven thermometer is pretty accurate, but a laser thermometer is always recommended for more precise temperature readings.
How long does it take to cook pizza in the Blackstone pizza oven?
Pizzas typically cook in 2-4 minutes, but cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of the pizza dough and the amount of toppings.
The Blackstone pizza oven attachment is a solid addition to the Blackstone 22-inch griddles. It allows you to cook delicious pizza on your griddle whether you’re in your backyard, camping or at a tailgate party.
Blackstone’s new standalone pizza oven with cart is another alternative but costs approximately $800 so that’s quite a bit more expensive than the pizza oven conversion kit and lacks portability.
If you are looking for a way to make better pizzas on your griddle, the Blackstone Pizza Oven Attachment won’t disappoint.