When deciding on how to finish off your oven, it may be of assistance to note some of the popular ways in which people are designing and constructing their oven enclosures. From the most popular ways, to the easiest, here are 5 different enclosure types that tend to make up the majority of finishes. This list, by no means, is exhaustive, as the way you enclose your oven is limited to your space, your budget, what’s flammable and your imagination.
1. The Rendered Igloo
The quick, easy and most popular enclosure that lets you build your oven, then quickly give it a layer of insulation and finish it off with paint, stucco, tiles or what ever you like – Then done! light it up! The igloo is quite popular and is unmistakable as to what it holds within, making it one of the most easily identifiable enclosures around.
2. The Gabled Roof
This enclosure mimics the traditional gabled house roof. Usually tiled with left-over roof tiles or covered with corrugated iron, the triangular roof shape provides ample protection from the elements for the oven, not necessarily the person using it. Look for finishes that closely resemble the house it’s attached to, sort of like a “mini-me’
3. The Glory Hole
No not that one.. This is simply utilizing an existing wall or a wall specifically built to hide what is behind it – in this case a wood fired oven. More common with commercial oven installations, this is great for introducing an oven to a wall without having the entire presence of the oven be revealed. The small opening gives insight into what could be a rather large oven behind it.
4. The Silo
Most wood fired ovens are round, so why not incorporate that circle footprint throughout the whole height of the enclosure. They resemble the grain silos often found in rural places and although sometimes menacing in stature, can be integrated into an environment and still be aesthetically pleasing
5. The Box Step
The box enclosure is simple, easy to do and comes off quite nicely when integrated into an outdoor environment that already features sharp edges and lines. Square lines are a feature of most masonry products (bricks, blocks etc.) so as to provide squareness and uniformity to buildings and their walls. Therefore we find that using straight-edged masonry building products makes the box enclosure a little easier to get right. When used with a round oven, the round-inside-square look is alluring
Obviously there a potentially hundreds of other ways in which people enclose their ovens, each as individual as the person using it. Commercial designs, extreme installs and humble clay mounds all have their place and serve their purpose.