The dome-shaped wood burning oven or variations thereof have been in use for thousands of years. Scores of ancient civilizations dating back to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt used some variation of this time-proven design to bake breads, meats, seafood and more. These small wonders are considered extremely efficient miniature bakeries. Additionally, in cold climates the presence of these cooking devices provided the occupants of small dwellings with an efficient source of radiant heat.
Most ancient civilizations used the clay and straw method of construction. This was time consuming and did not always result in a usable oven. As with pottery, many of their castings cracked during the initial firing.
The Romans perfected the art and engineering of wood fired ovens and at the height of the Roman Empire 100 b.c. to 300 ad. their use spread throughout it. Archaeologists are still unearthing ovens in Pompeii, many with bread still in them. The Romans were very good at making bricks from fire clay, which was used extensively in oven construction. Additionally they understood the relationship between proportion, and mass in order to maximize efficiency and heat storage.
In 1978 we began modeling, form work, and test casting, a full line of products all based on ancient Roman designs and proportions, and by 1984 we had a fully developed, line up of high quality refractory products.
By employing modern methods of casting, and through the use of better materials, we are able to create ovens which have all the desired attributes of the ancient wood fired oven designs, without many of the pitfalls which burdened its predecessors.
Our current line up of ovens, barbecues and fireplaces, offer the latest in design, technology and safety for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.