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  • My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

    Photos of my 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio.
    This turned into a really enjoyable lifetime achievement for me.

    Began digging foundation: 3/28/12
    Hearth complete: 4/26/12
    Dome & vent complete, ready for oven curing: 6/23/12
    Curing complete, ready to cook: 7/16/12
    Completed: 7/25/12

    Summary:
    -I spent a couple months using the Forno Bravo "Pompeii Oven Plans Version 2.0" .PDF & this forum to plan the build. This time was spent determine factors such as:
    -----Oven floor height. (settled on ~44.75" from the ground, based on a comfortable height for me to use oven tools)
    -----Oven landing & vent landing sizes
    -----Flared (much more aesthetically pleasing) vent landing or straight (much easier) vent landing.
    -----FB Board insulation or insulated concrete hearth.
    -----Creating the inner arch out of firebrick (much more aesthetically pleasing) or steel reinforced straight inner arch (much easier).
    -----Placing the first chain on top of the floor, or having the floor sit inside of the first chain.
    -----Figuring out how to cut an angle & bevel on the dome bricks for a tighter joint fit (see thread for details).

    -My foundation was made w/ 8" X 8" X 16" cinder blocks. The dimensions of the foundation are 64" across (4 full 16" blocks), 80" long (5 full 16" blocks). The height above grade was determined by the desired cooking surface height. I settled on ~44.75" above grade, as mentioned above. The only minor issue w/ these dimensions is that the FB blanket insulation is a tight fit against the wall studs against the sides (64" dimension). I might try to go a 1/2 block next time to make it 70" wide by 80" deep, but I'm not sure the 1/2 block is worth the trouble of centering the door, etc...

    -Since I wanted the cooking floor ~44.75" above grade, I needed to subtract:
    -2.5" for the fire brick floor,
    -2" for the FB board insulation under the firebrick floor
    -5" for the structural concrete hearth
    This left the top of the cinder block foundation ~35.25" above grade. If you were off a little bit, you could always pour your structural concrete hearth a little thicker. So probably better to be a little below, than above your desired height.

    -I went w/ a 5" concrete hearth w/ 2" FB Board as insulation between the oven floor & the concrete hearth. I spent a lot of time making sure the FB Board did not get wet. If I do another build, I think I'll go w/ the insulated concrete hearth method to avoid having to worry about this during the entire build.

    -The floor is a herringbone pattern that lies inside of the outer half soldier first chain.

    -The dome bricks were each cut w/ an angle & bevel to ensure the smallest mortar joint on the inside of the oven. Details of how this was done can be found in this thread. This appears very complicated, but w/ the right jigs goes very smoothly.

    -I flared the vent landing slightly to allow for easier access to the entire dome interior. I'm glad I did this, but it certainly complicated the angles when constructing the vent landing and outer arch.

    -I used the FB Blanket as insulation wrapping around the dome. I then filled the dome void w/ Perlite to further insulate the structure.

    -Roof pitch I used is 8.5/12, I've had many questions on this, so I thought I would add it to the summary.


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    Last edited by boylanta; 05-04-2014, 11:24 AM.
    Todd

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    Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

    I chased this great pic from the photogallery back to you!
    Now that is a beautiful scene .
    Edit: Is that the neighbors oven in the background, or do you have 2 pizza ovens
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    • #3
      Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

      That is nice... I think its a fireplace.
      Matthew 19:26. With God all things are possible.

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      • #4
        Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

        Originally posted by V-wiz View Post
        That is nice... I think its a fireplace.
        I believe you are right on that. I took a second look with a magnified screen.
        I don't care what folks say behind my back........They are either braggin' or.......lyin'


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        • #5
          Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

          Gulf, thanks for the compliments on the oven.
          You're correct, the one in the background is the neighbor's firepit.

          I'll get the build pics up here soon.
          Tks again!

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          Last edited by boylanta; 02-03-2013, 11:34 PM.
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            Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

            Originally posted by boylanta View Post
            Gulf, thanks for the compliments on the oven.
            You're correct, the one in the background is the neighbor's firepit.

            I'll get the build pics up here soon.
            Tks again!
            Looking forward to the pics. This looks like a very fine build! I would have loved to have followed it from start to finish, but a recap will do .
            I don't care what folks say behind my back........They are either braggin' or.......lyin'


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            • #7
              Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

              001 - Foundation & oven base almost complete.

              I didn't do a good job taking pics before this, but plenty during the rest of the build.

              My foundation was made w/ 8" X 8" X 16" cinder blocks. The dimensions of the foundation are 64" across (4 full 16" blocks), 80" long (5 full 16" blocks). The height above grade was determined by the desired cooking surface height. I settled on ~44.75" above grade, as mentioned in my first post. The only minor issue w/ the 64" X 80" dimensions is that the FB blanket insulation is a tight fit against the studs of the side walls (64" dimension). I might try to go a 1/2 block next time to make it 70" wide by 80" deep, but I'm not sure the 1/2 block is worth the trouble of centering the door opening, etc...

              Since I wanted the cooking floor ~44.75" above grade, I needed to subtract:
              -2.5" for the fire brick floor,
              -2" for the FB board insulation under the firebrick floor
              -5" for the structural concrete hearth
              This left the top of the cinder block foundation ~35.25" above grade. If you were off a little bit, you could always pour your structural concrete hearth a little thicker. So probably better to be a little below, than above your desired height.


              4/4/12

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              Last edited by boylanta; 05-04-2014, 11:42 AM.
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                Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                002 - Foundation & oven base complete.
                Hearth framing started.
                Leveling & shimming 2X4's for hearth platform.


                4/13/12

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                Last edited by boylanta; 02-04-2013, 11:13 AM.
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                  Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                  004 - Hearth framing


                  4/14/12

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                  • #10
                    Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                    005 - Hearth framing.
                    Vertical rebar reinforcing cinder block walls.
                    Rebar (8" on center) reinforcing hearth, centered on hearth thickness.



                    4/14/12

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                    Last edited by boylanta; 02-04-2013, 11:13 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                      006 - Hearth pouring.

                      I built this platform out of some scrap 2x4's to make pouring the mixed concrete easier.
                      I still had to lift the 80lb bags into the mixer, but pouring was much easier.


                      4/14/12

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                        Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                        008 - Hearth poured.



                        4/14/12

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                          Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                          Great start keep posting pics

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                            Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                            010 - Hearth complete & cured.
                            Ready to start the dome!

                            Notes:
                            My target for cooking surface (oven floor) was ~44.75".
                            This meant that the structural hearth top was ~40.25" from the ground.
                            On top of the structural hearth top is 2" of ceramic fiber board (FB Board) and 2.5" oven floor bricks.

                            The dimensions of the structural hearth top at this point were 64" wide by 80" long.
                            My only comment on this (for my design), is that the 64" width was a little tight by time I installed the walls.
                            The ceramic fiber blanket insulation was snug against the wall.
                            Although I'm not sure if it's worth making it wider, since that would require a non-whole number of foundation cinder blocks across the width.


                            4/26/12

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                            Last edited by boylanta; 01-10-2014, 01:15 PM.
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                              Re: My 42" Pompeii Oven build, Northeast Ohio

                              013 - Floor template
                              I have all of these files saved in softcopy/.PDF.
                              So if anyone needs a better copy of this file, or needs additional dimensions that I used, please e-mail me.

                              Last edited by boylanta; 06-04-2013, 03:01 AM.
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