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  • Compact 36" in Seattle

    Hello all! Today I break ground on my 36" pompeii! I'm very excited, and thankful to the amazing people on this forum. Almost every thread is a wealth of cheerful, expert advice.

    The main design goal of my oven (other than quality, performance, etc) is a compact footprint. I have a small yard, and am right up against my property setback limits. The available site is a corner of the yard, against a retaining wall. I plan on a number of things to reduce the footprint. Obviously an igloo style enclosure is the smallest. I'm also building the oven diagonally on the hearth slab, and building the hearth slab offset from the slab below it. I hope the schematics make it clear.

    If anyone can think of any problems with this approach, or any ideas to make it even more compact, please let me know!

    So it begins! I'm litterally hitting submit on this post, then going outside to begin digging.
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    Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

    Welcome to the world of Pizza Oven Madness!

    Be sure to take the base up 5 courses as 4 is a little low for me and I am 5'10". I was contemplating jacking my oven up and resetting the thing - but we will see.

    When playing with cement, wear gloves, lotion up before and wash and/or soak your hands in vinegar after - cider works better.

    Check out the Dino and Les threads - they are awesome.

    Best o luck and stay dry.

    CW
    Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

    Follow my build Chris' WFO

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    • #3
      Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

      Nice layout. If your hearth slab can clear the top of the retaining wall you could probably move the hearth slab back, cantilevering it further...?
      George

      My 34" WFO build

      Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO

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      • #4
        Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

        "I hope the schematics make it clear."

        Looking forward to your build, should be interesting.

        With the cantilevered slab, rebar quantity and placement will be important.

        As C5dad notes, you want to consider the final hearth height carefully.
        Last edited by Neil2; 12-05-2010, 04:04 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

          C5dad - Yes, I think I was going a little crazy with my "smaller, smaller, smaller" mantra. I'll take it up higher. The most important thing is the footprint, not the height.

          fxpose- Most of the diagram is to scale, but not my drawing of the retaining wall. That was just to demonstrate why it made sense to set the hearth slab off-set from the foundation slab.

          Neil2, I will certainly be careful at that step, and run the final design by this forum.

          Thanks all, for the early advice, I'm already having fun!
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          • #6
            Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

            Excellent. It was great meeting you the other day. Good luck with the build.

            Website: http://keithwiley.com
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            • #7
              Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

              One other thing I was thinking of (Danger Will Robinson, Danger Danger!)

              Since the footprint is important, you may want to do a mock floor and dome on a piece or two of particle board so you have a better idea about slab size.

              As for the rebar, if you are cantilevering a whole bunch, just keep it on 6 inch centers and you will be fine. Rebar is fairly cheap and easy to cut with a 4 inch grinder with a cutoff wheel. Just try to keep it 2 inches from any flat external surface and you will do fine. If you are spanning a gap, do a triple rebar. When I built my ICF house, each window portal has 4 pieces of rebar over and under it, and I spent over 5 grand on just rebar. Lets just say good luck to anything hitting my walls.

              CW
              Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

              Follow my build Chris' WFO

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              • #8
                Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                C5dad, will keep the cantilever advice in mind.

                I will probably do a mockup, but not really sure where I can go wrong... the math seems pretty simple.
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                • #9
                  Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                  I thought the same thing on my floor plan for the dome, but somehow still messed it up. Seeing that I use pencilCAD2000, it was easy to determine that I translated the units up. Figures that a Chemical Engineer cannot do layout very well!
                  Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

                  Follow my build Chris' WFO

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                  • #10
                    Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                    I thought I'd update you on recent progress and ask a few questions too.

                    I finished digging and leveling for the slab, and put down a few inches of 3/8 minus gravel. I think that in most places in the country 3/8 minus is crushed, but here a lot of gravel is from glacial deposits, and looks sort of like pea gravel. Not very compactable. I went over it several times tamping it with a cinder block, but I'm a little worried that it isn't sufficiently compacted. But I carried on.

                    Concrete was a dilema. I needed about 10 cubic feet of concrete, which is just enough to be painful to mix by hand. Rather than rent a small mixer, make several trips to the store (my car can't handle a full load of concrete) I priced out some different options....

                    Concrete in bags from Lowes: $59 plus $35 mixer rental
                    Delivered pre-mixed: $300
                    A third way is an outfit here called Handy Andy does something called U-Cart Concrete. You buy the concrete, which they mix at their facility, and then load it into a trailer (trailer rental included in the price of the concrete) which you tow to your site. This option, including renting a truck (my car wouldn't cut it) was $125. So that is what I did!

                    The day started out dry, but it started raining hard moments after they mixed my concrete, so I was committed at that point regardless of weather.

                    The pour went fine, though I'm a little worried that it was mixed too wet. Maybe you more experienced folks could look at my pics and try to judge. I had planned to put a few pieces of vertical rebar into the wet slab once it was screeded, to correspond to the stand block shafts, but it was absolutely pouring at that point, and the huge raindrops were leaving crater marks in the concrete finish, and water was running off the surface, and I felt it was more important to get it covered. So now I'll have to drill or something to anchor my walls.

                    A couple of details...
                    I slightly overfilled the form, and then screeding I spilled a lot of concrete to the outside of the form. I hope I don't have too much trouble getting the form off.

                    In the picture where I'm poking a 2/4 into the concrete, in my mind I was settling the concrete, and getting rid of air voids.

                    Finally, one other fun thing is that when I work on the oven I set up my camera to do time lapse the entire time I work, so it is fun to see those pictures. Maybe when the whole project is finished I'll post of movie that compressed the whole job into a minute or two.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                      Need to start buying tools and materials....
                      Is this the Harbor Freight saw that everyone has?
                      2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw

                      It is surprisingly difficult to search the forums for such information because the forum search function says that "saw" is too short a term to search on.

                      Any Seattle area folks feel like selling theirs used? Or is a saw like than worn out after one oven?

                      Also, is there any reason to be wary of 12x24x2.5 floor tiles? Is there such a thing as too big? I'm thinking of thermal stresses, etc. I'm really attracted to the idea of having fewer joints on the floor. IXL is selling them for $25 a piece. Their regular firebricks are $1.20, so that works out to 3X more expensive per square foot. They don't have 12x12 tiles.

                      Thanks!
                      C
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                      • #12
                        Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                        The way I explain modular paving, be it driveways, aircraft parking areas, or pizza ovens is that all the cracks are pre-engineered into the system.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                          I borrowed a HF saw and it was wonderful. You should check Craigslist as I see them on there intermittently. If you find the blade does not fit on there well, lightly take a file to the inner hole as they (the Mfgrs) do not always replace the drill bits so the hole is slightly too small - in my experience.

                          I would go with the larger bricks as well looking back. If you can find a local soapstone supplier, that may be a good option as well - check out the thread for the 81 inch oven in KY

                          TS is right on with the concrete cracking. It is engineered in - just dont know where it is gonna crack.

                          You did the right thing with getting the concrete covered up. Too much water weakens the 'crete and causes a repour - a real bummer. Your getting the mix was much better than doing it yourself - too many guys cannot mix the mud very consistently which can cause havoc.
                          Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

                          Follow my build Chris' WFO

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                          • #14
                            Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                            It is surprisingly difficult to search the forums for such information because the forum search function says that "saw" is too short a term to search on.
                            Google is often a better means of searching the FB forum than the search function. If you search "brick oven wet saw" the FB results will be near the top, and will have a link to other forno bravo specific results.
                            Also, is there any reason to be wary of 12x24x2.5 floor tiles?
                            The refractory "tiles" work fine. As you've pointed out, they are more expensive than firebrick, and they are medium duty or harder, making them harder to cut. They are also more awkward to handle on the wet saw, you may need help to support them. A diagonally laid brick floor really doesn't have any downsides, except for commercial uses where the health department gets a notion about floor seams, in which case the tiles wouldn't do, either.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Compact 36" in Seattle

                              Sooooo..... Crazy good idea, or crazy bad idea? What do you all think of the idea of not tying the hearth slab to the block stand in any way? Just letting it's own substantial weight keep it in place? The reason is that I'm pushing the zoning limits in my area by locating the oven where I'm building it. If I don't tie the hearth to the stand, I feel like I have a chance of forklifting the entire hearth and oven to a new stand, (in a less desirable, but legal location), if I get forced to do such a thing by the city. What do you all think?

                              Also, thanks all for the feedback on the big 12x24 tiles. I think I'll go with them, despite the added expense. It only adds about $120 to the cost of the project, which seems worth it to me.
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