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Building a Four Grand-Mère Oven (Bread Stone Ovens)

July 22, 2015 - 10:12am -- mrmikemgm

Hello all, I've been a lurker for a long time and am a devotee to all things wild yeast related.  I thought it might be of interest to share that our outdoor living space is finally moving along (after 4 years in the planning/saving stages) and we are very excited to have a Bread Stone Ovens 1400B as the centerpiece of the project.  

We are very excited about the build and even more so that Antoine from Bread Stone Ovens will be helping us with the actual build -- fortunately we are geographically very lucky to be in relative close proximity to him.

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My 950 B wood fired brick oven

July 21, 2015 - 10:28am -- The Bread Stone...

After a putting the installation on the back burner for a while it finely happened. I am very exited that I finely got around to installing my 950 B at my house and though I would share on this great forum.

First I did all the foundation and then did the concrete stand on top of it.

Next the actual oven assembly.

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Final Layer - Earth Oven

July 6, 2015 - 8:15pm -- DiogoC


I've built an earthen oven with two layers only, both around 10 cm thick.
- the first layer is a mix of clay and sand (1:4) that i let curing for 4 weeks before applying the second layer;
- the second layer i included some straw in the mix and the result is as you see it.

After the first couple of firings i started noticing some cracks (2-3mm wide) in the outer layer but didn't see anything on the inside of the oven.

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Pita and the WFO

July 3, 2015 - 8:08am -- agmss15

Hi all. 


I have a mud oven. I have been asked to make a bunch of pita for an event. My problem is in the WFO the difference between too soft and cracker like pitas is seconds. I like a little browning on my pita.

Some of this needs to be me practicing. But I was wondering if any technique or recipe tweaking might help. Any suggestions?



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Wood cook stoves.

June 7, 2015 - 10:07pm -- clearlyanidiot

I was out with a friend to help him pick up some junk he'd bought from a farmer that was retiring and I noticed a wood cook stove in the farmers scrap heap. The stove was missing the lids and was badly rusted, but for less than the cost of a pizza downtown it was mine. 

I've cleaned it up a bit after that picture was taken. 

One thing I've wondered is how does a stove layout (offset firebox) compare to something like a barrel oven where the fire is directly in the middle? 

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Vertical barrel rocket oven.

June 3, 2015 - 9:23pm -- clearlyanidiot

I was doing a search for something else entirely when I came across this (warning PDF bomb):

On page 31 to 34 there is a vertical rocket powered low mass bread oven that passes hot gasses directly over loaves of bread.

On one hand it seems incredibly simple and effective, but on the other hand would there be problems with smoke in direct contact with bread?

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Scott style WFO on a farm

May 17, 2015 - 5:36pm -- janij

Hi all,

My husband and I are finishing up our wood fire oven.  The project has taken a lot longer than expected but we are both pleased with where it has taken us.  We had on oven like this built at our house in Houston.  We moved and bought our forever farm and decided to build a new oven!  So I was just going to share some photos of the project.  I can not wait to start baking in it!  We poured the cladding last week.  So now to just finish up the sides and put a top on it!  :)


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Ovens and indoor air quality

May 10, 2015 - 6:09pm -- reedlaw

The PM2.5 air quality index (AQI) is a big deal where I live (China). The outdoor air is monitored in all major cities and activities are often planned around the current AQI. It's a lot easier to control indoor air quality than outdoor air quality. You can reduce indoor PM2.5 by 95% with a good HEPA-filter air purifier. For these reasons, I'm reluctant to introduce anything indoors that may compromise indoor AQI. Sometimes the AQI from people smoking indoors is worse than the AQI outdoors.


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