Oven construction began late in summer of 2002
A hearth large enough to bake 30 loaves
It was a masterpiece
For two years we used the oven regularly baking for the Farmers Market and throwing amazing pizza parties for friends and family. When we moved to the farm we had to partially disassemble the oven in order to move it. When we had the crane move it to the farm they weighed it. The oven core alone weighs 6,540lbs! There was no time in the midst of moving with five children to dig footings and pour concrete for a new base. We had it set temporally on railroad ties. Temporally? That was seven years ago! We are determined to get it operational again this year.
This summer we poured a new reinforced foundation and built the new oven base. You can see the oven core on the rail road ties in the background.
Notice that the oven never touches the base, the rebar provides a gap. This gap allows the heat to stay in the oven and not transfer the base.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures. In part two I'll show how we finished it!