An early post 'Perfect Brick Ovens' generated a lot of interest. 'Perfecting', the active verb tense, describes what I have been working on for the past few years.
Seeking perfection means that I analyse the design and function of each brick oven I build or see, looking for improvements. Ironically, the more refined my design gets, the closer to the most ancient ovens they appear.
|dome building without forms|
|cut and numbered dome bricks|
- The elimination of any angle-iron from the construction of the dome.
- The mouth can be smaller than the face making the whole interior accessible from all angles.
- A wide corbel brick throat that guides the smoke upwards to the chimney tile or flue.
- The use of specialty bricks to form very tight joints.
- The precise cutting of all bricks to form the smallest joint possible between dome bricks.
- Formulation of refractory mortar so that dome forms are not necessary.
|large face arch/smaller (20") mouth arch|