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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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  • Oven and Fireplace Design

    Hello, This is my first post here but I have been reading these forums for awhile.

    This past winter I had 2 trees fall in my back yard and take out my outdoor fireplace. Since I have to rebuild I thought to add a oven as well but am having a hard time finding any designs that are even close to what I am looking for.

    I would like to have a Fireplace in the lower section and a oven on the top but having a hard time trying to figure out about the chimney and how to have the fireplace roof carry the oven weight load.

    Every photo or plans I have found has the area under the oven as a wood storage area rather then a fireplace. My family uses the backyard a lot during the good weather and loves having that open fire feel that I do not think a oven would provide. But we all really want a oven to cook in and I would love to be able to figure out how to do this.

    Building site has old corner fireplace base foundation that I will need to rebuild the brick fireplace and hope to put the oven on top.

    Thank you for any advice.

  • #2
    Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

    Sorry for the double post :/

    Has anyone ever put a oven above a fireplace? Or am I asking for the moon?


    • #3
      Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

      I can see no upside to an oven above the fireplace, ignoring the technical details.


      Blazing fire in the fireplace catches your britches on fire as you tend the oven above.

      Just put them in the same structure, side by side, or with the faces at an angle to each other in a corner layout.


      • #4
        Re: Oven and Fireplace Design


        There are a few people on the forum that have built a fireplace beneath the oven. Here is one thread that I know of http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/j...oven-6820.html

        If you keep searching the forum you should find what others have done and how well they work.


        Deficio est nusquam tamen vicis ut satus iterum
        (Failure is nothing but the opportunity to start again)


        • #5
          Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

          I would not use both at the same time but after pizza is done and maybe bread is baking have a small fire in the lower fireplace for the people still outside. or those days when the oven is not going to be used but we are outside with friends.


          • #6
            Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

            Alter ego-
            Thank you so much! that was just what I was looking for!
            now to figureout the designs :}


            • #7
              Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

              Rainwolf, Have you turned up any more details on this? I'm interested in doing a rumsford 45 degrees offset from the oven mouth - interested in how to do a combined flu



              • #8
                Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

                Not really... I've read a lot, but nothing really specific on the designing.

                I'm thinking of placing a basic arched lower fireplace (the arch helping with weight load strength) with a Pompeii type clay/cob oven on the top. I'm thinking about having duel chimneys... But not really set yet.

                Current status of project is that I have the patio area 3/4 dug out, I should have the grading of the patio and framing around the old fireplace base (to re level and extend out another 6 inches) done within the next week or 2.

                Once I have the patio finished and the base poured I'll get down to the finally design planning while the base dries for about a week or 2.


                • #9
                  Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

                  I figured out how to do both in the same box. The oven entry would be in the upper part of a rumford fireplace, so the only issues are that you can only use the fireplace or the oven not both at the same time and the floor of the fireplace will have to be around 18" above ground level. I drew it out scaled and it looks pretty good.

                  It would be a 42" rumford, with an arched top and any size oven with a maximum entry door of 15" wide by 14" tall.


                  • #10
                    Re: Oven and Fireplace Design

                    I have no idea about oven but I can give you some advise about Fireplace. I hope it works for you. If you want a fireplace design that performs flawlessly, then you design a fireplace exactly to the dimensions in the table on this page. If this means getting out a sledge hammer to help you, then so be it.
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