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Offline Asperon

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Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« on: September 06, 2021, 11:28:59 AM »
Hi all! I found a contractor locally who makes ovens (California USA). The 28" is $1800, a floor of firebrick or soap stones (I would opt for firebrick as I think soap stones would completely burn the pizzas). Listing: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/309993190698954/

But the outside has no brick, it's only concrete, refractory clay and fire blanket. This concerns me, but I know so little I don't actually know if it's a real problem. I've asked for references of previous clients so I could see how people have been liking them.

Not sure I can buy Saputo stones by themselves and have them shipped and used as the oven floor, that would be ideal though.

Any thoughts? Is $1800 enough that it's worth just buying from an Italian company? Pizza Party isn't an option anymore, which makes me sad, and all these other companies start looking all the same to me.

Thanks in advance!

Side note, is there a stainless steel cart I could put it on? My backyard is small enough that I wouldn't want it stuck in once place just yet.

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 11:35:17 AM »
As another note, I put on offer on a "Forno Toscano Margherita Outdoor Pizza Oven" : https://offerup.com/inbox/message/6831928762935025664 But it was purchased from William Sonoma which means no Saputo stones.

William Sonoma Post: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/forno-toscano-margherita-outdoor-pizza-oven/

Which I think is this oven: https://www.fontanaforniusa.com/collections/woodfired-pizza-ovens/products/the-margherita-pizza-oven?variant=7354668646443
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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2021, 02:31:24 PM »
I'm not sure if I would spent 3k on that oven. I just got the Grande model with stand from Backyard Brick Ovens.

Their Forno Bello line of ovens are exceptionally well made and fully insulated from top to bottom. Cost was $1,995.00 in July with free shipping during the pre-order phase. It also has a bigger cooking/baking surface than the oven you're looking at. Plus a lower dome.

https://backyardbrickovens.com/shop/

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2021, 04:31:36 PM »
They had that margharita oven at $2K and I was offering below that. But I wasn't 100% convinced yet if I wanted to spend that.

How do you like it?

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 12:55:40 AM »
After looking at everything, https://backyardbrickovens.com/product/forno-fun-ovens/ the smallest one is actually quite affordable, I might just go with that one.

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2021, 05:08:49 PM »
I'm not sure if I would spent 3k on that oven. I just got the Grande model with stand from Backyard Brick Ovens.

Their Forno Bello line of ovens are exceptionally well made and fully insulated from top to bottom. Cost was $1,995.00 in July with free shipping during the pre-order phase. It also has a bigger cooking/baking surface than the oven you're looking at. Plus a lower dome.

https://backyardbrickovens.com/shop/

do you know where these oven are made ? i am just concerned if they are made in china. have you been using yours? how's it working out? thanks

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2021, 09:13:06 AM »
Last month I purchased the Alfa Brio which is a gas oven but could be used with wood as well. It's made in Italy.
I've used it 4 times and I love it but I have some more figuring out to do with it.
I was using the Big Green Egg prior.
   

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2021, 05:14:39 PM »
Last month I purchased the Alfa Brio which is a gas oven but could be used with wood as well. It's made in Italy.
I've used it 4 times and I love it but I have some more figuring out to do with it.
I was using the Big Green Egg prior.
 

For me, $3000+ for 27" cooking space is hard sell, even if it can do both.

When I'm staring at $1800 (with a stand) for 32" of cooking space

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Re: Local Oven Maker - Worth the chance?
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2021, 02:37:46 PM »
It's all about what suits your requirements. Sounds like you have some options, enjoy!
If someone can build an oven who is local, you may be able to get involved with the build and judge the quality as it's built which could be beneficial for both parties? Just a thought.

Prior to purchasing the Alfa Brio I thought that I would be cooking more than one pie at a time but I find myself only cooking one at a time so far, they cook fast at high temp.
I've cooked stuffed breads, paella, steak, and pizza so far. 

I have yet to cook two pizzas at once, I can however cook an 18" pie in it which is nice.

For me gas was the way to go only because I get in and get out when I need to. I wasn't looking for an oven that would retain heat for long periods.
This oven I roll in and out of my garage. I got the Brio stand for free because of a shipping screw up.   

I'm usually cooking up to ten pizzas on a Saturday night which works great in this oven as compared to the Egg.
 

I was aware of the floor space comparisons while researching ovens, but I didn't put that at the top of my list of requirements. 
Just wanted to bigger than what I was using and switch to gas. In fact I looked at the Alfa One which is less expensive and a little smaller.
I figured I'll go a little bigger with the Brio.       



 

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