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Old 01-30-2008, 12:21 PM
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I am doing a remodel of an old building that was a bakery in late 1800's early 1900's. Underneath the collapsed rear of the building (an addition)we found this wood fired brick rotary oven. it occupies 2 floors with the basement section being where the clean outs are. The owner had the oven cosmetically fixed and is using it as a centerpoint for the restaurant he is putting in the building. The drive section uses 2- opposing tapered wooden rollers for speed control and a worm gear drive for the turntable. I have not been able to find much info on this type of oven but believe it to possibly be a gueulard type oven. Any info or links to info would be appreciated.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:33 PM
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Now that's one I'd like to see. I thought rotary ovens were entirely modern.
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:25 PM
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The pix I attached don't seem to open, but same pics are posted in the newcomers section under new user old oven. You can see the turntable in 1 of the pics
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Wow! That's very cool.

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:40 PM
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Here's the link (New User, Old Oven) for the pictures:



That is a seriously cool instalation. Is your restaurant guy going to try to restore it as a working oven, or just a decorative fireplace?

I don't know anything about old bake ovens, but maybe Jim will jump in with some actual information
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My question is why don't I ever find cool things behind broken down walls. Some people find money hidden away in walls, here we have an unknown, but apparently fuctional brick oven.

I punch a hole in my walls and only find rat droppings.
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