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You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
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  • Timo's Ovenblog Has Begun

    Hello all Wood Fired Brick oven people all over the world. My name is Tim and I live in Northern Illinois, USA. I am in the beginning stages of building a corner install of a 39" oven.

    I have begun a blog of my own found here. I am blogging mostly about the oven, but from a non-technical aspect. I am also working on a garden area, too. It's my hope to pick the vegetables, clean and prepare them and add them right to the pizza and then into the oven. Fresh!

    I am going to use my ovenblog for the more mundane digging foundation and making the stand part. I feel I will need a lot more answers to questions from this wonderful forum as I get into building the actual firebrick oven.

    Once again thanks for this great collection of insights and information. Since I will be off from school next month I hope to be spending a lot of time on the oven soon! The goal is to have a pizza party of bake 25 lbs. of bread by the beginning of school this fall.

    Regards, Tim.
    My Build Thread

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    Re: Timo's Ovenblog Has Begun

    Tim,

    I also live in N. Illinois (Naperville).
    How deep did you go with your foundation?

    Thanks,
    Alec

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      Re: Timo's Ovenblog Has Begun

      Originally posted by Alec&Elena View Post
      Tim,

      I also live in N. Illinois (Naperville).
      How deep did you go with your foundation?

      Thanks,
      Alec
      Alec, every step is recorded in his blog. Look at page three, his foundation prep and foundation is all there.
      Lee B.
      DFW area, Texas, USA

      If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
      Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
      An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

      I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.

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      • #4
        Re: Timo's Ovenblog Has Begun

        Yes, take a look at the build thread. I didn't post specific measurements, though, is some cases. If I were to do it again, I most likely would have dug some pillars down 42", but it is holding up well.

        In my case, I dug the top most layer of sod and black dirt out. That was about 6". Then I continued to double dig down until I hit a stable layer of clay. It was easily 12" or more. I dumped two tons of crushed rock into the "pit" for drainage. You might have to dig down even further if the soil isn't stable.

        Now that I can look back, water and moisture is a huge problem for outside igloo-style ovens.
        My Build Thread

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