web analytics
Hope Pompeii Oven Photos Part 1 - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

Announcement

Collapse

Forum Issues Update

Things are progressing in getting things back in order on the Forum! User avatars should be showing up. Attachment and inline images are in the process of being uploaded. We are still looking for a migration path for the Photoplog gallery. Thank you for your patience!
See more
See less

Hope Pompeii Oven Photos Part 1

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Hope Pompeii Oven Photos Part 1

    Part one of the photos..
    Hi Everyone:

    I'm amazed at the fact that there are others out there like me who have a passion for pizza. They are SO passionate that they are driven to build an Italian style brick oven in their yards (and in some cases two or three of them!). I really had no idea there was such an interest.

    Thank you to Jim for your email. I actually finished the Stucco layer on the dome yesterday-- HOORAY!!! Since I did not follow the foundation plans exactly, there is still more work to be done on the foundation. I still have three bags left of Stucco and I think I may need those to finish the foundation. I'll let Fred know if I have any leftover. Jim was nice enough to donate some Stucco to the oven...very appreciated.

    I just viewed the photos of Luis's polystyrene form. That is fantastic! I wish I had thought of that. We kept cutting a circular piece of wood at each chain to rest the dome bricks on. It worked for us (but boy was I nervous!)

    I've posted some photos on the Forum (There are two threads labeled Hope Pompeii Photos Part 1 and Part 2). I've been a little hesitant to post photos since I took some shortcuts on my design and it has some design imperfections (ie. the dome insulation taking up more room than I anticipated- hence the "extension" on the sides)- There is a reason my foundation is too small for the pompeii oven. A while back when I first discovered Forno Bravo, I had decided that the project was way over my abilities (which were NONE) and I looked for something simpler. I found the Adobe, Barrel Vault Oven in a Building Barbecues and Outdoor Kitchens Book. I decided that is more at my level. So, I built my foundation according to a Barrel Style Oven and just before I began to mortar the base bricks, I read Forno's comparison of Thermal Mass vs Brick and I changed my mind. I made another trip to New Haven Masonry and purchased 160 more bricks to build a Pompeii oven. I still plan to add a nicer oven landing (possibly granite) in the future and finish the sides.

    I am happy that it is almost complete. I cooked a piece of London Broil the other night which was out of this world. I think it took four minutes on each side and it was SO juicy. My pies cooked so fast I didn't know what to do!! There were some times of uncertainty which can become frustrating. I didn't comprehend what an insulating blanket was until right before I needed to wrap it. I didn't even know what it looked like.

    This group has saved me many times. I should have corresponded more in the beginning of the project. Many thanks to everyone. I will try to post some pictures of pizza in the next week or so.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Hope; 08-22-2005, 05:22 PM.
Working...
X