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Jul 1, 2008 11:34 AM

New Outdoor Oven Question

We reeeeeeaaaaalllly want an old school Italian/old world outdoor oven!!!!

I have done a search, read and replied to some of the posts regarding pizza ovens. What we wanted to do was build one and not buy a kit.
All over Europe, north and south, old farmhouses have these outdoor/pizza ovens. Why the heck can't we build one here?
Anyone know of any books, sites or even sites with pictures of any. Would these be viable for Michigan winters? I would think so since I have seen them in the Swiss mountains.

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  1. i will read this with interest as i have been dreaming of one too. vacillate between a pizza oven and a tandoor. even had someone willing to build one at one point and then the idea fell through.

    1. This is a pretty good site:

      Rado will mail you his plans for a modest fee. Also, try the book "The Bread Builders" available on Amazon. That will give you some direction as well as some additional sources of plans, etc.

      Good luck!

      1. I know nothing about outdoor ovens, but have lived in both Michigan (Ann Arbor, not the coldest part) and Switzerland. I can assure you that Michigan is waaaaay colder than Switzerland, not to mention windier. If you install one of these and expect to use it in the winter I suspect you'd best have some type of winter enclosure as part of the deal..

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        1. re: johnb

          We are near Sterling Heights which is cold, but probably no more than Switzerland. My DH and I have been putting off starting this - we are terrified we are waaaaaaay over our heads and don't want it to end up costing as much as a small car.
          Foodwich or others - any thoughts? Are we crazy?

          1. re: itryalot

            itry....Google "cob oven." You make'em yourself. Very Cheap. See if you like the whole outdoor oven cooking thing before you invest major money

            1. re: itryalot

              Do a google search for the Sunset magazine outdoor oven plans...I have a copy somewhere, but I can't find them right now. The cost was minimal....cement block base, firebrick hearth floor, mud/cement adobe-style exterior. You could probably build the whole thing for a couple hundred bucks in materials, max.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Great suggestion - I think this is the link?


                This looks very doable.

                1. re: flourgirl

                  yes, that's it. I seriously thought about building one, then I began to doubt the durability of the adobe construction in my extremely wet climate. So I'm still looking for a more wet-weatherproof alternative, without spending the bucks on a kit.

          2. This guy gives seminars on building and using them --