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A short history of the wood burning oven

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Since the Middle Ages the wood burning oven has been used to bake bread and other foods. Its origin is unknown but leads us back to the origin of bread. The only way to bake bread was in a wood burning Brick Oven.

 Not only were they used for breads but also to cook pizza, roast meats, pastries and cakes. The wood burning oven gives food a wholesome flavor that cannot be achieved with other types of cooking. The Wood Burning Brick Oven has been discovered in the excavations of almost every ancient civilization taking several shapes and forms. The modern form of the brick oven originated in ancient Rome. 


The wood burning brick ovens excavated in ancient Pompeii were discovered in excellent shape and capable of cooking with only minor repairs.

Ancient wood-fired ovens have been discovered throughout Europe, with little variation from the original Roman round, domed oven compartment and front vent design.

In Italy, the ovens were owned by individual families and were smaller -- which is the foundation for Italy's modern pizza oven industry. Round ovens built from brick, and even local stone, have been built in Italy seemingly forever. Practically every Tuscan farmhouse has, or had, an original brick or stone oven. Historically, many European communities relied on large, communal wood-fired ovens as their source for daily cooking needs. The entire village would share the ovens on a rotating schedule often starting the day with breads before moving on to roasted meats and vegetables. During World War II many of these large, communal ovens in Italian villages were destroyed. Soon thereafter, the Italian government commissioned an Oven designer to create an oven that would meet the country's urgent need for replacement ovens. With the objective to design a smaller, prefabricated oven allowing for quick assembly and faster heating times. The solution was to produce a family size wood-burning oven. These newly designed ovens were far more fuel efficient and had great heat retention allowing individual families to afford their own ovens. Soon the wood-burning oven became the Heart and Soul of Italian Family Life. This new appliance brought significant social changes and newly found independence for families regarding cooking techniques, prized family recipes and has helped foster the regional specialties that are celebrated today.

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    Outstanding Work and Customer Service! Hugh and his team did a fantastic job on a challenging Allen Block wall and creek stabilization project. Hugh was very accommodating to requested changes during the project. Project clean-up was done right without need for any direction or suggestions. StoneAge is an excellent choice if you want a job done right without hassle at a reasonable price.
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    Awesome! - Hugh and his team are not contractors or masons, they're artists! My wife and I interviewed several companies to build our outdoor kitchen, firepit, and outdoor living space. After meeting with Hugh and discussing the project, we decided that StoneAge was the way to go. Wow, did we make the right decision! We knew it was going to be nice, but we had no idea it would be this beautiful. We now spend more time in our outdoor living space than we do indoors. The attention to detail and skill of Hugh and his team are second to none. We couldn't be happier with our decision to go with StoneAge Stonescapes! Thank you Hugh!
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    Hugh turned our rotted out deck and unsightly backyard into a beautiful oasis. I was unsure as to whether or not a flagstone patio would work with the configuration of our back yard and existing stack stone wall, but Hugh and his team did an incredible job creating a beautiful space. As the project progressed we even added on more work, boulder steps leading down to a lower existing patio, that also helped solve some drainage issues. The patio is truly a work of art and our backyard is now our favorite spot of our new home!
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    We wanted to remodel our patio but had trouble visualizing exactly what we wanted. Hugh and his team were able to take our basic ideas and create something exceptional. The creativity, craftsmanship, and quality of the work was all excellent. highly recommended!
  • TimmyDP, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Chris and Hugh were contracted to design a custom Forno Bravo Wood Fired pizza oven for my outdoor kitchen. They did a fantastic job and the installation far exceeded expectations.
  • KDavisAtlanta, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Hugh and his team did a phenomenal job designing and installing our new outdoor kitchen. We challenged Hugh to match the style of our existing hardscape, and he came through with flying colors. StoneAge is truly a one-stop shop. Not only were they able to handle the construction of the kitchen area, but they also installed all of the components saving us both time and money on additional contractors. Lastly, the team is fastidious about keeping clean. At the end of each workday the area was thoroughly cleaned, with all tools and raw materials stored neatly away. I highly recommend StoneAge and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
  • MiltonGal, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Hugh and his crew transformed our backyard from a hideous eyesore to a beautiful backyard oasis, with a large paver patio, retaining walls, stairs and landscaping. (He also solved the drainage problem so that grass can now grow in what was previously sludge.) Excellent craftsmanship and design skills, and we are very pleased with the results.
  • OKWISE, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Last year, Hugh and his team constructed a flagstone patio and fireplace in our backyard. We recently called him back to complete all of the rock work(including a water feature for our new in-ground spa). His team did a great job again and we are very pleased with the work!
  • buzzelli, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Hugh and his team of craftsmen/artists did an outstanding job on our patio flagstone extension with fire pit and our hillside water feature. They met and exceeded our expectations and they did it on time. We would highly recommend them to family and friends.
  • Quasmo, Home Owner - Kudzu

    Hugh was great. He really worked with us to get us exactly what we needed. We didn't have a large budget, but Hugh worked with us to create a plan for the future, so that when we have more money, he can come back add more value to our property. We put in a poured concrete patio, and in the future, Hugh can add flagstone on top, and then add a deck on top of the finished patio. He gave us a quote that I felt was fair for him as well as fair for us. Even we he had to order an extra truck full of cement, the quote never changed. We are very happy with the workmanship of our product, and expect to use StoneAge Stonescapes again in the future.
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    Using StoneAge has been the best experience from a Kudzu recommendation. Hugh and team are visionaries and craftsmen. Hugh described his vision and as he progressed I had the confidence to tell him to do what he thought needed to be done. The result is amazing. I have people standing in front of my house taking pictures so they can try to implement some of the design ideas Hugh implemented. With the way Hugh and his crew work and their professionalism, this has to be one of the best value returns of dollars spent. Would not only recommend but will not use anyone else for future work!
  • Suwanee35, Home Owner - Kudzu

    When we first met with Hugh to discuss upgrading our backyard, his response was, “When I'm finished, it will look like paradise." True to his word, that is exactly what we now have. From start to finish, Hugh and his crew worked tirelessly to bring our wishes to reality. Hugh really listened to us, and his suggestions and designs were always right on target. The pride StoneAge takes in their work is evident in everything they do, and they are without doubt, the nicest group of people we have ever worked with. So, if you are looking for honesty, integrity, value, and talent, look no further than Hugh Dixon and his team to exceed your expectations on your next landscaping project.
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About Stoneage

Working with natural stone, hardscapes and landscaping allows Hugh and his staff to create unique designs that are functional as well as beautiful. He takes tremendous pride in his ability to work with customers to convert their ideas into incredible outdoor living spaces. Hugh and his trained staff of stone masons and landscape professionals will install an outdoor living space designed to your specific needs that will far exceed your expectations.

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