Wood fired family oven built in Austria
about 2 years ago my father in law decided to build a wood fire oven for backing our own bread. My girlfriend and I were very enthusiastic and immediately decided to help him. But we all had no idea how to build such an oven.
After some web research I found your page (www.traditionaloven.com) and it was amazing how many detailed information you placed there. I read all your instructions, summarized the most imported information and of course I ordered your CD’s with the detailed building pictures of traditional wood fire ovens. I gave the disk to my father in law as a present on father’s day (I don’t know if you know this tradition) and he was thrilled. Immediately we went into the garden to search for the best place for the oven. It was a very hard decision but in the end we all agreed to a place with very low space directly under the roof of the house. It was not sure if it is possible too build a oven at this place. Therefore I decided to develop a detailed plan in a CAD program with the true dimensions (see Backofen gesamt.jpg below among the images).
As I had no idea which dimensions fire bricks in Austria have, I had to find producers and bargainers which offer bricks with an approx dimension to yours. During this research I found different systems how to build the floor of the dome. Thus, I developed different variations of the dome’s floor. We decided to build the floor with so called Quick-boards because this was the cheapest and most easy solution for us (Boden mit Quickboardplatten_1.jpg). An other big problem was the wall and the eaves of the house. I did a long research for a cheap solution. But, I couldn’t find one. Because of that, we decided to buy an expensive stainless steel chimney.
After this step everything has been clearly planed and we started the building process. We dug a hole, concreted the base, the oven base plate, the oven floor, the dome, the concrete cladding and the outside wall with the back insulation in between. (have a look at the pictures) We fired the oven very very low for drying. First days we burned only newspapers then we added small pieces of wood getting bigger day by day. Then, the stainless steel chimney was delivered and we could start with installing it. Because of the height of the houses’ roof this was a very thrilling piece of work. But thank god, there was no accident and we could first fire the oven to its full power. And, we baked the first bread in our new oven. This was the very best bread we have ever eat since then.
After we began installing some optical improvements to the oven and to the surroundings of the oven. This place got the most beautiful place for my father in law’s house. Every new visitor only says: “wow!! You really built it on your own? I also want such a cool wood oven!” Now, the oven is fired every 10th day and we bake all the bread we need on our own. We also bake lovely pizza (with the receipt on you page) (once we baked about 25 pizzas in an evening), roast goose and other meat, dry apples, tomatoes and chilli’s …
Thanks a lot for you great, detailed description of how to build such an oven. It was one of the best decisions we have ever made to build the oven with your description. To build this oven was a big adventure and in the end a very big success for all of us.
It would be nice to see some of our pictures on your gallery in the web.
Best wishes and regards from the whole family!
PS: Sorry for my poor English.
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