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    Hello,

    I am new here and would like to introduce myself, I am Tony from Paso Robles, CA. I am doing research on my first oven. I just bought my first house and have a great backyard. I have a natural slope in the back yard so I will be building my oven on that. I will level the dirt to pour my slab. Just wanted to say hi and see if anyone has any thought on using the natural grade instead of the base with wood storage.

    Thanks all
    http://picasaweb.google.com/PasoPizzaOven

    Pictures of My Backyard Oven Build

  • #2
    Re: New Here

    Hi Tony - Welcome!

    Not sure of your question - can you elaborate a bit on the wood storage issue?

    Les...
    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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    • #3
      Re: New Here

      Hi Les what I am getting at is I dont need to build the BASE for the oven. From what I have seen everyone uses the base as their wood storage. I have a perfect sloping area in the backyard I can cut into vertically and place my oven right at level on the graded ground. So my oven will be on the grade and I will be able to stand in the cut out dirt area.

      Did that make any sence
      http://picasaweb.google.com/PasoPizzaOven

      Pictures of My Backyard Oven Build

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      • #4
        Re: New Here

        Welcome,

        I think as long as you pour footings and then your hearth slab, it would be just fine.

        Have fun with the new obsession.

        I am sure that you will soon know what I mean.

        And don't forget to post lots of pictures of your build.

        Cheers
        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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        • #5
          Re: New Here

          Originally posted by Two Dog's Brewing View Post
          Hi Les what I am getting at is I dont need to build the BASE for the oven. From what I have seen everyone uses the base as their wood storage. I have a perfect sloping area in the backyard I can cut into vertically and place my oven right at level on the graded ground. So my oven will be on the grade and I will be able to stand in the cut out dirt area.

          Did that make any sence
          Absolutely - The reason we all opt for the wood storage is that it is a by product of building the hearth. It's an area that can be used for something - if not wood - beer or wine comes to mind, if you don't live in my environment

          Good luck and keep the questions coming - this is a great forum.

          Les...
          Check out my pictures here:
          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

          If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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          • #6
            Re: New Here

            Originally posted by Two Dog's Brewing View Post
            Hi Les what I am getting at is I dont need to build the BASE for the oven. From what I have seen everyone uses the base as their wood storage. I have a perfect sloping area in the backyard I can cut into vertically and place my oven right at level on the graded ground. So my oven will be on the grade and I will be able to stand in the cut out dirt area.

            Did that make any sence
            Hey Tony-
            Welcome to the group. I'm just across the ridge from you in Bakersfield.

            I think this would look pretty awesome however without some type of footing its life may be reduced. Keep in mind you are going to be disturbing the natural soil, adding some tonnage to it and with any hill you are going to have the water run off slowly but surely taking dirt with it. I suppose you could add a layer of geo-textile fabric and landscape the sides for the runoff issue but you would still have the dirt underneath wanting to move forward on you sooner or later.
            There is certainly no reason why you could not do a pier and grade beam footing that you would never see. Drilling 4 or 6 holes, 1 on each corner and 1 in the middle of each side. Then pour a footing to connect these and this is what the hearth slab would sit on. You would never see it.. then again having the wood right there is very convenient this sound like a really neat idea tell us more..
            http://www.palmisanoconcrete.com

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            • #7
              Re: New Here

              Uno, if there is no freeze issue, then he could likely get away with concrete filled tubes about 6" diameter x 5 (four corner and one middle). As for area behind oven, against wall....cut into hill with proper gap for oven? This is what I picture for Two Dogs Tony. Tony, it is great to get onto your thread. Now we look forward to a photo of the area you are looking to build at.
              An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

              Acoma's Tuscan:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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              • #8
                Re: New Here

                Les, Uno, Acoma

                WOW thanks for all the great replies. Nice to meet you all. I will get some pictures tomorrow and post them. The corner in my back yard I think is perfect. I should be able to build a really nice sized oven. I like the idea of the tube footing. We used to call the cardboard tube forms SonaTubes. I will definatly do the 5 tube piers. I assume this slab is just regular concrete right. Anyway I have so many ideas and questions.

                Uno, I work for a company in the oil patch out there in BAko. I get there pretty often.

                Thanks again everyone I cant wait to get building.
                http://picasaweb.google.com/PasoPizzaOven

                Pictures of My Backyard Oven Build

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                • #9
                  Re: New Here

                  Don't forget to insulate your hearth!
                  James
                  Pizza Ovens
                  Outdoor Fireplaces

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Here

                    James, Thanks for the reply. I am planning on using that KAOwool hard board stuff. I work in an oil field so insulating materials are pretty easy to come by.

                    Any suggestions are welcome though. I am very open minded and really in the early phases of planning

                    Thanks again

                    Tony
                    http://picasaweb.google.com/PasoPizzaOven

                    Pictures of My Backyard Oven Build

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Here

                      Originally posted by Two Dog's Brewing View Post
                      James, Thanks for the reply. I am planning on using that KAOwool hard board stuff. I work in an oil field so insulating materials are pretty easy to come by.
                      Tony
                      Tony,

                      I'm also using Kaowool Board for my insulation. I started a thread about it:
                      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f6/k...oard-2588.html

                      You need to be very careful about getting it wet (tricky when laying the first two courses), but it is holding up just fine. I'm on my 6th course, the Kaowool is dry as a bone and very firm. It's supporting the weight just fine.
                      Last edited by Ken524; 10-12-2007, 08:28 AM. Reason: clarity
                      Ken H. - Kentucky
                      42" Pompeii

                      Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

                      Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
                      Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Here

                        Tony, do you homebrew? Im interested in the name "Two Dog's Brewing".
                        Mark

                        Life is too short to drink cheap beer

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Here

                          Ken,

                          I will admit I stole the idea from your Kentucky Dome. By the way it is awesome. I have been absolutely blown away and motivated beyond belief after looking at your project. FANTASTIC work. Thanks for the comments on the Kaowool.

                          Ok guys here is my first attempt at a picasa album, let me know if it works,

                          Picasa Web Albums - Tony - Tony's Pizza...

                          any and all comments good and bad are solely needed.

                          Brauma,

                          Yes I am a home brewer, I have a little microbrewery at my house. Been doing it about a year and a half. I just recently won a Silver Medal for my Kirkwood's Scottish Ale and a Bronze Medal on my Honey Amber Ale at the California Mid-State Fair.
                          http://picasaweb.google.com/PasoPizzaOven

                          Pictures of My Backyard Oven Build

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Here

                            Originally posted by Two Dog's Brewing View Post
                            Yes I am a home brewer, I have a little microbrewery at my house. Been doing it about a year and a half. I just recently won a Silver Medal for my Kirkwood's Scottish Ale and a Bronze Medal on my Honey Amber Ale at the California Mid-State Fair.
                            Thats awesome. Congrats on the awards.

                            I used to homebrew quite a bit. Then kids came along and I just havent gotten back into it. But I still have all of my equipment so its ready to go when I am.
                            Mark

                            Life is too short to drink cheap beer

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Here

                              Originally posted by Two Dog's Brewing View Post
                              Ken,
                              I will admit I stole the idea from your Kentucky Dome. By the way it is awesome. I have been absolutely blown away and motivated beyond belief after looking at your project. FANTASTIC work. Thanks for the comments on the Kaowool.
                              Awww shucks... Thanks for the compliments! I'm a complete beginner at this stuff. I have just been taking my time, looking at a LOT of pictures and having fun with it.

                              If I can do it, anyone can!
                              Ken H. - Kentucky
                              42" Pompeii

                              Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

                              Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
                              Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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