22 Amazing Outdoor Masonry Ovens – Inspiration
1) Pittsburg Masonry Oven
Masonry oven in Pittsburg, PA. For more information about this oven, go to rumford.com.
2) Bread Oven
Outdoor bread oven in Vermont by Champlain Valley Landscaping.
3) French-Styled Oven
Bread oven in California built by Alan Scott in the style of the great stone French ovens.
4) Refractory Clay Kit
Wood-fired oven in Waters, Michigan. Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit. To learn more about outdoor ovens go to losangelesovenworks.com.
5) Patio Addition
Both stylish and functional, a stone oven can be a nice centerpiece to your patio.
6) Local Stone Oven
Wood burning oven, Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania. The owner used local stone. Built from a Los Angeles Ovenworks refractory clay kit. Instructions for your own oven can be found at LosAngeles Ovenworks’ website.
7) Oven By Fritz Bogott
How to construct a bread oven. Fritz Bogott of Northfield, MN. gives step by step instructions. Go to instructables.com to read Bogott’s directions and view photographs of the process.
8) Rustic Style
Wood-fired Oven. Built by Mark Mendel. You can build this oven yourself using the instructions at montereymasonry.com.
9) Modern Twist
A beautiful outdoor entertaining space with a counter attached to the masonry oven. You can serve fresh pizza in a cinch with this set up.
10) Oregon Wood Burner
Wood burning oven in Oregon. View more of this architect’s work at paradiserestored.com.
11) Large Masonry Oven
Wood-fired pizza oven. Mugnaini’s website has recipes you can use to make outstanding meals with your stone oven.
12) Oven In California
Outdoor Kitchen by Los Angeles Ovenworks. Del Mar, California. Go to their website for additional information.
13) Red-Brick Oven
The wooden doors on this masonry oven emphasize the rustic style. Two small tables have been situated nearby to place food on as it becomes ready.
14) Simple Stone Oven
Wood-fired pizza oven. More oven options are available at www.mugnaini.com.
15) Easy Access
Wood-fired stone pizza oven. This is one of many options on mugnaini.com. Placing the oven next to the house makes cooking in the winter time easier.
16) Vine-Covered Oven
Pizza oven and wisteria arch. This oven has clean cut bricks that give the oven a sophisticated style. More photos of this type of outdoor stone oven can be found on mugnaini.com.
17) Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchen in Camden, Maine. Design by Deborah Chatfield. Information on the rest of this project can be found at gardendesign.com.
Outdoor stone pizza oven in Camden, Maine. Design by Deborah Chatfield. For more inspiration, visit the Garden Design Magazine online.
18) Fireplace And Oven Combo
For those colder nights, this masonry oven has a connected fireplace. Storage for the wood is placed underneath the oven furnace for easy access.
19) Domed Stone Oven
Wood-fired oven. With a domed structure, you can incorporate a chimney without being obvious. Additional photographs of kitchens can be found at kitchenbuilding.com.
20) Oven With A Chimney
Wood-fired oven. Mosaic furniture compliments this oven beautifully. Browse other stone ovens on Mugnaini’s website.
21) Washington Stone Oven
Wood fired oven in Marysville, Washington. Kits and recipes are available at fornobravo.com.
22) Wood-Fired Oven
Wood fired oven. Go to earthstoneovens.com for additional photographs of outstanding outdoor masonry ovens.
Benefits Of Outdoor Ovens
- Shorter cooking times because you can cook at higher temps. These ovens can get to 1000F and the stone holds the heat evenly, cooking the food with retained, radiant heat from all sides and conduction from the hearth. When you burn wood fast and at a high temperature the wood burns efficiently. Burn wood slowly and it creates soot and particulate matter.
- An outdoor oven in the summer keeps the heat outside. An indoor stone oven in the winter, especially in combination with a masonry heater, keeps the heat inside.
- Stone ovens do not hold moisture, so breads become crusty on the outside. If you start with a wet dough, the crust will seal in the bread’s moisture, within the loaf.
- An electric oven might draw 3500 watts per hour to maintain a 550F temp. Three pieces of hardwood, depending on oven dimensions and insulation, might give you a hot oven for a few hours.
The Two Types Of Stone Ovens
Black or Roman Ovens
A black or Roman stone oven is one in which the fire (source of heat) is in the same oven chamber where the food is to be cooked. The food can enter the chamber after the fire has been pushed to the side (such as when cooking pizza), or the fire is taken out after the interior of the oven has been heated to a sufficient temperature, and then foodstuffs such as bread are placed inside and cooked by the radiant heat retained by the masonry. Ovens used for bread should have more mass than ovens used for pizza alone.
A white oven has a separate firebox directly below the baking chamber.
Ceramic Oven Kit
Outdoor Stone Oven Kits and Plans
There are numerous types of kits available for the central oven itself:
- Multiple prefabricated ceramic parts.
- Multiple prefabricated concrete parts.
- A single cast piece of concrete.
- A single prefabricated oven unit.
DIY center oven can be made from:
- Hearth slab and mortared fire brick.
- Hearth slab and cob. (See cob oven page.)
- Stacked bricks or dry-laid stone.
DIY Stone Oven
Traditional Oven: They have information on the types of ovens you can build.
Ceramic Stone Oven Kits
Forno Bravo: Check out their gallery for more inspiration.
Le Panyol: This company also has indoor ovens available.
Mugnaini: Find a multitude of recipes to try.
Superior Clay: Browse their available oven-fireplace combinations.
Vesuvio: Wood Fired Ovens: They have free online cooking classes!
Valoriani kit via Jaimie Oliver: Offering curbside delivery in the UK only.
Los Angeles Ovenworks: Find a variety of portable ovens.
Concrete Stone Ovens
Artesian Ovens: A great place to order a rustic styled stone oven.
FireRock: They also offer a selection of fireplaces.
OmniPro Pittsburg: You can order online from their website.
Chicago Brick Oven, Mario Batali: Check out their amazing gallery.
EarthStone: Choose from a variety of models on their site.
Buckley Rumford Company: Don’t forget to look at their oven accessories!
Great downloadable plans to build around a kit here: Los Angeles Ovenworks
A Must-Have Stone Oven Cooking Book
The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott
Mobile and Countertop Units
Forno Bravo: They provide an online estimate for customization.
The Outdoor Pizza Oven Company: Watch a video of them building an oven.
EarthStone Ovens: Their pre-assembled ovens have a more modern style.
Los Angeles Ovenworks: Their models are perfect for a small patio.
Frankfurt, Germany, 1568. This image was found at wikimedia.org.
Brick Outdoor Ovens For Purchase
Traditional Brick Braza Wood Fire Oven, Wayfair.com.
Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven, Amazon.
Traditional Brick Lisboa Wood Fire Oven, Wayfair.com.