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Mid-Size Refractory Pizza Ovens

Forno Bravo introduced the Primavera pizza oven, a fully-assembled 24″ or 28″ round refractory pizza oven in 2008. It is light enough for two (strong) people to move without mechanical assistance, it doesn’t require any set-up other than setting it in place either on an optional metal stand or on an outdoor kitchen countertop, and it’a real, pre-cast refractory pizza oven with an external vent. The oven is well insulated with high-end ceramic insulation and is finished with waterproof stucco. The oven is wood-fired, and the 24″ version can bake one 11″ pizza at a time, and do real wood-fired and retained heat cooking. The 28″ oven can bake two 10″ pizzas at a time, and it can simple do more.

There wasn’t anything like it at the time, as the Italian and French pre-cast oven kit company’s were not closely connected to the US market and they were slow to identify the opportunity. The oven sold very well, and it helped create the mid-size refractory pizza oven market. The European producers would eventually copy the Primavera oven, but years later, and at a much higher price.

Today Valoriani/Mugnaini and Earthstone Ovens offer assembled mid-size ovens, but they are priced between $6,000-$8,000, which doesn’t really make sense.

The Primavera oven price ranges from $3,000 for a 24″ countertop oven to $3,600 for a 28″ oven with a metal stand. That’s significantly more than a Chinese mid-size steel pizza oven, and similar to a high-end Italian mid-size steel pizza oven.

At the same time, or even earlier than the Primavera, Portuguese oven producers begin importing mid-size assembled brick ovens to the US. Today, the company Authentic Pizza Ovens is one of the leading importers of these ovens. They are handmade with individual bricks, and come in a range of sizes, roughly 30″ to 32″ rounds, and they cost between $2,800-$3,200. The use an internal chimney vent connect, set inside the oven chamber, which is a drawable, they use rockwool insulation, as opposed to more efficient (and expensive) ceramic insulation, they are not waterproof and require a cover, and they are prone to exterior cracking.