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Caution: there are more and more rules: for example in 2015 it looks like Parks management has made a new rule -- that all ovens must have an engineer's stamp. For this reason, only small pre-stamped pre-fab ovens are now being approved for installation. Publicbakeovens recommends that community groups not try for such ovens, since they don't work well in public spaces. See how these rules grow here.
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.
lframe% | John Polanyi schoolyard has a barrel oven made with cob
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.