Wood burning oven: building plans,
tutorial with pictures.
Building wood pizza oven 2
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This will be a simple oven complete building process for those
who are after a less difficult task for any reason. It could be
your first wood burning oven you build while giving you the option
where you come into a basic terms that wood oven building can carry,
worthy for learning too. Consider the place where you want to build
this oven, it's going to last long. Ones you decide to build a more
swishy wood burning oven, your favorite garden spot could be taken,
or you would need to remove the existing.
I am just starting to work from the scratch on a new more advanced
oven then this one, therefore I may be a little more busy if you
don't see a new pictures appearing on this page. But this is my
opportunity to take a complete full set of new pictures for plans
of a wood burning oven '1' and for a new how to build great
"wood burning oven" building pages.
OK, I think I should start attaching those pictures now, I am done,
otherwise your friends will stick a new middle name to you which
could be: "The best reader with a reading accent."
Ground leveling work for a wood oven
The yellow water level you can see lying in the center is 47inch
/120cm/ long. I had a thought this oven could be around 90 to 100cm
inside diameter /35 to 39inch/, great for any cooking, pizza is
done within 3 minutes and how many people will eat 2 or 3 pizzas
every 3 minutes. I hear you saying now "no, every 4 to 5 minutes
as it takes some time to load and unload our ovens". Ok you made a good point!
In fact it's not exactly round, more like an egg with the pointy
end towards the dome opening, that's how it went as I was digging
the groove bed for all the rocks. I carried most of them but larger ones I had to roll. On the
first picture above I formed a circle out of them for I could see how many I collected.
The bed for rocks set in the ground is deep no more then 10cm /4inch/
except for 2 rocks in the front where the oven's entry brick arched opening will be.
The reason for this was that I found out I would have to pour too
much concrete for the hearth as these 2 front rocks were still too
high, so they needed to go deeper. This way the upper surface of
the concrete floor will just cover them and the total thickness of the floor is 10cm +/- 1cm of course.
I made a primitive boxing out off an old piece of wood only held
in place by 2 spare stones pushing on it from the outside and sitting
on the various smaller stones to keep it in the right height and
the spirit level. Untill now I wasn't measuring too much around
but for a wide enough door I finally used the ruler. If you want
your door to be 40cm /16inch/ wide count with 2 bricks on each side.
Let's say your local bricks are 23 x 11.5 x 7.5cm /9 x 4.5 x 3inch/,
then add to the 40cm door + 23cm, a 11.5cm for each side. That means
the distance above the two lower set rocks and between two end higher
set rocks should be at least approximately 63cm /25inch/ not less.
If it's slightly wider that will only help you to manipulate with the arch brick work.
Starting with refractory concrete
Before the concrete was mixed and poured in I used the spirit level
tool to make sure the concrete floor of the oven is going to be
10cm thick everywhere. I found out there were few places where I
had to remove some ground soil off and the area was ready for the
concrete. Starting from the front wooden boxing continuing step
by step filling the whole area between rocks. All rocks were lying
freely next to each other and did not need to be secured, concrete
pressure wouldn't move them as they are heavy enough.
As soon as I placed and straightened the refractory concrete in
the front with the flooring tools /wooden tool with a handle and
a flooring metal trowel/, I put in place first two bricks of a front
brick work. These two bricks are a part 40cm and I didn't push them
into the concrete, just put them on top of the soft concrete. By
doing this you only gain the advantage to have them in without putting
a mortar under as you would have to if you started with the hard concrete...
To be continued...
Complete Wood burning oven building tutorial with 354 photo series
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