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Old 02-05-2010, 07:20 PM
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has anyone done smaller ovens less than 32"?
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:35 PM
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Mine is a barrel vault, 22"W by 36"L, and I anticipate putting at least 2 12" pies in at a time. Nothing is too big or too small; it can only be wrong for your needs.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:19 AM
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Mine is 540 mm (21") and is ideal for us. It is the way you manage the space that is the key. We cook one pizza at a time, most do this anyway, it is the preparation that takes the time. We can cook three 9" pizzas at a time if feeding a big crowd. We usually finish by cooking a loaf or two of bread. The advantages of a small oven outweigh its limitations in my view, less materials, cheaper and less time consuming to build, takes up less space, lower fuel consumption, lighter and therefore no massive foundaations.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:44 AM
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@David S
Does the 21" have enough thermal mass for a roast?
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:52 AM
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Yes, We use it to do roasts a lot. Oven wall thickness 2 1/2 " floor thickness the same.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:17 PM
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Did you make the dome from castable or Firebrick.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:25 PM
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I used castable for both the dome and floor.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:10 PM
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david s - why does almost everyone I talk to say that I 30'' is the minimum size, and you are happy with your 21''? Do you have a technique that others don't know, hehe


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Old 02-08-2010, 12:49 PM
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The tradition of a large oven goes way back when it would be used for large families. How big is your normal kitchen oven? Therefore why would you want your outdoor oven larger? I have cooked pizzas for a party of 80 and we cooked 70 9" pizzas (3 at a time) in my little oven. I did refire it once, which took out about 25 mins of cooking time. Generally I'm quite comfortable to cook for a crowd of up to 30. I usually take out about 2/3 of the coals and maintain a fire on the side. Because space is limited I made a cradle for this side fire from 2" wide thin stainless bent and joined in the shape of a D The curved part of the D sit against the side oven wall and leaves enough room for cooking. I half fill the cradle with coals, blow the ah away from the floor and throw finger sized sticks into the cradle to maintain flame. I usually only cook one pizza at a time. It is the preparation of the pizzas which takes the time not the cooking. Always try to have another pizza ready to go in, so you are cooking constantly.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: 32" Oven Big enough?

I have seen more designs around 21-23 inch size so don't feel were picking on you for having a wee one David were just interested in what you have done and contemplating a similar design. Thanks for sharing your experience and build details.

What size is the door way in your oven?

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