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The Forgotten Art of Building and Using a Brick Bake Oven: How to Date, Renovate or Use an Existing Brick Oven, or to Construct a New One. [Paperback]

Richard M. Bacon
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Book Description

May 30 2005
First published by Yankee Magazine in 1977, this book remains the authority on how old-time brick ovens were designed and used. The book explains the evolution of the brick oven from the 17th through the 19th centuries, out lines the basic points to consider in building such an oven today, and describes in detail construction of a brick oven, ash pit complex, including the tools required, procedures to be followed, types of brick and mortar, lintels and doors, plans, dimensions, and actual brickwork, graphically illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings. Also covered is how to heat and use such an oven, once built.
Richard M. Bacon has written numerous articles for such publications as Yankee Magazine and the Sunday New York times. He also wrote The Yankee Book of Forgotten Arts, Simon & Schuster, 1978.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not meant to be "up to date" Nov. 11 2013
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This book is interesting more from an historical account of how indoor brick ovens were made in the past. It may be a bit lacking in up to date methods. I guess I should have looked at the publishing date prior to purchasing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good option Dec 12 2007
By J. Canas - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book expecting it to be an explanation of how to build a brick oven. Far from it. If you want history and sixty pages of "facts" this is your book, if you actually are researching to build an oven it won't do.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overview, no details Sept. 5 2009
By James R. Sibel - Published on Amazon.com
This book was far less than I had hoped for - it was a historical overview of the use of a bakeoven. If that's what you want to read - go for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turning the clock back! Feb. 5 2013
By Geraldtonjjeeper - Published on Amazon.com
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Rebuilding or starting anew, the job of creating a state of the (18th century) art in cooking and heating centres for your house, large or small, is covered in this small book. The author took me step by step through the development of fireplaces and ovens as they were constructed in colonial and newly independent east coast USA. I now feel I have an understanding of the importance of this most essential part of the house. Also some idea of how to use and maintain one. It was a fascinating trip into the past and a look at an almost ignored part of the 18th century home with a view to design, safety and good cooking. Terrific book, easily read and interesting subject!
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