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Old 06-14-2007, 06:14 PM
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Outdoors year round in our climate - just need a cover to avoid the occasional drizzle. No real bug issues to speak of. Cooking in the evening can get a little cool sometimes in the winter, but the oven keeps the pizza chef comfortable. We're definitely never too hot to stand by an oven, especially in the evening.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:11 PM
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Okay Drake, Iíll put my two cents into this conversation for what it is worth. First, because I live in a similar climate as yours (Iím in Montana). Second, because I have an absolute dream of an indoor kitchen that I got to hands on design myself 10 years ago and got ďeverythingĒ I wanted except for a second dishwasher which I later added to the garage. And finally because I am a very opinionated women. If I had to choose, I would go with an outside oven. First, because Coloradans like Montanans arenít stopped by a little snow. Second, mosquitoes arenít as much of an issue for us in the north as it is for the southerners. And finally there is something about the romance of cooking out side that will make it much more special outside. But by all means, figure out an attractive way to cover it.

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:26 PM
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SNOW please, watch your language
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:27 PM
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Snow is evil.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:01 AM
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Archena, RT,

Well, without snow you wouldn't have all that wonderful hard red spring wheat that makes such good flour that makes such good bread and pizza, that melts and feeds farmers' fields, that melts and makes potable water, that runs off into streams and lakes. Just being defensive . Canucks are like that when it comes to cold, I guess because we have no choice but to live with it. Hey, we play pond hockey outside in February and build snowmen wearing only thick sweaters. Then again, there's "chestnuts roasting by an open fire."

Having said that, it's worth pointing out (again) that I live at about the same latitude as northern California. Canadians refer to southern Ontario as the banana belt, and we certainly do not see the nasty weather they do in, say, Rochester, Buffalo or Albany.

As for bugs, I've seen mosquitoes (called "gators" locally) that have twin engines inside the Arctic Circle in July. The proliferation of insects in the far north is precisely why birds migrate there to nest. There are stories of moose and caribou suffocated by bugs in their nostrils and throats. Not a good way to go.

Ever try to ski on rain?

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Old 06-15-2007, 05:17 AM
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No, but I have tried on a lake before...


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Old 06-15-2007, 07:32 AM
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I am a Florida transplant (Miami and Gainesville), and I lived in San Francisco for a while (coldest place ever!), so I know about different climates! Denver gets 300 days on sunshine a year, so even in the winter, we get a lot of good outdoor time. Not many bugs to speak of, though we do have that pesky west nile virus.

I think I like jengineer's idea the best. It is one thing to cook outside when there is snow on the ground, it is another to have to shovel the back patio to get to the oven...Covered outdoor sounds like my ideal here in CO.

Other opinons are still welcome!

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Old 06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am the Denver resident who was wondering if i should build my oven indoors or outdoors. Both seems a bit extravagant not to mention redundant although my husband wonders if we could build one that could be accessed from the inside or from the outside? Crazy I think. I originally considered the idea of and inside oven because i was renovating an old building that had no outside space available. I wanted to put in a wood burning fireplace I could at least have a Tuscan grill. In Denver you are not allowed to install anything that is wood burning unless it is a kitchen 'appliance'- thus was born the pizza oven idea. That is allowed. As it turned out we did not build out the loft, and instead bought a house. We are still totally dedicated to having a pizza oven somewhere, but now I have the option to build it inside or outside. My husband still loves the idea of it inside- and although I get the 'romance' of it, I am the one who will be using it, and wonder if the heat generated will be too much to want to fire the puppy up in the summer...Summers and winters in Denver are relatively mild with a few months where it is super hot but only a few weeks where it is super cold/snowy. My friend who originally posted my question has an oven outdoors and i asked him if he could have built it inside would he use it more- or less...based on the heat situation. Does anyone have one indoors now- that can tell me if they use it during the summer?
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Old 06-17-2007, 02:05 PM
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I've told this story before, but a public official in Chicago (I think) was caught embezzling a large sum of money, and ended up in jail. In the newspaper article that recounted his excesses they said, among other things, that he had two pizza ovens at his McMansion.

Ahhh. Does that really mean that two pizza ovens is excess?

In our Healdsburg (Sonoma county) house, where it gets very hot during the day and cools down in the evening, we definitely use the outdoor oven in the summer and hotter shoulder seasons. Still, I have to say that this part of California can get really hot.

We also have experience in Provence, in houses where there is no air conditioning, and it is a lot nicer cooking outdoors in the cool early evening, rather than facing a hot indoor kitchen.

That said, Denver sounds very moderate.

Does it come down to climate?
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:38 PM
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If I HAD to choose (and for the record, I would still want both) I would choose a larger oven outdoors. While the Pompeii design does lend itself to weekday run of the mill cooking, I think these ovens really hit their stride when guests come over and the pizza and wine flow freely. On a nice night, that party will be outdoors and the ovenmaster will want to be there with them.

But I still want both.
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