A brick oven, if you have enough room in your kitchen or dining space, is a wonderful addition to your home. You can bake hearthstone breads and make brick oven pizza, fresh from your own kitchen. The brick oven also doubles as a rustic fireplace and a means of heating your home in the winter. If you plan on remodeling your kitchen just to install a brick oven, there are a few challenges you will face. The right remodeling contractor can help you overcome them.
Finding a Wall Where Your Brick Oven Will Fit
You have to think of a brick oven as more of a fireplace with a chimney than just a hole in the wall where you burn wood and cook pizza. It has to ventilate to the outside, just like a fireplace, and the ashes have to be swept out after your wood has burned up. You can place it towards the central part of your kitchen, but extra precautions must be taken so that the heated brick on the back of the stove does not heat the wall behind it to the point where it could ignite. Your contractor will explain what type of insulation needs to buffer the space between the bricks and the rear wall, and make sure that rear wall is reconstructed properly.
Getting a Permit
Because you are using the brick oven for uses other than heating your home, you may need a permit to operate it. Your fire and safety inspection officer can inform you of the restrictions and regulations regarding a brick stove and its indoor use as a baking oven. Additionally, you will have to have a safety test and inspection of the brick stove once it is installed before you can use it for the first time. Because these regulations vary from city to city and state to state, your contractor will handle all of the permits and safety inspections, while keeping you informed of the laws.
Keeping the Brick Oven's Flue Clean
Some models of brick ovens have openings so small you cannot imagine a chimney sweep clearing the flue from the inside. Depending on what model and design you purchase for your home, your contractor will let you know how you can keep the oven free of creosote buildup, a common problem with any stove or oven that burns wood. There are usually access panels that you or the sweep can open and clear to prevent fires.
Other Challenges to Consider
An indoor brick oven throws off a lot of heat. You will probably want a means to shut your heating vents off from the kitchen when the oven is operating. One of the best ways is to install a separate thermostat control just for the kitchen and any other areas of the house where you can feel the oven's heat. You should also have several feet of clearance in front of the brick oven. Wood snaps and sparks, and the last thing you want is for your wooden island counter top to start on fire from a single shooting spark. Consulting with your contractor will help you decide how to remodel and move your kitchen around so that your brick oven is a true benefit and not a problem or a danger. Contact a company like Rynone Kitchen & Baths to get started.