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Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

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  • Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

    I was blown away at the amount of ovens here in Michigan! Here is mine that my cousin and I completed in a few weeks last month. We had no idea how we were going to go about the build, flew by the seat of our pants. He is a mason by trade, so that was the good part.

    We began by digging the footings. The center is for the actuall oven, the right side for the charcoal grill, left side for the fireplace. Also, the form for the hot tub is in the left of the pic:


    Messing around, preliminary block laying:


    The block done, and the beginning of the charcoal grill:


    First color of brick down. I liked the look of utility brick vs. standard. Also, the base for the refractory poured:

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    Front view with storage underneath:


    I used a Superior Clay modular 36 inch oven. I couldn't find a FB dealer near me, and shipping one to Michigan would have broke me!


    Making a template for the refractory base:


    Laying out the base cinderbrick:

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    • #3
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      Base complete, and refractoy poured. The firebrick will be on top of this:


      Herringbone floor mostly completed:


      Started fitting the modular pieces. This was a PAIN.


      Checking for level, ready for the mortar:

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      • #4
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        My cousin thought I should use my spare work helmet for a cap:


        Transitioning to the red brick:


        Arch formed and drying:


        Building up the brick around the arch, and finishing the firebrick hearth:

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        • #5
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          Dome parged with refractory mortar, 2-2.5 inches thick:


          Scaffold set up, ready to take it to the sky! BTW, I am not in any of the pics. lol


          Small curing fire, before the caps are poured:


          Caps formed, ready to pour:

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          • #6
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            Caps are finished:


            Nightime pic from my roof, before the acid wash:


            My cousin powerwashing the acid off:


            One of my Pointer pups Waylon, guarding the oven:

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            • #7
              Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

              I know the opening height looks too high, but we are putting 6 inch stamped concrete on top of the existing slab, so it will bring the height up proper.

              First thin crust outta the oven:


              I should have enough wood to fire a few pies.


              Thanks for looking, I really learned a lot from this site prior to my build. If anyone has any questions regarding my build, please feel free to ask. And to the SE Mighigan peeps, if you need a list of material suppliers, I will be more than happy to share!

              Ryan

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              • #8
                Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                Nice brickwork and oven, holy #@$ that is alot of wood.
                Russell

                Link to my Picasa Album
                https://plus.google.com/photos/10287...21083003687777

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                • #9
                  Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                  Originally posted by UtahBeehiver View Post
                  Nice brickwork and oven, holy #@$ that is alot of wood.
                  We also heat our house strictly with wood, hence why I decided to double the storage space. lol

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                  • #10
                    Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                    hey capt I reconize your build from hearth.com nice job

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                    • #11
                      Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                      Originally posted by ironpony View Post
                      hey capt I reconize your build from hearth.com nice job
                      Thanks man! I can't wait to see the pies coming out of yours! Just don;t use all your firewood for the oven. lol

                      I've already used a facecord in my in the last month.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                        Looks Great! Where in Michigan are you? We should have a Michigan WFO symposium!
                        Mike - Saginaw, MI

                        Picasa Web Album
                        My oven build thread

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                        • #13
                          Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                          Originally posted by mfiore View Post
                          Looks Great! Where in Michigan are you? We should have a Michigan WFO symposium!
                          In Oakland County, Commerce Twp.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                            Some final touches have been added to the oven, I just need to get the doors built, and finish the stainless grate for the grill.

                            The shield has arrived:


                            Action shot:


                            Slingin' some pies:


                            Almost ready:

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                            • #15
                              Re: Guess What? ANOTHER Michigan build!

                              Nice build.

                              Originally posted by Capt View Post
                              I've already used a facecord in my in the last month.
                              Did you insulate the oven, I cant tell from the pics, if not that would account for using lots of firewood.
                              The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

                              My Build.

                              Books.

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