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My oven build, "It's a primitive oven, just build it".

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Cascade Diver

My oven build, "It's a primitive oven, just build it".

I started this project not knowing the magnitude of this endeavour. I love beginning projects and my wife told me I could not start a new one until this was finished, which was sometimes the driving force to keep me going with it.

I have a copy of The Bread Builders book for guidance. My father, who owned a artisan bakery through out my childhood, was also just a phone call away whenever I needed a bit of advice. When ever I would get overly critical of craftsmanship, which was quite often as I am no mason, I would remember a very short story my dad told me. Harbor Bread Co. was the name of my dad's bakery in Gig Harbor, WA. He had hired a guy to build his oven and whenever the builder was stuck or didn't know exactly where to go he called Alan Scott for guidance. "It's a primitive oven, just build it." Alan Scott said. So whenever I screwed up I just thought of that comment and kept on going. I wanted to pass on that quote to anyone who finds themselves in a tough spot or is frustrated if their work isn't "perfect".

"It's a primitive oven, just build it".

I took a slightly different approach to the base of the oven. This cut down on size and weight. Instead of using concrete blocks filled with concrete to support the oven I used 2" square tubing welded to make a frame. Replacing the rebar I used 3/4 steel tubing welded to the frame.

From there everything else was pretty straight forward from the slab to the hearth to the arches.

 

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Dulcilo

Thanks for sharing your story and build pics. What a great legacy you have to guide you.

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Cascade Diver

Thanks

Cheers!

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Wild-Yeast

@Cascade Diver,

Beautiful job on your "primitive oven". I like the steel support frame. It's big enough to run a pizza parlor with. I suspect you need a bigger mixer now?...,

WildYeast 

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Cascade Diver

I have a Hobart 20qt in my kitchen closet. It's big enough I think. I was burning through my wifes KitchenAid... It got so freaking hot one time I had to put it outside inthe freezing winter weather to cool off.

The steel frame has another benifit. If I need to movie it I can just use a tractor with some forks on it to lift it. However I might weld some pieces underneath to protect the slab.

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ReneeN

Nice build. I am in Port Orchard. We have a great climate for bread baking. I like that you can move the oven if you wish.