DIY Pizza Ovens
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With this nifty, easy-to-make oven you can bake crusty breads, tasty pizzas and even roasted meats. By Kiko Denzer October/November 2002 Did you love to make mud pies when you were a kid?
You can build either a temporary or permanent wood-fired oven outside. Wood-fired ovens work by burning wood in the baking chamber until the walls of the oven get thoroughly heated. Then the wood is removed.
Overview The Pompeii Oven is comprised of a number of basic components, which we will define here to give you a better understanding how how you will go about building your oven. Click on these links to see directions for each step of the installation process. Other resources include: Click on our Anatomy of an Oven to see a graphic showing the various parts of the oven. Click on our Thermal Mass Primer to learn more about how wood-fired ovens absorb and hold heat, and cook.
Depending on what you want to bake and the space available, you can adjust the size of your oven. The amount of material needed doesn't scale linear. My oven needed 4 times the material of a small but usable oven.