The appeal of wood-fired cooking is simple: The romantic charm of a hot, glowing live fire and the smoky, intoxicating aroma it produces when charring meat and vegetables is irresistible. As a chef, working with live fire is invigorating, as it adds rustic and primal flavor to food. Many home cooks have experienced this sensation while cooking over a gas or charcoal grill in their backyard, but the versatility of a wood-fired oven or grill has been less accessible until recently.
As live-fire cooking heats up in restaurants, it has, in turn, expanded options for home cooks, as well, with more residential-friendly wood-fired ovens and grills on the market. Browse a handful of ovens and grills at a range of price points below, and then get cooking with seven easy wood-fired recipes perfect for heating up cold winter nights.