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36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

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  • 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

    I live on the coast of North Carolina and have been interested in building a bread oven for a while. I made a small one of carved concrete and had alot of fun with it....but I had to admit, I out grew it and am moving on to a real one. I studied all (and I do mean ALL) the photos on the entire world wide web and read the directions at Forno Bravo about 10 times and have taken the plunge. I have been taking photos and will be posting them as I can, but for now ou can see some at Stephen Z Metal's Blog This will be fun, and I am looking forward to feedback.
    Steve
    Attached Files
    living in Coastal NC
    more details of the build at:
    http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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    Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

    I have some more photos to show...

    the foundation is done and looks good. it is lower so that the oven has a lower profile in the garden, just for looks.
    Last edited by stephen*z; 01-06-2011, 05:53 PM. Reason: trying to add photosbut not working
    living in Coastal NC
    more details of the build at:
    http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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    • #3
      Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

      Sounds great!!! But a bit cold to start an oven. I have put my bread oven on hold till it warms up a bit. The oven is functional but needs the window dressing. Good luck and have fun.

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      • #4
        Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

        Stephen,

        Wow! Very impressive work! If you put that much care and attention to detail in your work your oven will turn out just as handsomely. Can't wait to follow your build.

        Also, when posting a reply, if you click on Go Advanced and then Manage Attachments, you may then attach your images files accordingly. Just remember to reduce them to around 1MB first.

        John

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        • #5
          Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

          here is another try
          Attached Files
          living in Coastal NC
          more details of the build at:
          http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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          • #6
            Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

            here is the slab and a closeup of the leaves inbedded in it for decoration
            Attached Files
            living in Coastal NC
            more details of the build at:
            http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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            • #7
              Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

              Congratulations Stephen on a great start. Yes, building a wfo is truly a life altering experience, at least it was for me. The research phase was loads of fun:we spent months studying FB plans, other sites (nothing as good as FB but it's info all the same) hand sketches, Sketchup sketches, FB photos etc. Enjoy every minute of it the build. It will be over way too soon.

              I like your attention to detail. The front lentil is beautiful. Nice blog you've got going too. Thanks for sharing your experiences with everyone.

              Lot's of luck, Dino
              "Life is a banquet and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death." -Auntie Mame

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              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...arts-5883.html

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              • #8
                Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                just finished taking the forms and supports off the hearth. I poured the insulating top and had a 3 inch border of concrete for extra strength on the hearth. Laying out the arch and getting ready to go as soon as I have a nice day.
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                Last edited by stephen*z; 01-07-2011, 02:36 PM.
                living in Coastal NC
                more details of the build at:
                http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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                • #9
                  Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                  Lookin real sweet Steve. I like the ash cleanout in front.
                  Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

                  Follow my build Chris' WFO

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                  • #10
                    Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                    Wow Stephen your moving fast, but very nice work. I look forward on your fast progress.

                    Mike

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                    • #11
                      Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                      Mike,
                      I am afraid the progress will slow down a bit as we are getting ice cold weather and snow right now.
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                      Last edited by stephen*z; 01-10-2011, 07:34 AM.
                      living in Coastal NC
                      more details of the build at:
                      http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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                      • #12
                        Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                        Looks great so far, were you able to salvage the old oven? Makes for some great hardscape in the garden, very cool craftsmanship.

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                        • #13
                          Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                          A truly enviable talent to sculpt in green concrete! It is beyond most of us and yours looks fabulous! Great job so far

                          I'm subscribed
                          Lee B.
                          DFW area, Texas, USA

                          If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is Here.
                          Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is here.
                          An album showing our Thermal Breaks is Here.

                          I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.

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                          • #14
                            Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                            Originally posted by mn8tr View Post
                            Looks great so far, were you able to salvage the old oven? Makes for some great hardscape in the garden, very cool craftsmanship.
                            yes I got the head off the dragon and half buried him in a flowerbed. I want him to get overgrown and look like an architecturial find from some lost society..... the imagination is always going....
                            Steve
                            PS I have a photo of him on my build blog
                            living in Coastal NC
                            more details of the build at:
                            http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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                            • #15
                              Re: 36" Pompeii oven in North Carolina

                              Am I crazy if I have a stack of firewood for a wood fired oven ...
                              but have not finished the oven .....

                              How about if I have already made most of the tools needed to cook in the oven...
                              but have not finished the oven.......yet?

                              Steve
                              Attached Files
                              living in Coastal NC
                              more details of the build at:
                              http://Stevespizzaoven.wordpress.com

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