Are you thinking about buying a wood-fired oven but you aren’t sure just where to look? May I recommend what not to do, and then provide you with some great advice? There are “online operations” who fight tooth and nail to undercut the smaller showrooms in the country but they will likely cost you more and service is out the window, there are the “online super stores” where you can’t talk to ANYONE, and they’re so large you wouldn’t know where your product is coming from, and once shipping is factored in m a y b e you’ll save twenty five dollars, or, maybe it’ll cost you more down the line because you had no advice at all? Or possibly, there’s a big box store with a competitive product that looks pretty darn dazzling at first sight… oh, the power of impulse purchasing! but the salesperson (if you can find one), doesn’t know diddly-squat about the product, and you can forget any followup service.
Here’s my advice: Take the time to call or visit Jim and Cathy at The Arch who have been reputable full-service dealers of Forno Bravo wood-fired ovens and fireplace units and Forno Bravo’s accessory line since 2009. More recently, they added Forno Bravo’s exciting new Bella Outdoor Living premium stainless line which makes for a well-rounded offering.
We work hard every day to provide full service from the moment you contact us with questions about everything you want to know about the best wood-fired oven for you to the day the final brick is in place in your back yard or businesses. Even after that final brick is set, we enjoy hearing from you about your experiences whether you are exploring different types of pizza flour, managing your new commercial oven (a major investment) at your deli, or wondering how to get those pizzas to slide off the peel without ball bearing cornmeal pieces wedged in the bottom of the crust. (i.e. You don’t use corn meal because they tend to burn and get very hard …semolina works better )
Recently a customer visited our showroom, as they often have since purchasing an oven from us a couple of years ago. With great enthusiasm, he discussed hydration levels in dough with us for almost an hour. Our customers had taken a class in Charlotte with an accomplished chef and they were very excited to share their experiences with us. It was fun to talk about dough! I wonder what customer service at the big box store would have done with that conversation. Oh, that’s right, there wouldn’t have been a conversation!
The fact that Jim has been a professional mason in the Asheville area for over thirty years and Cathy has an interior design background means you will get a sincere interest in your project and professional experience to go with it. We can’t claim to be chefs because we are not, but we are delighted that the food from our own Forno Bravo oven is quite exceptional! That’s what wood-fired cooking is all about- great food and friends and a connection with fire! Because we’ve been baking, roasting and grilling for years, we can speak from experience about fire wood, temperatures, accessories, commercial considerations, heat retention, installations, cooking tips, and so much more. I have great respect for Jim’s masonry talent. I recall a customer from Hilton Head who had a beautiful outdoor kitchen installed reminding Jim that he is a master at his craft. Jim can give you a fair price for a complete installation, and we always give you a fair price for Forno Bravo products. We also give design advice such as practical heights for counters, considerations to traffic patterns as you navigate long handled peels and proximity to your kitchen. It’s our daily conversation, but to others it’s experience that is well worth it. We hope you will support our business by giving us a call at 828 253 5455 or completing this contact form.
We look forward to working with you!
Our showroom can be located at 2000 Riverside Drive Unit 10, Asheville, NC 28804 or visit our website at: http://www.thearchnc.com Hours: T-F 9:30-5:30, Sat 10-3
The Arch has carefully considered sustainable flooring companies to work with since opening in 2004 as we value health and our environment. We can help you select a sustainable floor that works best for you. The following discusses some considerations. Though The Arch showroom offers only sustainable flooring selections, what works in one home might not function as well in a commercial setting. The first thing you want to do is to consider the function of the space when looking for a flooring product as well as the durability, quality and environmental values of the company.
We have worked with many people that are building homes from the ground up, but also with those that are renovating an existing home or business. Basements are a popular area of the home to invest in but a basement on a concrete slab might not accommodate your first hardwood choice for example. A wise selection would be an engineered hardwood or engineered bamboo strandwoven floor which are both very stable selections and can be “floated” over an underlayment. We also work with two regional companies that offer engineered reclaimed flooring in addition to their solid products. An engineered reclaimed floor was not easily sourced in this area not too long ago so this is a tremendous new offering to the market. It may cost a little more for a reclaimed floor, but the investment and beauty of this time honored flooring with unmatched character might be what you are looking for.
Many new engineered floors are also warranted over certain radiant systems. Another excellent and very affordable choice is US floors COREtec Plus engineered vinyl. It is a natural vinyl that does not off-gas as many of the big box store sheet vinyl goods will. COREtec Plus won’t expand or contract, does not require an underlayment (reducing material and labor costs further), and can handle moisture without damaging the flooring.
We have a long list of testimonials of how tough this material is including success in a hot yoga center (a very high heat environment), and a COREtec Plus flooring installation that suffered no structural damage after being immersed underwater in hurricane Sandy. I recently had a conversation about a COREtec Plus installation for an animal care facility. This flooring receives a great deal of animal and public traffic and is routinely hosed down with water!
This material is an excellent choice for commercial high traffic areas and we have all the samples to choose from and one of the best prices in Asheville that we know of.
If you are looking at flooring for every day living in your home, the choices are many. Cork planks are an option that provides comfort, is quiet, and offers a warmth that ceramic tile can’t offer for example. If you spend much time in the kitchen you know how sore your leg muscles can get after standing on a very hard surface. A cork product may be the answer for your home. There are many attractive cork product selections to choose from. If a water leak or individual cork plank were to be damaged, they can be replaced easily. The cork we offer has a commercial finish which stands up to a number of commercial settings as well.
Not all cork products are the same. Look for density, a quality finish and reputation. If you are looking for a natural flooring with wood grain that only a long leaf pine can offer for example, then you might want to consider a reclaimed heart pine floor as they are much harder than new pine material of this day and age and they are the ultimate re-use of materials. The Arch doesn’t compromise. We have never offered any flooring with added urea-formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals.
Species such as Eucalyptus is new to the market and a rapidly renewable one. This specie is considered rapidly renewable because the harvest cycle is less than ten years. Because it is a strandwoven product it is about as hard as any flooring can get with a Janka rating of over 3000. The Janka Hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. The most common assumption that consumers make is that a high Janka Rating will prevent scratches on their new floor. This is not what the rating provides.
It is true that the harder the wood is the more difficult it will be for that floor to be dented, but denting and scratching are two very different things. Even the hardest woods are prone to scratches, so no matter what type of hardwood you own, you should be cautious when moving heavy objects across your floor. All floors require maintenance and care and the buyer should know how to best take care of their investment. A number of our customers have chemical sensitivities looking specifically for products that will not off-gass. Several have tested our products in labs or even slept with them before buying. It is a serious health consideration to purchase healthy materials that you live with every day. Not only is the flooring choice a health decision but so is the finish.
We offer Vermont Natural Coatings for unfinished wood, furniture, trim, and outside decking or siding. It offers a beautiful, healthy, durable finish and is easier to apply than many other sustainable choices. Most builders or home owners do not want to be out of their homes for a week or more waiting for a finish to cure so this is something to consider if finishing woodwork. Vermont Natural Coatings dries very quickly and offers one of the most durable finishes on the market. It will outlast a Bona finish and the coverage is greater. Timing is also something that needs to be considered when purchasing flooring. Though many of flooring products can be shipped within a few days, a floor that is specially selected from the Appalachian region that benefits our local economy may take a few more weeks. Not always, but often. The wait is worth it though, so plan ahead!
For more information give The ARCH a call at 828 253 5455 or visit our showroom at 2000 Riverside Drive Unit 10, Asheville, NC 28804.
OR Complete our Flooring Contact Form online!
We can have samples and flooring shipped anywhere in the country.
The Arch has moved once again! We’ve moved into a space that at one time was the old power house of what long ago serviced the Burlington Industries textiles manufacturing plant but is now The Riverside Business Park. We moved just a few hundred feet from our previous location within the park so if you’re looking at a GPS map, that famous little red arrow marker points to the same spot!
The building definitely presented us with some huge challenges, but with all the meandering metal pipes and metal boxes- (most of which I have no idea of their functions), they are now part of the overall “industrial look” that we simply work with..or around.
Fortunately we have maintained the same contact address as we simply moved “Unit 10” with us.
The space was clearly in very sad condition before we moved into it as you can see from these “before” photos. The many shades of paint and crumbling ceiling raised more than one eyebrow when we considered the space originally, in fact, at first, I for one, said ” NO”!
Then gradually, with the help of the park, and a closer look at the space, we accepted the challenge and recognized that it is going to function well for us. The high ceiling, natural light, upper loft work area and the outside awning are positive attributes of the space. Front doors were added, zero VOC paint was sprayed throughout the space, we built in some upper loft half walls and Jim wasted no time applying American Clay on a few of the walls (..there’s always more walls to cover with this amazing clay!). We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re here and we welcome everyone!
Alan Tilson with Indow Windows is in the upper loft (come in and discuss these energy efficient interior window inserts), and Roxanne’s “satellite” location for Amazing Capes takes up the other wing. !!! Check out her website too!
We have easy parking and the same great sustainable products and some new additions such as this sweet small portable stainless steel wood fired outdoor oven shown below.
Some of what The Arch offers: American Clay Earth Plaster and workshop offerings, Forno Bravo ovens and outdoor fireplace units for residential and commercial locations, Bella Outdoor Living wood fired ovens, one of Asheville’s best selections of sustainable flooring, Vermont Natural Coatings for floors, furniture, decks and exterior siding, home accents and art tile.
In our next blog post we plan to share images of The Nano C22 in action, fired up under the outside awning. We’ll be cooking some delicious appetizers! We are taking orders ( on the ovens), so come on in and take a look! There are larger units and drop-in options. Call us for details. 828 253 5455
Visit us at our new location at The Arch, 2000 Riverside Drive Unit 10, Asheville, NC 28804 http://www.thearchnc.com 828 253 5455 email@example.com Visit our website for hours of operation.
The Arch became Asheville’s first EcoTimber dealer in 2007 and our experience with this fine company has been one of teamwork and education. Over the years, EcoTimber’s commitment and professional support has provided The Arch with a healthy perspective of sustainable flooring practices.
Consequently, The Arch has developed a long list of satisfied customers in the South East and beyond now living with beautiful and healthy flooring installations. This amazing company has remained committed to their mission statement protecting and helping change the way forest ecosystems are managed while at the same time providing high quality, beautiful, healthy products. Since 1992 EcoTimber helped to pave the way and their dedication to protecting forests started long before most companies got “on-board” or created a ” green division” within their company.
What is the point of having some environmental products and not all? ALL the companies The Arch works with are dedicated to sustainable forestry and forest conservation. You won’t walk into The Arch and see ANY flooring with added urea-formaldehyde, or flooring from mills with questionable labor practices, or products from damning forestry practices. The Arch seeks out and works only with companies that do not compromise their beliefs. Eco Timber continues to seek to remain on the cutting edge of environmental awareness and action.
In addition to EcoTimber, The Arch works with other excellent companies leading the way with healthy environmental practices: Eco Fusion, known for cutting edge bamboo technology and sustainable practices, US Floors LLC with a broad range of flooring options and environmental practices, Whole Log Lumber which one cannot argue the sustainability of their reclaimed material and this company’s fine time-honored reputation, and more recently, a regional Central Applachian based company-WoodRight, offering beautiful domestic solid hardwoods. These companies can all be highlighted as among the best in the the country. See our flooring link for more on these flooring sources.
The Arch is located in The Riverside Business Park, Unit 10, which is just to the right of the park office on the river side of the building. Give us a call at 828 253 5455 or come by today. Please remember, The Arch can have orders shipped directly to your residence or commercial site and often without additional shipping expense.
Visit our website contact page for hours: www.thearchnc.com
There are many ways that we can make our homes and businesses more energy efficient as well as comfortable.
If you have inefficient windows one place to start is to install Window Efficiency Works interior window inserts. They are visually hardly noticeable, yet they will provide significant energy savings.
If you install these inserts you will immediately feel the added comfort during the coldest winter days, windy days, or during the hot summer days when you’re running an air conditioner.They also reduce outside noise by approximately 60%.
Though your home improvement list may be a long one, it’ll pay off not only in comfort and energy savings but in dollars and cents! Whether you begin with a dining area or a covered porch, you will experience that cozy comfort which will feel like you’ve added square footage to your living space that might have otherwise been avoided!
Have you lived in or visited a home that you chose one room to relax in over another simply because one of them is delivering an Arctic blast or the traffic noise outside is annoying? Interior window inserts will remedy these concerns.
Customers that have had the inserts installed continue to share positive experiences with us. Window Efficiency Works offers a variety of interior window inserts that you can see are simple to handle and the benefits are many.
Available through The ARCH, we can help you customize the inserts that work best for you. Whether you want to preserve the original appearance of the windows in a historic home or you simply want to keep the windows you have, these inserts are placed on the interior of your windows and they are discreet in design.
The window inserts attach to a magnetic frame (which stops the drafts) within your window frame, they are lightweight, the acrylic glazing provides 2.5 times the insulation of most glass, and they perform beautifully. Shown here are several Asheville area installations that demonstrate the process, design simplicity and noted feedback that we are getting.One homeowner’s response: The rooms are definitely holding heat better and feel way less drafty. One surprise that I hadn’t expected is that the inserts have also decreased the noise from the street, which is really nice. It will be a little tricky working with controlling the temperature in the rooms in the spring as we have extreme changes in high and low temperatures, but the ease of taking the inserts on and off should help with that. I assume that we will want to keep them in through the Summer too because they will help keep the cool air in too. I’m interested to see how it effects the utility bills in the long run. I suspect it will have a dramatic effect.
Call us today for free estimates and consultation. Visit us at our new location to see a showroom model and discuss your project. The ARCH has recently moved to: The Riverside Business Park, Unit 10, Asheville, NC. http://www.thearchnc.com 828 253 5455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: T-F 9:30-5:30, Sat 10-3
97 Feet UP!
This ought to be tall enough for a wood-fired oven chimney don’t you think? It’s not necessary of course, but….some ideas are BIG ideas and this one is BIG as well as TALL! Project Manager, Maxime Theberge of The Factory in High Point, NC wanted a bold and innovative idea to come together for this restored old mill dating back to the early 20th century, formally the Adams-Millis Hosiery Mill.
Now it is the home of a furniture showroom and is soon to be a destination for the High Point Market. This oven installation will be part of an entertainment venue, that not only has character but will be serving up some delicious fare to those attending events. Fire and wood-fired ovens are always a great draw and a crowd-pleaser and we’re thankful to have been a part of this project! Jim Erskine with The ARCH, was contacted Spring of 2012 as he is known for his competent masonry skills and Forno Bravo oven installation work. Well, this isn’t a typical installation for wood-fired ovens, but Jim was definitely stoked, jazzed, excited, you name it!, and between all the professionals looking at the engineering of this project it was given a green light!
Though I see a rather blue white moon light…oh wait, that’s not the moon at the top of that smoke stack, that’s daylight and that’s where climbers Michael Grosser and Leo Dupuis clipped their way up the interior rungs of the smoke stack and then helped guide sections of the selected Forno Bravo Modena 120 commercial wood-fired oven down the stack!
Four of the sections fit through the hole at the base, but the plan was to maintain a smaller opening and lower two of the six sections with the use of a crane, guided by Michael Grosser at the TOP. Several days prior to “the drop”, Jim had to get through this massive wall. Not what you call a highlight but he made it through this thick wall and then built an oven floor after gravel was poured into the base, cement, re bar reinforcement, the works….
Jim accomplished the hole in the wall and oven floor days before the crane was scheduled to provide their expertise…. and expertise was the case. Hats off to crane operators!
Not a bump going down the stack, and with the assistance from Michael at the top (to start the guided lowering of the sections), they were received by more brave souls at the base. (They waited until the piece was nearly at the bottom, stepped in and guided the final landing of the sections).
With a lot of patience and teamwork the six section oven kit was in place. (There is also a side access hole about fifteen feet up the right side of the smoke stack. Perhaps future climbing expeditions?)
Finally, a customized “smoke stack chimney cap” was lowered onto the top… another success! This cap was beautifully constructed and a necessary component. This time Leo Dupuis braved the climb up the smoke stack and guided the landing of the cap at the top.
The weather was drizzling most of the day but thankfully the wind wasn’t up. The next day more insulation and finish work was completed to the dome. Jim thanks all of those that helped with this project.
Next step…… to enjoy some phenomenal food and watch the smoke rise from 97 feet up!For more information give us a call at The ARCH 171 Weaverville Hwy Suite 103 Asheville NC 28804 828 253 5455 www.thearchnc.com For more images visit Jim’s Wood Fired Ovens Facebook page album
For Forno Bravo oven and outdoor fireplace sales and installation information call Jim Erskine 828 768 4438 or email email@example.com