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Pompeii Oven Plans

Pompeii Oven Plans

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Complete instructions for building the Pompeii Oven, an authentic Italian Wood-Fired Pizza Oven. 67 pages, with over 100 photos and illustrations.
Complete instructions for building the Pompeii Oven, an authentic Italian Wood-Fired Pizza Oven. 67 pages, with over 100 photos and illustrations.

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There are two basic styles of Italian wood-fired pizza oven:
the Neapolitan oven, which has a more aggressive curve,
flatter dome, and a lower dome height, and the Tuscan
oven, which has less aggressive curve and a higher dome.
While both oven styles perform well with all types of
cooking, it is said that the Naples-style oven is more tuned
to pizza, because the lower dome gets hotter and reflects
more heat from the fire for cooking pizza.

Because the Tuscan design has a larger oven space
above the door opening, it is more efficient at holding heat,
and uses less wood. It also has a larger door opening for
larger roasts and pans, making it better for cooking bread
and roasting. It is probably also true that the higher dome
is somewhat easier to build, as the inward curve is less
pronounced, and there is less risk of a chain of bricks
falling in before they are locked in place with a keystone.

The higher curve of the Tuscan oven.

A taller first course and steeper, lower dome characterize
the Naples-style oven.

Still, it is our view that the differences between the two
oven styles have be exaggerated, and we heartily believe
that you will be extremely happy with either design, or if
you choose to build your own hybrid between the two.
Practically speaking, the dome height difference between
the two oven styles in a typical 36” backyard oven is about
3”-4”.

You can make perfect Pizza Napoletana in a higher
domed oven, and you can bake and roast in a lower dome
oven. The only real limitation is that with its physically
lower dome, and resulting smaller oven opening, the
Naples-style oven can keep you from cooking larger
roasts or from using certain types of pans. Regardless of
which style you choose, the parabolic oven dome shape
serves to evenly reflect heat down on the cooking surface.

Pompeii Oven Instructions

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