Old 09-20-2008, 10:32 AM
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Default Re: Natural stone vs firebrick for thermal mass

A second look at the photo you attached.... the arch over the entrance is made with Roman bricks. I wonder how old the oven is and whether it was made with recycled materials at the time of it's construction or perhaps actually dates to a time the Romans occupied the region.
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:58 AM
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Default Re: Natural stone vs firebrick for thermal mass

I took down a partition in my house which was made with the same terracotta bricks & I have a pile of those too, which I was also considering using in the oven construction. The Romans were certainly here, I live next to a Roman church, though I've always imagined the bricks were made more recently. Having said that, the buildings are made with anything going - I have a round column laid horizontally in one of my walls - I have no idea what that was used for before. There's no telling how much recycling has gone on over the centuries, and will continue with me!
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