Oven's name: Sam's oven
Pictures from the construction
Photos by: Sam G
Location: Mill Park, Melbourne, Vic. Australia.
Title: Amore mio
Description: During our last trip to Italy in 2007 we drove from Sicily to Venice stopping along the way. Inspired by Italian culinary especially cooking in wood fired ovens, all I could think about was this oven and all the tings that I could cook in it. It was clear to me that for my own Italian culinary formulas first I needed a well functional oven. Having twenty years of experience in Italian pasty cooking which I no longer do professionally … and miss very much.
Right after we arrived back home from the holidays, I built my oven from scratch. Yes, using refractory bricks and yes then the mass was insulated properly. It had turned out EXACTLY how I wanted it.
We cook pizzas, bread and everything else in it all night, on a family get together. The next day inside goes the roast or biscuits depending how much wine we have on the night before. Thinking of building one?
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Here are the measurements:
Dome Size Internal -
width 1100mm X height 550mm
Size of Refractory bricks - 230 x 15 x 50mm - 100 were used, cut in half.
Floor base - size of refractory bricks - 305 x 305 x 50mm - 16 were used.
The other day we cooked 48 pizzas, 3 trays of small chicken pieces, cleaned out the ash and baked about 16 small ciabatta bread rolls, and froze them for later. They were gone within a week. Now I have just brought a 20 liter dough mixer. Looks like I will have to start making bread more often and freezing it. Ever since the oven was built it is a large part of our lives. It's worth it heaps and the building was THE great experience.