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tom72 11-30-2012 03:04 AM

Pizza Oven....YEAH BABY! (Part 2)
For those of you that were following my original thread, I apologize for the lack of updates. Life has a way of getting in the way...

Anyhow, since my last post is so old I can't post to it anymore, so here is my original post followed by my new progress photos:

Okay, it's not done yet, but I'm really excited that I got off my butt and got the ball rolling on this. I have been obsessed with pizza for years and I've been making my own for as long as I can remember, but I really hate making it in the oven. It still comes out really good, but it's lacking something.

I've played around with a lot of different ideas to modify a grill, as I'm really not a fan of how pizza comes out making it on the grill...I had been thinking of a FrankenWeber type mod.

Anyway, I decided to go a different route completely, so this is what hopefully is the start of something good:

Dug out a hole a little over a foot deep (didn't take pictures of just the hole...filled it with about 5 inches of gravel:

I topped that off with about 5 inches of concrete. I didn't get a picture of just the slab (not real attractive anyway, but this is just laying the bricks out to make sure I made the foundation big enough:

Here's as far as I got today:

Not too bad for a weekend I should get a lot further on it. I'll keep adding pictures as I go. Wish me luck (because I seem to be severely lacking in the skill department!).

Okay, here's the new stuff:

Well, I'm getting pretty close now. The base is complete, along with the insulation layer. The firebrick floor is set in a slab of 1 part fire clay to 3 parts sand and is currently drying. Next up is to make the arch for the entry and then make the dome. I can almost tase those pizzas already! Thanks for looking!

Titch 11-30-2012 03:14 AM

Why the bottles in the build,just filling or?

bluetang 11-30-2012 07:42 AM

That is coming along quite nicely!:clap:

Jethro1 11-30-2012 07:54 AM

The bottles help hold heat. Folks have been doing that for YEARS.

Jethro1 11-30-2012 07:55 AM

Love it so far man. I have to get off my duff and build one. Been salivating over them for a couple years now. My kettle attachment that CarolinaQue built me works great. You know you always want the real thing. Let's see more man.

trufunk 11-30-2012 08:38 AM

Looks Great!

Bodigs808 11-30-2012 09:50 AM

That looks really good!

Wampus 11-30-2012 10:12 AM

Lookin good. This is inpspiring me to build one of my own. I've always wanted a pizza oven.

Following for sure!

V-wiz 11-30-2012 10:27 AM

Nice, but you should have offset the fire bricks. So when you slid your pizza peel it doesnt chip the edge, and go in your food.

Bonewagon 11-30-2012 11:58 AM

Nice build. :thumb:

Sway 11-30-2012 10:04 PM

Looks great

Titch 11-30-2012 10:10 PM


Originally Posted by Jethro1 (Post 2284699)
The bottles help hold heat. Folks have been doing that for YEARS.

Cool, thanks mate .

Corky 11-30-2012 10:13 PM

Looks really nice.

One thing, maybe move it six inches to the right. :twisted:

chicagokp 11-30-2012 10:53 PM

That looks awesome!

tom72 12-13-2012 12:47 AM

Update 12.12.12
Well, I was going to go with a nice round brick arch, but discovered quickly that with my lack of knowledge and any real skill, I was going to have a problem getting it done....and I was worried about it holding up over time. Instead I went with this...stacked brick on either side, with steel bars running across the top with bricks set on top of those:

Beginning of sand form:

Sand form done....this took a LOT longer than I expected. Almost everything so far has!

Covering with wet newspaper:

Building the clay dome:

Well, I got the dome built a little over halfway before I ran out of clay and daylight, so I have picked up more supplies and will hopefully finish building the dome tomorrow. Then it's a matter of getting it dried out without any major cracks and digging the clay out. I'm starting to get excited about this now!

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