|The face of the oven is 'sprung' off the side masonry|
Friday, January 13, 2017
Essential Brick Oven Proportions
The BIGGEST mistake that brick oven designers and builders make is in the mouth and face proportions. The mouth is the opening to the oven proper. The face is the front of the oven. The space between contains the flue, and on my interior ovens, the combustion air channels.
The face is about 2" higher and can be much wider. I have altered the common on-line designs that cramp the face to provide easier visual and physical access to the oven interior. This actually is closer to the original oven found in Pompeii, Italy. The cramp faces found on manufactured ovens are an industrial convenience (theirs not yours).
The hearth should be at BENT-ELBOW height. This makes handling food and wood ergonomically smooth.