Building a Wood-Fired Brick Bread Oven
During this workshop, participants learn about wood-fired retained-heat ovens: the history, how they work, how to construct, to fire, and to bake a vast range of items, particularly hearthen breads. The workshop begins at the stage of the laying of the block walls on an already prepared foundation slab. Next steps are the pouring of the hearth slab, laying of the hearth bricks, continuing with the wall bricks and arched ceiling, oven entrance, then throat and flue, as time allows. The building of the foundation and the finishing of the oven façade, its insulation and housing will be explained in detail although time does not allow their construction at the workshop. Course includes baking in North House's oven (a baking hearth of 36"x 48") which is capable of baking 16 "artisan" loaves at a batch, with capacity to bake six or more batches from a single firing.