|steel lateral brace above mouth|
|corner of welded arch support|
Domed ovens do not need external support as the dome is an integrated shape that supports itself.
Rectangular ovens are especially useful if the baker is making products in rectangular bread pans or on trays.
Rectangular ovens also lend themselves to fuel sources other than wood and are often incorporated in masonry heaters as a secondary chamber above a lower firebox
Domed ovens lend themselves to pizza making, artisan or rustic 'boules', loaves that are made without bread pans, and all manner of baked or roasted meats and casseroles.
As with the roofed ovens that I build, Jessie used steel studs to frame the exterior, making all the elements within the oven structure fireproof.
He has installed two temperature probes in this oven. This may put to rest the dispute over whether rectangular ovens heat as evenly as domed ovens.
Jessie also has a cob oven at his house that, incidentally, got him through the power outage from the Hurricane Irene.
He has applied his masonry skills to the building of his own wood-fired pottery kiln, he has worked as a professional bagel baker, and he makes a mean sourdough rye.
Needless to say, he's a fun guy to hang out with.