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  • My oven is under way!

    My contractors are starting on my Artigiano oven. They're digging out grass to prep for the foundation pouring. I'll post pictures of the progress of how this goes.
    Keller TX
    Artigiano 39"
    former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
    www.leanblog.org
    http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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  • #2
    Pictures

    Here are pictures of the progress so far, just a foundation:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/mgraban/...enConstruction
    Keller TX
    Artigiano 39"
    former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
    www.leanblog.org
    http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      Now THAT is a foundation! That sucker won't be going anywhere. What part of the country are your in mgraban?

      Drake
      My Oven Thread:
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...-oven-633.html

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      • #4
        Under Way

        Mgraban,

        Now you're set for an oven that will last into the next millenium, surviving a direct hit from a nuke. Nice work. How's your back?

        Jim
        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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        • #5
          dang that looks like a foundation for an iceberg, 70 percent below the sight line! I think you have a good foundation!

          last time I saw a hole that deep for something that was going to burn wood was when my dad was building our house on a plot of land that used to have an old carriage house on it (fancy name for a barn). Diggin' the foundation for the fireplace we hit the location of an old outhouse!. Dad had to back fill with concrete a 12 to 15 foot hole. We found all sorts of cool stuff blue bottles, old stove top irons, nails...

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          • #6
            Jim,

            That's the point. It isn't Mark's back that's sore -- it's Craig the mason's back. This is the same Craig who installed Jay's oven.
            James
            Pizza Ovens
            Outdoor Fireplaces

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            • #7
              I'm in Keller TX

              ...outside of Fort Worth. Yeah, I haven't really lifted a finger (I'm not real good at this type of work). The crew working on this and my grill island are real pros!

              The soil here is very shifty.... that causes problems for foundations, pools, etc. The contractors said it's overkill, but it's not much more expensive to pour a deeper foundation.

              They're starting the cinder blocks today, I put new pictures up and will put more up over the weekend.
              Keller TX
              Artigiano 39"
              former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
              www.leanblog.org
              http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Thanks to James

                One other point, for anyone considering buying an oven: James and Tammy have been INCREDIBLY helpful along the way. I have experienced oven builders, but I'm still afraid something might get screwed up, so James has been great about answering questions and providing tips for me to pass along to the builders.

                The forum was very helpful when I was researching the ovens. I appreciate that there is a community here and that James cares about more than just selling the oven and being done with it.
                Keller TX
                Artigiano 39"
                former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
                www.leanblog.org
                http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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                • #9
                  Keller means cellar in my native tongue...

                  Originally posted by mgraban
                  ...

                  The soil here is very shifty.... that causes problems for foundations, pools, etc. The contractors said it's overkill, but it's not much more expensive to pour a deeper foundation.
                  ... and you're certainly digging a sizeable one in that photo! What exactly IS your soil, BTW? Looks like loess to me, from afar.

                  I have deep clay, and am still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it...

                  Cheers,

                  Carioca
                  "I started out with nothing, and I've still got most of it"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by carioca
                    ... and you're certainly digging a sizeable one in that photo! What exactly IS your soil, BTW? Looks like loess to me, from afar.

                    I have deep clay, and am still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it...

                    Cheers,

                    Carioca
                    It's somewhat claylike once you get 2 inches down... not exactly sure how to describe that. I can ask my contractor.
                    Keller TX
                    Artigiano 39"
                    former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
                    www.leanblog.org
                    http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by james
                      Jim,

                      That's the point. It isn't Mark's back that's sore -- it's Craig the mason's back. This is the same Craig who installed Jay's oven.
                      James
                      It's not Craig's back, but his crew! :-) I've had 4 to 5 guys working in my backyard most of the time, they're the real craftsmen.
                      Keller TX
                      Artigiano 39"
                      former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
                      www.leanblog.org
                      http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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                      • #12
                        I have some more pictures of it taking shape (ignoring the problems I documented in the "Artigiano floor" thread).

                        http://picasaweb.google.com/mgraban/...enConstruction

                        My companion grill project:

                        http://picasaweb.google.com/mgraban/GrillIsland
                        Keller TX
                        Artigiano 39"
                        former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
                        www.leanblog.org
                        http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          Backs and Such

                          Mgraban,

                          I deeply sympathize to the bottom of my M535 with how Craig's back must be feeling. This is one really super piece of work you're getting installed. A showpiece indeed. Well done. I do a lot of flagstone work, so I'm wondering what stone are the large pieces of flag. Limestone? Local? Looks very nice indeed.

                          Jim
                          "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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                          • #14
                            Well, again it's Craig's crew. Craig has been a pain in my backside, but for other reasons.

                            Thanks for your compliment. It's Oklahoma flagstone, I believe.
                            Keller TX
                            Artigiano 39"
                            former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan
                            www.leanblog.org
                            http://mypizzaoven.blogspot.com

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