The Fresh Loaf

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Pizza oven

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From Brick to Bread: Building a backyard oven

November 28, 2011 - 6:33pm -- Terri Karsten


This book provides a step-by-step guide to how a couple of amateurs created a working oven for year round use and enjoyment. You too can make bread from scratch, starting from the ground up with a wood-fired oven in your own yard. See what it takes to enjoy a wood-fired brick oven - how to build it and how to use it - with this hands-on project for wholesome living. Available on or from

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How hot can I run a domestic electric oven?

April 30, 2009 - 5:09am -- Slaquer

I garbage-picked an old 30" westinghouse electric range.  It appears to have 31/2" or 4" of insulation on all sides of the oven.  I'm impressed.  I wonder what temp it could achieve.  I'm only looking for 750F or maybe 800F-- pizza temp.  The temp of the external sheet metal is likely to be a limiting factor, but that could be further insulated.The wiring could stink or fry, but a wiring upgrade wouldn't be too hard.

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