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MEDITERRANEAN WOODFIRED OVENS – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Can I see example photos of ovens?

Yes, Home page of this website under the OVENS Gallery tab in the drop down menu.

Where can I get the oven specifications?

 Under INFO tab on this website (Base construction details)

 

 

 

Do your oven crack?

Pre-Built:

 We are 18 years developing our ovens and have minimized cracking .The type of cracking that you see in your oven is common and quite normal.With the extremely  high temperatures that can be reached and the intensity of a natural heat source such as fire,your oven goes through a”settling stage”where some expansion will take place.During this”settling in stage”It is not uncommon for these expansion cracks to appear.These cracks are under no circumstances structural defects and will not affect the performance or durability of of the oven.

 If the crack is not aesthetically pleasing to you then you can use a mortar supplied by us to fix it i.e.: 8mm or more. They will not change the cooking ability as the chambers are extremely thick. To avoid excessive cracking you must follow the curing instructions as per the DIY Made Easy Kits instructions below before proper use to remove any excess moisture from the oven that was trapped during the manufacturing process. If you don’t cure your oven correctly then you will see some cracks appearing initially.

DIY Made Easy Kits:

 ‘Cure’ the oven (to remove moisture) by first allowing the oven to dry naturally for a few days, and by then lighting a small fire. Keep the fire lit for as long as possible everyday until cured. A cured oven will emit very little smoke, and the black carbon (which will initially appear inside the chambers) will disappear (the inside chambers turning white). During the Amalfi kit manufacturing process, as much air as possible is released from the chambers (unlike other kits!) ensuring a high quality. However, small hairline cracking can appear due to the intense heat of a wood fire – particularly if an oven is not cured properly. This is normal, and no problems generally result; however large cracks may easily be repaired with the mortar supplied.

What sort of base can I use?

 If you do not pour your own concrete slab then you can use 18mm (minimum) concrete fibre cement sheeting on top of a sheet of flat galvanized sheeting. For extra support you can put at least 3 metal lintels across the top of the base and cement in.
My oven chambers don’t match?On the chambers there are square raised mould marks that have to be matched to the top. Most likely you have the back chamber upside down.
Where can I get this material?

You can only order through Mediterranean Woodfired Ovens (special mix). POA

What material do I use to seal the gaps around the oven?You can use a product called SICKAFLEX 252 to seal between the oven and whatever workbench material you choose. And to seal around the flue use Shelley’s 401 Industrial Grade Silicone
What oven ranges & sizes available?Our ovens are available in both DIY Made Easy and Pre built in various sizes.
RENDER MIX FORMULA
  • 5 bags x 20kg sand
  • 1  x 20kg of  cement
  •  5kg of lime
  •  800mls of Bondcrete  & 800m of Lanko 302 Cement accelerator
  • OPTIONAL : 1 x 20kg of an  crushed granite 2-7ml This will give a rougher finish

IMPORTANT:  For Entertainer Kit add 2 extra bags of sand, and 10kg of cement. 200 ml extra of the bondcrete and accelerator.

How do I fix oven cracks?

You can use Selleys 401 Industrial Grade Silicone for external use only on both the flue system or on the cracks. This will be clear in color but you can paint with an exterior paint if you wish.

What is the oven made out of?

Refractory Clay materials, similar to a commercial kiln. Concrete is not suitable for wood burning ovens.

Can I use stainless steel fronts on ovens?

We do not recommend stainless steel fronts on our ovens for a few reasons: *Stainless steel can reach burning temperatures while fire is at hottest and one could very easily burn their arm when adding wood to the chambers or simply leaning against the front chamber.

*It is not a good conductor of heat and will not retain the heat for any length of time so therefore not good heat retention or fuel efficiency.

*It will in a very short period of time look terrible as it will stain from the heat and look blackish and cannot be polished up.

*It does not attach to the render very well and tends to break away from it.

Is it cool to touch on the outside?Yes, we use quality insulation materials to ensure our oven is cool to touch, and family safe.
How long does it take to light up and start cooking? 

Approximately 30-40 minutes to 400 degrees C.

Does it require cleaning?Only dusting of the floor – get out of the kitchen!
Does it come with a door & a flue system?Yes. A standard 900mm stainless steel flue with China Hat.  Extensions available.
Can the oven be outside and is it weather proof?

Yes,   but we recommend a coating of Bondall Natural Finish Sealer for sealing/waterproofing/binding the render on the pizza oven,
binder. Water Seal to be used with our DIY Made Easy or you can purchase our PVC rain jacket  on line for use in the wet season. This ensures greater oven efficiency.

What can you cook in the wood fired oven?

Anything that you can cook in a conventional oven, you can vary the oven temperature. Laser temperature guns available on our on-line shop.

How long does it take to cook a pizza?

1-2 minutes depending on the temperature and the quantity of toppings.

How hot can it get inside the oven?

Up to between 700°C-800ºC but cooking at 350°C is recommended

How many sizes to choose from?

3 residential and 2 commercial.

Do you supply DIY Instructions?

yes, Comprehensive D.I.Y. Made-Easy instructions including an easy to follow 15 step DVD.
Do I need  a spark arrestor?Your oven itself is a spark arrestor along with your flue acting as a spark arrestor.Once the oven is being used as an oven and not been abused as a fire heater by overloading with wood then the ovens are totally safe to use and do not require an added spark arrestor.

As the flue is set OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER and the oven only use very little wood then there is no way that any sparks can get into the flue system.  

The oven itself acts as a spark arrester as the wood is set so far back in the chamber that by the time it would travel over the roof of the oven  it would have distinguished itself and could not travel back up the flue system.

You may if you wish add some balled up chicken wire and place between the flue and china hat so there is still airflow.