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  • Hello from Texas

    Was just referred to this site today. Some friends and me are currently building a clay oven, and I just thought I'd check out the brick stuff.

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    Re: Hello from Texas

    Welcome...you have to tell us more about the clay oven

    ....and we like pictures!
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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    • #3
      Re: Hello from Texas

      Clay as in adobe style? Old breadmakers way? Post progress, that is one worth seeing as well.
      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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      • #4
        Re: Hello from Texas

        It will be interesting seeing your progress. What part of texas?
        RCLake

        "It's time to go Vertical"
        Oven Thread

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        • #5
          Re: Hello from Texas

          Wow. Great welcome, guys. I figured clay wouldn't interest anyone. I figured wrong. Okay, yes, adobe style. San Antonio. And may I say, btw, that this is the most fun that anyone has had in San Antonio since....., well, since the Alamo. We've made huge progress, what with everyone who gets wind of it wanting to help. Today is Friday, we started two Fridays ago, and we started a drying fire two nights ago. (Yeah, I know, brick ovens cure for longer than our whole process took.) But, we're not done. We are trying to cure the inside (hard-pack clay) dome before putting on the insulation, which will be clay and gobs and gobs of sawdust.

          The foundation is stacked recycled concrete slab, topped with a poured slab. The floor insulation is recycled beer bottles (we thought we would have enough from the first weekend's drinking, but we ran about twenty short, and had to raid the local bar), packed in clay with sawdust. The clay we dug up on the side of the road in Flooresville, about 30 miles south of here. We added straw to the hard-pack (chopped in a barell with a weed-eater). We added sawdust from a local cabinet maker's shop to the insulation layers. We used new firebrick for the oven floor, and insulation brick recycled from a local 1902 chimney for the arch. So as you can imagine, we're way over budget on this thing. Why, we must have spent over $160 already! (The budget was $150).

          Unfortunately, we hardly got any pics of the building process. I don't have more than 300 on my phone, and there are fewer than 100 on my camera. So I'm going to pick the best 100 or so and post them here. (just kidding. Only 75)

          I've done some pretty cool things in my life. This is the coolest thing I've been involved with.
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          • #7
            Re: Hello from Texas

            And still more.
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            • #8
              Re: Hello from Texas

              Yep.. very cool indeed! Looks like alot of fun too. Is the dome built around something? Looks like it in cat picture. The dome itself is clay and straw? And you just dug up the clay.

              Very, very cool.

              dusty

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              • #9
                Re: Hello from Texas

                Yep, definately very cool!

                I read about digging up clay for an oven but wussied out and went for bricks...
                "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                • #10
                  Re: Hello from Texas

                  Wow! Nice work. I was originally going to do an earthen oven, but didn't like the soot marks that always mar the oven openings. After building my brick WFO, I've got soot marks on my oven opening - go figure!

                  Great build though. That'll make great bread!
                  GJBingham
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                  Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.

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                  • #11
                    Re: Hello from Texas

                    Very impressive build. Too bad it is taking so long as is so expensive.

                    J W

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                    • #12
                      Re: Hello from Texas

                      Yeah, we hate to see that kind of money invested in an oven

                      Thanks for the pics, and more info. Keep us posted, particularly on the drying, curing and cracking....this might warrant a whole look at dug up clay ovens.

                      And George, those black streaks are marks of character. Two things you're gonna see...cracks and black soot marks....get to love them.

                      Jim
                      sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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                      • #13
                        Re: Hello from Texas

                        Originally posted by dusty View Post
                        Yep.. very cool indeed! Looks like alot of fun too. Is the dome built around something? Looks like it in cat picture. The dome itself is clay and straw? And you just dug up the clay.

                        Very, very cool.

                        dusty
                        Thanks for all the great comments! Yes, straw mixed with clay dug out of the ground. (Flooresville has great clay. We could have thrown pots with this stuff.) And it's built around a sand form, which you then dig out through the door after the clay sets. Here's a pic of the form. After it's done, it's covered in wet newspaper to keep the sand from sticking to the inside of the dome. Any newpaper that sticks to the inside of the dome just burns off.

                        Mixing the adobe is surprisingly like kneading bread, with the straw acting as the gluten matrix. You put it on a tarp, add straw, stomp it for a while, then turn it by pulling up the corners of the tarp, and stomp some more. At first, like dough, it just doesn't hold together. But then there's this magic moment when it suddenly turns "smooth and satiny," as all the cookboks say, and it gets extensible and soft, and you know you're done.
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                        • #14
                          Re: Hello from Texas

                          I must admit. Very interesting thread.

                          It will be really neat to see how it performs.


                          I bet it was fun to build too.

                          After all... who doesn't like playing with mud?
                          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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                          • #15
                            Re: Hello from Texas

                            Originally posted by asudavew View Post


                            I bet it was fun to build too.

                            After all... who doesn't like playing with mud?
                            Yeah, a two thousand pound mud pie.

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