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Old 04-14-2008, 05:54 PM
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That's my highly unscientific (SWAG) estimate. I took the number of ovens our producer has made over the past 30 years (200K+), plus producers number 2-5, a guess at the rest of small oven producers, a guess at all of the handmade ovens, and all of the restaurant ovens. Like I said, not very scientific.

Don't forget that you can drive through large swatches of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, and just about every house has either an old original wood-fired oven (that supported the household) or a new one.

Fun, fun.

I wonder what the market penetration is in the U.S. for charcoal and propone grills?

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Old 04-14-2008, 07:45 PM
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James - probably about the same number as homeowners + 50% of renters. Probably a 50 million grills, give or take a a few million. I have 5 grills - soon to be six. Does that count as one or six?
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:43 PM
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Does that count as one or six?
It depends upon how many are usable and how many are "yard art"
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The reason for the numerous bbqs - mostly the joining of two families into one. Then there's the small one for tailgating parties, one for the beach cabin, and because I still fell inadequate, I still need a built-in for my upcoming outdoor kitchen. No dead soldiers lying around here. I should probably sell a couple of them in a garage sale! ......and that's why brick ovens are round!
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:59 AM
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You're telling me that BBQ's are like televisions. 3.2 per average household. :-)

I think the U.S. market penetration on wood-fired ovens is about .000001%. We have a lot of room for growth. Just think, if FB could reach the Italian market percentage, we could sell somewhere around 5 million ovens. Not bad!

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Ok, when do we get to buy FB stock?
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:56 PM
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Not bad indeed! Keep spreading the word! I missed the recent replay of Good Eats, where Alton Brown does pizza - I've yet to see it. I think you should invite him up for a real pizza to display what a real pizza oven can do on Good Eats, Pizza II. That's how I'd recommend you spread the word.

BTW - we have 3 TVs inside, 5 in the garage (plus a couple of computer monitors), and one at the beach. All but the three inside are DTV capable. Sad, sad! A year from now, garbage!
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:54 PM
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Fire bricks may be a standard building supply item in USA but they are WAY off the beaten track here in Australia. I live in one of Australia's largest inland cities (Albury) and no building supply places here have them at all. The nearest thing that is available is from a stove supplier and that is a firebrick that is 160mm x 260mm x20mm used for lining the hearth of a fireplace. No use for a dome unless cut up into smaller pieces. I have decided the only way to get the firebricks I need is to drive the 300km to Melbourne and collect them from an industrial area there.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:47 AM
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Crowtrapper,
You could just get them delivered from Melb.
There are suppliers as members of this forum who would be more than willing to look after you.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:41 PM
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alot to learn.want to build one on a trailer.so will do alot of lurking. thanks again doug
Me too - taking my time to do it right - thanks for the info
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