Hearth Kitchen: The HearthKit brick oven insert at Pleasant Hill Grain
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Hearth Kitchen Hearthkit Stone Oven Insert

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Brick Oven Baking with the HearthKit
A really old idea... making a really big return!


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HearthKit Stone Oven Insert: Hearth Kit by Hearth Kitchen

"I've been baking for three decades, and first baked in a wood-fired brick oven more than twenty years ago. For all this time, I've been searching for a way to replicate the effects of a brick oven in my home kitchen. With the HearthKit, I can bake bread at home that's as good as from any traditional hearth oven."

-- Nationally Recognized Artisan Baker Thom Leonard

"... the effect of the HearthKit was immediate and striking."

-- The Boston Globe


Hearth Kit Stone Oven Insert: HearthKit by Hearth Kitchen
HearthKit Model HK0011
(20.5" unobstructed width required)
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Hearth Kit Stone Oven Insert: HearthKit by Hearth Kitchen
HearthKit Model HK0010
(17" unobstructed width required)
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Hearth Kitchen's Hearthkit Brick Oven Insert

“My guests and I swooned when we took our first bite of the perfectly roasted, lusciously moist bird. It was drop dead amazing; in fact, as good as any chicken I had in Paris. . . I keep the insert in my own oven permanently because I plan to use it for just about everything.” -- The Hartford Courant

We can't promise swooning... But we can tell you that stone hearth cooking is a fundamentally different way of cooking and baking. And with the new HearthKit, you can put a true hearth oven in your kitchen quickly, easily and affordably.

How HearthKit works: Hearth ovens have more mass so they maintain a steady even heat that is released into all foods baked on the hearth. When baking in a hearth oven, three heat principles are at work: conductive, radiant, and ambient. The three work together to form a hearth environment. Conductive heat is cooking in direct contact with the heat source; the heat moves vertically through the food. Radiant heat emanates from the roof and sides of the oven, while ambient heat fills the oven cavity and determines the length of the baking cycle.

Multi-Mode Heating: C
onventional modern day ovens use only ambient and minimal radiant heat. Some ovens have been improved by circulating hot air with a fan inside, also known as convection. However, without conductive, radiant, and ambient working together, it is impossible to achieve a hearth environment. Conventional ovens have very little mass and cool rapidly, causing them to continuously cycle on and off in an attempt to maintain a steady temperature. As a result, oven temperatures can swing up to 75°F and subject food to frequent high blasts of uneven heat. This is where the hearth oven outperforms a conventional oven. In short, HearthKit solves the challenges of the modern oven with eons-old, time proven methods.

Ancient Concept, Modern Construction: The key to a hearth oven’s great results is the unique ability of the stone mass to absorb heat and redistribute it evenly. Pressed at over 175 tons from cordierite, a strong, proprietary blend of earthen materials, HearthKit is fired at over 2,300°F and has excellent conductive properties. HearthKit features two slightly curved sidepieces and a thick, tapered base designed to form a chamber much like that of a wood burning beehive or brick pizza oven. This balances the heat in the oven and releases it evenly back into the food, making it possible to safely bake or roast at higher temperatures without burning, or to slow cook more gently and evenly at lower temperatures. Thus, three types of heat — conductive, radiant and ambient — work together allowing you to cook your usual dishes with superior results; meats and poultry cook evenly and quickly, retaining their juiciness while breads with fabulous crusts rise to their fullest volume.

Read Testimonials: Click to jump down to testimonials from HeartKit users.

More Info: Click here for the HearthKit FAQ, answers to frequently-asked-questions about the HearthKit by Hearth Kitchen.


The HearthKit comes in two size-models, fitting over 95% of home ovens. Click this link to view our size selector guide:

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>>> Please note: It is crucial that you use the Selector Guide, and not merely measure between oven walls, which would likely result in selection of a nonfitting HearthKit.

Shipping is free to the 48 states. No sales tax outside Nebraska.

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For the HearthKit, disregard shopping cart statements concerning other shipping methods.

With your HearthKit we include a Free Instructional Video and Use & Care Guide with recipes!


A Short History of Hearth Ovens...

Over 7,000 years old, the hearth oven was the oven in which all baking was traditionally done throughout the world. Made entirely from stone, brick, and/or clay, their original design featured a flat baking surface, curved sidewalls, and a beehive shaped domed roof. To heat the hearth oven, a wood fire was built in the baking chamber and left to burn for several hours. After the wood had burned down to ashes, the ashes were removed and the oven was ready for use.

During this heating process, the hearth absorbed the heat from the wood, essentially becoming "charged" with heat. The hearth slowly released this heat and evenly distributed it throughout the baking period. This slow and steady process produced incredible baked goods, better breads, and roasted foods. In fact, the hearth retained heat so well, two or three batches of bread could be baked before the temperature fell too low. At that stage, the oven chamber could be loaded with crocks of stews or beans that benefitted from an extended period of cooking at lower temperatures.

Often permanently constructed in a fireplace, the hearth oven was not portable. With urbanization and the industrial revolution in Europe, space and wood became scarce and coal became the fuel of choice. Smaller portable ovens were needed. In the 19th century, access to less expensive metals and industrial production techniques led to the invention of the metal cooker— the first modern home oven. Portability, price, and relative lightness made such metal cookers the norm.


>>> Shipping is FREE to the US 48 contiguous states on all HearthKit Oven Inserts from Pleasant Hill Grain!

Glowing HearthKit Testimonials
"Baking with the HearthKit Oven Insert fulfills all the potential you put into your bread. It consistently gives me loaves with the same color, texture and flavor as my $60,000 steam-injected professional oven. Not to mention perfect chickens and roasts." -- Peter Reinhart, Author of The Bread Baker's Apprentice

“I have had the opportunity to use most of the best ovens designed for hearth-baking. The HearthKit removes all of the baking limitations that home-bakers once had. Many comment when visiting an excellent bakery or pizzeria, that you become forever spoiled after eating there. Well, spoil yourself at home and use a HearthKit." -- Ian Duffy, Artisan Baker Cook Natural Products

"I find that the HearthKit can turn any home oven into an excellent roasting machine because it retains heat so efficiently." -- Bruce Aidells, Author of The Complete Meat Cookbook

"I've been baking for three decades, and first baked in a wood-fired brick oven more than twenty years ago. For all this time, I've been searching for a way to replicate the effects of a brick oven in my home kitchen. With the HearthKit, I can bake bread at home that's as good as from any traditional hearth oven." -- Thom Leonard, Nationally Recognized Artisan Baker

"It gives me confidence. The precise heat ensures superb baking results every time. It's the brick oven I've always wanted - the oven that every cook deserves. …it is the most important piece of new kitchen equipment since the Cuisinart." -- Rose Levy Beranbaum, Author of The Cake Bible

"…the pizzas from the Hearth Kit are excellent. The dough sprang up perfectly and had a bumpy, blistered surface from the fast rising steam." -- Michele and Charles Scicolone, Authors of Pizza, Any Way You Slice It

Over the years, I've tried various recipes for baking nans none of them satisfying, until the Hearth Kit came along. The heated ceramic base becomes part of the authentic flavor and texture of the nan, distributing a mellow fragrance that permeates the soft, moist, puffy nan, just as it should be. Furthermore, you can taste the sear and sizzle in every bite of tandoori chicken and tandoori leg of lamb. I highly recommend the Hearth Kit for my native tandoori-style cooking. Laxmi Hiremath,
Author of Laxmi's Vegetarian Kitchen; Classic Indian (2004 John Wiley & Sons)


“My guests and I swooned when we took our first bite of the perfectly roasted, lusciously moist bird. It was drop dead amazing; in fact, as good as any chicken I had in Paris. . . I keep the insert in my own oven permanently because I plan to use it for just about everything.” -- The Hartford Courant

“The Hearth Kit has been getting a lot of press these days, and for good reason: …I don’t have space to describe each of the dishes I tested, but the effect of the Hearth Kit was immediate and striking.” -- The Boston Globe

“The Hearth Kitchen producers had their insert tested by a bunch of well-known culinary personalities across the country and have some glowing testimonials. . . pizza, prawns and a freeform apple pie. . . using the (HearthKit). The food was, predictably, fabulous.” -- San Francisco Chronicle

“Now, … you can get stone-oven results at home using an oven insert called the Hearth Kit.” -- Sunset Magazine

"Even though I am a professional baker, I do not have the capability of producing the kind of baked goods at home that I do in my bakery. However, on Father's Day, I made bread in my home oven in the Hearth Kit. The crust was wonderful and thick, and to my surprise, the bread was as good as if it were baked in my professional deck oven!" -- Jean-Yves Le Bris La Gourmandise Bakery, New York City

You've so revolutionized our kitchen... The biggest difference is in the grain we're using. My wife Kate now grinds all our wheat for everything. Last week she made some cranberry pecan scones with fresh-ground Prairie Gold wheat and I nearly killed myself eating them. I cannot believe the difference fresh-ground grain has made in our lives and how easy it is to do. Grinding our own wheat and making our own bread really takes no more effort than going to the grocery store. Plus, we now feel good about feeding our children many of the items we used to feel guilty about. Thanks so much for helping us get started. Add all of this to the Hearth Stone Oven and it's like having a first-class bakery in our own home! Again, thank you for your incredible service, it’s very rare today. – Bart McSpadden, Edmond OK


The HearthKit comes in two size-models, fitting over 95% of home ovens. Click this link to view our size selector guide:

Click for the HearthKit Size-Model Selector Guide


Please note: It is critically important that you use the Selector Guide, and not merely measure between oven walls, which would likely result in selection of a nonfitting HearthKit.


Hearth Kit #HK0011 (20.5" wide): Only $199.95 complete
Hearth Kit #HK0010 (17" wide): Only $199.95 complete

With your HearthKit we include a Free Instructional Video and Use & Care Guide with recipes.

You must select model with Selector Guide before ordering (Click this link.)

Then...
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>>> Shipping is FREE to the US 48 contiguous states on all HearthKit Oven Inserts from Pleasant Hill Grain!

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