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WFO in Ohio

dk531255's picture

WFO in Ohio

I am wanting to build my own wood fired oven. I live in NW Ohio and am wondering if anyone here is from Ohio and would be willing to share their experiences and possibly photos of what you built. I am looking for an outdoor oven more of a primative looking oven poosibly stacked fire brick.

Thank you


judsonsmith's picture

Hi Werol,

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and worked for a few years in a bakery there. Despite having tremendous respect for WFO baking I have very little experience with it. Hopeful some experienced WFO users will chime in and help you out. There is also a pretty active  yahoo group that might be helpful for you.

Good Luck!


kmrice's picture

Forno Bravo, which manufactures cast WFO kits, maintains this site, which is the place to start. You can obtain free plans for a DIY oven at tht site. Although they sell ovens, their site is very supportive of those who build their own. The forum, which is  at has a huge number of members who have built their own ovens, and as well as many who bought ovens from Forno Bravo. It's a terrific resource and the members are enormously helpful. There are regional sections where you can find other Ohio WFOs. There appear to be at least 3 outlet in Ohio which sell Forno Bravo ovens, as well.


polo's picture

I live in Northeast Ohio and could provide photos, but my oven is an Alan Scott style. The suggestion to visit Forno Bravo is a good one. There is a thread there that shows a stacked brick oven being built.

dk531255's picture

Thanks for the replys I will continue to watch the forum for upgrades before I commit to building .

Thanks again,


Davidkatz's picture


I'll be on sabatical next year in Cleveland.

I'm looking for a baker with a WFO to show me the ropes...



jackew's picture

The Akron Beacon Journal ran an article a few years ago about a local individual that built a wfo. It is probably still available at

Doc Opa's picture
Doc Opa


Mark from Toledo OH.   Sounds like you are looking for a temporary, quick and inexpensive oven.  Have you looked at earth ovens?    This would also be a nice weekend project to get you started.    My oven is a brick, Tuscan, Forno Bravo but with a 5 1/2" thick floor with 4 1/2" wall per the recommendation of a professional oven builder who built this oven.  My oven is also well insulated.  It takes two hours to white out.  My oven is generally at 550° F the next morning after cooking pizzas which I find a very good temperature for baking bread.  Anyways, let us know what oven you build and feel free to ask questions.  I learned a lot from this group as well.