A hearth oven can be used for a multitude of cooking items.
When the oven is first fired it is best for flat breads and
pizzas. You can even keep a fire going in the back or along
the side to help cook the tops of the pizza. When the oven
is hotest, breads such as bagetts work well since they have
less depth of dough to cook through. You can then move to
the large round country loafs of bread.
Once you have finished baking bread, there is still plenty
of heat to roast vegetables and meats. This would be when
the oven is in the 350 to 400 degrees F range. As the oven
continues to cool you can do things such as baked beans, drying
fruit and culturing yogurt.
How much heat you have to work with will depend on your oven
and your firing schedule.
Bread and pizza will be baked directly on the hearth floor.
Other items should be placed in appropriate containers to
protect the oven floor from excess fats, oils, sugars and