Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Movable Oven

So often people are reluctant to build earth or masonry ovens because they're afraid that once constructed, the oven will have to reside on its given location for eternity or even longer. Their fear is well-founded.
This oven, built and designed by Chuck Lakin, has an oven base made from wood and held together by screws. The oven proper is firebrick with a roof supported by angle iron. No cement or mortar has been used. The idea was to build a masonry oven that could easily be dismantled, moved to another place in the yard, or be fired up in a distant location.

Chuck assembles the wooden base

The base sits on a crushed stone bed that facilitates good drainage in a wet area

Chuck assembles the angle iron that will support the interior oven roof

Perlite insulation is spread across the top of the oven

The completed oven with a metal roof and shelves to hold baking supplies and oven tools.
Note the shelf under the oven for firewood storage.

Much more about this oven in future posts


Will Brinton said...

How much does the entire unit weigh, and do you lift the entire thing like a little Gondala?

Breadhunter said...

I don't know how much the unit weighs, but the oven can be completely disassembled and all the components will easily fit in the back of a pickup truck. It's possible that 4 burly guys could lift the oven intact and move it, but I'm not sure. I will find out though.

Dee said...

Thank you for posting on this project. I've been wanting to build an oven outside for some time now and couldn't find anything small enough for our yard. This is perfect for us.

Breadhunter said...

If you look through my blog archives, you'll find many other small ovens.
On the "movable oven" shown, the baking surface measures 18" wide by 25" deep.

Anastácio Soberbo said...

Hello, I like the blog.
It is beautiful.
Sorry not write more, but my English is bad writing.
A hug from Portugal

Breadhunter said...

You can write to me in French or English, and your English is really okay. Sorry I don't speak Portuguese.
And a hug to you from Maine, USA.

Breadhunter said...

Concerning the comment about oven weight and moving the oven, here's what the oven designer had to say, "Four burly guys might be able to lift the oven (it must weigh six or seven hundred pounds) but since no cement was used in the construction, I wouldn't chance having something shift while it was being moved. Except for the insulation, disassembly is easy. Take out six screws, back off two more and the whole top is free. Remove the top of the oven and the top layer on the sides and it would be much easier to carry, and disassembly and reassembly would take maybe ten minutes."

carm said...

This is *beautiful*! I think it might be one of my favorites. Well done, Breadhunter and friend!

Stuart said...

Great idea and this is nice looking oven. Can you tell me a little more about the costruction and how it's holding up? For instance, what's between the hearth bricks and the base, how is the angle iron and wood siding holding up? Are there any modifications that you or Chuck would suggest?

Falls Church, VA

Breadhunter aka Stu Silverstein said...

Perlite insulates the area under the hearth bricks. The oven is rarely used because Chuck and his wife really don't know how to fire a small oven properly. When they ask me over, I demonstrate how to fire the oven and bake in it.
Chuck used a lot of wood in the construction of the oven because he's a woodworker, but I probably would have used very little or none at all. Not only will the wood rot out in time, but it can also ignite.

P.S. I prefer the portable, all-brick oven, also posted on this blog.