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  • How Many Bricks are needed?

    This question get's asked a lot and could be a sticky!

    How many firebricks did you use for your oven?? Maybe builders could post your oven size, a description and the number of bricks you used.

    The plans called for 180 or 200 for the 36 and 42 inch oven floor and dome......but Actual mileage varies with individual technique (taper cut or straight?) some may use more firebricks bricks for the entry arch and vent area.

    Other thoughts?
    Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane

  • #2
    Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

    My oven:

    42" Pompeii, all bricks custom cut (tapered on three sides): 290 bricks
    Ken H. - Kentucky
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    • #3
      Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

      Originally posted by Ken524 View Post
      My oven:

      42" Pompeii, all bricks custom cut (tapered on three sides): 290 bricks
      Yea I believe I used about the same...a lil less actually since I casted my dome cap. If you don't taper, I think you can get away with less.
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      • #4
        Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

        275 here (and a pile of scrap)

        Les...
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        • #5
          Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

          42" Pompeii
          I did no tapering.
          But I did cut the floor.

          Floor --------------50 bricks
          Dome ------------140 bricks
          Arch and entry ----27 bricks

          Total ------------217 bricks

          Dave
          Last edited by asudavew; 06-30-2008, 08:45 AM.
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          • #6
            Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

            36", cut to fit...211 total (if I actually started with the 215 I picked up - I never actually counted each one, I took the brickyards word). Had 4 left over.

            RT

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            • #7
              Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

              Originally posted by Les View Post
              275 here (and a pile of scrap)

              Les...
              for the record, I've been using the scrap cuts on the mortar joints between the bricks.....kind of like brickcrete....I thinks it will give me stronger joints.
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              • #8
                Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

                Hello there,

                I am starting up my own 36" Pompeii oven project. Is it correct to assume that your brick count are half-bricks (2 1/2"x4 1/2"x 9" cut in two)? I will need to do the cutting myself and fix the approximate number of full length bricks.

                regards from karl

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                • #9
                  Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

                  Originally posted by karl View Post
                  Hello there,

                  I am starting up my own 36" Pompeii oven project. Is it correct to assume that your brick count are half-bricks (2 1/2"x4 1/2"x 9" cut in two)? I will need to do the cutting myself and fix the approximate number of full length bricks.

                  regards from karl
                  Unfortunately not. They are full brick numbers.
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                  • #10
                    Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

                    I see,

                    The Forno Bravo materials list specify 120 bricks for the dome, 60 for the floor and then 30 common clay bricks for the vent and opening arch. I guess I will order some 190 fire bricks.
                    Thanks.

                    regards from karl

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                    • #11
                      Re: How Many Bricks are needed?

                      Originally posted by rlf5 View Post
                      Unfortunately not. They are full brick numbers.
                      Yep... Full brick numbers.

                      It really stunned me when karl asked if those were half brick numbers. I just realized my oven has over 580 (half) bricks in it. Yikes!!
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