Bread.Bread lies at the foundation of our food culture, in both a romantic and practical sense. The baking of bread is an ancient artisanal craft. In the beginning, bread ovens were wood fired and took on many shapes and sizes. Grain, ovens, and bread became linked into regional style and cultures. Some ovens were located at the home or workspace of the local baker; others were built in communal locations and used by all on bake day. Ovens could be made simply with such basic materials as clay, sand, straw (cob). Or they could be designed and constructed carefully by the skilled masons of the day, with attention to detail and an eye towards long use. The life span of a wood fired oven can span a century of regular use when well built.
Good bread is enjoyed by all.
Mission.Our goal is to serve North American artisanal bakers with meaningful and comprehensive wood fired bake oven design and construction services. A wood fired oven is a tool used primarily in the production of bread and should be designed to complete that task with as much efficiency as possible. Efficiency of the oven, in terms of firing, heat retention, even baking, etc should be combined with the ergonomic needs of the baker. A good oven will produce good and even bakes of a predictable nature suitable for production work and shorten the work day of the baker.
Baker inspired oven design to meet the needs of bread culture.
Services.Design/Consultation: Bake oven design reflecting baker needs, ergonomics, performance demands. Integration of bake oven into new and retrofit bakery spaces. Construction: On-site installation of wood fired ovens, from foundation to chimney and everything in-between. Hardware: Design, fabrication, install of bake oven door systems, ash dumps, dampers, steam injection generation, vault harnessing, and automatic peel loading systems. Plan Sets: Bake oven plan sets for self-builders. Commercial and domestic wood fired oven applications from stock plans or custom designs.
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