Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kinds of projects can masonry construction cover?

A- Fireplace, structural, investigative, pizza ovens, outdoor kitchens - specialty new construction

Q: What is the difference between brick and concrete?

A- Brick versus concrete - this is based on style, and brick is more architectural timeless traditional. Concrete is more industrial looking not as warm. Warm inviting, exciting. Many different styles with brick, more inviting. Prices vary based on style.

Q: Can masonry construction help with my broken chimney?

A- Broken Chimneys can be fixed construction - however it also depends on what material your chimney is made out of.

Q: Should the masonry contractor I hire be insured?

A- Workers and your work is also insured.

Q: Why should I choose masonry construction?

A- Timeless, maintenance, character, doesn't go out of style. Durability.

Q: Can I purchase stone from you?

A- Primarily focuses on just doing the masonry work but I am happy to recommend different places with product that would interest.

Q: Natural Stone and Manufactured Stone? Is there a large price difference?

A- Natural versus Manufactured (pre cast, manufactured) pre cast is the same price as regular stone. Retain colors. Manufactured stones do not retain their color as well. It takes about 5-10 years to fade. When you have to replace the stone, you won't be able to match the color. Prices doesn't vary too much but really based on the distance for freight. $17-$18 sq ft dollars manufactured, $18 thin natural stone but can go up there.

Q: What is a wood-fire brick oven?

A- Old world tradition of cooking that gives unique flavors

Q: What is a masonry oven?

A- Built in the old tried and true ways using concrete, stone, brick, firebrick, clay, ceramic wool refractory clay and sand, which is a combination of these products that help retain the heat.

Q: How does a brick oven work?

A- Building a fire in it letting heat up the oven to the temperature that you need and it being able to hold that heat for hours example if you start you oven heat at 600 degrees for pizza that evening it could be 300 degrees still the next morning for some fresh homemade bread.

Q: What happens if my specialty masonry oven cracks?

A- It depends on were and kind like Munguini inserts domes are made in pieces and the floor of the oven has pieces so that they can expand and contract. As long as it is not getting to big of a crack or that it is detreating and seeing singe of water intrusion ( white power on the surface of the walls or ceiling.

Q: How do I clean my brick oven?

A- The inside of the oven just needs to be shoveled (ashes) out when it is hot and swept out ones it is cooled down .

Q: What is the difference between a pizza oven and a bread oven?

A- What you put in it . Pizza- pizza oven. Bread- bread oven.

Q: How should I decide what size brick oven to build?

A- How much you what to cook at one time to give you a idea a 43" diameter oven can cook about 4 12" pizza and if they are thin crust it will take about 2 minutes to cook , or if you wanted to cook your thanksgiving turkey in it it would hold that plus the potatoes ,green bean casserole, and maybe a pie

Q: Can I finish my oven keeping the dome shape?

A- Yes, but there will be a chimney that sticks out the top.

Q: Can I use my outdoor brick oven in cold weather?

A- Yes, I have seen them used in Minnesota in the dead of winter (-20 degrees out side)

Q: Can a brick or masonry oven be installed indoors?

A- Yes

Q: Do I have to install a chimney on my brick oven?

A- It is preferred to keep the smoke from getting in the cooks face and to keep the smoke from discoloring the face of your masonry oven.

Q: How long does it take to have my outdoor brick oven built?

A- About 6 day for the simplest design and up