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  • captain: the harth is done.

    I finished the harth on saterday and all went well I am taking photos of all the steps as well as keeping a log I am just not to good with the computer yet but I will post all. The mixture of the vermiculite went rater well can some one tell me how hard that will get I remember seeing that some one was concerned about fastining the framing for the encloser and I am a little concerned as well. Also I cadalievered the harth over the stand about 8 inches thinking this might look nice as well as add a little more work space but it looks like I my have a problem with reaching into the dome to light fire and clean out ash does any one have any ideas on that other wise I am getting excited on starting the actual oven. Thanks again for all the info.

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    Starting a fire - look for postings by MUSA. I think he used a modified flame thrower.

    Cleaning out the ash - Look in the on-line store section of FB they have a rake with a long hendle that will work nicely.

    A link to the rake is...


    • #3
      You know you are getting closer when you start thinking about cooking -- not about all the concrete dust.

      I have missed Robert's postings -- I wonder what he's up to. It was a result of his flamethrower videos that I started using a propane torch to start lighting my oven.

      Pizza Ovens
      Outdoor Fireplaces


      • #4
        starting fire

        Try building the fire in the vent area and pushing it back - I usually arrange a few larger wood pieces with some newspaper in the oven before this, but you could reverse it - start a smaller fire, push it back, add some smaller pieces to build a good flame and then start adding bigger pieces.

        As far as starting with propane, I have not had any trouble starting with match and a little newspaper since I started kiln drying my wood with the residual oven heat after I am finished with baking. Well dried wood starts ridiculously easily. In our wet Pacific Northwest I was unaware what dry wood was like before starting this technique.


        • #5
          I seem to be at the same stage as you are! I'll be laying the hearth bricks tomorrow, as soon as I get a notched trowel.

          The perlite/cement has set up very well, I poured it about a week ago. However, the surface is brushing off in some places. I suspect this is because I sprayed it a little to aggresively too keep it from drying too quickly, and I rinsed off the cement! I still don't think anchors will hold well, so I'll have to develop my strategy as it's time to finish the oven.

          I'm building a Pompeii Oven in Austin, Texas. See my progress at:
          Il Forno Fumoso


          • #6

            I will be away for a week so all will be on hold. Last night I striped the forms from the hearth and every thing realy came out great, in fact I laid out the oven floor bricks in a herring bone pattern just to see how it will look, I am realy geeting excited.The candeleiver is not as bad as i thought with the forms out of the way I think it will be fine. What type of wood do you find to be the best to use. Thanks again for all the info.


            • #7
              Looking forward to the fire

              You can burn almost any mid to heavy grain wood. Oak and fruit/nut woods are all very good. Don't burn pine, cedar and fir -- as they are sappy and soft, put out a lot of black smoke, and don't add much to the fire heat. You might also want to avoid Eucalyptus because of the sap and popping.

              Lot's to look forward to.
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              • #8

                chris i am looking at you site and it looks like little italy in ny am i right if it is we might know each other. good luck with your oven i will be away for 5 days so cant do much. I just striped my form and all came out real good and is curring nicely. Keep in touch


                • #9
                  The banner graphic on my blog is just the default one that wordpress put up there! It seemed to fit well enough that I haven't bothered to change it yet.
                  I'm building a Pompeii Oven in Austin, Texas. See my progress at:
                  Il Forno Fumoso


                  • #10
                    Re: captain: the harth is done.

                    Regards wood James eucalyptus works pretty well out here in Oz.

                    My build so far

                    Starting out collecting info and materials