FAQ

What can I cook in my wood burning brick oven?

Anything you can cook in your home oven, you can cook in your wood burning brick oven ? pizza, whole turkeys, bread, grinders, chicken, steaks, chops, vegetables, stews, empanadas, desserts and more!

Can the oven be used in all climates?

The wood burning oven can be used year round. The structure you build around the oven must keep the elements out and the oven dry.

Can I install my own oven?

Yes, it can be a do-it-yourself project. You?ll need to have some skill in concrete and masonry in order to keep your oven safe from the elements. Check out our Assembly Instructions Manua for more details.

What will I need to do to start using my oven?

The oven must be installed on a foundation with a covering (dome or shelter) that will give it a finished look and protect it from the elements.

How soon can I use the oven after installation?

You should build a few small fires in your oven before you cook in it. (See our User?s Manual for curing and firing instructions.) These small fires will cure the oven. A large fire in a new oven may cause it to crack. Be patient! This is the reason you bought a wood-fired brick oven in the first place.

Is the oven safe around children?

Any time you have fire there is some danger. The outside of the oven will be hot to touch; just how hot depends on your design and use of insulation. If installed properly, the oven should not pose any more danger than a BBQ grill.

What kind of wood should I use for my oven?

All kinds of wood are suitable when they are clean and dry, except resinous and treated woods, which are not recommended and can be dangerous to your health. Waste wood should not be used because your wood-burning oven is a cooking instrument, not an oven for heating. When buying wood, ask for wood that?s been aged for about two years, or that has less than 25% moisture content. Soft woods are easy to light, but they produce less heat than hardwoods. We also recommend trying different varieties of aromatic, flavored wood to give different foods unique flavors.

How long does it take to heat the oven?

We recommend building a small fire and slowly adding to it to bring up the temperature of the oven. This process can take an hour or more, depending on the size of your oven. Once it?s hot, you can use your oven for hours.

How do I shut down my oven?

Let the flames burn down, then close the oven with the door. The oven will slowly cool down over several hours.

Can I put a gas-assist in a brick oven?

It?s not necessary to use a gas-assist in a residential brick oven. You?ll find it?s easy to start a fire in a brick oven with very little effort.

Can the wood burning brick oven be installed indoors?

The oven can be installed indoors, but you must check your local building codes to find out all of the particulars.

Do I need a chimney on my oven?

The wood burning ovens do required a chimney. You will need to install a chimney that meets your local building code. The chimney serves as an airflow regulator, which is essential for controlling the temperature and convection. Your chimney should always be at least as tall as the oven is deep.