Purpose of this blog

This blog will really be a true web log. I will post here about different wood-fired ovens as I find them.

If you know of any wood-fired ovens I should know about, you can send an e-mail to me. (If you build wood-fired ovens, I would like to hear from you too.)

There will lots of posts and lots of labels, since I plan to create one post for every appropriate web site that I find, and however many labels it takes to describe each one (usually at least the type of page and the location of the oven).

The accumulated information will still be found at the real Quest for Ovens web site links pages, but that is not updated as frequently as this blog will be.

If you are from outside the US and Canada, let me know what you find interesting about it. I see that I get visitors from India and Iran, and other faraway places. I'd like to know what draws you to this blog.

I received e-mail from the organizers of the BBC Two television show asking if the Saint Paul Bread Club could post a notice about their show Great British Bake-Off for amateur bakers. The information they gave me is now accessible through a link. (The organizers don't have a web page for the show itself yet.)

Please share this with any amateur bakers in Great Britain you may know, or post the link where they might see it.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tinder Hearth Wood-Fired Bread, West Brooksville, Maine

What do should I do when the domain for business seems to be unavailable?

I found a blog post about Tinder Hearth Wood-Fired Bread, West Brooksville, Maine.

Searching for their site, I found an on-line version of a magazine article about them.

But regardless of which source I tried, the link to their site, http://tinderhearth.org/Tinder_Hearth/Tinder_Hearth.html, gets me the message "Firefox can't find the server at tinderhearth.org."
I get a similar message for http://www.tinderhearth.org/Tinder_Hearth/Tinder_Hearth.html.

I checked the WHOIS data base, and maybe there is a clue there. The WHOIS record was last updated on 5/21/11, and the current status is PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE. Sponsoring registrar is GoDaddy.com.

Well, Google still has a cache of some of their pages.

They have do at least have a Facebook page.

05/28/11: I got a response from tinderhearth@gmail.com about the situation:
Our website is indeed down, and we do not have another one besides the facebook page. ...at this point we probably won't get tinderhearth.org up and running again for at least 3 months.
They are just too busy baking to turn their attention to their web site right now.

Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, Vermont

While searching for information about another bakery, I came across the site for Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, Vermont. (They were mentioned in the Intervale Community Farm Other Products page.)

They have a separate page that talks about their bread and their oven.

Their bakery page says in part:
Our traditional German breads are unique, even in a state with such a lively bread culture. German bread baking focuses on whole grains, natural leaven, and moist dough. The resulting bread, baked in our wood-fired hearth oven is robust, nourishing, and long-lasting.
They also have a Facebook page.

Good Companion Bakery, Vergennes, Vermont

While looking for information about another bakery, I found the site for Good Companion Bakery, Vergennes, Vermont. (They were mentioned in the Intervale Community Farm Other Products page.)

Their home page says in part:

Here at Good Companion Bakery, just outside of Vergennes,
Vermont, we bake classic European artisan breads in a
wood-fired brick oven. Our bakery is part of a working,
diversified farm raising 100% grassfed Angus beef, all-natural
pork, poultry, and a variety of crops.

They have a wonderful page that's a photo essay of "A Day in the Bakery."

Farm to Hearth Wood Fired Bakery, Salem, Connecticut

My Google Alert lucked out for me again. I found an on-line news item about a bakery I had never heard of, Farm to Hearth Wood Fired Bakery, Salem, Connecticut. (I didn't even know Connecticut had a Salem.)

I couldn't find a web site for the business.

The article says, in part:
When he was 16 or 17 years old, Todd Solek built an earthenware oven in his parents' backyard.
"I fired it up, and it didn’t fall apart, so I started baking bread in it," he said. And now, at age 32, Solek has channeled this early passion for bread-making into his unique new business, Farm to Hearth Wood Fired Bakery, located at 26 New London Road in Salem.
This bakery sounds like one I would like to frequent.

05/28/11: Found a couple Facebook pages, here (not updated since Feb., 2011) and here.

Quest for Oven Links Updated for Mobile Ovens

I have updated my Quest for Ovens links site. I have factored out the two collections of links related to "Mobile Ovens," which had been in different parts. Now you can find "Mobile Oven Suppliers and Projects" together with "Mobile Oven Businesses" on the same page.

This makes the "Businesses with Brick Ovens" links page smaller, as well as focusing the "Mobile Ovens" links page for ease of access.