Mattone Barile Ovens

  • Do you have a materials list / shopping list for the Barile Series ovens and bases?

    You bet we do!  Take a gander at the first page of the directions packet (oven & base) and you will see a very detailed List of Materials that lists everything you will need down to the nail!  Be sure to print the list for your next trip to your local masonry and/or landscape supply!  Odds are, your local supply has everything you need to build an awesome BrickWood Oven in stock!

  • Can the Mattone Barile ovens be built indoors?  How about commercial use?

    NO.  ALL BRICKWOOD OVENS ARE FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY!

    Since the end-user fabricates the BrickWood Oven, the strict UL (Underwriters Laboratories) requirements are not testable for indoor use.  Most insurance companies will not cover homeowner policies that do not have UL Listed appliances inside the home.

  • What is the difference between your Mattone Barile ovens and your other oven kits?

    Some would say there is a huge difference.. some would say it’s just a style difference.  Personally, we have both in our backyard (we do own a pizza oven company / testing purposes) and we think you would have a very difficult time telling us which oven we used when eating our wood-fired food!  Every style of oven we carry has it's own benefits..

     

    While the dome ovens cook food from all angles, it can be very difficult getting a 12” tall turkey inside an 11” oven opening (hint, you can’t).  This is where the barrel style oven excels (like the Barile and Cortile).  Not only do you have a larger opening on the Barile series ovens, you can do a lot of different types of cooking thanks to the larger oven opening (BBQ, Smoking, Large game, Argentinian style cooking, etc..)

  • You recommend 9" x 4.5" x 2.5" firebrick, but I can only get 9" x 4.5" x 2.25".. Will that still work?

    Yes.  If you can't get your hands on the 2.5" firebrick, 2.25" firebrick will be just fine.. but your mortar joints will be slightly larger.  If you would like to see two awesome ovens that used the 2.25" firebrick, jump back to the Photo Gallery and check out the LOUIS OVEN and NATALE OVEN.

  • Can I use the pre-mixed High-Temp mortar (like HeatStop) that is sold in bags (or in a pail) when building the Mattone Barile oven?

    Yes, but there are two MAJOR factors to consider before using factory made premixed high-temperature mortar for our Mattone Barile series ovens.

     

    First, you need to consider the cost of the high-temp mortar per bag and/or pail.  Since the joints on the firebrick ovens are larger than a typical 1/8" joint, you will be using several bags of mortar on your oven.  Those bags of mortar can quickly add about $200 (or more) to your oven project.  Our low-cost high-temperature recipe is very inexpensive, works extremely well and is used all over the planet!

     

    Second, if you do decide to go with premixed mortar, you MUST MAKE SURE that it can be used outdoors. Many high-temp mortars are designed for indoor fireplaces and ARE NOT designed for outdoor ovens.

     

    This is very important.. Look for the phrase "NON-WATER SOLUBLE" on the bag or pail.

  • I see some hairline cracks on the outside of the oven.. Is that normal?

    Absolutely!  As wood fired ovens heat-up, they are prone to expansion.  And that expansion typically occurs between the firebrick and the mortar joint which may leave a small "hair-like or hair-line" crack in the mortar.

     

    Generally, the hairline crack will not affect the performance or structural integrity of the oven.. but it will bug you for a while.  Do not try to fix the crack by grinding out the mortar and reapplying fresh mortar.  The easiest way to fix a hairline crack is to fill the void with a small amount of flexible fireplace mortar that you can apply with a caulk gun.  Super easy!  Simply visit Rutland.com and click on their "Mortars, Cements & Bricks" section.

     

    The best way to prevent visible hairline crack on the outside of the oven is to wrap the oven with Ceramic Fiber Blanket during the initial oven construction.  If a hairline crack does occur, it will stop once it hits the blanket and will not transfer to the outside of the oven.

  • If I build the firebrick-on-firebrick version of the Barile Oven, does the second layer of brick have to be firebrick?  Can I use regular clay brick instead?

    As long as you use firebrick for the inside layer AND the back oven wall then it is okay to use clay brick as your second layer.

     

    So your next question is, "then why do you recommend using firebrick on the second layer?"  There are actually two reasons.  First, the second layer of firebrick always lines up perfectly with the first layer of firebrick (clay brick is usually 1" shorter in length).  Second, when the bricks are exposed to high levels of heat, clay brick is more prone to crack than firebrick (and we don't want that "my brick cracked" phone call).

     

    The absolute best way to get that classic Brick-on-Brick look is to wrap your oven with Ceramic Fiber Blanket THEN apply two layers of stucco.  After the stucco is rock-hard, simply mortar on a brick veneer (brick that is only 1/2" thick and is made specifically for veneer / brick look).  See our CFB Oven instructions for more information.

  • If I build my oven with a double layer of firebrick, do I still need to use the ceramic fiber blanket?

    No.  But please reconsider building your oven with the ceramic fiber blanket.  If you are looking for that brick-on-brick look, build your oven with one layer of firebrick and two layers of blanket.  You then apply two thin layers of stucco (or mortar mix) on the blanket to create a rock-hard outer shell.  Once the shell is dry, you can mortar THIN BRICK (real brick veneer) to the stucco shell for that awesome brick-on-brick look.

  • You recommend wrapping the oven with two layers of ceramic fiber blanket.  Is that enough?

    98% of our customers are Johnny & Jane Homeowner that want to use their oven for about 4 or 5 hours at a time.  And you can cook A LOT of food in that amount of time.  So 2 layers of ceramic fiber blanket is more than enough for their needs.  But, if you want to add a third or fourth layer of CFB, that is okay too.

  • Can I reuse the foam form?  Is it easy to get out?

    While we've had a couple of customers tell us they were able to get the foam out in one piece, odds are you will have to cut the foam out with a knife or reciprocating saw (Sawzall).  When you have a 1000+lbs of bricks and mortar sitting on foam, that 1/2 ton of weight presses down on the foam just enough to make pulling the foam out very difficult.  But.. as mentioned before.. it has been done.

  • How close to my house can I build the oven?

    First and foremost, ALL BrickWood Ovens are for OUTDOOR & NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY!

     

    Secondly, the placement of your oven really depends on your local building codes.  Many codes & HOA’s state that all “solid-fuel burning devices” be placed within “X” number of feet from any structure.  Before you build your oven, check with your local municipalities and/or HOA’s to verify you build to the standards of your code.  And let's not forget your homeowners insurance policy requirements (Allstate, AmFam, Farmers, etc..).  They may have rules on how close an oven can be to any structure that is covered under one of their policies.

     

    In addition, you must remember that no wood burning oven manufacturer can guarantee 100% smoke capture.  For this reason, we do not recommend placing your BrickWood Oven within 5 feet of any ceiling or covered structure.  We also recommend leaving a distance of 3 feet between the oven and any structure like walls, fences, trees, etc..

     

     Also, make sure that the front / opening of your oven faces the direction of the oncoming wind.  If the wind hits the rear of the oven, it can create a small vacuum which will pull the smoke out the front of the oven.

  • One of the ovens in your photo gallery has a smaller opening than the others.  Is it okay to close off the oven a bit, or do I need to keep it wide open?

    Either!  The ovens perform so well, you really don’t need to close it off – it’s a customization preference.  When your firebrick gets to 900+ degrees, the bricks retain the heat for hours!!  Rule of Thumb - as long as 60% of the oven is open, you are able to operate the oven effectively.  The Perini Oven on the Photo Gallery is a perfect example of closing off 40% of the front of the oven.

  • How tall can I build the chimney?  Is 3 layers of brick the max or can I go higher?

    A question of growing popularity.. the Mattone Barile and Mattone Barile Grande models are based on firebrick and mortar on a 180 degree arch.  We designed the arch and the entire weight of the oven to be centered evenly on the walls of the cinder block base so the added weight of an extended brick chimney CAN be held without reinforcing the slabs.

     

    BUT - you don't want any more than 3 layers of brick on the chimney (4 bricks per layer) unless you design a way to reinforce the chimney so the extra weight is supported by the hearth slab (cooking surface slab).  You DO NOT want all that additional weight sitting on the oven's firebrick arch as it was not designed to hold an extreme amount of weight.  Adding additional rows of brick and mortar can quickly add hundreds of pounds being supported by the arch, and this can result in hairline cracking, mortar failure or oven failure (e.g. oven collapses under the additional weight.

     

    If you need an oven that can support the weight of a heavy chimney and/or exhaust pipe, please take a look at our Cortile Barile or Mattone Cupola ovens.  They are both built with Castable Refractory and both models can support a crazy amount of additional weight.

  • I want to build an oven / fireplace combo just like the Riley Oven that is featured on your Photo Gallery.  Can you send me the plans & materials list for this oven combo?

    While we offer EXCELLENT directions / materials list for basic oven construction, we don't offer directions for ovens featured in our Photo Gallery.  Every oven is built by our DIY-Awesome customers and every oven is unique.  If you would like to build an oven / fireplace similar to the Riley Oven, please visit our friends at Backyard Flare.  Their Flagstaff Oven / Fireplace Combo is almost identical to the Riley Oven and every set of directions from Backyard Flare includes step-by-step instructions AND a Materials List.

  • Okay.. I don't speak Italian.. How do you pronounce Mattone Barile?  Grazie!

    Mattone Barile is pronounced Matˈtone Baˈrile and it means Brick Barrel in Italian.

    Mattone Barile

    Mattone Barile Grande

  • Why is the back wall just one layer of firebrick?

    Believe it or not, it's about 2" MORE than you need!  The average thickness of most pizza ovens are around 2" - 3".  The back wall of the Barile ovens are built with the firebrick mortared in on their sides with the 4.5" section facing front-to-back.

  • How long does it take an oven to heat up before I can cook on it?

    You want to start firing your oven slowly (as is the case with all brick ovens) and you can be cooking on your oven in as little as 60 minutes.  If you need a pizza in 30 minutes or less, you may need to call Dominos.

     

    It is VERY important that you heat your oven slowly.  You never want to jam a bunch of firewood in an oven in hopes that it will heat faster.  You want to heat your oven slowly to prevent thermal shock which can crack your oven.

     

    This rule applies to all quality wood-fired ovens.. not just a BrickWood Oven.

  • Can you put the Barile Series oven on a cart with wheels?

    While the idea of putting an oven on wheels is cool, a properly built Mattone Barile Oven weighs in around 3000lbs..  Unless you are mixing steroids into your pizza toppings, you might not have the body strength to move that amount of weight... Plus, you really don't want to move any firebrick oven around as the rolling vibration can possibly cause unwanted hairline cracking between the firebrick and mortar joints.

     

    But all is not lost.. If you really need to move your oven around, you should consider the Cortile Barile or the smaller 28" Mattone Cupola ovens since they are built with Castable Refractory which gets crazy-hard when cured.  Also, they are considerably lighter in weight (about 900lbs) so wheeling them around your home wont cause an unwanted hernia!

     

    Your next question will probably be, "Great!  Where can I get a cart?".  While we don't fabricate / sell carts for our ovens at this time, your local Metal Fabrication shop can make one for you.  Simply Google Map "Metal Fabrication" and your Zip Code and several shops in your area will appear.  Call around - get the best price!

  • Can I cook steak and hamburgers, etc.. in the oven as well?

    Absolutely!  If you have an elevated grill stand, making BBQ is a breeze!  After you have assembled the grill stand, simply place it over burning wood or charcoal and get grillin!  Drippings will normally fall off and land on the wood / charcoal under the food, but if it lands on the firebrick, it will not hurt the oven.

  • Can I cook bread in the Mattone Barile series oven?

    Absolutely!  They make GREAT bread ovens!  If you think that you are going to primarily use your oven for baking breads, we would recommend closing off the front by 40% to help the oven retain more heat.  Our instructions show you how to close off the front - it's super easy!!  In addition, you will need a BrickWood Ovens Mattone Barile Series Door to assist in heat retention.

     

  • Which Mattone Barile series oven is better for a family of 4?

    Our Mattone Barile would be perfect for a family of 4.. Even a family of 10!  If you think you will be cooking for more than 10 people at a time, you might want to step up to the Grande model.

  • What is the average finished cost of your Barile Series ovens?

    You can build the Mattone Barile (including the base and foam form) for about $900 - $1200 using firebrick that is around $1.50 per brick.  The Mattone Barile Grande is around $1000 - $1400. One of the cool things about our ovens is the fact you can build it in stages.. You don’t need to make a full investment all at once!

  • Can you make a larger (or custom sized) Barile Series model oven?

    Our oven forms are cut to exact measurements for optimum performance.  The angles of each brick, the length, height.. it was all a science to get it perfect.. Custom sizes would require a lot of testing to insure it functioned correctly, so we only offer the 2 sizes on our store as they are time tested and function perfectly.

     

  • Can I adjust the height of the oven ceiling?  I want to decrease the cooking surface-to-oven ceiling height.

    Interesting question.. While their are a couple of wood-fired oven "experts" on the internet stating the ceilings in the Barile series ovens are "too tall" for cooking, we (and thousands of extremely satisfied BrickWood customers) couldn't disagree more.  Our Barile Series models are not only excellent for taller foods (you can easily cook 3 or 4 turkeys in either Barile oven), but it gives you room to BBQ over wood char for an unbeatable taste that gas nor charcoal can deliver.  Not to mention - you can smoke a ton of food in a Mattone Barile oven!

     

    But if you still want a lower ceiling with your Mattone Barile oven, here are 3 simple ways to adjust the hearth-to-ceiling height on your oven.

     

    1.  You can adjust the height of your oven by simply adding / removing firebrick on top of the cooking hearth (firebrick cooking surface).  If you want to quickly decrease the height of your oven by 2.5", simply add another layer of firebrick ON TOP of the existing firebrick cooking surface.  DO NOT mortar this layer in unless you want the surface to be permanent.  Also, if you have one of our oven doors, make sure you leave enough room in the opening of the oven to accommodate the 1" flange on the bottom of the door (back side).

     

    2.  Simply remove the bottom layer on either side of the foam form on both on form legs.  This is as simple as cutting styrofoam with a saw!  BUT - We do NOT offer an oven door to accommodate the altered opening size AND this construction method is permanent.  Your oven will be 14"H forever and ever..  Do we recommend building your oven this way?  No!

    3.  Okay, Okay.. while this isn't really an option to lower the ceiling height on our Mattone Barile series ovens, our super-easy to build Cortile Barile ovens and Mattone Cupola ovens are designed with a lower ceiling height without having to alter or customize the foam forms.  The Cortile Barile and our 28" and 36" Mattone Cupola ovens have a 14" ceiling while our 40" and 46" Mattone Cupola ovens clock-in at 16" in height.

  • Does the chimney have to be in the front?  Can we put it in the back of the oven?

    The chimney must be in the front of the oven.  Period.

     

    If your chimney is placed in the middle..

    1.  You will lose over 1/2 of the oven heat as the hottest part of the fire is escaping out a big hole in the middle of the oven ceiling.

    2.  Since you are placing your food in the middle of the oven while cooking, there is 30+sqin of heating surface that is now missing.  For all-around / convection cooking, all of the firebrick must be present and accounted for.. left, right, bottom AND top!

     

    If your chimney is placed in the back of the oven..

    1.  After you build your initial fire to get the oven super-hot, you push the firewood and embers to the back of the oven.  This will keep the oven hot while cooking (and you occasionally add more wood to the fire in the back of the oven to keep the oven hot for extended cooking time).  If you have a big hole in the back, guess where all that heat goes?  Yup.  Up and out the chimney!

    2.  While the thought process is, "since the fire is in the back, the smoke will go up the chimney if it is located in the back."  Good thought, but incorrect.  Since the fire is wide in the back of the oven (side-to-side), the smoke that is directly under the chimney will go out.. but the smoke that is to the side of the chimney hole will likely roll out the front of the oven.

  • How much does the Mattone Barile weigh?  How about the Mattone Barile Grande?

    Like snowflakes and unicorns, no two BrickWood Ovens are alike.  So it's hard to say what the exact weight of your oven will be.  BUT.. if you build it to our exact specifications (minus the weight of the base but including the hearth slab / cooking surface slab), your numbers will be around..

     

    Mattone Barile - 3000lbs

     

    Mattone Barile Grande - 3400lbs

  • Can I use the Barile series oven in the rain or while it's snowing?

    If it's raining, you might want to consider skipping a wood-fired pizza that day.  But we understand that sometimes you start your oven when it's sunny and by the time it's heated, it's started to rain or snow.. We live in Washington state.. we get it.  Yes, your oven can get wet while cooking.

     

    Now, and this is where we are going to promote using the blanket again, if your oven is wrapped with ceramic fiber blanket and finished with some sort of veneer like stone, tile, brick, etc.. it is okay to fire up your oven and cook while it's covered in snow, but be sure to heat the oven SLOWLY to prevent thermal shock.  This is when your oven heats too quickly from cold to hot and can result in cracking.

     

    But again, we really don't recommend using any brand of wood-fired oven if it's raining or snowing..

  • What's the purpose of a door?  Do I really need one?

    The door is a great addition to your oven for retaining heat.  If you are planning on baking breads or any type of slow cooking, we would HIGHLY recommend the addition of a door.  They are also great in keeping out unwanted critters like birds and mice.. and especially your neighbors outdoor cat that likes to sleep in a warm oven.  It's true.  We have pictures!  Yuck!

  • I pulled the form out and see some mortar that squeezed through.  Should I grind it off?

    Sometimes a bit of mortar will seep through the mortar joints, but it will have absolutely zero effect on the performance of the oven.

     

    Some customers want to grind down, chisel off or break off that mortar - DON'T DO IT!

     

    First, as mentioned before, a little bit of mortar showing will not effect the performance of the oven.  Second, the entire inside of your oven will be black (fire / soot) by the time your curing fires are complete.  And third (the most important) it you break, chisel or grind the mortar off, you risk cracking the mortar joint.

Mattone Cupola Ovens

  • How is the Mattone Cupola, that I pour and pack myself, different from the prefabricated ovens on the market?

    Prefabricated ovens are made by blending Castable Refractory with water and stainless steel fibers in a large mixer housed in an expensive factory (usually in California or Italy).  It's then poured into a large dome shaped mold by expensive factory workers and allowed to dry for several days.  It's then crated and placed on a hard-bouncing cargo truck and shipped across the country.  Cross your fingers and hope that your oven arrives on that heavy pallet with no damage!  Once it arrives, you call your friends and neighbors over to help you carry it to the backyard.

     

    BrickWood Ovens Mattone Cupola dome-shaped foam oven molds provide homeowners and contractors the ability to make the same size oven (28", 36", 40" and 46") using the same high-quality Castable Refractory that you purchase locally from a nearby Castable Refractory dealer.  After mixing the refractory with water and stainless steel fibers (included in kit), simply pour and pack the refractory in your dome shaped oven mold.  After the oven is dry, simply strip the foam off the oven and follow the 7-day curing instructions.  Easy Peasy!  You now have a super-awesome, high-quality wood fired oven that you built yourself.

     

    Now reach your hand in your pocket and pull out a wad of all that green paper.. That's the HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of dollars you'll be saving by building the oven yourself!  No experience necessary and it takes LESS than 2 hours to build a 36" Mattone Cupola!  Click here to watch a Mattone Cupola DIY video.

  • Can you make a custom size Mattone Cupola?  Can you make a 50" or larger?

    At this time, we only offer the 28", 36", 40" and 46" models as these dimensions are the most popular ovens sizes ovens on the market.  The 28" is perfect for small families while the 46" model is a huge monster that can cook a ton of pizza for large, hungry crowds.. like at the Somerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin!

     

    Another reason we don't offer custom size ovens is due to Quality Control and Testing.  We've tested all 4 sizes of our Mattone Cupola ovens for several years now and all 4 sizes have MET and EXCEEDED our strict oven requirements.  If we made a custom size, we wouldn't feel comfortable putting the BrickWood Ovens logo on one of our units until we've had time to fully test an oven with custom dimensions.

  • Why is there such a price jump between the 28" and the 36", 40" and 46"?

    Great question!  It does seem odd doesn't it.

     

    Actually, it all boils down to freight and the high cost associated with it.  Our 36", 40" and 46" oven forms are too large to be shipped via FedEx Ground.. so these forms get to ride in a freight truck to your destination.

     

    The 28" on the other hand is just the right size to travel on a lower-cost FedEx Ground truck.  In fact, we used every square inch allowed by FedEx Ground when designing our 28" Mattone Cupola.  If it were 1 square inch larger, it would have to be shipped via Freight Class.

     

    So instead of charging more for the 28" and pocketing the difference, we pass the savings on to you!  How nice is that!

  • How close to my house can I build the oven?

    First and foremost, ALL BrickWood Ovens are for OUTDOOR & NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY!

     

    Secondly, the placement of your oven really depends on your local building codes.  Many codes & HOA’s state that all “solid-fuel burning devices” be placed within “X” number of feet from any structure.  Before you build your oven, check with your local municipalities and/or HOA’s to verify you build to the standards of your code.  And let's not forget your homeowners insurance policy requirements (Allstate, AmFam, Farmers, etc..).  They may have rules on how close an oven can be to any structure that is covered under one of their policies.

     

    In addition, you must remember that no wood burning oven manufacturer can guarantee 100% smoke capture.  For this reason, we do not recommend placing your BrickWood Oven within 5 feet of any ceiling or covered structure.  We also recommend leaving a distance of 3 feet between the oven and any structure like walls, fences, trees, etc..

     

     Also, make sure that the front / opening of your oven faces the direction of the oncoming wind.  If the wind hits the rear of the oven, it can create a small vacuum which will pull the smoke out the front of the oven.

  • After reading the instructions and watching the video.. I'm assuming you can't use the mold over again?

    Sorry.. You'll need to destroy the foam mold to get the dry oven out.  But we do give discounts to repeat buyers if you want to buy another form :)

  • Could I put this oven on a trailer / mobile oven?

    Absolutely!  If you are aiming to build a mobile wood fired pizza oven, the Mattone Cupola is the oven kit for you!

     

    Unlike our Mattone Barile (with 700+ brick and mortar joints which is not great with road vibration or speed bumps) and our Cortile Barile (too small for mobile cooking), our Mattone Cupola ovens are ready to hit the road running!  Built in ONE solid monolithic form (not 5 or 6 pieces like other brands), our Cupola dome ovens can withstand many, many years of road trips on a properly built trailer.  (See trailer info below).

     

    Not sure what size you need?  Be sure to sit-down and factor all the pros and cons of each oven size based upon your needs.  Here's a little cheat sheet to help guide your decision..

     

    28" or 30" - Too small for a mobile unit.. you can only make one pizza at a time.

     

    36" - A great size for the person that likes to occasionally provide mobile events.  Perfect for catering weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, kids school events.. and especially church potlucks!  Anywhere 80 - 100 hungry people are lurking about, there should be a 36" Mattone Cupola oven.

     

    40" - Our personal favorite!  You can't go wrong with a 40"!  If your not ready to throw in the corporate 9-5 towel, but would still like to make a extra little dough on the weekends, than this oven size is for you!  Easily cook 3 or 4 pizzas and calzones at the same time and breeze through that line of people in front of your oven lickety-split!  Great for Farmer's Markets, Wineries, small fairs and the like.  Easily feed around 200 - 300 a day!

     

    46" -  This ain't no backyard oven.. This bad boy is HUGE!  When you have to feed a large number of people, the 46" Mattone Cupola is a great oven to have behind you!  With it's generous cooking surface, 3.5" thick walls for superior heat retention and ability to cook 6 pizzas at one time, the 46" is more oven than you will ever need!  The next time you are at the Sommerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin, look for a line of hungry concert goers in the concession area.. their probably lining-up for a slice of pizza from our 46" Mattone Cupola!

    While we make awesome pizza oven kits.. we don't make pizza oven trailers.  We leave that to the experts in trailer industry as there is a bit of science behind weight distribution and balancing, state and federal DOT regulations, permits, countless design options, etc..

     

    The best recommendation we can make about trailers - seek assistance from your local trailer fabricator.  And with today's technology, you can find a trailer fabricator in your area in about 3 seconds..  Simply Google Map "Custom Trailers" and your Zip Code.  Provide them with instructions of the oven you choose and they will have all the weights and dimensions they need to build you a stylin' mobile wood fired oven trailer!

  • Where do I find castable refractory and / or other refractory materials?

    You would be surprised at how many locations sell Castable Refractory!  Odds are, you drive near a location on your way to work. Click here to locate a Castable Refractory dealer near you.

     

    Orrr.. you can purchase the Castable Refractory off our website / store - but please keep in mind, we HIGHLY encourage you to purchase your refractory locally so you don't have to pay freight charges.

     

     

  • How do you pronounce Mattone Cupola?  What does that mean in Italian?

    Mattone Cupola is pronounced Matˈtone ˈKupola and it means "Brick Dome" in Italian.

  • What is the purpose for the stainless steel fibers that are mixed with the castable refractory?

    You could build your oven with just Castable Refractory and it would be rock solid.  But our stainless fibers are the secret ingredient for a bulletproof wood fired oven!  These jagged little 2" fibers act like thousands of tiny little rebar when they are mixed with the Castable Refractory.  So if your oven should happen to get a hairline crack, the stainless steel fibers will hold the oven firmly together and keep the expansion to a microscopic level.

  • Can I put this oven on a mobile cart to wheel around my house and neighborhood?

    Absolutely.. kinda..

     

    You can put our 28" Mattone Cupola on a cart with no problem.  It will weigh less than 600lbs and you can roll it all over the neighborhood to your neighbors delight!

     

    Our next size up is the 36" and that will take a bit more muscle to move as it weights in at 1000+ lbs.  Not something you want to be rolling around on a cart.

     

    Your next question will probably be, "Great!  Where can I get a cart?".  While we don't fabricate / sell carts for our ovens at this time, your local Metal Fabrication shop can make one for you.  Simply Google Map "Metal Fabrication" and your Zip Code and several shops in your area will appear.  Call around - get the best price!

  • Any tips and / or advise you can give me about building the Mattone Cupola?

    1.  DO NOT OVER PAY FOR CASTABLE REFRACTORY!!  We have spoken with almost every castable dealer in the US and we can tell you prices range from $35 a bag to $80 a bag!  $80!  Castable Refractory should be around $35 - $45 a bag.. anymore than that and you should call the manufacturer direct.

     

    2.  Mix the castable refractory and the water to the manufacturers specifications!  Castable isn't like cement you use to pour a sidewalk - it's much more dry and firm.  The proper water ratio is VERY important when mixing the refractory and packing the oven mold.

     

    3.  Pack the refractory SLOWLY yet FIRMLY!  This is probably one of the most important parts of building the oven.  When packing the refractory with a wood dowel, you will notice that the castable is very sticky.  If you pack too quickly the refractory will stick to your dowel and create an airpocket in the refractory - and this is bad!  Pack the refractory slowly and firmly.. it's not a race and it will save you a lot of headaches down the road!

     

    4.  You may have some foam sticking to the finished parts of the oven when stripping the foam away.  Try to get off as much as possible, but don't put too much effort into getting every little bit off.  The foam on the outside of the oven won't be seen.. and the foam on the inside will not withstand the test fires.  Just remove as much as possible, but don't waste too much time trying to get every little foam bead off the finished oven parts.

  • How do I repair small gaps and/or pinholes in the dry castable refractory?

    When you remove the foam mold, you may see some small "pinholes" in the refractory and this is okay!  Since this is merely a cosmetic nuisance and not a structural issue, you can put your worries aside.  Very soon, you will be wrapping the oven with ceramic fiber blanket and then applying an exterior finish, you won’t see those pesky pinholes for very long.

     

    If you have a larger hole or gap (greater than the diameter of a pin / pencil), then you might want to apply a small patch.  Simply mix a small batch of refractory and press it into the hole with putty knife or with the palm of your hand.  Preferably, you should use the Castable Refractory, but if you are out, you can use the Refractory Mortar.

     

    The best way to prevent pinholes is to pack your castable refractory SLOWLY yet FIRMLY as you are building the oven.  The majority of all holes are due to rapid packing during the construction stage.  As you are packing the castable refractory with a wood dowel, the castable refractory can stick to the dowel and create an unseen vacuum which will create a holes and gaps

  • Can I use natural gas / propane to heat the oven?  Do you sell burner kits?

    Yes and No..  You can use burner kits in the Mattone Cupola ovens, but no, we don't sell these kits.  We have had several customers purchase the Drago P1 Burner and they had nothing but glowing reviews about the burner.  BUT.. they aren't cheap!

     

    Another approach to installing a natural gas burner is to contact your local propane tank installer or your HVAC supply and see if they can recommend a Master gas technician that can custom build / install a burner for you.

Cortile Barile Ovens

  • How is the Cortile Barile series oven different from your other oven kits?

    The Cortile Barile is our newest oven that has been in development for a while and it's performing better than we could have ever imagined!  The Cortile is a low-cost way to build a low-ceiling (14") castable refractory oven in a super-fast amount of time!  It usually takes under 2 hours to pour and pack.

     

    While the Cortile retains the classic barrel shape, the castable refractory provides exceptional heat retention that is noticeably better than firebrick.  With its lower profile ceiling (interior height), you are able to cook foods faster while using less firewood than a standard Barile series oven.

     

    The only notable drawback is the lower opening height.  At 10.5", getting larger items into the oven can be a challenge (like large turkeys), and using the oven as a BBQ is almost impossible - but can be done.

  • What materials do I need to build the Cortile Barile Oven?

    If you take a look at the first page of the Cortile Barile instructions, you will see a very detailed materials list that contains everything you need to build a Cortile Barile oven.

  • Can I reuse the Cortile Barile mold?

    No. It's impossible. Sorry!

     

    Once the Castable Refractory has cured (dried), you will need to destroy the mold to remove the 5 oven parts.

  • How close to my house can I build the oven?

    First and foremost, ALL BrickWood Ovens are for OUTDOOR & NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY!

     

    Secondly, the placement of your oven really depends on your local building codes.  Many codes & HOA’s state that all “solid-fuel burning devices” be placed within “X” number of feet from any structure.  Before you build your oven, check with your local municipalities and/or HOA’s to verify you build to the standards of your code.  And let's not forget your homeowners insurance policy requirements (Allstate, AmFam, Farmers, etc..).  They may have rules on how close an oven can be to any structure that is covered under one of their policies.

     

    In addition, you must remember that no wood burning oven manufacturer can guarantee 100% smoke capture.  For this reason, we do not recommend placing your BrickWood Oven within 5 feet of any ceiling or covered structure.  We also recommend leaving a distance of 3 feet between the oven and any structure like walls, fences, trees, etc..

     

     Also, make sure that the front / opening of your oven faces the direction of the oncoming wind.  If the wind hits the rear of the oven, it can create a small vacuum which will pull the smoke out the front of the oven.

  • What's the best way to get the dry oven parts out of the foam mold?

    Castable Refractory is a sticky son-of-a-gun.. and it really adheres to the foam molds.  We've tried using every food-safe grease known to man (and even Crisco.. Regular & Butter flavor), but nothing seems to quickly release the finished pieces like a small handsaw and a little elbow grease.  It will probably take an 45 minutes to an hour to strip and clean all 5 pieces from the molds.

  • Could I put this oven on a trailer / mobile oven?

    If you want to put a Cortile Barile on a trailer, you are probably thinking about making large amounts of wood-fired food for church groups and other special events (fairs, sporting events..).  While the Cortile is an awesome oven, you really need the Mattone Cupola oven.  The Cupola is built like the Cortile but they are dome ovens.. and they come in 28", 36", 40" & 46" sizes.

  • Where do I find castable refractory and / or other refractory materials?

    You would be surprised at how many locations sell Castable Refractory!  Odds are, you drive near a location on your way to work. If you click on this link, you can locate a Castable Refractory dealer near you.

     

    Orrr.. you can purchase the Castable Refractory off our website / store - but please keep in mind, we HIGHLY encourage you to purchase your refractory locally so you don't have to pay freight charges.

     

     

  • How much does the Cortile Barile weigh?

    The Cortile Barile alone weighs about 400lbs.  The Cortile Barile WITH the hearth and cooking surface slab weigh-in just north of 1000lbs.

  • How do you pronounce Cortile Barile?  What does that mean in Italian?

    Cortile Barile is pronounced Korˈtile Baˈrile and it means Courtyard (Backyard) Barrel in Italian.

  • What is the purpose for the stainless steel fibers that are mixed with the castable refractory?

    You could build your oven with just Castable Refractory and it would be rock-solid.  But our stainless fibers are the secret ingredient for a bulletproof wood-fired oven!  These jagged little 1" fibers act like thousands of tiny little rebar when they are mixed with the Castable Refractory.  So if your oven should happen to get a hairline crack, the stainless steel fibers will hold the oven firmly together and keep the expansion to a microscopic level.

  • Why do you only offer one size of Cortile Barile?  Can you make a custom size Cortile?

    When we designed the Cortile Barile foam mold, we made sure that we maximized every square inch of shippable space on a FedEx Ground truck.  If the Cortile was 1 square inch bigger, it would have to ship via freight (and that is very pricey).  So we have one size of Cortile and can't make a bigger one as the cost of shipping the foams would be cost prohibitive.

     

    If you need a bigger oven, you should check out the Mattone Barile Grande or the 36", 40" or 46" Mattone Cupola.  Those ovens offer a larger cooking surface.

  • Any tips and / or advise you can give me about building the Cortile Barile?

    1.  DO NOT OVER PAY FOR CASTABLE REFRACTORY!!  We have spoken with almost every castable dealer in the US and we can tell you prices range from $35 a bag to $80 a bag!  $80!  Castable Refractory should be around $35 - $45 a bag.. anymore than that and you should call the manufacturer direct.

     

    2.  Mix the castable refractory and the water to the manufacturers specifications!  Castable isn't like cement you use to pour a sidewalk - it's much more dry and firm.  The proper water ratio is VERY important when mixing the refractory and packing the oven mold.

     

    3.  Pack the refractory SLOWLY yet FIRMLY!  This is probably one of the most important parts of building the oven.  When packing the refractory with a wood dowel, you will notice that the castable is very sticky.  If you pack too quickly the refractory will stick to your dowel and create an airpocket in the refractory - and this is bad!  Pack the refractory slowly and firmly.. it's not a race and it will save you a lot of headaches down the road!

     

    4.  You may have some foam sticking to the finished parts of the oven when stripping the foam away.  Try to get off as much as possible, but don't put too much effort into getting every little bit off.  The foam on the outside of the oven won't be seen.. and the foam on the inside will not withstand the test fires.  Just remove as much as possible, but don't waste too much time trying to get every little foam bead off the finished oven parts.

  • How do I repair small gaps and/or pinholes in the dry castable refractory?

    When you remove the foam mold, you may see some small "pinholes" in the refractory and this is okay!  Since this is merely a cosmetic nuisance and not a structural issue, you can put your worries aside.  Very soon, you will be wrapping the oven with ceramic fiber blanket and then applying an exterior finish, you won’t see those pesky pinholes for very long.

     

    If you have a larger hole or gap (greater than the diameter of a pin / pencil), then you might want to apply a small patch.  Simply mix a small batch of refractory and press it into the hole with putty knife or with the palm of your hand.  Preferably, you should use the Castable Refractory, but if you are out, you can use the Refractory Mortar.

     

    The best way to prevent pinholes is to pack your castable refractory SLOWLY yet FIRMLY as you are building the oven.  The majority of all holes are due to rapid packing during the construction stage.  As you are packing the castable refractory with a wood dowel, the castable refractory can stick to the dowel and create an unseen vacuum which will create a hole / gap.  The best way to prevent the holes is to mix the refractory correctly and to SLOWLY yet FIRMLY pack the refractory.

  • Can I use natural gas / propane to heat the oven?  Do you sell burner kits?

    Yes and No..  You can use burner kits in the Cortile Barile ovens, but no, we don't sell these kits.  We have had several customers purchase the Drago P1 Burner and they had nothing but glowing reviews about the burner.  BUT.. they ain't cheap!  Here's a super-quick and shaky video of a Drago burner in the Cortile Barile - VIDEO.

     

    Another approach to installing a natural gas burner is to contact your local propane tank installer or your HVAC supply and see if they can recommend a technician that can custom build / install a burner for you.

  • Why are the video directions different from the printed / downloaded directions?

    Unlike printed instructions, videos can not be edited or updated very easily.  When we develop a new technique or make a minor change, it's easy to make the change in the printed directions..  but video.. no.  It's permanet.

     

    While the videos are super awesome (and even AWESOMER videos are on the way!), we encourage you to build your oven base and oven to directions showcased on each oven page under "Instructions".

  • You do know "Awesomer" is not a word.. right?

    Yes.

     

    And THANK YOU for reading all of the FAQ's before building your oven!

Oven Bases

  • Why is your hearth slab construction method completely different from every other oven manufacturer?

    Because the employees at BrickWood Ovens have never thought "inside-the-box".  From our three unique oven designs (patent pending of course), to our unique method of building the hearth slabs upside down, BrickWood employees not only think outside-of-the-box, but we crushed the box and recycled it a long time ago!!

     

    Our upside-down method of building a hearth slab was developed after attempting our very first pizza oven many moons ago.  We searched the internet for quality instructions on how to build a monolithic hearth slab, but all we found were flimsy, haphazard and sometimes dangerous directions.  Most of them required 2x4 supports, tie-downs to hold the frame together and a little prayer to keep it all together until it dried.  Once it was dry, you then had to apply your insulation layer and allow for even more drying time.

     

    While the construction process was not only difficult, it was time and labor intensive.. and what exactly would happen if a 2x4 support slipped or shifted?  We would have 800+ lbs of wet concrete to clean-up (and quickly too!)

     

    So instead of building one giant hearth slab frame, we designed 3 smaller, but identically sized frames that could be built on the ground with very little cutting / nailing skills required.  Once the three wood frames were constructed the concrete mix could simply be poured and packed.  The frames didn't need any tie-downs or 2x4 supports to stay sturdy and/or elevated!  Just a simple piece of plywood, some studs and a few nails.

     

    We then went one step further and incorporated foam panels that can be glued into the wood frame which provides the proper open area in the hearth slab for the 2" Insulation Mix layer.

  • How do I get the slabs on top of the base?

    There are many ways to get the slabs on top of the base - just don't use the, "I'll get my son's football team to come over and put them on for me" route.  You want these guys to like your kid..

     

    Don't over-think it.. 2 people can easily put on a slab with little effort and do not lift them straight up - that is just too much work!  Here's one super easy way to elevate a slab..

     

    Lay the slab next to the base and lift one side (Side A).  Place 2 bags of concrete UNDER Side A.  Now go to the other side (Side B), lift, and put 2 bags of concrete under Side B.  Congrats, you just got the slab 16" off the ground with little effort.  Do this a few more times and your slab will be parallel with the top of the base in no time!

  • Do the hearth slabs (cooking surface slabs) really need to be 5.5" thick?

    Yes, but it's only 5.5" on the sides.  As the picture below shows, the inside of the portion of the hearth slab is only 3.5" thick while the top center has 2" of insulation.

  • Do you have directions on how to make one monolithic slab?  I just want to pour it all at one time.

    No we don't.  Sorry!

     

    Every BrickWood Oven and base is designed with one simple principle in mind..  KISS!

     

    While we applaud those with the skill level to build a monolithic slab, BrickWood Ovens are designed for Johnny Homeowner, and Johnny wants to build an awesome oven quickly and with as little difficulty as possible.

     

    Our hearth slabs are built in 3 identical wood frames that are goof-proof to construct, are almost impossible to build incorrectly and function just like a monolithic slab.  In fact, we'd like to think they are actually better than a monolithic slab since we incorporate the insulation layer INTO our slabs as opposed to sitting on top of the slab.

     

    In addition, once the oven base is built and dry, our hearth slabs can simply be mounted on top of the base and you can immediately start building the oven.  On a monolithic slab, you have to wait until the hearth slab is dry before you can start building your oven.. So our design saves you days in oven construction time!

  • I have a 28" frostline.. Do I need to build my base foundation to this level?

    The frost line, also called frost depth or freezing depth, is most commonly the depth that the groundwater in soil is expected to freeze. The frost depth depends on the climatic conditions of an area, the heat transfer properties of the soil and adjacent materials, and on nearby heat sources. You have to have freezing weather for a while to have a deep frost line. For example, the frost line in Minnesota is 48". In southern Michigan, it is 42".

    - wikipedia.com

     

    If you have a 28" frost line, you will need to build your base slab 28" below grade ("Grade" means "Ground Level").  If your frost line is at 28", you slab will need to be about 36" thick.

     

    As for the need to building a base foundation.. that is going to be your call.  Several city / states require any load bearing structure be built on a frost line slab.  Others city / states have no written law regarding frost line construction, so a standard 6" slab on 4" of gravel is fine.

     

    For a ridiculously long US Government PDF regarding the frost line in your area, CLICK HERE.

  • Does the base have to be made with Cinder Block (CMU)?  Can I use solid Landscape Block?

    No and Yes!

     

    Cinder block is great for building a base fast and cheap.. and most people put some type of finish over the block, so it's a great choice to build your base with.  Landscape block is an excellent way to build your base and have an awesome, natural finish on your base.  Here are some pros & cons of both..

     

    Cinder Block -

     

    PRO:  Inexpensive and can be found everywhere!  Average price is around $1.50 per block

     

    PRO: The cores can be filled with rebar and cement..  It would take a bomb to move that base!

     

    PRO: Little to zero masonry experience needed to keep every layer level - mortar fixes that!

     

    CON:  Gray block is NOT very sexy.  You will need to cover up the ugly with masonry veneer or paint!

     

     

    Landscape Block -

     

    PRO:  No matter the color or texture.. it's a beautiful block!

     

    PRO:  No finish needed.. they are already finished!

     

    CON: No rebar.. you will need to use a lot of masonry / landscape wall adhesive to keep it together.

     

    CON: $$$$!!!

  • Can the base be built on top of an existing concrete and / or paver patio?

    The answer to this question really depends on how your patio was built AND what your local building codes require.

     

    As former contractors, we've seen well-built patios that could hold an elephant.. and we've seen paver patios that would warp after the first rain.  It really depends on the quality of the installation of the patio.

     

    Since the oven and oven base weigh around 3000lbs, you have to consider the enormous amount of weight sitting on one section of your patio that was designed to support far less weight.  You also have to consider that you have no gravel under the base to assist in sub-slab drainage (2" - 3" gravel under the 6" base slab).

     

    Putting our professional experience into this answer, we would highly recommend you build a slab for your oven base as described in our Base Instructions packet.  If need be, simply build the base slab directly next to your existing patio.. you are close enough to the patio, yet have the security of a sturdy, solid slab under your beautiful oven!

  • Does the firebrick on the hearth really need to be in the herringbone pattern?

    Yes!

     

    Aside from looking pretty cool, the Herringbone pattern actually serves a purpose.  If you lay your cooking surface firebrick in a horizontal / vertical layout and just one firebrick rises 1/16", it could stop your pizza peel instantly (and send a nice shock down your arm).  By angling the brick at a 45˚ degree angle, your peel will simply glide over the elevated brick.

  • Do the oven bases have to be 5 cinder block layers high?  Can it be more or less?

    Our oven bases are designed with 8” x 8” x 16” block that is 5 layers in height.  This common dimension allows any oven user (of average height) the ability to insert, rotate and remove food at a comfortable level.  BUT, if the end user is below 5’ 8”, we would recommend building your oven base 4 rows in height.  This will bring the oven down to a more comfortable level.

     

    Also, the height of the 8” x 8” x 16” blocks has zero effect on the performance of the oven.  If you want to raise your oven by 10 layers (10 blocks in height) so you can use it on an elevated patio or deck, that would be okay.  Just be sure to use plenty of rebar and fill every core with rebar with cement.  If you are going above 5’ in height, have your oven base designed (or signed-off) by a structural engineer.

  • What's the deal with all the rebar and filling the block cores?  Overkill don't 'cha think?

    Many contractors would say that we require about 2x more rebar than is needed.  And they are correct.  But, we design our ovens and bases to last several generations and rebar is cheap!

     

    If you are willing to spend an extra $20 in rebar to ensure that your grandkids, grandkids can use your oven, then an extra $20 is a good investment!

Firebrick & Standard Size Brick

  • Your directions require 9" x 4.5" x 2.5" but I can only find 9" x 4.25" x 2.5" firebricks in my area.  Can I still use the smaller firebrick with the oven forms?

    Absolutely!  If you are building a Mattone Barile series oven, check out the Lewis Oven and the Natale Oven in our photo gallery.  They are both made with slightly smaller firebrick - the joints will be slightly larger though..  No big deal.

     

    If you are building the Cortile Barile or Mattone Cupola ovens, it doesn't matter what size firebrick you use (as long as it's at least 2" thick).

  • What is the difference between Low, Medium and High Duty Firebrick?  Which one should I use?

    The most common types of firebrick on the market are low and medium duty - which is great since our wood fired oven kits can use either type of brick.  We PREFER that you use a MEDIUM DUTY firebrick, but if you have to use low duty, that will be okay.

     

    If you have 6 minutes to spare and want to learn some great information about firebrick, be sure to read this article by Jim Wunch of Larkin Refractory Solutions (an Authorized BrickWood Dealer).  It's probably the best written article about firebrick and Jim does an excellent job to simply explain the differences between the different types and styles of Firebrick.

    Buying Firebricks by Jim Wunch

    Larkin Refactory Solutions

  • You show your ovens being built with Red and / or Tan firebrick, but I can only find Tan firebricks in my area.  Can I still build an oven with just Tan firebrick.. or just Red firebrick?

    Absolutely!  We show the ovens in our videos and directions being built with Red and Tan firebrick as they are a great color combo.  But as you said, some colors are not available in all areas.

     

    You can build your oven in all Red or all Tan - the color of the firebrick has ZERO effect on the performance of the oven.  There are hundreds of BrickWood Ovens across the country that are all red ovens and even more that are all tan ovens.

  • Can I stain the Tan Firebrick?

    While there is firebrick stain on the market, we wouldn't suggest putting any kind of chemicals on your oven!

  • Where do I find firebrick?

    If you click on the "Resources" link and then scroll down to "Find a Firebrick Dealer", you can access our database of over 2000+ firebrick &/or refractory dealers in the US.

     

    You can also visit Google Maps and type in BRICK and your ZIP CODE.  You will then see a list of local masonry supply stores that should carry firebrick.

  • Are there any other colors of firebrick besides red and tan?

    Many dealers only carry 1 or 2 colors of firebrick – most are usually tan or "yellow"..  But there are over 8 different colors of firebrick on the market (the most interesting color being dark gray – it looks very cool).

  • Can I put a water repellent on the outer brick?

    No.  As the oven heats up, the chemicals in the repellent will start to break down and no longer retain their bonding properties.  Your oven will look "blotchy" once the reaction occurs..

     

    Besides, you don't want to put any type of liquid chemical on a wood-fired oven.  We don't even recommend using lighter fluid to start the kindling.

  • How much does a firebrick cost?  What's a good price range?

    The price of firebrick can range from $1.30 all the way to $4.00 (Hawaii).  We've talked to customers in all 50 states and the average price per firebrick is around $1.75.  If you are quoted more than $3.25 per brick, you should probably consider calling a different firebrick dealer.

Fireclay, Silica Sand, Lime & Portland Cement (High-Temp Mortar - Common Blend)

  • What is Fireclay?

    Fireclay is clay that is capable of withstanding high temperatures and is mainly used for making firebricks.  It is usually sold in powdered form in 50lb bags.

     

    It is also called "Mortar Clay" and "Bricklayers Clay"

  • My dealer has a premixed fireclay.  Would this work or do I need to get it in dry bags?

    One of our favorite questions!

     

    Many dealers across the US confuse "premixed fireclay" with premixed refractory mortar.  They are not the same!

     

    Fireclay is basically powdered Firebrick.. a 50lb bag of firebrick powder.  Premixed "fireclay" is NOT fireclay - it is refractory mortar.

     

    If a dealer tells you that you can substitute the fireclay for the premixed refractory mortar, you can not.  It is not the same material.  In addition, you will have a heck-of-a time trying to get the pail of premixed refractory mortar to mix with the silica sand, lime and Portland cement.

  • I can't find Fireclay!  What do I do?!?

    If you can't find fireclay at your local masonry or landscape supply, jump on Google Maps and search for your local ceramic supply by typing CERAMIC SUPPLY and your ZIP CODE in the search bar.

     

    If you are still unable to locate fireclay in your area, jump onto our store and we can ship you a bag of fireclay.  BUT - please try to buy the fireclay locally as shipping 100lbs of fireclay across the country isn't cheap.

  • Do I need a certain brand of fireclay?

    There are several brands of fireclay on the market, and they are all pretty much the same.  There are no special brands or blends of fireclay that is need to mix your high-temperature mortar.  Just make sure it is in powdered form - sometimes people confuse fireclay premix with fireclay (powdered).

  • Is all-purpose sand or play sand the same as Silica sand?

    No.  Silica sand must be used when constructing a Mattone Barile oven.  Silica sand is a fine grain sand (closer to powder than regular sand) and is basically the glue that holds the oven together during high temperatures.

  • What is Silica Sand?

    Industrial silica sand refers to sand having the composition and grain-size distribution required for industrial applications. Specifically, industrial silica sand consists of well-rounded, sand composed of almost pure quartz grains.

  • My dealer has several sizes of Silica Sand.  Which one should I get?

    Just like sandpaper, the smaller the grit size, the larger the grain size.  An 80-grit sheet of sandpaper has much larger grain size than a 220-grit sheet.

     

    Most dealers carry grain sizes ranging from 30 grit to 90 grit (on average) and all of the grit sizes are a-okay for making high-temp mortar!  We've built ovens with 30 grit and ovens with 90 grit and it's hard to see a difference between the grain sizes with the naked eye when the 4 ingredients are all mixed together!

  • I can't find Silica Sand!  What do I do?!?

    Fret not!  If your local landscape or masonry supply doesn't stock Silica Sand, there are other alternatives!

     

    First and foremost, jump on Google Maps and locate your local pool supply store.  Simply type the magic words POOL SUPPLY and your ZIP CODE in the search bar, and Google will provide you with a list of local pool supplies.

     

    If that didn't work, your next best bet is to contact the fine folks at Global Supply Outlet.  They can ship your Silica Sand right to your door for a super-low price!

     

    See.. we told you not to fret!

  • What is Lime?

    Crushed Limestone.

  • Why do you put Lime in the mortar?  What does it do?

    Lime is used in the manufacture of High-Temp mortar for its excellent water repelling properties.  It also aids in the forming / texture of the mortar when mixing and applying to the firebrick.

  • I can't find Type S or Hydrated Lime?  Will another type of lime work?

    If William Shakespere were a mason, he would say, "A Lime by any other name is still Lime".

     

    Lime has many, many names, but usually, it's all lime.  Here are some of the many names of lime..

     

    Type S Lime (most common)

    Type SA Lime

    Type N Lime

    Type NA Lime

    Builders Lime

    Contractors Lime

    Hydrated Lime

    Masons Lime

    Powdered Lime

    Pulverized Lime

    Quiklime

     

    As long as the lime is in powdered form, you can use that lime (Hint:  Don't buy granulated lime.. only powdered).

  • Can I use Portland Cement that already has Lime mixed in?

    No.   While some brands of Portland Cement contain some lime, it does not have the proper mix ratio.  You need to make sure that your Portland Cement is lime free and then add the exact amount of Lime as specified in our instructions.  Do not buy Portland Cement w/ Lime already added.  Or Diet Coke with Lime - it's gross!

  • I can't find Lime!  What do I do?!?

    Easy.. order it online!

     

    Our friends at Hardware Online Store sell 50lb bags of lime in a really cool looking bag!  It looks just like bags of lime your Granddaddy used!

Vermiculite & Perlite

  • What is Vermiculite and Perlite?  What is the difference between them?

    Vermiculite is a hydrous, silicate mineral that is classified as a phyllosilicate and that expands greatly when heated.  Vermiculite is darker in color than Perlite and resembles mica.

     

    Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian. It occurs naturally and has the unusual property of greatly expanding when heated sufficiently.  Perlite is white and puffy like popcorn.

     

    The main difference between both minerals is the fact that Vermiculite absorbs and holds water while Perlite does not absorb water.

  • What is the purpose of the Vermiculite and / or Perlite?

    When building your pizza oven base hearth slab, you will have a section to place your Vermiculite (or Perlite) insulation mix.  This mix consists of 5 parts Vermiculite to 1 part Portland Cement.

     

    The purpose of this mix to provide a layer of insulation below the firebrick cooking surface.  By having insulation under the firebrick, your oven will get hotter faster, stay hotter longer and the cooking surface will be much hotter than surfaces without insulation.

     

  • Where do I find Vermiculite or Perlite?

    First and foremost, we recommend you purchase your Vermiculite or Perlite at your local Masonry and/or Landscape Supply.  The price is usually around $15 for a 2 cubic foot bag.

     

    If you are unable to find either product at your local supply, be sure to check with your local plant nurseries as they use both products for plants and potting soil.  Simply jump on Google Maps and type PLANT NURSERY and your ZIP CODE in the search bar.

     

    If Plan A and Plan B are a no-go.. Plan C always works!  Simply click on either icon below and you can buy Vermiculite directly from Uline.

     

    Before you ask.. Both are outstanding at insulation and are almost identical in performance so it really doesn't matter which mineral you use.

  • What size Perlite / Vermiculite should I get?

    Perlite and Vermiculite are sold in 4 Grades / Sizes..

     

    Grade 1 - Super Fine

    Grade 2 - Fine

    Grade 3 - Medium

    Grade 4 - Course

     

    Personally, we would stay away from Grade 1 / Super Fine since it's like working with dust.  Grades 2, 3 & 4 are good to work with (grades 2 and 3 are preferred).

  • What is a good / average price for a bag of Vermiculite or Perlite?

    $15 - $20 for a 4 cubic foot bag is a decent / average price.

  • Why does the Vermiculite take so long to dry / cure?

    Vermiculite is used in potting soil as it has excellent water retention properties, so it should probably come as no surprise that the insulation mix using Vermiculite will take quite a few days to dry.

     

    Perlite on the other hand does not retain water like Vermiculite, so the drying time of the Perlite / Portland mix is considerably shorter.

  • Are these materials really necessary?  Can't I just insulate the base with sand instead?

    Vermiculite and Perlite are known as Nature's Insulation.  And sand.. well, sand is just boring 'ol sand.  Nothing sexy about sand.

     

    Vermiculite and Perlite retain heat exceptionally well and hold that heat for extended periods of time.  Sand on the other hand doesn't hold heat very well, so it's not a great insulator.

  • Instead of Vermiculite or Perlite as insulation, can I use Ceramic Fiber Board?

    Of course you can, but is it worth the extra expense?

     

    98% - 99% of our customers use their DIY BrickWood Oven for about 3 - 5 hours at a time.  If you plan on using your oven 3 - 5 DAYS at a time, we would recommend ceramic fiber board.

     

    While it true that CFB helps retain more heat than the Perlite or Vermiculite insulation blend, most of that heat retention is measured in hours, not necessarily temperature.

     

    The other important factor you need to look at is cost.  CFB comes in pre-cut shapes / sizes and most of our oven bases require 2 sheets of standard size 2" CFB.  When the average cost of CFB is $100 per sheet, right there you are at $200 for insulation.  THEN you have to factor in the cost of shipping via truck freight since UPS and FedEx will no longer ship CFB.  So now we are at $300 - $350 just for the insulation board (vs. $50 for Vermiculite / Perlite insulation).

     

    Another way to describe the difference is the BBQ analogy.. You can spend $3000K on a top of the line 48" gas grill with 8 brass burners that pump out a mind-blowing 100,000 BTU's for 3 days before refueling.. or you can buy a $400 grill that cooks your hamburgers just as fast and thoroughly as that Ferrari BBQ.

     

    If you're going to cook for lots of people for several days, you should get the $3K grill..  If you just want to cook for your friends and family every-so-often, the $400 grill is more than fine.

  • Is there anything else besides Vermiculite, Perlite or Fiber Board that I can use to insulate the base?

    Absolutely!  There is a product that falls right in the middle between expensive fiber board and inexpensive Vermiculite / Perlite.  It's called Insulating Castable Refractory.

Insulating Castable

High Temperature Mortar  (Factory Blend - Bag / Pail)

  • How is the High-Temp mortar (Factory Blend) different from the 4 Ingredient High-Temp mortar I can make myself?

    4 Ingredient High-Temp Mortar -  This simple-to-make High-Temp mortar can be made with locally sourced materials (Silica Sand, Fireclay, Portland Cement and Lime).  Simply mix 3 parts Silica Sand to 1 part Fireclay, 1 part Portland Cement and 1 part Lime with water... add enough water to blend yet stay firm.

     

    While the blend is excellent for DIY wood-fired brick pizza ovens, we can not claim to the recipe.. it's been used around the world for decades.  From Australia to Zimbabwe, many of the wood fired ovens you see online are built with high-temp mortar made from these 4 inexpensive and easy to locate materials!

     

     

    Premixed High-Temp Mortar: When you're ready to take your high-temp mortar to the next level, you need High-Temp - Factory Blend!  This scientifically concocted blend is designed by some really smart NASA type engineers that spend their lives making cement - better!  High Temp mortar brands like HeatStop 50, HeatStop II, Mortar Mix 413.. they are designed to withstand temperatures around 3000 degrees.  At that temperature, your pizza would go from raw to burnt in about 8 seconds.

     

    From a bag or pail, premixed high-temperature mortars provide outstanding performance in a ready-to-use or "just add water" formula.  If you can get your hands on a factory blend mortar mix, we would recommend doing so.  It's pre-mixed / blended and all you have to do is add water - very hard to mess it up.  Plus, you get the added benefit of using a mortar that ensures your oven will last for decades!  Your grandkids grandkids can use your oven!  It will last that long!

     

    If you are building a Cortile Barile or Mattone Cupola oven, we recommend PREMIXED HIGH-TEMP MORTAR.  You will use a little amount of mortar for either oven and both ovens are designed for premix.

  • The sales rep at my local masonry supply said "Brand X" is okay to use as a high-temp mortar.

    A sales rep job is to sell you something that their store stocks / carries.

     

    While their intentions are good and noble, sometimes their product knowledge is not quite accurate.  We have seen a few sales reps recommend products and materials that could actually damage the ovens.  For example, one rep recommended rubbing axle grease all over the Mattone Barile foam form so it could easily be removed and used again.  Axle Grease..

     

    Recently, we have had two customers that built their Mattone Barile ovens with premixed High-Temp mortar that was water soluble.  Both customers went to their local supply store to purchase materials to mix their own high-temp mortar, but their sales reps talked them into buying "Brand X" premixed mortar.  Unfortunately, the premix was water soluble and both customers called (in near tears) as some of their mortar joints were starting to crumble.

     

    IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ONLY USE NON-WATER SOLUBLE MORTAR!

     

    If you are in doubt, call the manufacturer of the product and ask to speak to a sales rep or product engineer.  DO NOT rely on the receptionist for product verification!  Only speak with a trained manufacturers representative - that's why they get paid the big bucks!

  • Is fireplace mortar (like HeatStop Premixed) okay as a high-temp mortar for my pizza oven?

    HeatStop II and HeatStop 50 are great products for wood-fired ovens.  BUT - HeatStop Premixed (and some other brands of water soluble fireplace mortars) are NOT the right type of mortar for any outdoor oven.

     

    Most fireplace mortars are WATER SOLUBLE - meaning the mortar is soluble in water (breaks apart).  These types of water soluble mortars are not designed for moisture as the inside of fireplaces rarely get wet.  They are designed to stay nice and dry inside a cozy, warm fireplace.

     

    Any premixed high-temperature mortar for wood-fired ovens should state on the box or pail "NON-WATER SOLUBLE".

  • Which do you recommend?  The High-Temp Mix (Silica, Fireclay, Lime, Portland) or the High-Temp Factory Blend?

    Excellent question!

     

    If you are building our Cortile Barile or Mattone Cupola, you will want to use the Factory Blend high-temp mortar..  preferably in a pail.  Since both ovens use very little mortar, we recommend the use of a premixed high-temp mortar like HeatStop II or Sairset by Harbison Walker.  Both are available in our online store!

     

    If you are building the Mattone Barile oven, either type of mortar is fine.  The 4-Ingredient high-temp is less expensive and works very well for wood-fired ovens.  The Factory Blend (HeatStop / HWR Sairset) is a few dollars more, but has added performance and an easy "just-add-water" mix.

  • The brand of high-temp mortar in my area are different from what you carry.  What is a good brand to use?

    Refractory brands are very regional.  We've noticed that brands like HeatStop basically own the North East territory..  Able Refractory is a Texas tradition.. and Harbison Walker Refractory locations are scattered everywhere across the USA!

     

    While it's difficult to say "Brand A" is better than "Brand B", you can always contact the manufacturer of the product in your area to verify the use of their product.  Their contact information is usually printed on the product.  Speak with one of their sales reps or quality control engineers and they can tell you if their product is appropriate for the application you are using it for.

Castable Refractory

  • What is Castable Refractory?

    Castable Refractory is a mixture of refractory aggregate and heat resisting hydraulic cement or other suitable binder.  Another definition is: A special type of concrete that can take extreme heat temperatures over and over again.

  • What is a decent / average price for a bag of Castable Refractory?

    When buying from a manufacturer, you should pay around $30 - $40 a bag.

     

    If buying from a distributor, you should ONLY pay around $40 - $50 a bag.

     

    If you are ever quoted more than $50 a bag, you should consider looking at other distributors (see our Castable Refractory Dealers List), or you can buy the Castable Refractory from our store and have it delivered directly to your jobsite!

  • Should I buy from the Castable Refractory manufacturer or one of their dealers?

    Either.  If you have the luxury of living near a manufacturer, you will save a few dollars buying direct.  If you don't have a manufacturer nearby, you can purchase the Castable Refractory from an authorized dealer, but they usually charge a few dollars more than the manufacturer would charge.

     

    But again, DO NOT pay more than $50 per bag!

  • How do I mix it?  In a cement mixer or by hand?

    Almost all of the Castable Refractory manufacturers recommend using a Paddle Mixer when mixing castable.

     

    While we agree, we also recommend using a Cement Mixer as well.  Since you will be mixing over  60 bags of concrete and mortar when building the base, you might as well continue using the cement mixer when mixing the stainless steel fibers and castable refractory with water for your oven.

     

    Just be sure to immediately clean your tools and clean your mixer when you are finished using the mixer as the castable will dry quickly on the blades.  It is very hard to remove cured castable.. you will need a hammer and chisel.

  • It looks like regular concrete.. How is it different?

    Castable Refractory does look like regular concrete mix, but they are definitely different beasts!

     

    Unlike regular 'ol concrete mix, Castable Refractory can withstand temperatures up to 3000 degrees.  And that's about 2000 degrees hotter than you will ever get your oven!  Regular concrete would crumble under those extreme temperatures.

     

    On the flip side, Castable is not as forgiving, nor as easy to use as regular concrete mix.

     

    With concrete mix, you can typically eye-ball the consistency of the water-to-mix ratio as the concrete is mixing in a wheelbarrow or mixing machine.  If you need to add more water, you just spray it in, but if you add too much, you just add more cement mix to thicken it up a bit.

     

    Castable Refractory on the other hand has a very strict water-to-castable ratio that is set forth by the manufacturer (so be sure to ask for mixing directions when you purchase your Castable).

  • How much time do I have to work with the Castable?  Can I add more water if it starts to get firm?

    One you mix the water, stainless steel fibers and Castable Refractory together, you have a limited amount of time to put the mix in the mold before it starts the curing process.  After you mix your materials together, you have about 15 minutes to before the curing process begins.

  • Any tips you can give me on working with Castable Refractory?

    Working with Castable Refractory is not like working with regular cement mix.  If you add too much water when working with cement, you just add more dry cement mix.  If you didn't add enough water, you just spray more in.  Easy Peasy.

     

    Castable Refactory on the other hand requires an exact amount of water to be mixed per bag to ensure the Castable cures properly.  Too much water and the Castable will be weak.  Too little water and the Castable will be too dry to pack.  Both can result in possible hairline cracking.

     

    The first tip is to follow the mixing instructions set forth by the Castable Refractory manufacturer!

     

    The second tip is to pack the Castable Refractory slowly yet firmly.  Castable is a fairly sticky and as you are packing it in the foam forms, the Castable will tend to stick to your wood dowel (the stick you are using to pack the Castable).  If you are packing the Castable loosey-goosey, the Castable will stick to your dowel and leave an air pocket and/or not pack properly.  IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOCUS WHILE PACKING THE CASTABLE!!  MAKE SURE YOU ARE PACKING IN SMALL BATCHES AND ENSURE THAT THE CASTABLE IS PACKING FIRMLY AND THERE ARE NO AIR POCKETS.

Ceramic Fiber Blanket

  • I see some ovens built with Ceramic Fiber Blanket and some without.  What are the benefits of the blanket?

    1.  Wrapping your oven with Ceramic Fiber Blanket will allow your oven to heat quicker and retain the heat longer than without Ceramic Fiber Blanket.

    2.   If you get a hairline crack on the inside of your oven, the blanket prevents the hairline crack from showing on the outside of the oven.

    3.  2 layers of blanket costs less than a 2nd row of firebrick (each box contains enough blanket for 2 layers).

    4.  Your oven can be 900 Degrees inside.. and be cool to the touch on the outside!

    5. The blanket can be applied and secured in about 30 minutes while a 2nd layer of firebrick takes 4 - 5 hours..

    6.   COUNTLESS finishing options can be applied to an oven with the blanket / stucco shell..

    Thin Brick / Brick Veneer

    Stone Veneer

    Painted Finish

    Ceramic Tile

    Fireplace Combo

    Almost any type of Finish!

    We would HIGHLY encourage you to build your oven with Ceramic Fiber Blanket!

  • You suggest 2 layers of Ceramic Fiber Blanket.  What are the benefits of 3 or more layers?

    If you plan on using your oven for 6+ hours / 5 days a week (or more) then 3 or 4 layers of blanket will be beneficial.  If you are like 98% of our customers and use your oven for about 4 - 5 hours at a time, then 2 layers will be more than adequate.

     

    If you are building the 40" or 46" Mattone Cupola dome oven, we recommend 3 or 4 layers of Ceramic Fiber Blanket since ovens that size are normally used for a little more than the typical backyard event.

  • Can I use regular house insulation to insulate the oven?  The Pink Panther kind?

    House insulation is for houses.. Oven insulation is for ovens.

     

    The oven insulation we sell is manufactured by Harbison Walker and HeatStop.. the big boys of the Ceramic Fiber Blanket & Castable Refractory industry!

     

    While there are several blends and thicknesses of CFB (1" or 2".. 4lb, 6lb, 8lb..), we only stock and sell the 1" x 24" x 25' - 6lb Inswool by Harbison Walker.  This blend is super-thick and provides the most amount of insulation for the least amount of $$$.

  • Why do you recommend chicken wire instead of metal lath?  Isn't metal lath better?

    It costs more, so it must be better right?  That's not always the case..

     

    The reason we recommend inexpensive Galvanized Chicken wire (or poultry netting) is threefold.

     

    1. Chicken Wire holds the blanket firmly against the the oven while you apply the first stucco layer.

     

    2. Chicken wire supports the stucco as it is being applied over the blanket.

     

    3. You can easily shape the chicken wire by shaping it into place (like bending a paper clip).  Simply stick your fingers into each opening and squeeze the wire into shape.  The tighter you squeeze, the tighter the chicken wire gets around the blanket!

     

    NOTE:  DO NOT use plastic chicken wire (plastic and heat do not play well together).

     

    So why do we dislike metal lath?  Metal late is not user friendly.. it's not pliable.. and you can't simply press it into shape by squeezing or bending the wire.

Top 15 Questions

  • Can you ship your kits to other countries?

    Absolutely!  Please visit our International Orders page for more information.

  • How can I send you pictures and/or videos of my oven?

    AWESOME!!!  We LOVE getting pictures from our customers for our Photo Gallery!!  And we make it SUPER easy to send pictures and videos with our simple "Drag and Drop" file transfer page!  You can send up to 20GB of files with the simple click of a finger!  It couldn't be any easier!

     

    Click here to SUBMIT MY OVEN PHOTOS!

  • Do you sell covers for the ovens?

    If you didn't build your oven with a roof or other weather resistant finish, you will need some way to protect if from the elements.  The quickest and least expensive way to protect your oven is with a plastic tarp or plastic sheeting.  Neither solution is very sexy, but both are effective!

     

    Plastic tarps come in a variety of colors with green and Smurf blue being the most common.  Tarps are thicker than plastic sheeting and generally last many more seasons than thin plastic sheeting..  But, plastic sheeting is clear and visually less obtrusive than a colorful tarp.

  • Do you have any instructions on how to build a wood-fired oven / fireplace combo?  I like the look of your ovens, but I want our oven to have a bit more.. flare.

    A bit more flare you say??  While we provide detailed instructions on how to build an amazing wood-fired oven, our friends at Backyard Flare can take your oven (and fireplace) to the next level.  Simply take your ideas and/or sketches to the experts at Backyard Flare and they can turn your project vision into a super-awesome reality with their detailed assembly instructions & project materials list.

  • Do you have an authorized dealer in my town?

    We primarily sell our oven forms online, but if you look at your state under Material Dealers, you might find a BrickWood Ovens dealer near you.  There are only a handful as we encourage customers to purchase the foam forms directly from BrickWood Ovens and purchase the oven construction materials from your local Material Dealers.

     

    To be honest, there's really no reason for a dealer to stock our oven forms.. they take up a lot of room.. you still have to build the base (and don't need the oven form yet).. and we can ship it to your home or jobsite in just a couple of days with FedEx!

  • Do you have a catalog?

    No catalogs - just an awesome website!

  • Do you have a store or a showroom?

    No store or showroom.. just a great big warehouse full of foam, amazing employees and a 23lb Attack Cat.

    BrickWood Ovens - Fat Bastard : The Attack Cat!
  • When I make an order online, is your site secure?

    Without a doubt!  We use BigCommerce which is one of the worlds largest online processing services.  It has military grade encryption which is ultra-secure.  During checkout, you will see the green padlock followed by the "https" - the "s" stands for "Secure", so you can order worry free on our secure site!

  • I have zero masonry experience, but your videos make it look so easy.  Just how hard are your ovens to build for a novice like me?

    We designed our ovens for you!  When crafting our design, we combined function with ease-to-build!  Our online videos, step-by-step directions and fool-proof design practically guarantee that you can't mess up a BrickWood Ovens installation.  We have had customers with ZERO masonry experience make BEAUTIFUL ovens on their first masonry project.  Still hesitant?  Check out the Natale Oven and the Lewis Oven - they were both built by customers with ZERO masonry experience!  Neither customer had cut or laid a brick in their life and both ovens came out perfect.

  • I want to build an oven exactly like one shown on your Photo Gallery!  Can you send me the directions on a specific oven?

    While we have lots of beautiful ovens featured on our Photo Gallery, we don’t have instructions for the finished ovens as the customers built them.  The names of the ovens on the Photo Gallery are our customers names (e.g. LEWIS OVEN is Fred Lewis in California).

     

    We do provide VERY detailed instructions on building our BrickWood Ovens, but creating a custom / finished designed oven is up to you.

     

    If you would like a little design assistance, our friends at Backyard Flare can take your oven (and fireplace) to the next level.  Simply take your ideas and/or sketches to the experts at Backyard Flare and they can turn your project vision into a super-awesome reality with their detailed assembly instructions & project materials list.

  • Can I use natural gas / propane to heat the oven?  Do you sell burner kits?

    Yes and No..  You can use burner kits in our ovens, but no, we don't sell these kits.  We have had several customers purchase the Drago P1 Burner and they had nothing but glowing reviews about the burner.  BUT.. they ain't cheap!

     

    Another approach to installing a natural gas burner is to contact your local propane tank installer or your HVAC supply and see if they can recommend a technician that can custom build / install a burner for you.

     

     

    Orrr..  You can go to Google Maps, type in "Propane Installation" then enter your Zip Code.  Several Certified Master Technicians will appear.

  • How hot do the ovens get and how long can they hold their heat?

    The ovens can get up to 900+ degrees and can hold their cooking heat for several hours!  For an even longer cooking experience, occasionally add a piece of firewood to increase the heat.

     

    And yes.. a few oven owners on the internet state their expensive brand ovens holds heat for "days".. not hours.  Well, I guess you should ask yourself, "Will I really be using my oven for 3 or 4 days straight?"

     

    Yeah.. We never have either.

  • Do you provide discounts and/or donations to various organizations?  Scouts?  Church Groups??

    BrickWood Ovens has established a relationship with the Royal Rangers as our primary charitable organization.  As a result, we will not be accepting requests from organizations other than the Royal Rangers.

     

    If you are currently in the Military or are apart of our amazing First Responders, you absolutely EARNED a great discount from BrickWood Ovens!  Please see our Military / First Responders discount page for more information.

     

     

    Thank you for your interest in BrickWood Ovens and we wish you success in your fund-raising efforts!

  • I have two BrickWood Ovens Coupon Codes.. Can I use both at the same time for even greater savings?

    As much as we'd love to honor both discount codes at one time, our online shopping cart will only allow one code to be used during a single transaction.

  • I want to open a restaurant.. maybe a pizzeria or cafe. Can I use your ovens? Which one would you recommend?

    First and foremost.. Congratulations!  We wish you the best of luck on your new endeavor!  Owning your own business will be one of the hardest, but most rewarding experiences in your life.  Get ready for 80 hour work weeks!

     

    Second.. While we appreciate your consideration of using one of our BrickWood Ovens in your soon-to-be-busy kitchen or patio, you will most likely need a UL wood fired oven in a commercial environment.  Most permits, insurance regulations, building codes, etc.. require that "solid fuel burning devices" be UL Listed.

     

    Your next stop should be to PizzaOvens.com for a huge selection of UL Listed, commercial ovens that are both new and used.  They have a great staff of employees that can help you with any questions you may have.

  • Any other information that you want to share about building a Wood Fired Pizza Oven?

    Sure.. there are plenty of websites that deal with Wood Fired Ovens, but Pinkbird.org has the most wealth of information available with an unbiased point-of-view.

Shipping

Returns

  • Can you ship to other countries besides the US and Canada?

    Absolutely!  Please visit our International Orders page for more information.

  • What days do you ship on?  How soon will my order ship?

    We ship every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

     

    Due to the large size of the ovens, we can only ship via FedEx Ground.  If you live on the West Coast, it takes about 3-4 business days for order delivery. If you live on the East coast, it takes about 6 business days.

  • My entire order hasn't arrived yet.  Do deliveries occur on different days?

    Yes.  Depending on what products you ordered, the delivery dates of each item may vary as several products are drop-shipped from the manufacturer.  Since we work with regional distributors, our delivery date and their delivery date may differ.

  • How do I track my order?  Where is the Shipping / Tracking Number?

    When we process your order, we auto-generate your FedEx Ground shipping labels.  After we place the labels on your product(s), our super-cool FedEx rep pulls up to the warehouse and scans the labels on each box before delicately placing your order in their truck.  When this scan occurs, you are automatically sent an email with your tracking numbers from FedEx.  To track your packages, simply open the email from FedEx that reads "FedEx MPS Shipment Notification" and click on the link that reads "Tracking Number" or "Master Tracking Number".

     

    Once you click on the link, you will see the status of you order and an ETA of when your packages will arrive to your requested Ship-To address.

  • I needed the kit yesterday!  Can you overnight or 2-day the order?

    Shipping the Mattone Barile Grande from our warehouse to Pittsburgh via our standard shipping method (FedEx Ground) costs about $60!  If you were to overnight that box, you are looking at $400.. and $300 for 2 day!  YIKES!

     

    We ship within 24-48 hours of receiving your order, so if you can, please readjust your schedule so your order can ship via standard FedEx Ground.  Your wallet will thank you!

  • Can you ship the oven via USPS instead of FedEx or UPS?

    BrickWood Ovens boxes are BIG... USPS trucks are small...  It's a No-Go...

     

    Most of our oven forms, molds and accessories are shipped in boxes that are larger than USPS size limits.

Returns

  • 30 Day Refund Policy

    Items can be returned for a refund within 30 days of your order date if items are unused and in re-sellable condition.

     

    Before you return your order, we will need for you to request an Return Merchandise Authorization number (RMA).  This can be done by emailing our Shipping & Receiving department by clicking on this link - Returns.  Be sure to include your order number with your return request.

     

    After you receive your RMA number, write the number on the outside of all the boxes you are returning.   Take those boxes to your local Authorized UPS or FedEx shipper and send the boxes to the address on your RMA.  BrickWood Ovens is not responsible for return shipping charges.

     

    Once we receive the return and verify that the items are unused and in re-sellable condition, we will process a credit / refund in the form of payment used to make your purchase.  You can expect to receive your refund within two weeks of shipping your package back to us.

     

    Please Note – While we do offer “Free Shipping” on many of our products, shipping is not free for us.  In fact, shipping our products across the country is quite expensive!  To offset the costs of shipping your products, we do charge “FedEx Surcharge” up to 25% on all returned items.  This charge basically helps us recover the costs of the actual shipping charges of the initial shipment.

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