Posted by Rado (188.8.131.52) on October 10, 2004 at 11:08:50:
In Reply to: Wish to convert fireplace to an oven posted by wade on October 10, 2004 at 08:32:15:
Wade, higher up in this forum Herb Wis wrote a bit about his few baking experiments in his stone fireplace.
Can you do it or can you not... if one doesn't see some picture it's hard to say if fireplace could be converted into wood oven. There is always a way for applying structurlal changes of any sort. Or rebuilding can take place, partly or fully. Depending on how you plan to use it, oven may take a bit more space, brick dome with heat insulation on top is the best option.
Normally heated chamber where you make fire and do cooking should have a ceiling which as well as the floor gets hot and then radiates out the heat and that cooks meals. Apart baking, cooking takes place with the entry open. When the temperature drops down for baking breads or cakes, these are closed inside with at least some kind of door, can be made up wooden door soaked in water which creates steamy atmosphere inside. There is a page on wooden door making among tutorial pages.