Baked Delights

A large percentage of the Temp-Cast heaters shipped each year include the bake oven option.  When the fire is out, the bake oven holds excellent baking temperatures for several hours.

As many professional bakers & pizza gourmets already know, baked goods from a wood-fired oven are unmatched for taste, aroma and texture and are cherished by food-lovers around the world.   The passion that these bakers have for the centuries-old tradition of baking simple and wholesome foods in a wood-fired oven is also refreshing.

This section is dedicated to photos and stories of Temp-Cast bake ovens and the owners who enjoy them.  Also, watch this page for future information, photos and links to our new line of Temp-Cast pizza ovens.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Bill, from Flagstaff Az, is clearly delighted with his new Temp-Cast heater/bakeoven.  He built his oven on the back side of his heater for easier access to his kitchen.

Bill has just removed 2 “bilalies” from his oven.  Bill says “a bilaly is something like a bagel, but doesn’t have a hole. Instead, you fill the indentation in the center with caramelized onions prior to baking.” (He has promised us a recipe, which we will share with you.)

We don’t know much about Bill’s baking prowess, but we suspect he knows his way around a kitchen – not only does he have a dandy of an apron, these bilalies look delcious!

International Orders

Outside of the United States & Canada, Temp-Cast masonry heater kits have been shipped to several international destinations over the last 20 years. These countries include Japan, Germany, France, England and Austria. Our most recent shipments have been to a new dealer in Australia – Heavenly Heat. (Click on this link to read about this new dealer and Temp-Cast in Owner-Builder Magazine. )

We can ship a Temp-Cast masonry heater kit to any European port for 600 euros, with a shipping time of approximately 4 weeks, port to port. (Additional costs to consider would be freight charges from the destination port, insurance, import duties or taxes, & transformers for electrically-operated dampers.)

Due to the differences in regulations from country to country (and in fact, from region to region), we strongly suggest that you consult your local building inspection official before placing an order, to ensure that the heater conforms to local regulations as a site-built fireplace. Please contact us for further information & assistance.

North American Approvals

Throughout Canada and the United States, Temp-Cast masonry heaters are installed in accordance with local and national building codes as site-built masonry fireplaces. In addition, Temp-Cast heaters have been accepted as clean-burning heaters by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States.

However, due to localized emissions problems, some state and local governments require additional testing to ensure that solid-fuel appliances comply with their particular regulations for clean-burning. Temp-Cast wood-fired masonry heaters have received approval in three of the most difficult jurisdictions in which to obtain acceptance to date: the State of Colorado, San Luis Obispo county in California and the State of Washington.

Wood/BTU Table



Ease of Splitting

BTU per lb

Ash3440Easy/Mod easy4940
Birch, White3040Easy5555
Birch, Yellow3680Moderate5335
Cedar West Red2060Easy6573
Elm, White2260Very Difficult5700
Fir, Douglas2970Easy6100
Fir, Grand2160Easy5888
Larch, Western3330Easy/Mod easy6380
Locust, Black3840Very Difficult6134
Maple, Red3200Moderate5564
Maple, Sugar3680Moderate5763
Oak, Red3680Moderate5425
Oak, White4200Moderate5640
Pine, Lodgepole2610Easy6138
Pine, Ponderosa2240Easy6917
Pine, White2250Easy6000
Spruce, Red2070Easy5900
Spruce, White2240Moderate5070