David Neufeld builds authentic brick ovens much like those used for centuries all over the world. Custom designed to compliment both the entertaining environment and the cook's propensities, these ovens hold heat for up to three days on one firing with a small quantity of wood. Visit his website at: www.truebrickovens.com
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lava-Fired Brick Oven
Arenal from across the lake
On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I found that brick ovens were popular. While staying and hiking below Volcano Arenal, a very recently active mountain, I came upon a remarkable oven; heated by lava.
view into oven
When I asked the proprietor how he came to use hot lava for making pizza, he said,
"En el año 2002, cuando la parte superior de
la montaña explotó he tenido la gran idea. Así que cavaron un agujero en
la ladera del volcán, lo suficiente como para que el calor se dispara
en el horno. Nunca tuve que cortar la leña o esperar a que el horno a
calentar bueno. Aún los tomates crecen mejor en la tierra caliente."
Roughly translated, he doesn't need to cut firewood anymore or wait to heat up the oven. Even his tomatoes grow better on the hot slopes.