|current project awaiting brick facade|
When needed or requested, I use heavy angle iron to support the flat lintel on ovens that I build. The angle iron rests on the walls of the mouth and support a set of bricks that bond to the dome bricks on the inside of the throat and also support the bricks that span the face of the oven.
|True Brick Ovens mosaic, white-washed brick, and stone face|
Once the dome is complete, the lintels also support the chimney.
A decorative arch can be built in front of the face lintel.
|Urval, France community oven|
The domed ovens in France often had arched mouths and flat lintels over a large hearth.
The oven dome itself is a very integrated form and even after years of bouncing down country roads, my original oven is as solid as ever.