The idea that ultimately became Chicago Brick Oven started with a neighborly conversation at a backyard party in May of 2006.
We discovered, much to our surprise, that the three of us, who live within a few hundred feet of each other, planned to purchase a wood-fired brick oven. We figured we’d save some time and money if we bought our ovens together.
After doing extensive research, we found that 99% of residential, outdoor, wood-fired ovens bought in this country are manufactured on other continents and sold in the U.S.A. through distributors. That meant once we ordered our ovens, it would be several months before they arrived and the import/duty fees and freight charges would be astronomical! We were concerned that if the ovens were damaged during shipping, there’d be long and complicated overseas negotiations to get them repaired or replaced. And, because these imported ovens are primarily made for commercial use, they’re very heavy and looked complicated to install.
That’s when we came up with the ideal solution for how we, and others, could get the best-looking, highest-quality wood-fired brick oven without all the hassles, worry and cost. We’d take the best of time-proven, classic brick oven-design, incorporate the best engineering and technology available, and come out with a revolutionary new brick oven that fits the needs of today’s cooking and outdoor entertaining enthusiasts. And, we’d make them in the USA!