How Much Does It Cost to Build a Brick Oven?
$450 - $1,000
$450 - $1,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated October 20, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
Building a brick oven can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000. The typical cost varies because the project can range from a basic brick oven to an artisan re-creation of a Tuscan pizza oven. The size of a brick oven can also sway project costs. While a typical residential brick oven has a 36-inch interior diameter, some people prefer extra-large ovens 42 inches or bigger. Outdoor brick ovens are generally less expensive to install than indoor brick ovens because they don't involve kitchen modifications.
Materials for a brick oven typically cost between $800 and $4,000. Your pile of fire-rated bricks will likely be the big-ticket item as far as materials. Around the country, fire bricks cost about $3 each.
If you're having a contractor build a handcrafted brick oven, you'll need to account for material costs for fire bricks, insulation products, refractory mortar, and a stone countertop ledge.
If your brick oven is for a kitchen, you'll need to build in the cost for a code-compliant chimney to redistribute vapors. The price for a stainless-steel, insulated chimney pipe is between $150 and $500.
Labor costs often account for about half of the total project fee when installing a brick oven. If you're hiring a local outdoor kitchen pro to create your brick oven, such as a master brick mason, expect to pay between $40 and $75 per hour. Most masons charge a minimum fee between $200 and $400 for the first few hours of work to cover expenses related to travel, preparation, concept design, and gathering materials.
Adding an indoor brick oven is a much bigger project than building an outdoor kitchen. While brick ovens can easily fit into modern kitchens, the trick is to bump out a wall of your kitchen to allow for the large footprint of the stove. This is how you add a large, show-stopping brick oven without creating an obtrusive design.
If you need to do a kitchen bump-out addition to add a brick oven, you'll need a local general contractor. Bump outs cost an average of $190 per square foot, so some homeowners can build small alcoves with enough room to accommodate the oven for $2,000.
If you decide to build a brick oven yourself, your project's price tag comes down to how much you pay for materials. For a stove with a 36-inch diameter, that's usually between $800 and $2,000. If you don't have a large truck capable of carrying heavy loads, you may need to rent one to pick up the bricks needed for your oven, which adds up to $50 per day to your cost.
A brick oven may require up to 200 bricks. With each fire brick weighing 8 pounds, the total haulage load for your bricks is potentially 1,600 pounds.
Building an outdoor brick oven as a DIY project is more realistic than building an indoor brick oven yourself. Adding an indoor brick oven ultimately turns into a minor construction project once you start adding extra space and piping.
While building your brick oven is certainly doable, it's important to remember that a beautiful brick oven is a centerpiece for entertaining. Paying a local bricklayer ensures that your oven will be both beautiful and functional.
What's more, the weight of the bricks does create some safety concerns as far as your oven collapsing if it’s improperly constructed.
Keep in mind that anyone building a brick oven needs to be familiar with all local building codes and permit requirements. In most places, setback requirements will dictate that an outdoor brick oven needs to be at least 4 feet to 10 feet away from any structures. Check with your municipality before starting.
If you can't wait to begin sliding loaves of bread and sizzling pizzas out of your own brick oven, it's time to start planning this truly one-of-a-kind addition to your home. If you need some help with designing a safe and beautiful brick oven, find a local pro who specializes in outdoor kitchen builds to help you get some good ideas.
You should only use fire bricks to build a brick oven. Commonly used for fireplaces and furnaces, these bricks can easily withstand high temperatures.
Typically, masonry experts are the only contractors that can build true brick ovens. Some masons actually specialize in oven building using old-world, artisan techniques for creating the same type of brick ovens that have been in use for thousands of years.
To make space for a brick oven, you may need to do a bump-out addition. You'll also need to install a chimney pipe for ventilation.