Discover how a wood fired oven can transform garden socialising and family life this summer


Putting the right wood fired oven at the heart of your al fresco entertaining can enrich your weekends and evenings, if you get it right. Orchard Ovens explains how to do that.

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Benefits of a wood fired oven

Wood fired ovens can cook pizzas and more for hungry guests and children, so mull over what you wish to rustle up outdoors and whether you want the adventure and drama of learning to cook with a mesmerising real flame, or feel more comfortable with a gas (dual fuel) oven. 

If you are truly embracing this al fresco idyll, pick an oven with great credentials - like a Valoriani - which will cook food brilliantly, be safe to use and be with you for the long haul. Study the oven’s materials, the depth of insulation used, its record of longevity and not just its look.  Make sure you spend your money wisely.  Valoriani ovens are built to last.

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Wood fired oven features

A ready-to-go choice like Orchard Ovens’ ‘Fornino’ garden oven is available in two sizes. This superbly built and stunning wood or dual fuel oven can be used immediately, either on a flexible wheeled stand for patio or terrace use or on a suitable base within the garden. 

Available in any colour you desire, or with a mosaic tiled dome, the insulation and quality of refractory materials used is profound, keeping performance and safety to the fore.  With a little practice, you can serve up a whole host of culinary creations, from steaks and fish dishes, to roasted vegetables and desserts, all cooked with true Mediterranean ambience.

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Celebrity credibility

Nothing says personality and style like your own bespoke garden oven installation, created in your preferred outdoor space location and built to your own vision and design aesthetic.  Go rustic, Swiss chalet, Taj Mahal or even African rondavel with cedar shingle roof  – it’s all been done. 

Putting an Orchard Ovens’ ‘Valoriani’ oven – Italy’s finest - at the centre of your design enables you to follow in the footsteps of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and many other A-listers, all discerning buyers who wanted the best for their outdoor space. Certificated ovens also keep you fully compliant with Defra’s clean air laws in Smoke Control Areas.

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Garden oven installation expertise

Work with the Orchard Ovens’ family’s oven build experts to have your installation built and ready for your summer’s entertaining within a few weeks, tapping into their skills and the family’s Anglo-Italian know-how.

DIY oven kits are on offer for self builders but it takes a fair bit of skill and knowledge of materials to learn the art of a Tuscan builder overnight, even if experienced British tradespeople are assisting.

Fornino oven being used in a garden

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Once your oven is professionally installed, look forward to well over 10 years with your Valoriani oven – not just one summer, as is often the case with poorly built ovens made from materials really not fit for purpose. Remember that you get what you pay for.

Head to to view all the ovens on offer, browse the installations gallery and be inspired. Your upgraded al fresco lifestyle is just a phone call away, on 01772 250 000.

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