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If an oven is not locally built but imported from a distance and has designers involved, the cost can go up very high: new Christie Pits oven ordered from France, cost $153,800.
Ovens like this one can be made in an hour with loose bricks and angle iron to hold the roof.
Others, like this one, can last a long time even though they are made without mortar.
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Despite the happy photos, wood-fired ovens are a lot of work.
A bake oven caution: Baking bread is not a virtual activity in any sense. Itís a very physical activity spread out over real time. Making bread slowly (less yeast, slower rise), which tastes better, is an activity spread out over quite a bit of real time. Making a fire increases the time. It also means thereís smoke, splinters, soot, and heat. All senses become involved, intensely. In addition to that, baking or cooking with fire in a park draws other people, always. They almost always want to tell you a story of older ways of cooking food where they come from. Hearing stories from your neighbours or from strangers takes more time. This means that a community bake-oven runs on a different time (an older kind of time) than most peopleís watches, or schedules, do. If you want to live in a slower time a few days a month, this is a wonderful way to do it. If you love good bread but you have to keep moving fast, a visit to a good bakery will be more satisfying. Donít try to bake in a wood-fired bake oven, at least not until your life enters a different season.
Jutta Mason: Cooking with Fire in Public Parks.