Today, Chicago Brick Oven is the leader in American-made residential wood-fired ovens. But first, we were three neighbors having a discussion about buying a single brick oven. That was not such a simple proposition in 2006.
At the time, 99% of residential, outdoor wood-fired ovens bought in the U.S. were manufactured on other continents and sold here through distributors. Once an oven was ordered, the buyer waited several months for it to arrive—and only after they justified paying the astronomical import fees and freight charges.
What if the oven was damaged during shipping? Who would we negotiate with for repairs and replacement parts? Who would install it?
Little did we know that, by answering these questions, we were creating a new business. A business that would produce the best-looking, highest-quality wood-fired brick ovens, minus the hassles, worry and importing costs. Not just for our little slice of Chicago, but for anyone with a passion for time-proven, classic brick oven design combined with the most advanced American engineering available.