Schiedel Chimney Systems has been involved in a collaboration at Chewton Glen, a five-star hotel and spa on the edge of the New Forest.
The firm has supplied and installed a bespoke flue to a substantial gas-fired Woodstone pizza oven. With top chefs such as James Martin sometimes gracing Chewton Glen’s kitchens, it was imperative that the flue helped facilitate the perfect pizza.
Chewton Glen needed an efficient and attractive pizza oven that could accommodate up to three large pizzas at a time for ‘The Kitchen’, its informal, open-plan dining space which doubles as a cookery school. Head chef Adam Hart opted for a gas pizza oven to maintain top temperatures, while adding wood for flavour and ambience.
Tasked with providing a quality flue for the oven, Schiedel used its HP 5000, a twin wall system made from stainless steel. The flue has a high-density superwool blanket between the inner and outer metal skins, which is designed to operate under high pressure and accommodate continuous flue gas temperature of up to 600°C. The system is tested for thermal shock at 1000 degrees.
The flue has a diameter of 200mm and rises 1.5metres from the top of the oven, where it meets the restaurant ceiling. It then bends at a 45° angle to avoid an air-handling unit and just under a metre further on, reaches another 45° bend before it rises vertically for approximately 2metres to its termination.
Hart said of the result: “It’s a great system, the oven works really well – it’s great for cooking fish as well as pizza – and the guests love it.”