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Acoma 05-08-2008 09:21 AM

Framed or igloo style
Which option do you guys prefer? I am now 50/50 on which way. I am still wrapping up the cracks issue. After summer I will go one way or the other.

PizzaJNKY 05-08-2008 09:30 AM

Re: Framed or igloo style
Acoma, when I started my build, I preferred igloo style better, switched to the framed style, and now that I am almost finished, switched back to the igloo style. I can't make up my mind. I may need one of each.

james 05-08-2008 10:49 AM

Re: Framed or igloo style
I've done both -- and I think it's fair to say that both styles are authentic, or typical, to the Mediterranean.

One thing I would think about is whether the rest of your outdoor areas are more linear or more curvy or organic. See if you can pick an oven style that ties other elements together.


nissanneill 05-08-2008 04:20 PM

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I prefer the igloo as it has more character in my setting. I must admit that I do like James's framed but they add considerable size to the overall appearance.
Hey, the both work and work well!
Properly built and insulated, the igloo is more compact with very little if no loss of heat is the norm. Framed has the added capability of extra insulation but comes with extra cost and build materials/time/expense.
This is an individual decision and will always remain so because we all have individual ideas and aims.


asudavew 05-08-2008 04:56 PM

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I'm going with igloo Robert.

I have a small backyard and the footprint is big enough.

Now if I had a big back yard..... I'd enclose.

Let us know what you decide!

PeterW 05-09-2008 12:14 AM

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I'm going igloo but.....

Its an outer shell of red masonry brick (rather than firebrick) over the insulation and inner fire brick dome.

So it may look like a red brick oven, but its not really !! Also allows me to put plenty of insulation in.

Something like the one Jamie Oliver has, but without the wierd chimney thing !


dmun 05-09-2008 03:22 AM

Re: Framed or igloo style
I don't know, I kind of like the twisty chimney. I also like offsetting the chimney so it's in the center of the dome, although I know it's more work.

I would think about a hybrid shape, in the form of the traditional bottle kiln:

SpringJim 05-09-2008 07:58 AM

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Cool pics david....

krosskraft 05-09-2008 08:04 AM

Re: Framed or igloo style
I started out doing an igloo simply because I didn't know how to frame, but my yard dictated that it wanted a stone wall look. I hired a framer to put up the studs and concrete board, and then stucco'd two sides and rocked two sides. Let the oven and surroundings tell you what it wants to be (afterall, it will be its own personality in the back yard). There is plenty of help available on FB once you decide.

Frances 05-09-2008 08:23 AM

Re: Framed or igloo style
I just knew my oven had to be an igloo... but it beats me if I know why though. Its not even necessarily that I like them better, there are so many cool ovens of either sort out there. But somehow anything but igloo was completely out of the question.

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