Hi all, I'm new here, I've been interested in pizza making for a while, and only recently discovered the whole hearth oven thing.
Until now, I've been making pizza in my gas grill inside a ceramics box.
As my screen name suggests, I work for a company called Engineered Ceramics, and we specialize in high temperature ceramics.
To date, we have only made tings for the metal and glass melting industry, but after looking around here and the Bravo Forno site, I don't see any reason why we as a company, couldn't make hearth ovens.
The first picture below is a heart assembly we make to fit a heat treating furnace, it's good to 3000F.
Most of our stuff is designed for the 2400 F - 3000 F range, but we do have some materials that would be a little cheaper and be good to 2400F.
Another Item that springs to mind is a glass crucible we sell, a CP-6033 FS. It has a 30" inside diameter, and a 34" outside diameter, and is a full 2" thick. (see the drawing and the inside picture.
You could turn it over and use it as a dome. I think 3 course of firebrick with a 6033 on top would make make something similar to the small Forno Bravo. This part sells for around $1300, plus freight. I think it weights around 300 lbs.
I myself manage manufacturing, but I'll see if I can get any of the sales people interested in this.
If there was interest, we would certainly be able so segment the part, so you wouldn't have to try and wrestle one in place at 300 lbs.
One point, our parts are a cream color, almost white, as we have less that 1% impurity in our ceramics. This gives us superior physical and thermal properties, but may lack the looks of some other items.
We specialize in small runs, so if there is some other options or designs that would be desired, let me know, and I'll see if there is any interest here.