Our LA Oven Works outdoor wood oven celebrates its FIFTH birthday this summer. Having our own wood-fired outdoor oven has been a wonderful addition to our family. It sets the scene for many lovely evenings baking, roasting and sharing food with good friends. We have to thank Anna and Peter Carpenter, owners of the company, for their help with this project. We installed their Elisa Model 90. It has a 36-inch interior diameter. This size has been perfect for our needs, easy to first and refine as needed. (We were tempted by a larger size oven until we realized how much more wood is needed to heat it.)
And we have many people to thank for the construction of the oven: the talented John Dube and his crew from New England Masonry Service in Deep River, CT for the lovely look of the oven, Glen Dona, who cleared the hillside and generally keeps us in order and Don Henson from Custom Landscaping in Killingworth, CT for the retaining wall and sycamore tree.
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The oven is ready!
Pepper considers hearth diameter in relationship to the oven's boules capacity.
Scene of the oven to be.
New retaining wall levels the ground. Excavation looks like an archaeological dig.
Don bringing in more dirt.
Cement truck fills wheel barrows that were hand carried to the site.
Pouring the cement to form the oven pad.
The oven pad ready to set.
Adding that special touch.
Our oven gets its own logo, a pig, our symbol.
The "cornerstone" of our wood oven.
Charlie's Oven 2010
Erecting the side walls for the oven base.
Superb mason, John Dube framed the top to pour the layer that supports the insulating level beneath the hearth. (How many layers is that?)
John Dube works on the fram to hold the hearth.
The granite facing is delivered.
Stones are split then used to frame the sides.
Rome was not built in a day nor Charlie's oven.
Like the cats who bask in Rome's Colosseum, Cinnamon enjoys the oven construction site for her siesta.
The base is nearly ready.
Some of John's lovely stone work.
Electical outlet added for light and other uses.
The outlet box mounted on the side of the oven.
LA Ovenworks base stones laid in place.
LA Ovenworks side and dome pieces ready to be set in place.
John starts the process of building the oven dome.
John seals the joints on the pieces that form the dome.
You can see how tightly the pieces of the dome fit together.
John adds a detail to the oven front.
The archway in place.
Some work is done out of sight.
John peeks down the chimney pot.
John applies a thin layer of cement to cover the dome.
John applies a final thin coat to seal the dome.
Inspecting the oven during the first firing.
Our LA Ovenworks Wood Oven is ready!