Wood Fired Ovens
Our refractory brick wood fired ovens and pizza ovens are entirely hand made in Portugal. Even the refractory bricks are “home made” with the best natural clay. The dome is build from refractory clay bricks that are fired in a wood fired tunnel oven at 900 to 1000C. This wood fired tunnel oven is the last one of its kind in Portugal that is still operational. Good old-fashioned quality! Two layers of high quality insulating refractory cement and a special mineral insulation in between those layers assure optimum heat retention and make our ovens very suitable for slow cooking and bread baking after for example a pizza night. Finished with a strong render, and the coloured (or white) sealant you will get with you oven for free, make our wood fired ovens ideal for outdoor use as it protects the oven from the elements and adds to heat retention as well.
The hard and precision work of building the wood fired oven is done for you, now it is up to you to enjoy the pleasure that wood fired cooking brings and to share good moments and meals with your loved ones around your own My-Woodfiredoven.
Our wood fired ovens are perfect for your everyday cooking. Many people still relate wood fired ovens with only pizza cooking, but really in our wood fired ovens you can cook anything you can cook in your kitchen oven. You also can turn a simple family meal or a dinner with friends into something special.
Wood fired brick ovens are as old as Portugal itself. As in all Mediterranean countries people have cooked in them for centuries passing an oven and with-going traditions from generation to generation. And now in most parts of Europe the brick oven is the new outdoor cooking trend and is back as primary house cooker. The design of our traditional Portuguese brick ovens allows for perfect heat distribution inside the cooking dome because if its multi-faceted inner surface: bricks radiate heat inside the oven at every possible angle, there are no cold spots! Also they create the necessary thermal mass for heat to be absorbed and stored in the oven dome, and then to be slowly released inside the oven. The design of the higher dome of the Etna oven allows for better circulation of intense yet not damaging heat, perfect for bread and your daily cooking! Whereas the Pizzaioli’s dome is the classic Italian pizza oven design, perfect for perfect Italian pizza baking.
Our Etna gourmet oven with its higher dome delivers a remarkable array of dishes: amazing slow cooked stews, fish in many ways, paellas, roasts like you never had before, slow cooked soups, vegetables and potato dishes, great rotisseries with our rotisserie set especially made for the Etna ovens, grilled sausages and steaks, and of course fantastic home made breads and pizzas.
Our Pizzaioli pizza oven with it’s lower dome is the secret to perfect Italian pizza. Beyond pizza this Italian design cooks great family meals as well: roasts, gratins, lasagna, roast potatoes, stews, pulled pork, anything. And of course the most beautiful hot home made bread! They easily reach 350C to bake amazing crusty focaccia and pizzas in just 2 minutes!
Home made breads, pizzas, and slow cooked stews from the brick oven have become the most popular items on the wood fired menu in Europe and are gaining popularity here as well.
Our brick wood fired ovens are 100% hand made in Portugal. First a cement base is poured, reinforced with steel. Then the floor is covered with natural yellow sand for even heat distribution on which the refractory terracotta tiles are laid. Then the dome is build from rounded natural clay refractory bricks. It takes days to finish even one oven as much care is taken to make the dome shape perfection for durability and for better heat radiation and circulation. Once the last key brick at the top of the dome is set, a 2cm layer of insulating cement is applied over the bricks. Once dried, a special mineral insulation is used for better insulation which is then tied up with chicken wire. Then another layer of refractory cement is sprayed on and smoothed to perfection before the render is applied.
Our wood fired ovens are completely finished. However if you wish you can easily personalise it by applying stucco, tiles, stone veneer, build it in, or just paint it to change the colour. You will receive high temperature silicon to touch up possible exterior hairline cracks. Hairline cracks are normal for dome shaped ovens but minimal with this oven, they present no danger to the structure of oven or to your reputation as an expert chef. They are only easteatical, but with the touch up silicon and applying the sealant, they become invisible.
The natural terracotta refractory bricks, clay tiles oven floor, spherical dome, and the wood fire combine to deliver tastes which are not easy to be pulled away from. Our pizza ovens stand out for their looks, functionality, built and the ambience they create and they already found thousands of loving homes from Canada to Australia. Not to mention Italy, Spain and Portugal where a wood fired oven is part of life. Ask a happy owner and he will tell you: it’s not just an oven, it becomes part of the home, part of the week-ends, part of beers with friends, part of backyard parties, part of Sunday family dinners. Let it become part of your life too!