The very first step is deciding what you want the final finished oven to look like and where you want it to go.
This will determine what needs to be done to install it correctly.
Many of our customers merely install the oven on a simple base made of bricks with a flagstone top which the oven sits directly on top of. They then use the oven as it is - for cooking a whole load of dishes with the fire ticking over all the time to maintain the temperature that they require. Once the fire goes out, the oven cools in about 2 -3 hours, there is still plenty of time to cook a joint a batch of bread or a great crumble.
Other customers want the whole thing built into an elaborate housing insulated to give maximum amount of cool down time.
Deciding early what you want your oven to look like when its finished is the key and if you can't make up your mind then just use the oven as it is on one of our quick assemble stands and decide later.
The Dome and Floor of the oven (the parts that we sell) are but the first step in a chain of events that will need to happen in this decision process. While every single customer has a completely different idea of what an oven should look like when its finished, the important thing to remember is that every single wood burning oven has a dome built into it.
We have been hand making these out of the highest grade of refractory (very high heat industrial fire cement) that we can find . Our Oven Domes and Oven Floors have been designed to have the correct size opening for the flue diameter and the correct amount of height to the dome to ensure that the oven is able to maintain a reliably constant temperature with a minimum fire size.
Deciding on what you want the oven to look like when finished will also have a huge bearing on the final cost of the investment. For instance if you want the final oven to have an insulated brick-effect dome shape, this will cost a lot more and is so much more challenging than if you want to finish the oven in an insulated box housing with a pent or pitched roof. The performance of the oven in both instances will be exactly the same but the cost vastly different.
If you are looking for ideas on what your oven could look like then do a google image search for wood fired garden ovens here you will find thousands of images and ideas. Keep in mind that every oven design starts with an oven dome, that's the bit that we make. Everything else is showcasing and can be as dramatic as your budget can afford.
If you would like advice please call us.
We are happy to help.