Frank’s construction manual for a wood-burning pizza oven - Wood burning loam bread oven - Build oven dome

The self-built stone baking oven

Nothing is better than a homemade pizza or bread. Anyone who has smelled freshly baked bread from the oven knows what I mean. Whether you want to bake pizza or bread, the advantages of making your own at home are obvious.

First you can control the quality of the ingredients. You can also make special creations not available at the store or restaurant, and you can produce top quality products for less than you would pay someone else to make them. The popularity of home baking continues to grow for these reasons. I have found it to be a rewarding hobby since fulfilling my dream of many years of having a wood-burning oven in my garden.

If you have a desire to build a wood-burning oven I have documented the steps to construct one like mine using loam material. Having a plan can make a difficult project much easier.


Anyone who has property (or friendly neighbors with a yard) can build an oven with his own hands or with the help of a brick mason. To build a protective shed for the oven the help of a carpenter and/or roofer is helpful. Whether you tackle this project alone or with help will depend on your skill level.

Before commencing construction it is recommended that you obtain any permits required for construction in your area.

My oven is based on simple methods of loam construction that have been used in oven construction for centuries. In Italy one can find many examples of this type of oven. The oven works on the countercurrent principle. Cold air is drawn into the oven through the door in front. The air is heated by the oven and escapes through the exhaust pipe or column over the dome.

The following plans are dedicated mainly to the building of the oven. The plans for the shed or roof structure are simply suggested designs but many variations are possible. All mass and quantity data are approximations and are offered without guarantee.

more detailed info: Construction CD-ROM
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© 2012 by Frank Noetzold
The Perfect Italian Pizza
Just a quick note to say that I just finished reading your book about building baking oven. I am 65 and about to retire. I have always wanted to have an outdoor baking oven. Thank you for an excellent book. Sincerely, Lucius M., Pilot Hill, (California USA)
I finished my pizza oven and want to thank you. Used with great success numerous times. Once again thank you.
Raymond L. from Victoria (Australia)
I have received the data and iy looks great, Thank You
Anna N. from Saylorsburg (USA)
The construction manual is in pdf format, very detailed, and easy to follow
Wolf N. from Boonooroo (Australia)
will send photos but could take a while, very happy to receive,thanks!
Michaela D. from Charters Towers (Australia)
Compliments on your cook book, which I received and browsed through. Thank you! Anna C. from Los Angeles (USA)
Your book is very good: a great help. I have not seen anything like it in
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Kevin H. from Georgetown (USA)
Very professional product and service.
Mark St. from Corsham (UK)
Thanks very informative and well designed manual..wish us luck!
Brian G. from Dubbo (Australia)
Super fast delivery. Item is great - exactly what I needed! Thank you!!!
Amanda B. from Sydney (Australia)
excellent cant wait to build it, great details
Sandra S. from Nottingham (UK)
THANK YOU...Look forward to making our pizza oven.
Manuela Sch. from Fairview Park (Australia)
Very Fast Delivery! Very happy with the item - Can't wait to use it!
Rachel D. from Langwarrin (Australia)
Brilliant cd will be very helpful thankyou
Philip St. from Culcairn (Australia)
Fantastic manual and here super fast - Cant wait to start thanks!
Isaacs L. from BURGESS HILL (UK)