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Jan 03-28-2008 05:35 AM

42'' or 48'' oven?

I'm new here and first of all I would like to say that this site is realy a life saver. I couldn't get good info on WFO anywhere else.

now for the important part:)

1. I am going to build a WFO and would like to know if there is a big difference in the time needed to heat up a 42'' compared to a 48'' oven (if hypothetically they were built and insulated the same? (just a rough estimate maybe? are we talking about 5 or 30 minutes?)

2. In Europe the standard brick size is 25cm (10''). Shuld I cut the bricks in half (would that make too much thermal mass?)or would it be better to cut them in thirds and coat it with a layer of refractory mortar?

Thank you for your help.

asudavew 03-28-2008 06:10 AM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
My oven is a 42", and I have no experience with a 48".
My oven takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to reach proper pizza cooking temps.
Mine seems to be on the high end of the scale compared to others.
If mine was a 48", my best guess is I would require another 30-45 minutes.

Why the interest in a 48"? There are times I wish I would of built the 36". (For faster heat up times.)

But, let me tell you what I can fit in my oven.... at Thanksgiving, I had a turkey(17lb or so), a ham (10lbs), 2 dozen rolls (in muffin pans), an acorn squash, and a pan of dressing in my oven-- All at the same time!

These suckers are big!

I hope this helps some.


Dutchoven 03-28-2008 06:17 AM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
48 inches really gets close to commercial sizes. If it is a backyard oven I feel the 42 inch would be the right size. The brick should be split in half at least...5 inches is not much more in the way of thermal mass than the 4.5 inches or so we would see in the would also have the option of splitting it in thirds giving you just over 3 inches thickness...a thought!

gjbingham 03-28-2008 10:07 AM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
Are you considering a community oven? 48 inches is pretty large for a personal oven, at least in my opinion.

asudavew 03-28-2008 10:11 AM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
Wut up George?

dmun 03-28-2008 11:16 AM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
I'm pretty euro-aware, and I had to look where Slovenia is. (It's the northern tip of the former Yugoslavia) Welcome.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but oven mass varies by the square of the diameter, so 42 to 48 is a pretty big jump. As folks have said, that's a commercial oven, hot all the time, so heat up from cold is not so much of an issue.

Jan 03-28-2008 12:08 PM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
42'' it is :)

asudavew 03-28-2008 12:09 PM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?

Originally Posted by Jan (Post 27797)
42'' it is :)

Excellent choice! ;)

Inishta 03-28-2008 12:28 PM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
Hi Jan..............welcome to the Forno Bravo forum. My oven is 1.2 mtrs or 47.25 inches. I tend not to force heat up too fast as I'm aware that it is still curing even now. I can get it up to 'white dome' stage in about 2 hours but I imagine that with a 'scarey' fire it would be faster. Also my oven does not benefit from state of the art insulation. No cal-sil or refactory products which would probably reduce your heat-up times. It is very much a traditional Turkish build.

As far as size is concerned, unless you are catering for really large numbers a 42 would be ample. I have done a full meal for 30 in the oven with lots of room to spare. Dmun is correct...........a 1200 mm (47") oven is approx 25% larger in volume compared to a 1066mm (42")

I am not yet up to speed on pizza but I imagine that even a 42" would require a full time assistant

42" seems the sensible choice.


Jan 03-28-2008 02:19 PM

Re: 42'' or 48'' oven?
Now that the question of size is out of the way...
What do you think about the brick?
Do you think it would be better to have a 3'' brick (split it in thirds) and an aditional inch of refractory mortar or a 5'' brick?
Is 5'' to much, will it noticeabley afect the heating time?

Thanks guys, I really appreciate all the help.

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