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  • Another UK oven started

    I've been reading this forum for a while now to get some ideas and inspiration, and I've finally got round to starting my oven. I still haven't decided how I'll build the dome, but am cracking on anyhow.

    Here's the slab poured, ready to start building:



    I'll be building the walls from scrap concrete from a demolished garden wall, apart from the front where I'll be using some free rockery stones that I've scavenged off freecycle. I don't have a lot of cash to spend on my oven, and I'm trying to use recycled materials as much as possible. Good for the environment, and my wallet! The circular walls are about 60" in diameter - I only want a fairly small oven, so I hope this is enough space.

    My family think I'm nuts ("why not just have a BBQ?"), but that only spurs me on...

    Since I'm on a budget, this project's called 'Forno Economico'... I'm also keeping track of it all here too: Forno Economico

    Thanks everyone for your contributions to this forum - you're a continual source of information and inspiration.
    http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Re: Another UK oven started

    Great!

    Im hoping to do some concrete work this weekend. And speaking of recycled.. I scored some used concrete blocks and a bunch of new red floor tiles 6x6. Im only going to pour a footing, not a whole slab, because I want save a bit of dough, and eventually run pavers in the whole area.

    Good start man! Take lots of pictures!

    I did post an Excel Spreadsheet in another spread if you want to keep track of expenses.
    Here is the link. http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f6/e...xcel-2425.html
    I'm on a tight budget too. 5 children at home will do that to you!

    Dave
    Last edited by asudavew; 08-24-2007, 04:09 PM.
    My thread:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
    My costs:
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
    My pics:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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    • #3
      Re: Another UK oven started

      Welcome Carl,
      you can build a very economical oven that will do a fabulous job.
      Mine cost me a little more than I had initially thought, but then again I didn't do a cost analysis. I used recycled fire bricks but the rest of the gear needs to be new, sand, cement, insulation etc etc.
      Go for it and enjoy. They are great once you get them done.
      Keep the pics up for all to share

      Neill
      Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

      The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


      Neill’s Pompeiii #1
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html
      Neill’s kitchen underway
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f35/...rway-4591.html

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      • #4
        Re: Another UK oven started

        Thanks guys - feels good to have started this after a lot of procrastination... Got some more done today - the walls have started to go up. I'm making them out of recycled concrete chunks and rockery stone - I'll have a large pier in the middle for structural support as I don't want to rely on the cobbled together walls for strength!

        Hoping to get more done tomorrow!
        http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Re: Another UK oven started

          Looking good!

          Keep it up.

          I'll post my pics sometime today of the progress made yesterday.

          I used recycled concrete blocks!

          Free is so nice.
          My thread:
          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
          My costs:
          http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
          My pics:
          http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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          • #6
            Re: Another UK oven started

            A bit more progress - more wall built and some of the support blocks now in. I'll add more of these as it grows taller.

            I plan to fill the empty cores of the blocks (and the middle triangle) with poured concrete, and tie the hearth slab into these with rebar. This should mean that the slab is supported by the middle support columns, and the outer rubble wall shouldn't have to take too much weight.

            This is really slow work - like a very heavy jigsaw puzzle... Every block I have that doesn't span the wall width (like the big pale one on the far right of the photo) has a chunk of breezeblock behind it, and is capped with a flat stone that does span the wall width. I'm hoping this will give me more stablility than just throwing it all together any old how. I must remember to leave room for the temperature module I've got it my bits box - I plan to use a few thermocouples in this oven (also found in my bits box - makes me glad I'm such a horder... )
            http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              Re: Another UK oven started

              Just looking at your pictures today.

              And I noticed the hand prints in the concrete.

              That is really cool, and makes it so personable in my mind.

              So I think now I'm gonna have everyone who lends a hand with building the oven stamp their hand print where it becomes part of the ending design.


              BTW I love the look of the pedestal.

              Keep going!
              My thread:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
              My costs:
              http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
              My pics:
              http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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              • #8
                Re: Another UK oven started

                We had a laugh with the hand prints - that's mine, my wife's and the dog's ... Sadly they'll get covered up when I do the floor for the summer house - we'll have to find somewhere else to add them.

                Got some more done today - nearly at the top of the wall now. I've built a little brick box to put my pyrometer in, and I think this will probably mark the top of the wall. Should put the hearth about hip height, which sounds about right to me.
                http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Re: Another UK oven started

                  one word

                  beautiful


                  My thread:
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
                  My costs:
                  http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
                  My pics:
                  http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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                  • #10
                    Re: Another UK oven started

                    i hope you didn't cover the hand prints!
                    My thread:
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
                    My costs:
                    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
                    My pics:
                    http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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                    • #11
                      Re: Another UK oven started

                      Carl, I love it!!! And within my budget as well (Nada$!) Mind if I use yours as a go-by for mine? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? That stone is exactly what I had in mind and I like the compact dimensions as my allowable space is tight.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Another UK oven started

                        That's a compliment! Of course you're welcome to take anything from this - I've learned a lot from everyone else on the forum, if I can give something back then that's great.

                        Please bear in mind though that I'm making it up as I go, so you might want to hold off and see how it works out first! I'd hate to lead you into a mistake !
                        http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          Re: Another UK oven started

                          That was actually my plan.... I still am not sure how I will finish off the top dome and integrate with the stone. Maybe flat top?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Another UK oven started

                            Got the rest of the stand finished today - used up a lot of rubble and most of my free rockery stone. I've filled the gaps between the concrete support blocks with the rest of the rubble.

                            Next I need to fill the cores in the blocks with concrete and rebar, then I can think about pouring the hearth. I'm pretty pleased with this so far, especially since all the building materials were waste materials (apart from the mortar, obviously )
                            http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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                            • #15
                              Re: Another UK oven started

                              It's been a while now, as I've been thinking about how to do the round hearth slab form. I settled on using some waste 3x2 cut into lengths with 15 degree ends - when held together with a ratchet strap it made a surprisingly strong round (ish) form.



                              There were some huge gaps between the bottom of this and the (very uneven) top of the stand, so I filled the gaps with some concrete resting on a black plastic 'skirt' inside the former. I'll pour the hearth next week, once all this concrete has set.



                              It's not pretty, but it's functional. I'm hoping the set concrete will stop the ring of wood shifting when I pour the hearth. It will give a messy edge to the slab, but I'll be plastering over that anyhow.
                              http://fornoeconomico.blogspot.com/

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