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    Who has a wood fire oven?

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    Really want a woodfire oven at home...heard of some selling at Bunnings cheap, but made of cheap metal.
    Anyone made a brick oven or bought one??

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Yea I have had them in the past

    Similar to how I built ours
    See this link for time lapse construction & Australian made


    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhpdvv5Ms8&feature=related

    You can also get them in kit form here is just one of many different styles

    http://clayworkswoodfiredovens.com.au/kit.htm

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Had one many years ago at home that my father and grandfather built with bricks.
    Big enough to roast a whole lamb in.

    You should be able to search the net for a local that builds them rather than buy a kit.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    kit doesnt look bad, especially if you did your own base.

    I want one

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb link=1228308729/0#3 date=1228388870
    kit doesnt look bad, especially if you did your own base.
    Without my father and grandfather around the kit looks like the next best thing.

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    thanks for the link...will give them a buzz

    it seems for the ultimate pizza base, woodfire all the way.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    how much for one of those clay ovens? They dont seem to have prices.

    There is a Perth place - www.diypizzaovens.com.au

    They have videos and kits with prices. Ive been deeply considering buying for some time now. Its just a pretty big investment over your own time (forgetting the cost involved). I saw the ovens built and running (diypizzaovens) at a country field day in WA earlier this year. They look the goods.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Gday all, a good mate of mine has a cob oven , built from a sand mould , and covered with cement/sand , and we have had some awesome pizza sessions in it,as far as kits go.. if any one lives around the Newcastle area , a local guy builds kits that are easy to assemble and look pretty good, made of lightweight refractory cement ( so it wont crack unless you do something really stoopid) you can check it here :http://robertoswoodfiredovens.com.au/
    if I can find a pic of the cob I will post it up *edit>> images attached


    If you want a plan for a cob I have a copy of one here *http://users.comcen.com.au/~biodynam.../cob_oven2.pdf
    have fun , cheers from Gaz

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by jprm link=1228308729/0#6 date=1228402154
    how much for one of those clay ovens? They dont seem to have prices.

    There is a Perth place - www.diypizzaovens.com.au

    They have videos and kits with prices. Ive been deeply considering buying for some time now. Its just a pretty big investment over your own time (forgetting the cost involved). I saw the ovens built and running (diypizzaovens) at a country field day in WA earlier this year. They look the goods.

    jprm
    I must admit that I wanna get a woody. Construction looks pretty easy & theyre big enough to cater for a backyard full of guests.

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    The price is about 1800 for the big one and 1500 for the little one, delivered, you still have to buy sand. Its on there website.

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    I gather the chef Russell Jeavons has a rather good book on wood ovens. I havent done more than glance at the book, but eating at his pizza place is a revelation.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    When I was in San Francisco I saw several wood fire ovens. Visited some that were over 150years old. They say the older the oven the better it is. Most people that buy an oven forget to season it. They just start cooking start away. Before you start cooking, you have to get the oven use to heat.
    Best oven I saw was one that cooked all their bread & pizza with heated bricks. They have only a small window to bake, so when they sell out of bread they cant bake anymore. The heated bricks hold the heat better than wood fire. So the bakery closed sometimes before 12pm. Amazing bread.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    There are some really good books out there for making an oven from house bricks, relatively inexpensive and can be done by anyone with a bit of DIY ability. I am going to do it in the next couple of years in my backyard (when I get the outdoor area built) but to do that I have to save up a bit of dosh.

    I have been playing with the idea of heating up the oven with large mirrors collecting the suns rays and directing them into the oven, but I will worry about that after I have set up the oven.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    House bricks is what my father and grandfather used to build ours.

    From memory they built a square structure and topped it off with a dome of bricks to form the oven space, followed by some form of extra insulation of the dome with earth or sand and the square sides built up to hold it all in.

    It was about 40 years ago so I may not recall it all accurately.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    I own one of these Japanese kamados. It works on the same or similar principle but its on wheels
    However mine is red and have now owned it for about 20 years

    It has just recently sustained some damage! *One crack down the side from top to bottom approximately 40 cm

    The good thing is that the steel bracing is holding it together but its not ideal

    If anybody has knowledge of a product that will act as a combination filler and glue like joiner I would like to know

    It is made from a dark charcoal like (pepper&salt) ceramic material



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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Maybe some vehicle exhaust putty?

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1228308729/0#15 date=1228618060
    Maybe some vehicle exhaust putty?
    I thought that exhaust putty is brittle if not bound also will it emit a toxic substance?

    I can use oven silicone to seal the crack but I am unsure if it act as a holding glue
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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Gday KK,

    Check through the Yellow Pages for a "Refractory" business in your area... There are quite a few around Brisbane who manufacture and repair old pottery kilns and the like. I would imagine they could help you out,

    Mal.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Wood fire ovens sound great, but I just ordered a gassmate pizza oven, no tree has been hurt in the process :P .... I just hope it works good enough :)

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    wow you have dragged up a old thread with your 1st post :)

    welcome and enjoy the Pizza (and coffee?)



    this is for anyone else wanting to build there own oven.....

    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/

    i hope to have enough space in the new house for one (when i find it that is.....) i got way to many hobbies.....

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Thought of a Chiminea. *They arent as big but you can cook a pizza in one. *My parents have one. *They serve well as an outdoor fire place.


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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    My grandfather built us one many years ago that looks very similar to this one from that fornobravo site linked above.



    Ours was big enough to roast a whole lamb!

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Id love a nice wood fired oven--but sometimes Im so impatient even the microwave seems too slow! 8-)

    Greg

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Im definitely going to make or buy one when I move into my new house to cook bread and pizza 8-)

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    I own a Kamado
    Dont know if it falls in the category of wood oven

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Would love to have one, even have most of the materials on hand to build it, however got to thinking about the cost of fire wood $300 tonne in my area, feeding the thing could become pretty expensive, if I had a good supply of reasonably priced wood I wouldnt hesitate. :(

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    I am looking into putting natural gas into one so that you dont have to have a stack of wood on hand if you dont want. Mind you I havent gotten past the "I think that would be a good idea" stage.

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    Good Zombi thread - Ill join in too. We have a Metal Dynamics Gourmet wood fired oven heater combination. Its our only source of heating and it works a treat. Heating chamber is on top of the oven.

    The thing goes 24/7 during the cold seasons. We use cut up old railway sleepers at $110 a cubic meter and anything we can scrounge off the property.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0D041704130213040C00610 link=1228308729/27#27 date=1280560218
    We use cut up old railway sleepers at $110 a cubic meter
    Lucky You. ;)

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    We are a little lucky and can get redgum at $110-120/metre split & delivered :)

    Just got a new toy a few weeks ago for $200 and it its currently pre refurbish and headed for the back veranda. Plan is to fit a Stone shelf high in the firebox (mate of mine is a stonemason) for Pizzas. Item Cast Iron Jotul #4 front door actually drops then slides under the firebox for that open fire effect or door up for a slow combustion stove. Also can be top or rear flued, going rear to keep the top clear.


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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by 212F222D3A2C2D430 link=1228308729/26#26 date=1280557297
    I am looking into putting natural gas into one so that you dont have to have a stack of wood on hand if you dont want. Mind you I havent gotten past the "I think that would be a good idea" stage.
    So youre going to have a *gas* wood-fired oven??? ;D
    Boy, how definitions do change! :D

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by 24110604340C110E020F07630 link=1228308729/30#30 date=1280577189
    Quote Originally Posted by 212F222D3A2C2D430 link=1228308729/26#26 date=1280557297
    I am looking into putting natural gas into one so that you dont have to have a stack of wood on hand if you dont want. Mind you I havent gotten past the "I think that would be a good idea" stage.
    So youre going to have a *gas* wood-fired oven??? ;D
    Boy, how definitions do change! :D

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    Sounds to me like something Apple would come up with.
    An i-oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0438253E343522373F34500 link=1228308729/31#31 date=1280590311
    An i-oven
    ...which would only cook food from the iStore.

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    And you need to serve it on iPlates with iCutlery.

    You can jailbreak the iOven, but then you lose all support from the iHospital if you get food poisoning.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Just to stray back into seriousness for a minute (not long, I promise!).

    With much of the US now having statutory warranty rights (as does Australia), and jailbreaking electronic gear now being legal, it will be interesting times ahead. I cant wait for Apple to try and prove that the jailbreak caused the hardware failure!

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    if your in Melbourne check out the Centrre for Adult Education, they run courses on how to biuild the ovens

    My tip from having helped build several "founos" is to use firebricks for the base, otherwise you will have exploding pizzas

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    anyone roasted their beans in a wood fire oven?

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Considering building a woodfired oven too. The kits are pretty damn expensive ($2000-3000), cost far too much in freight so Im heading for the completely DIY build for under $1000.

    Local Clayworks have a DIY and the http://clayworkswoodfiredovens.com.au/kit.htm oven to look at. Might pop in there for a looky.

    There seems to be a lot of different opinion regarding what bricks to use. Some say only use refractory bricks, others are using cheaper common house bricks. Everyone says to avoid concrete for his explosive nature at high temperatures. The Fornobravo http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/ website has heaps of info and a number of aussies building them on there.

    If anyone is taking the same path in building their own I would be interested in swaping notes and even helping out with a build to gain experience.

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A51545409380 link=1228308729/36#36 date=1283412047
    anyone roasted their beans in a wood fire oven?
    There are some companies in the US I have run across that actually use wood fired roasters, the beans do take on some of the flavours too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D4A4E414943564641482F0 link=1228308729/38#38 date=1283413987
    There are some companies in the US I have run across that actually use wood fired roasters
    You dont have to go that far - there are at least two in Sydney.

    The pizza shop that opened next door to me about 10 months ago used to use one of these Roasters product and FOL equipment.

    THe pizza shop is closed now.


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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Ive just purchased a woodfired oven. *It was by a local firm on the Sunshine Coast, the owner/builder was really helpful. *He also sells DIY kits but I had him install it just before Christmas. *He makes the internals from cast refactory products himself, then it gets covered in insulation, and rendered on the outside. *Im more than happy with the finished product. *Stainless steel flue, door & plate at the front looks lovely.

    Now I just have to find something nice for the benchtop and paint the outside of the oven.

    Heres a few piccies, build the wall myself, also had a 100mm reinforced slab installed, then I put the oven on 75mm Hebel Power Panels (2x600mmx1200mm) for extra insulation (also saved me putting a 200mm slab in). *Pizzas are excellent, but Ive also done the christmas roast in there, plenty of slow cooked meats, breads & cooked breaky on a cast iron plate. *The BBQ hasnt been used for weeks!!!!

    Below are a few piccies, the oven, my first small fire & the first ever pizza. *I pushed it a bit too far to the back so it got a bit of ash on it, still thats the point of having a real fire :) *Also had the neighbours around and did about 15 pizzas. *They put their own toppings on, no complaints I can tell you.

    One tip, it to pre cook the bases. *Just 30 secs on the oven floor than remove them, and turn them over onto your board so that the cooked part to the top ready for toppings. Helps the base stay more ridgid when your loading the completed pizza into the oven, especially important when your doing party loads. :) Just one base like this costs $3.00 in Coles! Madness!

    And yes Ive burned myself a few times too. *Using gloves now! :) :)

    When its all finished Im hoping to organise my first Sunshine Coast gathering, pizzas and coffee. *:) ;) ;D






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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    My father helped my grandfather build something similar in our backyard when I was a lad.
    Not as pretty, but we could roast a whole lamb in it.
    ;)

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1D213C272D2C3B2E262D490 link=1228308729/41#41 date=1294307751
    My father helped my grandfather build something similar in our backyard when I was a lad.
    Not as pretty, but we could roast a whole lamb in it. *
    I had a laugh, youd already replied to this thread and said the same thing over two years ago.

    I so badly want a wood fired oven, and my partner really wants me to build on. Just got to get around to it. Im thinking I might do a dual fuel option and get gas firing as well as wood for those times I cant be bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 253A38223B2E39382F570 link=1228308729/42#42 date=1294309728
    Im thinking I might do a dual fuel option and get gas firing as well as wood for those times I cant be bothered.
    Seriously??? :-? Just turn the oven on in your house or use your bbq when you cant be bothered.

    Its not hard work using a woodfired oven like this, just start a small fire, wait for it to get going, put 2 or 3 bigger bits of wood in. Wait for the carbon to burn off the roof and its at pizza temps. As it cools you can cook meats, and when the fire has gone out use the door to cook some bread. When your done you just pull the coals over floor and it cleans the floor for you by burning it off over night. Next day you just sweep everything off to the back and start again!

    Low maintenance, no cleaning, and the thrill of a real fire! Its up to temp in under an hour and keep the heat for hours afterwards. :)

    I researched going the DIY route and would love to build another one by hand using cheaper materials, clay bricks etc. It would take time, but every one is unique.

    A guy called Alan Watt runs courses in NSW, VIC & SA. I would love to do one of his courses, he builds low tech and high tech ovens and you get to actually build them during the course. Seriously nice fella, gave me heaps of advice by email when I was considering the DIY route.

    If your thinking of making one yourself check his website out. http://www.woodfiredovenworkshops.com/

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    Re: Who has a wood fire oven?

    We have a wood over ill post picks later.

    For a quick easy but yummy pizza use puff pastry. Its very popular with the kids.

    If you are after a more traditional base Jamie Oliver does a pizza dough with Semolina flour in it and its come out brilliant.

    http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pizza-recipes/pizza-dough

    :)



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