November 20, 2012 by Brian Klipfel, under Fire Works Masonry News.
Our latest project is a large backyard wood-fired oven. The hand-built dome oven is constructed entirely of long lasting, high duty firebricks. The oven floor has a 36″ diameter, plenty of room for a large pizza party or an entire Thanksgiving meal. The photo below shows one of the first hot fires rolling over the top of the oven as it heats the firebrick dome.
The tight brickwork is built form free. The every brick is cut to ensure very tight, strong joints. High temperature refractory mortar provides the joint strength between the bricks. The high quality of the firebricks and construction method assure a very functional, long lasting oven. A well made oven lasts for generations. The photograph below shows the dome nearly halfway complete.
The high mass of the oven works great for cooking but requires a masonry foundation to carry the load. A block foundation supports this oven. The oven is insulated from the foundation by 4″ of industrial, load bearing insulation. The dome continues to roll in as the door opening begins below.
The photo below shows the completed wood-fired oven core. The door opening and chimney throat can be seen on the right hand side of the core in the photo below.
The photo below shot through the door opening shows the completed dome from inside the oven. The smooth firebrick floor is also ready to start cooking.
With the core completed, the oven facing can begin. A simple block shell will be constructed around the core. The firebrick core will also be wrapped in 4″ of industrial quality ceramic wool blanket. This helps lock in the oven’s heat for long lasting, efficient cooking.
Finally the oven is fired and the first pizza sizzles on the hot floor.
Once the pizza party is over, the very versatile oven is ready for almost any type of food you can imagine. The oven can roast meats and vegetables as well as bake excellent breads. Fresh pita breads expand on the hearth in the photo below.
You can perfectly roast meats as well, such as the tender oven roasted chicken in the photo below.
Oven roasted garlic is another favorite.
Garden tomatoes are roasting in the photo below before they are sauced and canned.
Cast iron cookware gets great results in the oven. A cast iron skillet roasts garden garlic and asparagus in the photo below.
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