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sonomacast 02-05-2011 12:30 PM

Flat roof or total dome
I have just read somewhere that the perfect oven has a flat roof which only curves on the edge into the wall as opposed to a semi circle type. Is this true?

shuboyje 02-05-2011 02:48 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome
That is a very touchy subject around here as most people have pretty standard Pompei ovens with hemispherical domes and love them. That said the traditional shape of a pizza oven is a low flat dome. A cast oven like you are planning eliminates the main issues builders have with flat domes from brick...they are harder to build and need horizontal re-enforcement to make them structurally strong.

sonomacast 02-05-2011 03:30 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome
Yes I have just found on this site that the best dome height is 40.3% of the diameter which would make it somewhat flat. My brick oven was a semi circle and cooked a treat, i guess it is all too easy to get anal about all these dimensions and percentages. But I want to get it just right, thanks again

mklingles 02-05-2011 03:34 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome
You might want to look at this post. I've recently done some calculations and think they demonstrate that the radiant energy from a flatter dome is somewhat more even on the floor but only minimally so.

dmun 02-05-2011 07:13 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome
The world is full of flat roof pizza ovens. Stroll down to the corner, to that shop that says "pizza". Flat as a pancake.

We want something a little better.

Tscarborough 02-05-2011 07:37 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome
Realistically, unitized masonry ovens are built in a dome shape because that is the best shape with which to build them. If the oven is not a compression structure, then that part of the design doesn't really matter that much, or all kitchen ovens would be round and domed, low or otherwise, I would presume.

brickie in oz 02-05-2011 08:05 PM

Re: Flat roof or total dome

Originally Posted by dmun (Post 107460)
Flat as a pancake.

Pizza surely? :rolleyes: ;)

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