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Gas and wood brick pizza oven

I finished (mostly – still a little detail work to do) my oven last November. I built the firebox, cladding and insulation as close to your Masterly Oven a possible. The bricks here in the US are different sizes than yours and trying to do mathematical conversions made it too complex so I just threw away all my drawings and built it by looking at your pictures. This is the first time I have ever laid brick. I nearly killed myself in the summer heat when I got heat stroke working last July. The outer shell design is adapted to my location in my courtyard.

The one city that I live in – Fresno California USA – is part of an Air Pollution control district that does not allow the construction of a wood burning anything! So in order to get the permit I had to make it a Gas Fired oven – and basic wood – but read below. Oven image shows the firing, gas flame of the burner inside.

Wood and gas fuel fired brick pizza oven.

Another image shows the burner and port. No need for gas unless the city comes down on me for using wood. The oven burns wood so clean after the first 30 minutes I don’t think anyone would really notice the wood. The gas burner flame in brick pizza oven. This is because all the fume gasses and smoke burn to an extent that only the blurry heat is visible.

The gas burner for brick oven I was originally planning to plaster the outside leaving just the black trim bricks showing; so much of the red brick is course and the grout is different colors and unfinished. My wife and all of our friends love the look of it the way it is now! Wood gas pizza oven So this is how it shall remain. I intend to install a lamp above the opening to the oven (you can see the electrical box) but we have not found just the right one yet.

We will never be able to eat pizza from a restaurant again. Once you eat pizza out of a wood fired masonry oven there is no going back. We have mastered cooking Pizza with my wife rolling out the dough, everyone choosing their own toppings and me working the oven. Gas or wood pizza oven We mostly use your Pizza dough recipe and it is the standard by which we measure others that we experiment with. Whole foods Market located here in the states makes pretty good whole wheat pizza dough but I still prefer yours home made. One of my favorite toppings is marinated dried tomatoes and as you can see we are growing some to dry with residual oven heat.

Gas and wood fueled brick pizza oven Recently I built the door and I am amazed at the ovens heat retention ability. I am just now studying the numbers so I can utilize a single firing to its full potential. Test with the door closed and oven not heated to the high pizza cooking temperature: It took seven hours to drop from 480F – 250C to 300F – 150C and nine more hours to drop to 250F – 120C and from there it takes another 24 hours to drop to 140F – 60C at which so much drying or warming can be done. The next Holiday plan is to have top Pizza for lunch, Bake bread in the afternoon then slow cook a prime rib beef roast and vegetables for dinner. Then if I have not had too much fun I might dry some tomatoes.

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I would not have attempted this project if it was not for your plans with 1000 pictures and my life would be unknowingly poorer.

Thank you
Ralph (Randy),
Fresno, CA, USA

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  1. I am so happy in the way you are proud of what you have made with your own hands, its priceless. I am building one also and know exactly what you mean about the difference in the size of our bricks. I live in Canada and our standard sizes are pretty well the same.

    For now happy motoring ups happy cooking. Bart Parete

    By Bartolomeo Parete — Permalink

  2. Wood fired brick ovens have certainly added extra fuel to the LA pizza debate burning over the very last few years. So the new modern movement is quite recent. When a new Italian food restaurant opens, it is most likely already having a brick oven built in by a food fired/burning oven builder so the proper pizzas can be produced fast. Now we have such a varieties of “authentic” pies to decide between and not only in LA, it’s difficult to choose which restaurant is better. We may say, what makes every restaurant mainly unique and incredibly delicious starts way before the dough’s are made: the toppings used, the fire woods storage, the temperature or atmosphere inside the oven and the actual pizza making time with the pizza chef’s distinguishes the quality between them.

    By Current pizza restaurants — Permalink

  3. nice job,I too have an outdoor pizza oven………….would like to add the gas feature to my oven,if possible could you e-mail me as I would like to ask you some questions about gas feature..Thanks…………………………..

    By RENE NIETO — Permalink

  4. I need the same info for gas burner.

    By al — Permalink

  5. I have built an oven mainly to bake bread. Is there a safe way to convert it to a propane fired oven? Anyone has a solution I would like to hear about it.

    By Albert — Permalink

  6. When we cook a pizza for 2.5 minutes in a gas oven that requires ten minutes (100%) of heat up to the actual required cooking temperature, then only those 2-1/2 mins = 25% of the total energy is spent in the actual cooking mode. The other 7-1/2 minutes = 75% of energy is required for preheat. Thus for example if cooking some other things for an hour, the preheat energy surcharge ratio drops to just 15% and all the culinary activity becomes a lot more efficient on gas.

    By Claudia — Permalink

  7. Very nice oven! I am interested in the type of burner that you used. Could you please tell me, is it off-the-shelf? Or, did you have it custom made? Where could I purchase one? Specs?

    Thank you in advance,


    By Frank — Permalink

  8. Very nice job Randy. If you don’t mind, can you give me some details about the gas feature? How does it work? Where to get it? How long does it take to heat the oven with gas?

    Saint Lucia

    By Bruno — Permalink

  9. Writing to hear if you ever got info on adding a gas option to your WFO. I am experimenting making a venture valve (venturie value) to my propane brush burner just to see how it works. A potter who built his own kiln is advising me. Please let me know if you picked up any pointers.
    Carl Schick

    By Carl Schick — Permalink

  10. Randy,
    Very good looking oven, and flexible set up. Where did you get your gas burner, who makes it, and how long does it take to heat up the oven with a gas burner?


    By Cal — Permalink

  11. I have a wood burning pizza oven and am trying to find the natural gas burner to turn my oven into a gas pizza oven. Can you please tell me where you got the burner you are using?


    By Chris — Permalink

  12. Me too, have you had any luck to find a safe way to convert between gas and wood fuels options?

    By Albert — Permalink

  13. Very nice oven, it looks like you have a good solution for the gas firing! I have same problem total fire ban days in summer means no WFO cooking. Can you email me details about the gas burner you used as I am seriously considering retrofiting gas to my WFO.
    Thank you,

    By Claude — Permalink

  14. Hi – Beautiful oven, well done! I’m also interested in the gas burner that you used as well. Can you post a link on where you got it or product detail?

    Thanks & Happy cooking!

    By Scott — Permalink

  15. Very nice
    I’ve built a different/round design 3 years ago but have problems retaining the heat.
    I am interested in the type of burner that you used. Could you please tell me, is it off-the-shelf? Or, did you have this burner custom made? Where could I purchase one? Specs? and can I use propane.
    Thank you

    By Deya — Permalink

  16. I live in Visalia CA and also has restrictions on wood burning. I ordered the Pompeii brick oven from Forno Bravo and would like to add gas burner. can you give me some details on the burner you use.

    By gerard — Permalink

  17. As with most of the postings above, I would be very grateful if you could let me know the type of burner you used.


    By Peter — Permalink

  18. You oven looks amazing. I am also working on an oven and need to have gas as an option. How often do you use the gas burner? What type and size of burner did you use?

    By Cliff — Permalink

  19. Hello Randy: I too, live in Fresno. I am considering building or buying an outdoor pizza & bread oven, and am concerned about air quality and wood burning. Since we are almost neighbors, any chance of us meeting so I can see your oven firsthand? It really looks great!

    By George — Permalink

  20. We have a wood fired pizza oven that we built and we would like to also have a LP gas feature. Can you send me info on what is the best to use and where to buy.
    Thank you
    Barbara 251-300-9534 Alabama

    By BARBARA — Permalink

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