Concrete slab, walls, oven, wall rendering technique.
The base slab as part of a long wall. After ordering the CD’s from Rado I started building with the slab in November 2009 and had the first firings in March 2010. Because this is part of a larger south-facing garden project we decided to build it into one of the walls. It’s been a stimulating and at times challenging project although now we’ve had the first pizzas it has been worth it. Now I’m onto the new learning curve not just of how the oven behaves but also dough making and baking techniques.
Here are some images of the build. The early building stage. You can see the finished oven and the cooking start!
I decided to create a walled garden with the oven as part of the wall.
Vermiculite under slab. Here’s the vermiculite insulation layer that goes under the hearth slab. This was before I found a good place to buy the stuff and paid an exorbitant amount for it from a garden supplies place. The best place to buy material for the oven was from the refractory company where we found seconds firebricks, got them through the Fire Brick Refractory Company based in Melbourne for which I have provided their link.
The rougher, with more uneven and irregular surface, the walls are built, the better effect the oven receives.
First drying fire. So there is the first part – next part is to start cooking! Culinary arts in wood fired pizza oven by Keith. He will be able to run cooking classes soon!
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