I've been researching brick ovens online for awhile now and I see some ovens with insulation blanket and some without. I see some with huge insulating slabs and some that are around 4". Why is there so much variation on a "4000 year old" appliance? Great Question! BrickWood Ovens makes foam forms for DIY homeowners and contractors that want to quickly and easily make a firebrick oven. Now, how you build and insulate the oven is up to you. With our foam form, you can build a firebrick oven that will entertain you and your guests for hours.. or you can use our foam form to build an oven with a 7" thick insulated base with 4" of ceramic fiber blanket and a closed off front that will keep the oven hot for days. We just simply manufacturer the foam forms so you can easily construct the hardest part of building the oven - the contoured arch of the firebrick oven.
Your directions state that you need 9" x 4.5" x 2.5" firebrick, but I can only find 9" x 4.5" x 2.25" firebrick in my area (Whitacre Greer brand). Will this smaller firebrick work on your foam forms? It sure will - just check out the Lewis Oven and the Natale Oven in our photo gallery. They are both made with slightly smaller firebrick - the joints will be slightly larger though.. No big deal.
You show your ovens being built with Red & Tan firebrick, but I can only find Tan firebricks in my area. Can I still build an oven with just Tan firebrick.. or just Red firebrick? Absolutely! We show the ovens in our videos and directions being built in Red and Tan as they are a great color combo, but as you said, some colors are not available in all areas. You can build your oven in all Red or all Tan - the color of the firebrick has ZERO effect on the performance of the oven. There are hundreds of BrickWood Ovens across the country that are all red ovens - or all tan ovens. CLICK HERE to see photos of a beautiful Tan / Tan BrickWood Oven.
Can I stain the tan firebrick? Alsey Refractories makes a great firebrick stain for use on buff color firebrick. Be sure to read the entire instructions page prior to ordering and applying. www.Alsey.com
I have zero masonry experience, but your videos make it look so easy. Just how hard are your ovens to build for a novice like me? We designed our ovens for you! When crafting our design, we combined function with ease-to-build! Our online videos, step-by-step directions and fool-proof design practically guarantee that you can't mess up a BrickWood Ovens installation! We have had customers with ZERO masonry experience make BEAUTIFUL ovens on their first masonry project! Still hesitant? Check out the Natale Oven and the Lewis Oven - they were both built by customers with ZERO masonry experience! Neither customer had cut or laid a brick in their life and both ovens came out perfect!
Why do you only ship to the US, Canada and Mexico? While we receive requests from all over the world, we can only ship to the US, Canada and Mexico at this time due to high shipping costs ($550+ just to ship to Europe!).
How hot do the ovens get and how long can they hold their heat? The ovens can get up to 900+ degrees and can hold their cooking heat for hours! You can cook for hours off a single firing! For a longer cooking experience, you will need to occasionally add a piece of firewood to increase the heat.
If I decided against building the oven, can I get a full refund? Absolutely! Unused items can be returned for a full refund within 30 days (original purchase price only, shipping and handling is not refundable). Items must be in unused and resellable condition. You can expect to receive your refund within four weeks of shipping your package back to us. In many cases you will receive a refund sooner, but we estimate four weeks because of the time required for return shipping (up to 14 days). We will notify you via email with the details of your refund, and issue your refund in the form of payment used to make your purchase.
One of the ovens in your photo gallery has a smaller opening than the others. Is it okay to close off the oven a bit, or do I need to keep it wide open? Either! The ovens perform so well, you really don’t need to close it off – it’s a customization preference. When your firebrick gets to 900+ degrees, the bricks retain the heat for hours!! Rule of Thumb - as long as 60% of the oven is open, you are able to operate the oven effectively. The Perini oven on the Photo Gallery is a perfect example of closing off 40% of the front. To put it in pizza terms – you can cook over 20 pizzas before you need to add another piece of firewood (and if you are cooking that many pizzas, please be sure to invite us to your party!).
What is the difference between your barrel design and a dome style oven? Both are effective cooking ovens. Our classic barrel style is time-tested and works perfectly! They have been used for thousands of years on every continent in the world! The oldest on record is around 4000 years old and is found in Africa.
Can I cook steak and hamburgers, etc.. in the oven as well? Yes – if you have an elevated grill stand (you can bet we sell them in our store!) Once you have the grill stand, you can simply elevate it a few inches above your wood or charcoal and grill. Drippings will normally land on the wood / charcoal under the food, but if it lands on the firebrick, it will not hurt the oven.
Can I cook bread in this oven? Absolutely! They make GREAT bread ovens!
How long does it take to heat up before I can cook on it? You want to start firing your oven slowly (as is the case with all brick ovens) and you can be cooking on your oven in as little as 60 minutes.
Where do I find firebrick and how much does it cost? We have a list of Firebrick dealers on our website under “Find a Firebrick Dealer”. You can also jump on Google Maps and type in “Brick” and your zip code. You will then see a list of local masonry supply stores that should carry firebrick.
I can only find red firebrick in my area. How many colors of firebrick are available? Many dealers only carry 1 or 2 colors of firebrick – most are usually some shade of red. But there are over 5 different colors of firebrick on the market (the most interesting color being dark gray – it looks very cool).
Can I stucco the outside of the oven? How about applying river rock or a natural stone? As long as your oven has the second layer of firebrick, you can put stucco or any type of rock / masonry finish on the oven.
What type of mortar do you use? Is it regular mortar from the hardware store or is it some type of blend? The ovens require a high-heat mortar that is simply a blend of Portland Cement, Silica Sand, Lime and Fireclay. Most masonry supply stores sell all 4 of these items. The mixing details are listed on the Oven Construction instructions (click on the PDF) under the DIRECTIONS tab.
Is all-purpose sand or play sand the same as Silica sand? No – Silica sand must be used when constructing a BrickWood Oven. Silica sand contains materials that are able to withstand high temperatures and is in essence the glue that holds the oven together. But if you are having a hard time finding Silica sand in your area - check with your local pool supply dealer. Silica sand is used in pool filters.
Can I reuse the foam oven mold? BrickWood Ovens forms are made using foam so you can simply cut it out when the oven is dry. But we have had customers tell us they were able to pull it out and use it again.
Which of your two sizes is better for a family of 4? Our Mattone Barile would be perfect for a family of 4.. Even a family of 6!
What is the average finished cost of your ovens? You can build the small oven for about $700-$800 using firebrick that is around $1.50 per brick. The large oven is around $800-$900. One of the cool things about our ovens is the fact you can build it in stages.. You don’t need to make a full investment all at once!
I like the Perini Oven shown on your Photo Gallery! How do I build one like that? Yes, our friend in California did a BEAUTIFUL job on his oven! BrickWood Ovens manufactures foam oven molds for perfect INNER dimensions of your brick oven – how the outside of the oven looks is up to you. The Perini oven is an example of what your oven can look like with a bit of creativity and what looks to be a bit of masonry experience.
Do you sell or can I attach a natural gas kit to the oven? We designed our ovens for wood use, but if you wanted to add a gas / propane kit to the oven, that would be up to you. But we are not going to change our name to "BrickWoodGas Ovens".
Can a rotisserie be added to the oven? Haven’t seen it done yet, but we don’t see why it couldn't be done.
I want to build this oven inside of my home. Can I put it in my kitchen? Our ovens forms are designed for outdoor use only.
Can you make a larger oven mold or custom make it to a certain size and length? Our oven forms are cut to exact measurements for optimum performance. The angles of each brick, the length, height.. it was all a science to get it perfect.. Custom sizes would require a lot of testing to insure it functioned correctly, so we only offer the 2 sizes on our store as they are time tested and function perfectly.
Can you tell me the exact weight of the oven? I want to build one on my wood deck. Sounds cool – but gravity might disagree. The ovens are very heavy once they are built – you are looking at 2500–3000lbs after you build the small model! We would recommend building your oven on the ground.
The shipping costs for the light-weight foam oven mold see kind of pricey. Is that the actual shipping cost? The cost to ship the oven is by size - not weight. The foam molds are not tiny and they take up a lot of room on those UPS trucks. We have a very good shipping discount with UPS and we do not charge our customers any more than UPS charges us. We don't believe in making money on shipping.. that's just wrong!
After I order my oven, how long does it take to arrive at my home? Due to the large size of the ovens, we only ship via UPS or FedEx Ground. If you live on the West Coast, it takes about 3 business days. If you live on the East coast, it takes about 6 business days.
How mobile is your oven? Could it be mounted on a trailer so I could use it at the Farmers Market or other events? Our ovens are designed for brick and brick ovens have a lot of masonry joints. You would not want to use this type of oven on a trailer for mobile cooking. It is a residential oven only.
When I make an order online, is your site secure? Without a doubt! We use BigCommerce which is one of the worlds largest online processing services. It has military grade encryption and is ultra-secure. During checkout, you will see the green padlock followed by the "https" - the "s" stands for "Secure", so you can order worry free on our secure site!
Do you have an authorized dealer in my town? We primarily sell online, but if you look at your state under Firebrick Dealers, you might find a BrickWood Ovens dealer near you.
Do you ship to Canada eh? We sure do!How a'boot that!?!