Put simply, it is an old world roman oven on wheels. Check out the video below. It shows our oven, A Wandering Fire, working mightily to get ready for a busy day of pizza making.
Ok, this video might be better if we put it on the TV at Christmas and called it a variation of the Yule log video. More to the point, there is no noisy equipment or big mess. It is designed to make fresh, hot pizza quickly. Beautiful day, good friends, and great food. You get the idea. Personally, I love the fire and the atmosphere is creates.
Who built this thing?
A Wandering Fire uses a customer built mobile, wood fired pizza oven. This is not a hand built, silly trailer idea. The trailer is built by Maxey Manufacturing in Boulder, Colorado. The oven comes from Forno Bravo, a leader in masonry ovens in the U.S. The oven and trailer are designed to bring great tasting, fresh, hot pizza to any event.
Just for fun, we have included the Fire Within catalog. The catalog should come with a warning label, it is as addicting as the food it makes.
The following is from the Forno Bravo website. This is the company that makes the oven itself.
We had the opportunity to travel to Italy this month to see friends, eat really well, and tour Florence and Rome. If you haven’t been following Forno Bravo that long, you might not know we founded the company in 2003 while living in San Gimignano. After 20+ years in the computer industry, I was ready to start a new venture, so we headed to Italy to learn everything we could about ovens, pizza, flour, tomatoes and cheese. A planned one-year trip turned into a great three-year experience.
One of the first things I did after settling in was to locate a small producer of modular ovens just south of Florence. I met with the owners, talked business and drove away with a little oven (65cm/25.5") in the back of our station wagon, and then installed the oven at our rental house. We had a ball using the oven and living inside the walls in San Gimignano. And while we did not move ahead with that particular oven producer, I learned a lot from the experience.
Nine years later, a lot has changed. Forno Bravo now manufactures ovens at our own factory in California, and we have delivered many thousands of ovens to customers in North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere around the world. We have created our own oven designs, building on my experience with that first little oven, and we have developed our own proprietary refractory technology. And it all started with a little oven in San Gimignano.
Returning to our trip this month: We’ve been back to the San Gimignano house to check up on the little oven a number of times over the years. Peeking over the garden walls a couple of weeks ago, and seeing that my oven is still there and still being used, gave me a nice feeling. I also had planted an olive tree nearby – which is flourishing.