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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

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  • Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

    if you were building an outdoor kitchen and wanted both but could only afford one - which would you go with?

    i realize a lot of this depends on personal preference. I've never had either and am in the process of designing the outdoor kitchen. It will have bar/countertops, sink, fridge, grill, big green egg - and the original intent was to have a fireplace in the corner. I'm just starting to question how often the fireplace would be used - and if it's there primarily for aesthetic purposes would something like a pizza oven accomplish the same thing (in addition to giving me another cooking vessel).

    I guess i'm asking for those that have one/the other/or both, if they have any regrets or wish they could have done it better.

    My apologies if this has been brought up before, i just came across the site and haven't had too much of a chance to dig around (but i've seen enough to know that i'm definitely in the right place and extremely jealous of a lot of the setups i've seen).

    thx for your input!

  • #2
    Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

    an outdoor fireplace is merely for aesthics/ambiance. A lot of wasted space, money, and material in my opinion.
    Since you have never had either, build the oven and buy one of those small firepits or chimineas at Home Depot or Lowes.



    • #3
      Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

      I have both. I use the oven 3 or 4 times a month and the fireplace 3 or 4 times a year.


      • #4
        Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

        I have both. It's a no brainer. Go with the WFO. Not only will you benefit from being able to cook amazing pizza and other dishes, you will still get that warmth and aesthetic look you get with a fireplace. Sounds like you're creating a beautiful outdoor kitchen and a WFO will end up being the focal point of it all. I have had mine for 2 years now and use it regularly in spring, summer and fall. I definitely get more use from and compliments on the WFO than the fireplace. Hope this helps. Good luck.


        • #5
          Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

          Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
          I have both. I use the oven 3 or 4 times a month and the fireplace 3 or 4 times a year.
          that's what i was afraid of. i may as well draw up the oven plans along with the divorce papers


          • #6
            Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

            My build (in the initial stages now) will have BOTH!
            I'm building a Steel Dome Oven...
            RIGHT below it will be a wood burning stove with the flu going straight up into the WFO flu transition....
            I can close off the oven with the inner door, put on the outer door and utilize the Fireplace....I hope this makes sense....I'll submit pics once I get to that stage....
            Obviously, one wouldn't use both at the same time....but going from oven to fireplace would take about 10 seconds.....


            • #7
              Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

              If it is only for warmth or ambiance than you might end up regretting a fire place, unless you combine the grill with the fireplace. If you build a fireplace that is big enough to put a grill in that is removable, than when you are done cooking you would remove the grill and though on some wood for the fire. I have seen this done and it works great. That way you can have both. I am building my oven right now and plan on building an open style fireplace for my tuscan grills that I take out or move to have a fire.



              • #8
                Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

                Do the pizza oven, then buy a 50$ fire pit from Walmart for the ambiance!


                • #9
                  Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

                  build a wfo with a wide front . splayed out from oven by around 5 inch bigger on the outer part of the entrance and higher , like looking into a funnel .as you look into oven.. then when you finish cooking you can pull your fire forward put some fresh timber on it and its a fire place ,,


                  • #10
                    Re: Outdoor Fireplace or Oven?

                    I built a fireplace in conjunction with my pizza oven which I've used exactly once. Looks great, works like a charm, but why use armloads of perfectly good oven firewood for decorative effect?
                    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2