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An excellent primer for building a brick oven
on 19 January 2013
OK: I've read the other reviews and, more or less, they all are correct. I used this book as a basic guide and took over a year of scanning the Internet for more info. I found loads of encouraging stories, a ton of bad advise, and scores of photos of over-the-top, ostentatious, impractical, and expensive brick ovens. In the end I came back to this book and used it as a reference throughout the construction of my oven. Yes, it is true that to get the most out of the book you need to be pretty good at DIY projects, but in my opinion you should never attempt something like building a brick oven unless you ARE pretty good...and it is not a step by step, extremely detailed book of plans. However, I found that quite useful as it meant I could adapt his principles and suggestions to build MY oven, instead of building HIS oven. The value of the book is in it's simplicity and brevity: it makes you think and workout some of the details yourself. In the end you will understand a lot more about the principles and fundamentals of wood fired ovens than if you had just followed some set of tab-A-into-slot-B instructions.
I found the book very, very useful, full of good tips, useful and uncluttered drawings and illustrations, written with wit, humor and obvious experience. It is NOT the bible of brick oven construction, but it IS one of the gospels.