Tandoor ovens

About our Tandoor ovens

Purchase outright 

Supplied by one or more of hundreds of dealers nationwide that we partner with. We can help you find the equipment you need, finance it, and ensure it’s promptly delivered to your door.


Mostly ex-rental equipment we’ve sourced from businesses we know and trust. It’s been fully refurbished and is backed by a three-month warranty. Read more


Includes runout and used equipment supplied by our equipment-dealer partners; ex-demo equipment previously used in a dealer’s demonstration kitchen; and scratch-and-dent equipment that’s sustained minor cosmetic damage.


Choosing the right tandoor oven can be tricky. And what if your business quickly outgrows the equipment, or changes direction and needs different equipment?

Rent–Try–Buy solves this problem by allowing you to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it. The manageable weekly rental payments also help your business maintain a positive cash flow.

May suit you if you’re… 

  • A new or established business
  • After $1,000 or more of equipment funding
  • Looking to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it, including items you're not sure about or think you might quickly outgrow.

Key features 

  • Flexible, 12-month rental agreement
  • Manageable, weekly rental payments
  • Upgrade or buy the equipment at any time
  • If you buy, get back 75% of your net rental payments — to put towards the purchase price
  • Continue renting or return equipment after 12 months
  • Rental payments are 100% tax deductible."

Not what you’re looking for? Check out Lease-to-Keep

Why choose us 


Massive range

Our range of cooking equipment — including electric tandoors and gas tandoors — is one of Australia’s largest.


Finance solutions 

We finance virtually any type of commercial kitchen equipment, including the world’s leading brands.


New and used 

Our online marketplace includes not only brand-new hospitality equipment but also ‘Certified Used’ and clearance equipment.


Fast delivery 

If the equipment’s in stock, it can usually be delivered to your business within 1–8 business days.



If you finance new equipment through us, we’ll consider paying you cash for any old equipment you’d like to trade in.


Warranty support 

If your financed equipment breaks down within the warranty period, we can help you arrange a free repair, replacement or refund.

Building equity in your equipment

For every $1 of rent you pay in the first year, you'll get back 68 cents to put towards the equipment's purchase price, if you decide to buy it.^

^You’ll get a 75% rebate on your net rent — the total rent you’ve paid minus GST, which equates to 68 cents in the dollar. For example, if you paid $10,000 in rent, your net rental rebate would be $6,818 ($10,000/1.1 x 0.75). In addition, each rental payment you make is 100% tax deductible, reducing the net cost of ownership even further.*

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is tandoori cooking?

Tandoori cooking refers to a style of cooking that involves the use of a tandoor oven.

Meats and vegetables are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and herbs and spices, including ones like ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, and turmeric.

The marinated food is then skewered and placed into or over the preheated tandoor oven.

The viscous marinade keeps the herbs and spices locked in place, while the intense heat quickly sears the exterior of the food.

This results in dishes that are tender and succulent, with a flavourful crust, characteristic smokiness, and slightly charred texture.

Tandoori cooking is often associated with dishes like tandoori chicken, tandoori momos, tandoor lamb, chicken tikka, and tandoori naan (bread).

What is a tandoor oven?

A tandoor oven is a cylindrical, vertical clay or metal oven originating from South Asia.

Traditionally, it’s heated using a charcoal or wood fire, however modern commercial tandoor ovens use gas or electric heating elements.

The oven’s radiant heat quickly cooks foods like flatbread and marinated meats, charring the food and imparting a distinct smoky flavour.

Tandoor ovens are used mainly in Southern Asian, Middle Eastern and Horn of African cuisines.

How does a tandoor oven work?

The tandoor oven is heated using a charcoal or wood fire, or gas or electric heating elements.

Once the oven’s thick, well-insulated walls are hot, the food is placed into the oven through a hole in the top, which also serves as a chimney.

Flatbread dough is stuck directly to the walls while marinated meats and vegetables are skewered and placed in vertically; juices from the skewers drip into the flames, giving the food an added, smoky flavour.

Because of their design and materials, tandoor ovens have excellent heat retention and can maintain the desired temperature for extended periods.

Some ovens come with a tawa (hot plate) that can be used as an alternative to the oven.

What are the different types of tandoor oven?

The main types of tandoor ovens are:

Wood- and charcoal-fired tandoors: Made entirely from clay, these traditional tandoors impart the authentic flavours for which tandoori cooking is famous. They must be carefully conditioned to prevent excessive cracking and are slower to heat up. They can be above ground or partially buried. (SilverChef does not finance clay tandoor ovens, i.e. ones made wholly of clay.)

Gas tandoors: Favoured by commercial kitchens for their convenience, these ovens heat up more quickly and efficiently and offer more precise temperature control than traditional tandoors. They typically combine a stainless-steel outer shell for better insulation and an interior clay cooking drum to create authentic flavours.

Electric tandoors: Similar to gas tandoors, these use electric heating elements to achieve consistent and controlled heat. They’re suitable for kitchens where gas is not easily available. They typically combine a stainless-steel outer shell for better insulation and an interior clay cooking drum to create authentic flavours.

Rotating tandoors: Also known as rotary tandoor ovens, these specialised electric or gas-fired machines feature a rotating disk on which flatbreads such as naans, rotis, chapatis and pita bread can be quickly and easily cooked in large quantities.

What can you cook in a tandoor oven?

Tandoor ovens are used to cook a wide range of food, including:

  • meat — in most tandoori cooking, chefs use a spicy, yoghurt-based marinade to coat chicken, lamb and beef. The yoghurt’s acidity tenderises and meat and the tandoor oven’s high temperature quickly locks in the skewered meat’s juices and flavours while charring the outside.
  • flatbread — dough for naan, roti, paratha and other breads adheres to the oven’s inner walls before puffing up and charring, giving the breads their distinctive taste and texture.
  • vegetables — marinaded and skewered bell peppers, onions, mushrooms tomatoes are commonly used in tandoori cooking. Though they char on the outside, they remain tender on the inside and retain their natural sweetness.
  • fish — it’s important to handle the fish carefully to prevent it from falling apart. Whole fish or fish fillets are often placed on skewers or special fish-grilling racks designed for tandoor cooking.
  • cheese – cubes of marinated paneer (Indian cheese) can be skewered and cooked in a tandoor.

Most meals take less than 20 minutes to cook through.

How hot does a tandoor oven get?

Tandoor ovens can reach temperatures of up to 480oC (900oF) — significantly hotter than a regular oven.

These high temperatures are explained in part by the oven’s thick walls and insulation, which help trap and concentrate heat within the compact cooking

Moreover, the oven’s open-top design allows excess moisture and steam to escape, preventing the buildup of steam pressure that would otherwise limit the oven’s ability to reach and maintain high temperatures.

Wood- and charcoal-fire tandoors are generally hotter than gas and electric tandoors, however due to their precise controls, the temperatures of the latter are easier to manage than those of the former.

* This advice is general in nature and does not consider your personal circumstances. Professional advice should be sought that is tailored to your personal situation.