Barcelona Spain to Alstead NH USA. The poor truckers thought they had a trailer load of ovens for an appliance store. Not around here!
Crack the seal.
Kurt in the bobcat
600 bags of a fine powdered calcium used for insulation.
Plenty of lift, but not enough weight on the back. No problem, we'll add three or four people.
less than 2 hours later.
finally we begin. Thursday 8 am. Francisco (from Spain) on the right, Laurel in the middle. and Leo, a mason from down the road called in at the last minute.
Lots of hollow, light weight brick for the base.
Layer by layer: First brick, then insulation, then more brick, then sand, then clay tile
Francisco standing on the ramp from the fire box into the combustion chamber.
Looking into the fire box from what will soon become the combustion chamber.
The spiral of bricks that will form the combustion chamber is begun. The bricks are formed like tongue and groove flooring to allow for a low dome. This is the end of the first day.
Round and round goes Francisco. Little wooden supports help to hold up the dome while it sets.
Juan (our second Spanish oven builder) finishes off the dome. The steel oven walls are in place around the outside.
Preparing for the I beams which the hearth hangs from.
Steam pan which sits atop the combustion chamber. Only necesary for the very beginning of the bake.
I beam with central column.
Bottom disc is where the supports for the hearth extend from. This is the end of Friday.
Laurel fitting bolts for the oven ceiling.
Gear works for the rotating hearth, with oven celing below.
Supports for the hearth, seen through the bread loading door.
The hearth is supported by small I beams which extend like spokes from the central hub.
Connecting pieces between the "spokes" support thin metal sheets which create a surface for the concrete to be poured on.
Bucket by bucket, the hearth is poured.
Francisco smooths as it is poured.
Expansion joints which allow stress in the hearth to break at a predetermined location are made by inserting strips of fiberglass tape vertically into the hearth.
Finishing up Saturday afternoon.
Laurel and Francisco in the oven bolting the last ceiling panels.
The outside of the passage through which all the bread will pass. The surrounding area will soon be filled with insulation.
Laural helping to bolt the outer oven shell together. She is sitting on one of the five clean out openings which allow access to the combustion chamber for regular cleaning.
We got the biggest oven we could for the space we have. The building had to be left unfinished to allow oven installation, and will be customized to keep accesss where needed.
Cutting out a hole for the clean out door.
Isaiah among the stacks of insulation. Anton mans the tractor to lift bags into place.
Piles of insulation fill every nook and cranny.
Juan with the chimeny fitting.
In goes the thermometer.
Finishing up. Monday afternoon.
Electricians arrive to wire the light.
Isaiah, Juan, myself, Francisco and Laurel.
The first fire.
Jim from Seven Stars Bakery in Providence here to help for the first bake.
The first peel of bread into the oven.
The baker is happy.
Olive from the first bake.
Sesame french from the first bake.