Outdoor Masonry Oven Inspiration
Masonry oven in Pittsburg, PA.
Outdoor bread oven in Vermont by Champlain Valley Landscaping.
Bread oven in California built by Alan Scott in the style of the great stone French ovens.
Wood-fired oven in Waters, Michigan.
Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit.
Wood burning oven, Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania.
The owner used local stone. Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit.
How to construct a bread oven. Fritz Bogott of Northfield, MN. gives step by step instructions.
Wood-fired Oven. Built by Mark Mendel
Wood burning oven in Oregon.
Wood-fired pizza oven.
Wood-fired stone pizza oven.
Pizza oven and wisteria arch.
Outdoor kitchen in Camden, Maine.
Design by Deborah Chatfield.
Outdoor stone pizza oven in Camden, Maine.
Design by Deborah Chatfield.
Wood fired oven in Marysville, Washington.
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.
The Two Types Of Stone Ovens
Black or Roman Ovens
A black or Roman stone 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.
Ceramic Oven Kit
Outdoor Stone Oven 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.
DIY Stone Oven
Ceramic Stone Oven Kits
Concrete Stone Ovens
Great downloadable plans to build around a kit here: losangelesovenworks.com
A Must-Have Stone Oven Cooking Book
The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by
Daniel Wing and Alan Scott
Mobile and Countertop Units
Frankfurt, Germany, 1568
Brick Outdoor Ovens For Purchase
Traditional Brick Braza Wood Fire Oven, Wayfair.com.
Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven, Amazon.
Traditional Brick Lisboa Wood Fire Oven, Wayfair.com.