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    I Am Finally At A Stage Where It Looks Like Something. Here Is My Question...
    On Jim's Photo Essay The First Course Looks Like A Full Soldier And On The Forno Site The First Course Looks To Be A Half Brick. Is There Any Critical Difference Between The Two?

    Thank You In Advance.

    Bob C
    Great pizza, a cold beer,a great cigar and great friends...my idea of a great time

  • #2
    Hi Bob,

    Jim and I did a trial layout with the first brick full height -- which did NOT work out. The sides were high and the dome curve too steep to go up without internal forms. I measured a couple of ovens here and looked at the dimensions of our refractory ovens, and Jim re-rolled the curve using a half brick and the more gentle curve. You cannot get the dome shape you want with the full high brick in the first course.

    Make sense?

    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces


    • #3

      Thank you.

      It does make sense...I wanted to be sure. Could not let all that labor go to waste.

      Bob C.
      Great pizza, a cold beer,a great cigar and great friends...my idea of a great time


      • #4
        I have to go back & reset the Yahoo photo albums. When I posted them they were in the correct order to show our initial full soldier and then how that resulted in the wrong arch structure (actually more consistent with a Napoli style oven which would only be good for pizza vs. the Tuscan style that the Pompeii is when built with the first course set as 1/2 bricks). If you look at any of the end photos you'll see that the first arch is 1/2 bricks soldier style and then the rest are 1/2 bricks flat.