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Brick wood burning oven in the back yard [moved from General Topics]

I am thinking of having a small/mid size wood burning oven in the back yard.
I appreciate if someone can provide some insight or links which can help.

Thank you very much.


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  1. Mugnaini....more of a kit really. Friend of the family has one....very pricey. You gotta really be into this kind of thing, as it's lots of work. Turns out great breads, and pizzas. He uses his 2 or 3 times a year, small parties, etc. Google "cobb oven" and consider making one of these first. These you can do yourself way cheaper, and see if you like the whole fire-tending, hauling stuff outside thing...Then get a real one

    1. Join this group:


      Many many members who have done it themselves. Access to many resources.

      1. You can get lots of information just by googling 'backyard oven'. Here is a link to a book that explains how to build your own backyard oven with minimal cost in detail. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0967...

          1. I just built, from the ground up, a 34" pompeii pizza oven in my patio. I can cook just about anything in the oven, not just pizza.
            My complete build thread is at Forno Bravo:

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            1. re: roadfix


              Your Pompeii pizza oven is gorgeous! My husband is considering building a pizza oven for me, and I have been looking at the Forno Bravo site. How difficult was it to complete? Did you order one of their kits or did you build it on your own?

              I am wondering if any of these ovens can be built indoors and be used safely. My husband wanted to install a regular wood burning stove in our house to help cut back on our huge electric heating bill in the winter. If the Pompeii oven heats up the house as well as bakes pizza, etc., then building one is our answer!

              Thank you for your assistance! Enjoy your beautiful Pompeii wood burning oven!!!


            2. We have just completed the installation of a wood burning pizza oven in my yard. It was an insane birthday gift - well partly - from my friends and once that ball started rolling, there was no stopping it. We had to get a brick base built for it on a concrete foundation. Actually bought the oven itself on Kijiji (!!!) - it was imported from Portugal and came in two sizes. The one I have is - er - 36? 40? inches in diameter inside. Just had our Maiden Voyage last Friday and it's amazing. Great pizza - done in about 3 minutes. I'm still learning how to use it but so far so good. The top igloo part is the oven, the bottom bit is wood storage (I still have people looking underneath to see how the heat goes up from the bottom...). Good luck - it's a project.

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              1. re: Nyleve

                That's awesome! Can you attenuate the heat to roast a goat and similar stuff?

                1. re: Veggo

                  Well you can make a fire of differing heat levels, depending on how much wood you put in at once. I bought one of those infrared remote thermometer thingies so that I can tell how hot it is inside - it seems to work. If you build a fire and let it burn down some, you can then push the coals to the sides or back and mount a spit through the door into a notch in the back wall. This is where, I suppose, one could roast big chunks of things. Needless to say, I have not yet done anything like this. But on one of my break-in days (it's a gradual process to prevent cracking, which it did anyway but whatever...) I put a chicken in a heavy roasting pan with some new potatoes and it cooked to beautiful crispness on the outside. But this is as complicated as I've gotten so far, beyond the pizzas which were fantastic.

              2. We have a large wood-burning oven in our outdoor covered kitchen but thankfully it had already been built when we bought the house so we did not have to do all the work! It is used for everything from lots of bread to pizza to roasting in huge dutch ovens to grilling...it essentially replaces our oven. (This is in Croatia where the kitchens like ours can be extremely tiny and where most people cook outside year round.) This would be less workable at our house in Alberta where the oven would be submerged under several feet of snow half the year.

                1. My parent's neighbors used this book to build their oven. It isn't brick building per se - it is "mud/clay" building but the book had a lot of great details about proportions/etc. I have an earlier edition and have always wanted to build one myself.


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