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  • 40" modular in VA

    I decided on a modular after seeing the amount of time spent making a brick WFO. I found a supplier here on the east coast through another member (since shipping from CA is insane) and it appears to be a nice modular. almost 3" thick walls and came with 3" floor insulation and 2 rolls of 1.5" blanket. I am incorporating the oven into a larger outdoor kitchen project that sits on my back patio.
    I'll narate as pictures go up:

    My patio before the project began:



    Base going up:


    Base walls finished: I put in a dividing wall to have a ventless fireplace on the backside.


    Continued........

    Milt

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    Re: 40" modular in VA

    So I'm making a corner build. To the left is going to be the cooking area and to the right is going to be the prep area.

    I used metal framing to build up the counters and recesses for a smoker stand on the far left and an Argentine Grill next to the WFO. Counter and bar-top on the right






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    • #3
      Re: 40" modular in VA

      The Brickies came in to brick all of my surrounds. Turns out they didn't want/need the metal on the left. It ended up being build out of block/brick.







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      • #4
        Re: 40" modular in VA

        My finished brick look. There will be a cabinet on the right under the counter. Firebricks in my Argentine grill area. I used metal corregated sheeting for the base under the WFO. 6" concrete pour.



        Panoramic shot:

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        • #5
          Re: 40" modular in VA

          Just wondering what your patio floor is? Poured and stamped concrete? I am thinking about weight issues......Its looking nice though!
          " Life is art, live a masterpiece"

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          • #6
            Re: 40" modular in VA

            WFO came all crated up and in pieces:



            Assembled onto the base with 3" insulation board


            Wrapped with 2 layers of insulating fiber blanket (nasty junk) (sorry no pictures of that yet)
            Built a little test fire to check on draw:

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            • #7
              Re: 40" modular in VA

              I am going to need a little guidance on how to finish the decorative bricking around the entrance. I've spaced the oven so that I can place 1 brick width in front and it will have the appropriate reveal. It's a long ways into the oven as it is, I don't want it any further back on the base if I can help it.

              The WFO came with a nice thick heavy steel door and a terracotta chimney. Any suggestions on incorporating the chimney and bricks on the front?

              I am placing a couple inches of vermicrete around the insulating cloth and then a finish coat of stucco for an igloo look finish.

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              • #8
                Re: 40" modular in VA

                Originally posted by thickstrings View Post
                Just wondering what your patio floor is? Poured and stamped concrete? I am thinking about weight issues......Its looking nice though!
                6" stamped concrete with reinforcement and my oven/brick wall is directly ontop of a 4x10 support member. Also, 1/3 of the oven is over the original outside wall which is block all the way to the footer. Same with the smoker/grill area. It is built over the previous existing wall.

                Milt

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                • #9
                  Re: 40" modular in VA

                  Does anyone know if modular ovens need to be "cured" like brick wfos for water evaporation? I'm guessing the is some water in the precast pieces, but how much?
                  I've had 2 fires, not really monsters, and have gotten the ceiling temp up to 550 and the floor is around 350. With the fires, the blanket has gotten moist and steam is coming through. Therefore the blanket feels pretty warm on the top.

                  Thanks
                  Milt

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                  • #10
                    Re: 40" modular in VA

                    Yes, modular ovens do need to have the water removed slowly just like a brick oven. If the manufacturer has not provided any instructions on how to remove the water safely, then read the Oven Curing thread, located under Oven Management, Firing Your Oven.
                    Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 40" modular in VA

                      Originally posted by david s View Post
                      Yes, modular ovens do need to have the water removed slowly just like a brick oven. If the manufacturer has not provided any instructions on how to remove the water safely, then read the Oven Curing thread, located under Oven Management, Firing Your Oven.
                      James
                      Thanks. These are the curing instructions included: "Before using the oven as you normally would, it is advisable to briefly light the oven a few times to eliminate any residual moisture and settle the parts. This is more pertinent for ovens positioned in external environments where there is greater moisture present."

                      I found the oven curing thread last night and started on that. My manufacturer instructions say to not mortar the seams between the pieces for the dome. Supposedly to allow for expansion and contraction. I guess I'll have built in cracks then. Lol. The meeting of those wedges is a 3" overlap, so it isn't exactly a wide open hole.

                      Off to cure.

                      Milt
                      Last edited by miltcook; 09-26-2013, 06:00 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 40" modular in VA

                        Placed Vermicrete over 3" of insulating blanket.



                        Not exactly round. I have some "touch up" vermicreting (is that a word?) to do before I place a final stucco layer. (I've been reading up on
                        stucco recipies, acrylic additive or not?)

                        Also, should I insulate the entrance and flue before I brick up the front?
                        Last edited by miltcook; 10-01-2013, 02:44 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Re: 40" modular in VA

                          First big fire:
                          Looks like it draws well enough:



                          Pushed everything to the side. You can see that the top cleared. Took 6-7 firings to get to this point. Took almost 2 hours to clear
                          the dome.



                          Odd thing. When I moved the pile to the side for pizza cooking, the other side of the dome "uncleared". I guess it's still a little wet.



                          Milt

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                          • #14
                            Re: 40" modular in VA

                            Countertops came in yesterday.







                            Milt

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                            • #15
                              Re: 40" modular in VA

                              Looking good!!

                              I extended my insulation out a little over the front of my arch. And a little around the flue base. But I didn't worry about insulating the flue very much - a lot of heat goes up there!

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