Sunday, March 30, 2014


noun: oligopsony; plural noun: oligopsonies
  1. 1.
    a state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product.
    That would be what I do.
    Why would someone spend more on a true brick oven as for a cast-refractory (concrete) brick oven shell?  (This is not always accurate if you check the 'high end' cast concrete shells advertised.)
    The question has three compelling answers:
    1. A true brick oven dome, built to precise standards, is far stronger than a cast dome.  Try jumping on a cast dome shell.
    2. The view into a true brick oven is of a pattern of brick that is both pleasing to look at and actually built by a real person.  (Okay, real people at factories pack the concrete into the molds that form the cast shells). Cast refractory domes are, by definition, industrial looking.
    3. My design for the modern version of the Pompeii domed oven has numerous advantages over the cast refractory ovens.  While preserving the traditional shape of wood-fired ovens found in many cultures for thousands of years, I have refined the design so that my current ovens have: a face that is wider than the mouth giving perfect access to all parts of the oven interior, a custom damper system that allows these ovens to be built into interior kitchens, and fresh air (or make-up air) channels for improved draft.
    Thriving in an oligopsony means that the designer, builder, and company owner is the person whom you speak with when you call about your project.  The same person, David Neufeld is present when the project is in motion. 

    A market in which a great number of buyers exists is call a Walmart (easier to pronounce).

    Because I am in an oligopsony, I have gotten to work with superb masons all over the U.S. who have specialties of their own that contribute to the final oven.  Thanks to all of them.

    This is the first and last time I will burden anyone with that word.


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