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Retained heat masonry bakeovens are in a class by themselves.

The growing popularity of authentic village style breads and bakeries
is spawning a revival of this ancient technology.

Bread and pizza lovers everywhere are ecstatic.

The Bread Lady

Heather's oven


Domestic Ovens
Commercial Ovens


Domestic Ovens

Painting by William Kurelek

"Baking Easter Bread" by  William Kurelek, 1968.
Easter is the most important holiday for many Ukrainian settlers in Western Canada

The Bread Ovens of Quebec, by Boily and BlanchetteFree Download

This unique study of the role of the bread oven in rural Quebec society also gives complete instructions
on how to build a traditional outdoor bread oven. 115 pages, many illustrations.

David Lyle Collection David Lyle CollectionDavid Lyle Collection
Stone Bake Ovens

commercial pizza oven by Stovemaster
48" Commercial Brick Pizza Oven - Form-Free Construction

by Alex Chernov and Sergei Kuznetsov of Stovemaster

Commercial oven by William Davenport
Commercial Bread Oven by William Davenport, Turtlerock Heat

Great resource. Check out the blog.

Bake Oven - Fireplace combination by Alex Chernov
Bake Oven - Fireplace Combination
by Alex Chernov

semi pre-cast ovens
Semi Pre-Cast Ovens

by Alex Chernov

Chernov oven 05
Restaurant Oven by Alex Chernov

Quest for Ovens
Extensively researched lists of pages and links to oven resources

fornobravo pizza oven plans
Pizza Oven Plans

Forno Bravo has a great series of e-books available for free download on its web site (registration required).
Included are step by step plans for 3 styles of authentic Italian brick pizza ovens. Recommended.
Also available are oven management, cooking and bread books, and a great pizza book.
(Aug 12/08): James reports that there have been 11,000 downloads of the oven plans, and 25,000 downloads of the other books.
Pizza oven from Forno Bravo plans, by MHA member Scott Goodman

primavera oven
New Forno Bravo Primavera oven manual
Norbert Senf checks out the Primavera oven
Forno Bravo dealer in the U.K.

Online Brick Oven Forum
The Forno Bravo forum has 5,000 registered members, and is the largest online brick oven forum.

Bread For All

"Everything about bread, earth/mud and clay ovens"
- very cool blog by Stu Silverstein. Check it out.

From the Wood Fired Oven by Richard MiscovichClick here to order
“So, you want a wood-fired oven to bake bread and have pizza parties? What should you build? How does it work? What else can it cook? As an oven-builder I hear these questions a lot, but the books I can recommend for cooking with fire say little about ovens, and the ones about bread and ovens don't take you very far with cooking. 

So I’m glad to now be able to recommend Richard Miscovich’s From the Wood-Fired Oven. He speaks with the authority of a professional baking instructor (and cook), an experienced mason, and a neighborhood baker; he also writes well, takes beautiful photos, and has a wealth of stories to tie it all together. He’s worked with leading professionals in many fields, and teaches from extensive experience with bread, pizza, meats, vegetables, desserts, etc., as well as ovens, masonry, fire, heat, and more.”--Kiko Denzer, author of Build Your Own Earth Oven

Ovencrafters Ovencrafters - simple, high efficiency insulated design developed by Alan Scott. Proven in a range of sizes and applications including home, restaurants and bakeries.

Click to join him for a seminar.

Alan ScottAlan Scott, 72, Artisan of the Brick Oven, Dies
New York Times, Feb 6/09

The Bread Builders, by Daniel Wing and Alan ScottClick here to order.
by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott

Definitive work on authentic hearth breads.
ncludes instructions for building a backyard bake oven.

"Wing and Scott do more than get the details right: they get the right details. It is difficult for me to imagine any baker, amateur or professional, coming away from this book without having learned something significant, even profound, about the art of bread baking."
-Thom Leonard, author of The Bread Book

How to Build a Portuguese Pizza Oven

Good set of instructions for building this type of oven
Good site with instructions for an Alan Scott style oven.

August Vanderdonckt's detailed photo record of building an Alan Scott oven.

Step by step Alan Scott style oven at

Build Your Own Earth Oven (3rd Edition)
Build Your Own Earth OvenClick here to order

A simple, fully-illustrated handbook for making an oven from earthen materials (similar to adobe and cob).

Provides clear, step-by-step instructions for building and firing the oven. Also complete directions for making sourdough bread in the best (and simplest) artisan tradition. 

Check out Kiko's great blog and archive on oven building on ovens and earth art

Backyard adobe - We built this simple oven at our neighbour's 20 years ago. It is based on the traditional Québec oven shape, an elongated dome.Backyard adove oven



Click on image for assembly photos.


Frank's Pizza Oven
Instructions for building a loam oven. Good pizza info.
Good list of oven links.

Building an Horno: the Adobe Bread Oven
by Michael Moquin - Detailed adobe instructions.

Brick Oven Map on Google
August Vanderdonckt writes:
The map allows brick oven fans to find out if they are close to somebody who already has one.
It enables people to upload pictures, communicate with each other directly and locate ovens geographically.

Simon Brookes' Clay Oven Blog

Ben's Art - nice selection of clay ovens modeled on "Bread Ovens of Quebec"

Ovens by Rado Hand. He has an extensive Wood Burning Oven Website, including oven plans,
pizza instructions, and more.

Oven by Melvin Nevitt
Oven for the British climate, by Melvin Nevitt.

pizza oven
Oven built by Mike Iapalucci from Rado Hand's plans. Detailed constructions photos.

cob oven
Portable cob oven in France - detailed constuction photos, instructions en francais

Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School
Learn how to use a wood fired oven.

Prefabricated Ovens - These can simplify the construction process a great deal

More Books on Baking and Masonry

il focolaio

  • Pat Manley recently built a kitchen bake oven for Billy Joel
    at his house on Long Island.

  • Malaspina College Oven Assembly Sequence

    Bake Oven by Hikary Fukazawa
    Hikary Fukazawa, a participant at the 2003 French bake oven workshop, returned to Japan and built his own oven. Hikari writes:

    Here is the picture of my bake oven.
    Our bakery is going so well.
    Last Saturday we sold out 30 pizza at the Saturday evening market.
    Of course I baked by wood fire.
    Every day my wife Shuko is baking 10kg wheat flour and selling out in a short time.
    We will increase products little by little.
    But we will keep making hand made bread.

  • Russian Bake Oven Drawings

  • squirrel tail bake oven

    (above) Amish style "Squirrel Tail" oven at Old Salem, NC- see MHA 2000 Meeting for some details. on this, and on a backyard pizza oven workshop.

Ben Sotero and crew with the new teaching oven at the San Francisco Baking Institute.

  • BlackOven
    Good site by a brick oven enthusiast, including recipes and baking info.
  • Castable Oven
    step-by-step construction photos of a refractory concrete oven.
  • Commercial Castable Oven
    good photos of the manufacturing process, including a unique safety test

Backyard oven by Phil Connor

(above) Backyard oven by Phil Connor, Britain.
Bakeoven by Doug Wood Bakeoven by Doug Wood.

Click on image for more information

Commercial Ovens

Oven by Manuel Munoz, France. Click for larger image.

Traditional French commercial ovens

Bagel Oven by Alex Chernov
Montreal Style Bagel Oven by MHA Member Alex Chernov

Toronto, December 2008

Commercial oven by William Davenport
Commercial Bread Ovens by MHA Member William Davenport, Turtlerock Heat

Little Stream has become very successful. This is their new oven with a 6 ft. X 9 ft. hearth. and a 6 ft. wide loading door.

An 80 kg. load of wood currently bakes about 800 2lb (1 kg) loaves.

bakeoven repair

Little Stream Website

New design with 9ft. X 8ft. hearth

Farjas oven at Acme Bakery, Berkley Spanish Llopis oven with revolving hearth, Acme Bakery, Berkley.

The Farjas is similar.

  • German 1930's Commercial - this plan is from a German masonry textbook from the 1930's.
  • 1900's American - the oven at Black Diamond bakery in Washington state has been in continuous use for over 90 years. It has a 10 foot by 12 foot hearth. Photos.
  • Historical oven in Waterdown, Ontario. We partially documented this recently unearthed 10 X 10 oven.

Sourdough Calculator

Our Excel spreadsheet template that simplifies "baker's percentage" sourdough calculationsSourdough calculator screen shot

Interesting Links

Boulangerie Anna
Anna is my sister in law. She became a bread head about 10 years ago after working at Terra Breads in Vancouver. She now has her own bakery on the French Riviera, and it is one of the best bakeries in France.

The Bread Bakers' Forum
Comprehensive website maintained by Beth Hinkle . Includes brick oven page, including list of builders, manufacturers, websites, books, articles.

The Bread Bakers Guild of America

San Francisco Baking Institute
Bread baking classes and bakery consulting

Cafe Beaujolais - great place, great website. They have an early Alan Scott oven.

Bread Art by Henry Ruczynski

  • Bread Art
    by Henry Ruczynski, Vancouver
    Click on image for more

Let me know of interesting oven links that you think should be on this page.
(Norbert Senf - mheat(at)

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