The base which this oven was placed on is created from 4 pieces of slabs. Steve makes pizzas, bakes bread or cooks more sophisticated dinners in his oven.
This is a new communal oven built. Mike has done already 2 community ovens plus another oven for his own use at home. In addition, Mike currently continues to be a building consultant of couple more oven projects for two different communities. Each of these ovens have the same extended roof as can be seen on this design.
Mike built two ovens already and now he builds a third oven. His own, second for a church community. The 3rd he just started to supervise is at another church in the Minneapolis State. His ovens have extended roof also in the front.
How to use an uncommon shapes of tapered firebricks, plus how to increase the total internal oven width by 2 inches. From 34 inches to 36 inches arch span calculation and how it all corresponds to the rest of the measurements – brick walls of the outside shell, slabs and space for thermal insulation.
Solid granite arches were set into brick walls and most of the other material for building of this oven, such as bricks, was reclaimed, practically reused again.
This pizza oven, as it was designed, is being heated by venting the heat into the oven through one channel from the fireplace below. The adjacent pool uses fiber optics to deliver colors of light.
I had no previous training in building trades. Nor I would take a course to learn how to build with bricks or work with building tools. Still I built my oven and the surrounding area.
Instead of making roof, I spread a layer of concrete over the vermiculite insulation. Around the brick chimney I put expansion joint material which was sealed at the end with a flexible sealant.
I had a thought, if the 8*7*2 inch proper HEAVY fire bricks are supposed to be used to protect the industrial grade kiln steel shell, operated by a big cement company, I should be able to use them for building both the floor and the ceiling on my small in comparison brick oven.
The outdoor area is made of logs and the oven fits to it extremely practically. We have a fireplace in the log area also, often we sit close by the fire, listening its sounds, and have a few tasty cocktails while waiting for the oven to heat up. Loads of clear vertical grain Fir, and even heavy chunky logs – this wood looks fantastic and is very prized in the Pacific Northwest region.