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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2006, 07:21:41 PM »
Marco I think you have said in the past that even some of the Neapolitan ovens are not made right or at least not as good as the ovens you are referring to.  Your statement is like saying that wine can only come from certain areas of France to be good.
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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2006, 08:58:03 AM »
JPY,

I did say and believe that there are only few producer of Neapolitan Brick ovens, and it doesn't at all compare to wine (field that I know very well have been a Wine manager for 3 years at one of the biggest UK food retailer) as the difference stands in the materials used (e.g.clay natural composition and characteristic) and the artisan skills (now tell me that all sculptors are like Michelangelo...), However here we are talking in general terms about  "round-domed" vs barrel shape.

In fact the pizza shown in the pictures was cooked in a round oven which was not Neapolitan but I compensate this with my skills, for one pizza...

my argument here is that if anyone decide to self-build an oven, going all the effort, then they should go for the best design (even if they cannot compensate for the lack of materials or skills). What I also try to communicate was that when someone decide to do an artisan-skilled job themselves instead of using a professional, there will always be a trade off: save money but a final product not comparable to a professional built one (can any not professional one, hope to self design and build an house hoping to achieve the same results as F L Wright????).

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2006, 11:44:46 AM »
JPY,
What I also try to communicate was that when someone decide to do an artisan-skilled job themselves instead of using a professional, there will always be a trade off: save money but a final product not comparable to a professional built one (can any not professional one, hope to self design and build an house hoping to achieve the same results as F L Wright????).

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Marco,

Nobody is arguing that flat-domed  Neapolitan Brick ovens made by Italian artisans from volcanic rocks are not the best ovens available.  The point is, us mere mortals can somehow find it within our Philistine ignorance to enjoy what we have the audacity to call "pizza" made from our "flawed" ovens.

Since joining this forum, I've begun using words like "autolyze" and have become anal about baker's percents.  My dough is forever changed.

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2006, 12:26:50 PM »
There is no benefit in being sarcastic....

You are also very optimistic. Ovens can crack open, fell down etc... I receive so many private message and emails about this... I was trying to advice you but you are too good for this.

I can only say good luck

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2006, 08:29:08 AM »
Marco-
For Neapolitan style your views are clear,  but what would you say about the various styles of ovens and their abilities to cook other pizzas (like NY style) or artisan breads?

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2006, 01:57:16 PM »
Harv,

It is a fact that square/rectangular ovens have corners... corners are not good for wood burning ovens!!!

Neapolitan pizza must be baked in a Neapolitan oven.† All other pizza would benefit from a neapolitan oven.

However in this thread we were talking of round vs square/rectangular (barrel), and again we talk about corners vs a smother flow...

Your question was like (to me): " I know that for a Ferrari or a racing car the round wheels are better but what do you think about SUV's with square wheels.???...."

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2006, 04:50:10 PM »
That's just a silly analogy.  Barrel vault ovens are in use by professionals in numerous places in the US and around the world for that matter.  I doubt the owners of these ovens are throwing away 25% of their products because they are not baked properly and then scratching their heads and wondering what keeps going wrong.  I hate to break it to you but round or dome ovens have dead spots also.  They may not be in the same places or of the same dimesions, but they are there.  I also don't know of too many people that bake tiny little pizzas or breads in the corners of their ovens, most use the middle area.
And how would a long-baking, Chicago-style pizza benefit from a Neapolitan oven? (that's rhetorical I don't need a reply)
« Last Edit: May 16, 2006, 05:00:06 PM by Harv »

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2006, 05:34:38 PM »
I found silly your opening argument on a pizza not noticing in which oven is being baked. Obviously you never baked pizza in different wood burning ovens....

ONE THING ABOVE ALL: Pizza needs to be baked with a live flame at high temperature. Bread needs a much lower temperature and not a live flame. Therefore the poor design of a barrel ovens is not noted that much by baking bread as in baking pizza.  Please show me any professional pizzeria with a barrel ovens and let's discuss their product.

However, also the best breads I know are still baked in rounds ovens, in very large batches, with perfect results....

I have worked alongside professional bakers, pizzamakers and oven builders and have studied and tested what I am talking about.

NB: You seam not to have seen many professional trained wood ovens pizzamaker, as the pizza should never been baked in the center by itself, but we bake 5-6 pizza at the same time, for 30-45 seconds and take all the available space, including the middle of the oven...

I am sharing my knowledge (which has been demonstrated more then once on this forum) and I am genualy sorry when I read of people making wrong decision.... I just wish you had access to both type of ovens for testing and then start your project...

Good luck again....

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2006, 07:02:08 PM »
Marco-  From a scientific perspective, someone could take what you consider the perfect oven and measure the temperatures, air currents, thermal conductivities etc.   Using that information, construct an cube shaped oven with gas burners,ceramic materials, convection fans, and other needed items to mimic the thermal characteristics of a Neapolitan oven.  This would likely be too expensive to be practical, but if people can land things on Mars I'm sure they could reproduce the thermal environment inside an oven.  The poor little pizza placed into such a beast would not know or care about the shape because it would see the same temperature profile.

Finally, I have enjoyed our spirited discussion but I will rest with these thoughts:  In pizza experience you win hands down.  I have never even eaten what you would call a Neapolitan pizza.  However, I'm not sure I have much interest in it.   Though I'll give it a try when my oven is built just to do the experiment.  As I indicated previously, I have other intrests such as bread baking, roasting, and drying meats and fruits.  For this I want a heavily clad oven to retain heat for long periods, and I like the barrel vault design.  So I know going into this project that you can't have an oven that's perfect for everything, so don't feel sorry for me about my choice of oven.  I'm sure it will do a much better job than my gas oven and won't heat up my kitchen in the summer.  Our views may differ but I can admire your passion for authenticity.

     

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2006, 09:15:33 PM »
I think that you think too much of yourself as the overall answer to the perfect pizza. Where I grew up,, you would be known as a pompous #$@. IMO.


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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2006, 04:12:25 PM »
For what it's worth here's a picture of the oven at American Flatbread in Burlington VT. It holds 6 largish pizzzas. Their Vermont version of California style Pizzas cook in 2-3 minutes. I suspect they might be willing to share oven design ideas if you inquire.

More info;  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,1404.0.html
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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2006, 12:09:34 AM »
Have any of you tried Rado's designs?

   http://www.traditionaloven.com/ovens.html

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2006, 10:30:20 AM »
Have any of you tried Rado's designs?

   http://www.traditionaloven.com/ovens.html

I looked into Rado's designs.  The website is fantastic, though I cannot vouch for the integrity of the design.  He's got a huge following, worldwide, so I would say build with confidence.

Nonetheless, because his design is for a retained heat bread oven, and not a direct fire pizza oven, I followed a different path.
Since joining this forum, I've begun using words like "autolyze" and have become anal about baker's percents.  My dough is forever changed.

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2006, 12:17:09 PM »
I looked into Rado's designs.† The website is fantastic, though I cannot vouch for the integrity of the design.† He's got a huge following, worldwide, so I would say build with confidence.

Nonetheless, because his design is for a retained heat bread oven, and not a direct fire pizza oven, I followed a different path.

That's unfortunate because what I really want to build is an oven for pizza and anything else, a plus and not a prerequisite.  Do you know of design, book or web site were I can get more info thatís more exclusively designed for pizza, a blue print? 

This is a great site and thereís a lot of info on this site but it's kind of scattered.

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« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2006, 03:03:38 PM »
That's unfortunate because what I really want to build is an oven for pizza and anything else, a plus and not a prerequisite.† Do you know of design, book or web site were I can get more info thatís more exclusively designed for pizza, a blue print?†

This is a great site and thereís a lot of info on this site but it's kind of scattered.


fornobravo.com is THE site for building a true pizza oven. http://www.fornobravo.com/pompeii_oven/pompeii_oven.html

Also, join the forum and spend a good couple weeks reading all the posts.† The forum is more valuable than the plans, IMHO.

[NOTE: If you read this thread, you will no doubt find some very strong differences of opinion.  I did not let naysayers and skeptics ruin my enthusiasm.  I made my oven using the Pompeii plans, and I'm extremely happy.  Bottom line - do the research, make your decision, build your oven and have fun]
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Since joining this forum, I've begun using words like "autolyze" and have become anal about baker's percents.  My dough is forever changed.

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2010, 08:27:17 PM »
I have heard the argument of round vs. barrel vault ad naseum.

Being a BSME and an MSME dropout (I changed my major to comp sci with 2 credits to go)......

We have several factors here, and 2 different circumstances, transient and steady state:

Durring heat up, ie the transient state, domes are more efficient in that they contain more volume per less brick mass than barrel vaults....for a given thickness of brick.......This means that a dome oven the same thickness as a barrel vault oven will heat up quicker.

After your oven has been brought up to temperature, and you are essentially in "steady state"......, both ovens are identical.....

When you remove the fire and place an insulated oven door in the opening......the barrel vault will lose heat a little slower than a dome.

Solution to all of the above.......make your oven walls thinner or lighter if you want rapid heating, or use alternate materials for your oven interior like a terracotta oven insert.

It ain't witchcraft....it's just thermodynamics and heat transfer, and it's closer to common sense than you might think.

They guys on the Forno Bravo Forum forget that the reason ovens are round domes or barrel vaulted is that is how you keep bricks from falling down IF YOU DON'T HAVE STEEL.

Keep the Roman Toga and their various types of parties.....and use modern engineering. The best of all worlds is a few courses of brick stacked on end to a height of 12 inches, straight up, but round, with a sheet of steel laid on top.....add insulation....oh, and use steel to support the door opening too.....you will have an easy oven, it can be built in a day....add another day for insulation and stucco......

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2010, 08:55:31 PM »
SWP,  thanks for making me re read an old thread.  It had a lot to do with the desicion to build a round pompeii style oven.  After having built one and researching the topic for many years,  I have to agree with Marco.  It may not be magic,  but its more than simpe thermodynamics.  Its an equation that involves measurements and materials.  The problem with your its so simple explanation is that its really not that simple.  There is a serious relationship between dome height that must be considered,  and an issue with using the right materials,  with the proper thermodynamic properties.  Again,  its not magic,  but there is much more to it than you think.  If you dont believe me,  show me a picture of a pizza made in an oven that was built in a day,  that looks ANYTHING like an authentic neapolitan pizza from Naples.  After,  show me one that can pump out 500+ per day that look like all look like they came off of the postcard from naples.   I'll be waiting.  I will tell you,  to this day,  Marco has been wrong about very very little. -marc
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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2010, 12:07:17 AM »
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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2010, 01:44:46 AM »
My personal opinion is that this user, is a user.  I  think that he is the builder, whoreing his cheap wares out to the forum.  I am willing to risk punishment from the powers that be if I am wrong.

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Re: Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2010, 05:48:23 AM »
My personal opinion is that this user, is a user.  I  think that he is the builder, whoreing his cheap wares out to the forum.  I am willing to risk punishment from the powers that be if I am wrong.

http://norcalovenworks.blogspot.com/

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=13337

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I was going to say; he's pretty knowledgeable for a guy who required guidance from his "Neighbor" on how to use it.
Dude, seriously....If you want to gain the respect of the people on this forum...How about not starting off with a BS 1st post.
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