I am interested in the fornoclassico. You say you had one and sold it?They do look really nice and ell constructed Giuseppa is an Italian builder/artisan , and sells on ebay? I assume No big overhead probably allows him to be so competitive. Several posts on these ovens here http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,14314.0.html and
http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13386.0.html I noticed he posted pics and I asked him about the measurements and he did not reply. Exactly as you have requested the dome looked a little and the opening quite large. My other concern was the clay chimney Pipe, are you changing that or adapting a cover to keep moisture out? Little more room is also nice what size floor? opening and dome hieght are you requesting?
Thanks for sharing.John
Dear John, Giuseppe Crisa's wood-fired brick ovens are all his own designs. (He has more designs than shown on his website http://www.fornoclassico.com/
) Having conversed with him on many occasions and having tried his ovens, he is great
at what he does. He has a sound rationale underlying his oven designs and features. Since he has immigrated from Italy to the United States as his new home, which is a different market than the one in Southern Italy, he had to come up with a design to meet the popular demand here in America—without compromising the pizza-baking virtues of his ovens
, which is his principal priority. For instance, in respect to the size of the oven opening, many Americans like to simultaneously stick an entire turkey and other food items inside their brick ovens; and, if the oven opening is not wide enough, it can be problematic! Nonetheless, the oven is awesome for backyard pizza napoletana—one of the best of its kind.
His "Piccolo" model is small, yet powerful! I do not know of many wood-fired oven builders that use real specialized bricks inside their mini ovens, probably because, as he once told me, building a mini brick oven is more difficult and requires more labor and time. Giuseppe's philosophy goes against cement ovens, which are utilized in many small-sized ovens in the US.
In regard to the clay chimney pipe, Giuseppe sells full-size cover which protects the entire oven from the elements. In terms of the specifications of my oven to be built, I can not remember the measurements, which I had written down somewhere. However, I was thinking that I should go back to his original design. Since I already have had good results using his original piccolo design, I should probably stick to what I already know works! Good night.