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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we will face is making sure the oven meets current environmental and building standards. Because the oven is so old, the Department of Buildings will require us to pass muster as if we were building a new oven - nothing will be grandfathered in. The first, and most important, way we will honor this requirement is by restoring and re-pointing all the brickwork inside of the oven. We will also build a brand new, 2-story chimney that passes NY's current solid fuel device code. The oven has to pass a battery of tests from various New York City management agencies governed by the Department of Buildings including a "sight and smell" emissions test. We are working with a talented and experienced NY State Professional Engineer to generate and license technical drawings of the oven as is it now and as it will be, once it is brought up to code - the tests will largely be making sure that our oven construction adheres to the parameters of his approved plans. We have a wonderful team of engineers, contractors, and expediters that will support and facilitate the process of passing all necessary tests and meeting codes.
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