*is also the secret behind the best ovens.
Bell, an idyllic location in the eastern Volcanic Eifel district of Germany, has been known as a traditional village for oven builders for centuries.
The village of Bell holds a secret. There is a mineral resource here that has accompanied and shaped the lives of the local people for centuries: Bell tuff, a very special stone.
Created more than ten thousand years ago, when the volcanoes in the region erupted with unimaginable force and formed a new landscape.
Originating from the volcanic heat, Bell tuff is exceptionally fire-resistant, thermally conductive and heat-insulating – which makes it excellently suited to oven building.
Thanks to this unique mineral resource, Bell developed into the centre of oven building. Evidence has been found that the village was exporting its products back in the 15th century; the craftsmanship of the oven builders in Bell was sought after around the world. And it still is today.
As the oven builders lodged in their customer’s house for as long as they were building the oven, they developed a language of their own to protect their professional secrets: “Lebber Talp”.
We at Hermann Heuft Backofenbau are a part of this history. And we still are today.
At many locations around Bell you can still find old quarries, which bear witness to the old Bell oven building tradition.
Traces of the mining of the stone are still very visible today.
Bell tuff, the stone that makes the difference.
Our company is located very close to Laach Lake, one of the famous maar lakes in the Eifel region.
Lots of volcanic cones shape the landscape and bear witness to the origin of Bell tuff.