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.

Amanda Elliott is the chef at Peachtree Catering in Columbia, Missouri, and authors the website rusticsupper.com, where she shares recipes centered on the idea of the communal table and embracing the heritage of food through travel.

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