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Our Brick Oven Adventure.

Updated on July 3, 2011

Brick Oven Construction

Ground Preparation
Ground Preparation | Source
Phase One, concrete base.
Phase One, concrete base. | Source
Phase Two
Phase Two | Source
Phase two, before door installation.
Phase two, before door installation. | Source
Success!  Our First Pizza!
Success! Our First Pizza! | Source

Brick Oven Construction and Cooking

Ever since I was a young girl, I always wanted a Brick Oven.   My grandmother told me stories about the brick oven that was in her village, in Italy, when she was a girl. She said that every Monday the people in the village went to a neighbor who had a brick oven and they were able to bake enough bread to feed their family for the week. The cost for this privilege was that  one loaf of bread was to be left behind for the owners family.

When our economy started to slip, we decided to look into building a Brick Oven. We've been married for over 28 years and my husband listened to me talk about getting a brick oven for most of our years together.

A young mason whom my husband knew built the oven for us. And the mason is willing to travel to install one for you!

We've had the oven for just about a year now, and it took a while to get used to the intense heat... but I can tell you that it's easy, fast, and fun to use.

When there's too much bread around the house for just the two of us, we've delighted our friends and neighbors by giving away some very tasty bread, pizza and roasted veggies.

It was a surprise to me when one day I took a look in our refrigerator and noticed a slightly limp bunch of celery, a couple of onions, some parsley, peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant and tomatoes. In the past, those veggies would have gone in the trash, if they were left past their prime. So I took them all out, cleaned and chopped them up, put them in a large round heavy stainless steel pan, drizzled some olive oil on top, added a few cloves of crushed garlic and broke up a loaf of day old bread. I tossed it all together and we put it in the Brick Oven. It's now our favorite recipe for the Brick Oven! So... don't toss it, roast it!

Until we meet again... Francesca27

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      Chris Andrews 6 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      I love it, was just talking about brick ovens and grills with my daughter.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago

      Thank you CJ: Do look into getting a brick oven. It's so nice to cook in it, in the summer. Keeps the house cool by not cooking indoors. We made ours a little bigger than most. I wanted to roast turkey, chicken, etc. And EVERYTHING came out great! Hope to hear from you soon. Francesca27

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Francesca27. Thank you for sharing. This Hub is very useful to me since I´m planning to have one. Happy Mothers Day!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago

      Hi Thelma: You will enjoy the journey of Brick Oven Cooking. A friend of mine gave me a book about Brick Oven cooking and it helped me think outside the bricks... the book also gave me a site to order pizza paddles, temperature gadgets and cooking pans. It's nice to go on this journey with you. I'm here if you need me. Francesca 27

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      chonett 6 years ago

      Very economical in a lots of ways if you can have the room. Great idea and wish I could have one at my place. I would bake in it every day! Chonett

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      Cassidella 6 years ago

      Francesca your brick oven is beautiful, and it looks like the proof is in the pizza regarding this wonderful idea!

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      jbhearn95 6 years ago

      I want a brick oven. It would be a nice addition to our backyard! Thanks.

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      gidget911 6 years ago

      I love your brick oven.

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      Skeffling 6 years ago from Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

      It's beautiful, like a little building. Are you in a mild climate? I think the extreme heat on cooking and then the -20 to -30*C in the winter may be hard on it here. But I still want one!

      Do you put herbs in your pizza dough? I cheat and use the bread machine dough cycle, but usually have garlic, oregano, basil, or rosemary in the crust. That pizza looks awesome, it's 8am here but I could eat that right now!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Sometimes I add herbs, cheese, and cooked onions into the dough. You will be very happy with an outdoor brick oven. It's the best thing we've done with this type of economy. We live in Maryland. The winters are cold and the summertime is like everyplace else. In winter we don't use the oven as much as in the Spring/Summer/Fall seasons. Great for roasting protein, veggies, egg dishes, breakfast, pizza and just about anything that you cook in your kitchen oven.And now I'm going to try your herb drying. Thanks for hubbing by.

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      Skeffling 6 years ago from Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

      It does sound like a great addition to the yard and kitchen. We get cold winter but still BBQ in the snow!

      Hope the herb drying went well!

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      ajthesmeagol 5 years ago

      I want my dad to get one. Then we can burn the paper plates after we cook in it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Francesca, I have done my share of masonry work, which is one of my favorite things. I will do one of these ovens for myself sooner or later, most likely an entire outdoor kitchen. Hey! That would be a good retirement project. Glad that you're having fun with your oven. There is nothing better than that for bread and pizza!

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      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi aviannovice: You'll love your brick oven and outdoor kitchen. Power went out in the neighborhood, but no one went hungry...we fed them all!

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      freehunter 4 years ago

      wish i had the room to build one at my condo in fl

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      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi freehunter: Wish I had a Condo in FL...

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      chonett 4 years ago

      Hi Fran,

      Your oven is fantastic and yet very practical! The first time I saw one was in Bavaria and it was indoors in a kitchen.

      It was used to cook and bake, just like yours but had extended brickwork where you could sit and keep warm while you ate at the dining table. Much colder climate there.

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        WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

        I WANT A BRICK OVEN! Great Hub. I'm trying to talk my in-laws into building one, they are Italian and also love the Brick Oven.

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