How to build an outdoor brick bread oven

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How to build an outdoor brick bread oven
Enjoy the rustic taste of fresh bread baked in an outdoor brick oven. (irman/iStock/Getty Images)

Building a brick bread oven outdoors is the kind of project sometimes contemplated, but seldom completed. Whether it seems too hard, too much effort, too big an investment or you don't want a permanent landmark in the garden or on your patio, there are many reason why building a brick oven seems impractical. There is, however, another option -- building a mortar-free, movable brick oven that doesn't have to be a permanent feature of your garden.

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Things you need

  • Flue liner
  • Breeze blocks
  • Pavers
  • Firebricks
  • Bricks

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  1. 1

    Place the flue liner on the ground where you want the oven to go and mark an area around it about two brick widths wide. Choose a flue liner large enough to accommodate a row of firebricks on the bottom and sides and still have enough room for the fire and bread to fit inside. Remove the flue liner.

  2. 2

    Lay a course of breeze blocks within the marked area, then a second layer on top, staggering the joints to add strength. Lay a single course of pavers on top of the breeze blocks.

  3. 3

    Lay a single course of firebricks on top of the pavers, then place the flue liner centred on top of the whole structure. Lay a course of firebricks on the bottom of the flue liner, and flat along the insides, as well as along the outside wall, back and top for insulation.

  4. 4

    Place regular bricks on the side of the firebrick course and build up the walls until they are the same height as the flue liner. Lay a double course of bricks on the top of the whole structure, staggering brick joints the whole time to ensure strength.

  5. 5

    Position bricks over the mouth of the flue liner fire box once it is fired up and cooking to keep the heat in. This design will last for four to six firings before the flue liner needs replacing.

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