Conestoga Area Historical Society-Bake Oven

The Conestoga Area Historical Society

This outdoor oven was donated to the society by a local Amish family. These outdoor ovens were common in the period before 1800 when most of the homes were logs and it was thought that an interior oven was a fire hazard. As stone and brick homes became more common they slowly were replaced by ovens in the home.

This oven operates slightly different than your oven at home. It doesn't have a constant source of heat while baking. When you wish to bake you build a fire in it, when the bricks are suffiently hot you rake out the coals and begin baking using the hot bricks as a heat source.

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