Archive for November, 2010

How to Choose the Right Pizza Oven for Your Restaurant

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Check out this new release from Forno Bravo about the new commercial Modena2G. It explains why it is such a great design and provides important information as you consider your choices for your restaurant or bakery.
The ARCH can offer you a competitive price and excellent service at your local level which means everything.

Call The Arch at 828 253 5455 or visit

For comparison information on commercial ovens click on the following link:

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Casa2G90 From Crate to Fire

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Aha! The big gift crate  exposed.

Further exposed

The nice thing about a modular wood-fired oven kit is that the weight is divided up making it easier to handle. It’s an advantage particularly if you have  difficult terrain to consider.  However, we absolutely love many of the  preassembled ovens. We chose the Casa2G90 because  the 36 inch oven base  is going to be a great size for  how we  cook,bake and it will be very suitable for demos. It’s  going to perform beautifully.

Ground  fill will cover the lower foot or two of the base so it doesn’t look so massive, and stone will cover the block.   We chose to build a center wall interior wall so the wood wouldn’t stray clear to the back and the benefit of added support for the oven floor is a plus.

Building the foundation.

Added interior foundation wall

Foundation process

After the dome is completed, the refractory cement is spread over all the joints and used up over the dome. Insulation is carefully cut and layered over the dome. It conforms really well but you have to be careful to avoid breathing the particulates. Lath and more refractory cement is layered over the insulation.   Jim continues with the brick arch, chimney and flue. It will all be covered with natural hydrated lime, stone, and tiles  so attention to the joints isn’t as refined as usual. But strong and level it is!

High efficiency Ceramic Blanket insulation

Layering the Ceramic Blanket insulation

Sealing the dome joints

The curing process involves gradual fires at very low levels and rises over the course of five days! At the end of the first day of curing you can bet a little celebration was in order!

Arch development. To be covered with tiles

Chimney and flue install

Curing process begins. First small fire


Blogging with a Wood-Fired Oven 11-17-10

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment


Home Sweet Home Here I Come!


The oven (our oven!)is likely to adopt a name soon- other than its birth name: Forno Bravo Casa 2G90- which is pretty cool, but after lighting up this beauty (which by the way we’re on day four of the five day curing process) it feels far too personal and alive not to have it’s very own name. I’d be curious to know how many others have named their ovens. DO TELL.  I welcome oven blog happy friends to share your great wood-fired cooking adventures.

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Pizza, Beer, and an American Clay Evening Workshop Party at The ARCH

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Looking for a home

Have an American Clay plaster project coming up? We’re planning an evening workshop party for free- the only requirement being that you purchase a minimum of 100.00 in American Clay products  the evening of the workshop or within the month prior to the workshop.The pizza, beer and workshop are on us! No kidding! (…and the pizza won’t come out of a cardboard box).

A non-refundable deposit of 25.00 toward the minimum product purchase at the time of registration will be collected. (To be applied toward the minimum product purchase).

Workshop date: Friday, January 7th  6-9 PM

If interested- call The ARCH at 828 253 5455 or email

This workshop will be limited to the first 8 people that sign up.  We ‘ll be sharing stations, but, hey, you can have a pizza slice or two and a brew between applications.  The schedule may look something like this:

  • Arrive with time to socialize 6PM
  • Jim’s intro to products to be used for the evening
  • Product discussion, how to prep wall surfaces, first coat application demo,
  • Your turn: Half try their hand (and trowel), other half eat pizza. Switch.
  • Second coat demo, how to compress and repairs. (probably will have to fit all of this to be sure you’re listening)
  • Half try their hand, other half eat more pizza. Switch.
  • The beauty of the night is a bonus for this workshop! Introduction to the newest Up and EZ roll on product. Demo on wall area.
  • Your turn to try the new Up and EZ.
  • More experimentation with pigments, techniques, and  play with the clay for a little longer.
  • More pizza and beer
  • Purchase project needs
  • Lights out

Here’s some photos from a recent workshop:

easy process for professional painter

cleaning the hawk

second coat application

Calling all painters- try it!

January’s workshop will include a larger wall expanse  for the  new Up and EZ Clay and the process involves a few basic steps as seen in these close up images:

sponging the wall

Rolling on UP & EZ clay plaster

Troweling clay plaster after rolling on UP & EZ

troweling Up & EZ