I also used a much cheaper end of lot homogeneous solid clay bricks instead of firebricks. These bricks I got have slightly different dimensions as you can see, not that it did matter much at all.
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.
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.
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.
Me and my dad we have built a pizza oven in the garden completely out of bricks with a stone base. We used one plastic barrel as a mould to make the brick vault. Just wandered if you were interested to see some miscellaneous photos of the oven.
I built this MTO wood fired brick oven in spring of 2009. For four years I immensely enjoyed using the oven. I also cooked in it during winter when the oven was completely covered with snow. Then we had to move to a new house. Therefore I am about to build my new oven. This time it’s gonna be the new MTO model, the third MTO model generation.