I will be placing my hearth slab this week and starting the brick work. It’s been one month since I got it as a birthday present and it has been so much fun to build so far.
My question is about the finish of the oven. I am trying to decide between the open finish or closing it off. It there a benefit to either? I live in Chicago and planning on using it for bread and everything else and I’m wondering if the closed finish keeps the oven hotter.