Building Our LA Ovenworks Outdoor Wood Oven

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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  • Charlie's Wood Oven Finished 2010

    The oven is ready!

  • Pepper considers hearth diameter in relationship to the oven's boules capacity.

    Pepper considers hearth diameter in relationship to the oven's boules capacity.

  • Scene of the oven to be.

    Scene of the oven to be.

  • New retaining wall levels ground.

    New retaining wall levels the ground. Excavation looks like an archaeological dig.

  • Don bringing in more dirt.

    Don bringing in more dirt.

  • Wood Oven Building the cement truck

    Cement truck fills wheel barrows that were hand carried to the site.

  • Wood Oven Building filling base with cement

    Pouring the cement to form the oven pad.

  • The oven pad ready to set.

    The oven pad ready to set.

  • Adding that special touch.

    Adding that special touch.

  • Wood Oven gets pig logo

    Our oven gets its own logo, a pig, our symbol.

  • Wood Oven Building gets signed

    The "cornerstone" of our wood oven.

  • Charlie's Wood Oven 2010

    Charlie's Oven 2010

  • Wood Oven erecting sidewalls for suport on base

    Erecting the side walls for the oven base.

  • John Dubey, our mason setting the wood oven hearth frame

    Superb mason, John Dube framed the top to pour the layer that supports the insulating level beneath the hearth. (How many layers is that?)

  • Wood Oven John fixes hearth base

    John Dube works on the fram to hold the hearth.

  • The granite facing is delivered.

    The granite facing is delivered.

  • Working on the masonry

    Stones are split then used to frame the sides.

  • Rome was not built in a day nor Charlie's oven.

    Rome was not built in a day nor Charlie's oven.

  • Wood Oven Building or cat bed

    Like the cats who bask in Rome's Colosseum, Cinnamon enjoys the oven construction site for her siesta.

  • The base is nearly ready.

    The base is nearly ready.

  • Some of John's lovely stone work.

    Some of John's lovely stone work.

  • Wood Oven electric supply for lighting

    Electical outlet added for light and other uses.

  • Wood Oven side view

    The outlet box mounted on the side of the oven.

  • LA Ovenworks hearth base set on hearth

    LA Ovenworks base stones laid in place.

  • LA Ovenworks Oven Dome parts

    LA Ovenworks side and dome pieces ready to be set in place.

  • LA Ovenworks Oven working on dome

    John starts the process of building the oven dome.

  • LA Ovenworks Oven working on dome some more

    John seals the joints on the pieces that form the dome.

  • You can see how tightly the pieces of the dome fit together.

  • Wood Oven sealing the entry

    John adds a detail to the oven front.

  • Wood Oven opening takes shape

    The archway in place.

  • Wood Oven working out of sight in the hot sun

    Some work is done out of sight.

  • Wood Oven peeking into the chimney pot

    John peeks down the chimney pot.

  • Wood Oven John seals the surface

    John applies a thin layer of cement to cover the dome.

  • Wood Oven Giving the dome another coat of cement

    John applies a final thin coat to seal the dome.

  • Charlie testing the first firing

    Inspecting the oven during the first firing.

  • Beauty Shot Charlie's Wood Oven 2010

    Our LA Ovenworks Wood Oven is ready!