July 31, 2013 by Brian Klipfel, under Fire Works Masonry News.
Fire Works Masonry latest commercial wood fired oven is a large 48″ x 72″ vaulted brick oven for the Hearthstone Grill in Jamesburg, NJ. The oven will be used for a variety of foods including pizzas, cast iron dishes, roasted meats and vegetables as well as fresh in-house breads. The large oven and newly renovated restaurant are seen in the photo below.
The oven starts with the firebrick core. The oven was designed by MHA founding member Tom Trout of Vespa Masonry. The photo below shows a view through the loading door into the newly built brick oven. The oven’s firebrick floor is also ready to start cooking. The rough chimney connection is visible in the far back left hand corner.
A strong steel frame permanently supports the outer thrust of the long vaulted span. The completed oven core and steel support structure are pictured below.
The photo below shows the top of the oven vault. This oven will be heavily insulated with commercial, high temperature thermal blankets.
The oven facing will be based on steel studs with cement board after the thick insulation for the sides and top. The front of the oven is faced in an additional layer of firebrick. This oven facing can be nicely completed with many options such as thin veneer stone, tile, mosaics, or plaster stucco to match any interior.
The owner and his crew will complete this oven exterior with a cultured stone and tile veneer.
The photo below shows the completed oven core, front brick face and the steel stud frame underway.
After hours of heat storage, the oven heats up to operating temperatures for cooking pizzas in minutes. The photo below shows the vault burning clean.
The oven has a custom insulated stainless steel door for use between shifts or overnight to maintain the oven’s heat.
The door fits tightly into the vaulted opening for loading the oven. The owner’s custom stained glass and cultured stone finish is also completed.
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