Outdoor Masonry Oven

Members of the GRP designed and constructed an outdoor pizza oven at the Outdoor Center. It was designed in the same style as the traditional community bread ovens of France, and built using as many local materials as possible. We collected local stones for building the base and front arch, and local clay for adding mass and insulation to the dome of the oven. The hearth and structure of the dome were constructed using brick and mortar.

The oven is wood-fired, so it can be used to replace baking done with gas stoves. It will be fired on a weekly basis for center guests and local community members, as well as for special occasions throughout the year. Because of its high firing temperature and efficient heat transfer, it is an ideal for baking pizzas and breads, as well as roasting meat and vegetables.

The wood-fired oven is now fully functional and fired on a regular basis for community events and staff gatherings, and for guests to enjoy. It has proved very popular so far. Because of its high firing temperature and efficient heat transfer, it is an ideal for baking pizzas and breads, as well as roasting meat and vegetables.