Hello all, many years a baker. I am toying with the idea of adding and investing in a commercial/pro type baking oven. I have a WFO, but I live in the great white north and have near zero interest in firing it up in the winter, as I am growing older everyday. My current interests are in artisan sourdough breads and I am using the dangerous preheated Dutch oven method with great end results.
My fantasy is to retire in the next few years and possibly make a few extra dollars selling some loaves for fun. I am having to do multiple batches in my home oven and grown tired of the lack of space and handling the hot DO's.
I have the perfect setup to add a oven in my Mancave/Garage, since that already houses my other food hobby devices, like a commercial mixer and meat grinder.
So i have looked a little at the Rofoc 40 and that looks like the near perfect solution until I look at them being completely sold out and unavailable until next fall... Which brings me to my 2 questions for my fellow bakers.
1: I am not opposed to something commercial used, since I have the space. With that line of thinking, what should I be searching for brand/type wise in a used oven? I would like to be able to do 1/2 dozen to a dozen 900g/2 lb loaves .
2: I am a handy/fix it/build it kinda guy for a living, I also built my own WFO. I want to see anyone thoughts on this. From looking at the Rofco type oven, the key to what makes it bake so well is the brick lining. With that in mind, what if I took my old spare olive green electric oven "Circa 1975" and turned it into the Franken Oven? Reline the shell with high temp insulation like I used building my WFO and then complete box in the oven space with cut to size Corderite stones? My thought would be two shelves lined with the stones, the sides as well as the back lined with the stone? Has anyone tried such a thing or seen such a Frankin oven? I currently use a Corderite shelf when I do pizza now in the house, but it doesn't cut the mustard for bread and why I use the Dutch Oven, but if I enveloped the entire space and preheated stones and misted with water for steam, I think it may work?