Outdoor Masonry Oven Inspiration

outdoor pizza oven

Masonry oven in Pittsburg, PA.

outdoor stone oven

Outdoor bread oven in Vermont by Champlain Valley Landscaping.

outdoor stone oven

Bread oven in California built by Alan Scott in the style of the great stone French ovens. ovencrafters.net

wood fired outdoor oven

Wood-fired oven in Waters, Michigan.
Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit.*

outdoor stone oven

Wood burning oven, Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania.
The owner used local stone. Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit.*

outdoor pizza oven

How to construct a bread oven. Fritz Bogott of Northfield, MN. gives step by step instructions: www.instructables.com

outdoor stone oven

Wood-fired Oven
Built by Mark Mendel of:

outdoor stone oven

Wood burning oven in Oregon.
By paradiserestored.com

outdoor stone oven

Wood-fired pizza oven.

outdoor stone oven

Outdoor Kitchen
Del Mar, California

outdoor pizza oven

Wood-fired pizza oven.

outdoor stone oven

Wood-fired stone pizza oven.

outdoor stone oven

Pizza oven and wisteria arch.

outdoor stone oven

Outdoor kitchen in Camden, Maine.
Design by Deborah Chatfield.
Via: www.gardendesign.com

outdoor stone oven

Outdoor stone pizza oven in Camden, Maine.
Design by Deborah Chatfield.
Via: www.gardendesign.com

wood fired outdoor oven

Wood-fired oven.

wood fired outdoor oven

Wood-fired oven.

wood fired outdoor oven

Wood fired oven in Marysville, Washington.

wood fired outdoor oven

Wood fired oven in over-the-top outdoor kitchen.

wood fired oven

Wood fired oven

Benefits of Outdoor Ovens:

Shorter cooking times because you can cook at higher temps. These ovens can get to 1000F and the stone holds the heat evenly, cooking the food with retained, radiant heat from all sides and conduction from the hearth. When you burn wood fast and at a high temperature the wood burns efficiently. Burn wood slowly and it creates soot and particulate matter.

An outdoor oven in the summer keeps the heat outside. An indoor stone oven in the winter, especially in combination with a masonry heater, keeps the heat inside.

Stone ovens do not hold moisture, so breads become crusty on the outside. If you start with a wet dough, the crust will seal in the bread's moisture, within the loaf.

An electric oven might draw 3500 watts per hour to maintain a 550F temp. Three pieces of hardwood, depending on oven dimensions and insulation, might give you a hot oven for a few hours.

Two types of ovens:

A black or Roman oven is one in which the fire (source of heat) is in the same oven chamber where the food is to be cooked. The food can enter the chamber after the fire has been pushed to the side (such as when cooking pizza), or the fire is taken out after the interior of the oven has been heated to a sufficient temperature, and then foodstuffs such as bread are placed inside and cooked by the radiant heat retained by the masonry. Ovens used for bread should have more mass than ovens used for pizza alone.

A white oven has a separate firebox directly below the baking chamber.

wood fired oven kit
Ceramic Oven Kit

Kits and Plans:

There are numerous types of kits available for the central oven itself:

    Multiple prefabricated ceramic parts.
    Multiple prefabricated concrete parts.
    A single cast piece of concrete.
    A single prefabricated oven unit.

    DIY center oven can be made from::
    Hearth slab and mortared fire brick.
    Hearth slab and cob. (See cob oven page.)
    Stacked bricks or dry-laid stone.


Ceramic Kits:

    Forno Bravo   
    Le Panyol
    Superior Clay
    Vesuvio: woodfireovens.net
    Valoriani kit via Jaimie Oliver

    Los Angeles Ovenworks

     OmniPro Pittsburg
     Chicago Brick Oven, Mario Batali
     Rocky Mountain Stove.com

Great downloadable plans to build around a kit here: www.losangelesovenworks.com


    The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by
    Daniel Wing and Alan Scott, www.amazon.com



Mobile and Countertop Units:


stone bread oven

Frankfurt, Germany, 1568.


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Posts: 3
Garden Oven
Reply #3 on : Sun February 16, 2014, 00:57:13
Thanks so much for all you have shared. I want to build an oven for myself then one as a gift for my sister.
Livingston Scott
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Wonderful ovens
Reply #2 on : Wed October 09, 2013, 14:22:12
I really enjoyed visiting this site as I plan to build an oven (maybe with a kit) in the lawn of my newly built home on Vermont. I want a bit of jazzyness with functionality and I noted a few here on your site which fit the bill. Thanks so much.
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thank you
Reply #1 on : Sun June 30, 2013, 05:34:38
You have given a lot of information about outdoor oven. This is one of my dream to have one if I buy or build my dream house....
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