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Oct262009

New Fall Trends in Outdoor Dining

Wood-Fired Ovens Trend Blazes through FloridaWood-fired ovens were used centuries ago all over the world on a daily basis to bake, cook and perform other pioneer tasks. Today, the growing popularity of people’s desire for authentic tasting, hard-crust breads and pizzas has spawned a revival of these ovens.

Discovery of a favorite bakery or restaurant using this ancient technique to bake delicious breads, rolls, buns, pizzas and other meals has provided many people with an opportunity to taste the fresh flavors these ovens capture. It’s even inspired them to build their own ovens to share with friends and family.

In Italy, wood-fired ovens are practically on every street corner and this trend is blazing through Northeast Florida. A wood-fired oven can be made in a wide variety of styles, shapes and colors and by using different types of materials. Explore these ovens—find a style to compliment your backyard décor and spend your fall evenings in your backyard kitchen.

Clay or Earthen Ovens:
Clay ovens are made by building up the oven’s shape with layers of clay or other earthen mixtures. The clay mixture generally includes straw or hay to bind, sand to dry and salt to help waterproof and preserve the oven. Clay ovens have a base, hearth, frame, insulating material and wide doors to allow space for sliding pizza and breads in and out. They are generally built in a horseshoe shape. They are the least expensive to build and can be built as a weekend project. They are said to be the best ovens for holding heat and flavor.

Brick Ovens:
Brick ovens are usually oblong or square in shape. They require a very solid stone base, though cement and heavy woods may also be used. They have a base, hearth, frame and wide doors. A strong framework is necessary to support the dome and bricks are laid flat upon it. Mortar is used to fill between bricks. This type is great at holding heat, durable, but more expensive to build. An experienced brick layer could complete quickly.

All ovens have a dome and chimney—create your own unique shape, style and design. Spice your oven up with color to match your outdoor entertainment area and invite your friends over for an authentic Italian pizza party. Bake a cobbler or pie as your oven cools.
 

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