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Old 11-03-2009, 11:08 AM
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I'm doing a 36". I figured, if it can do a few pizzas, piles of bread, a roast, and a turkey, what more do I need? I'm not opening a restaurant here!
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:13 PM
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Good luck, Joe!

I am sure you will love it.

Build on!
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:45 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback.
I think I'll stay with the 42", or maybe, as I'm in Australia, join the metric revolution and go for the 1 metre. Choices, choices, choices......
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:19 PM
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Great thread all,

I always add a couple of little thing to a conversation about oven size. With a larger oven it is easier keep your food away from the fire and ash. You get a little more wiggle room.

That, and it's a lot easier moving lots of baking pans around inside a larger oven.

1 meter = 39.3"
1.1 meters = 43.23"

As a somewhat unrelated aside, we decide to name the Primavera oven with cms, in order to be consistent with the rest of our ovens -- thus the Primavera60 and Primavera70, but we build them in inches (24" and 28") so they are actually bigger than 60cm and 70cm.

That's my compromise to inches and meters.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:40 PM
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Hi James!

What is the wall thickness on the Primveras? I.e. not counting the insulation. I am going to guess 2 inches based on the fast heating. (And I give you credit for a good insulation job based on what I have heard about them! Nice work!)
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:52 PM
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James, NASA demonstrated not long ago the risk of mixing metric and English measurements. http://facultyfiles.deanza.edu/gems/...eImportant.pdf
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:06 PM
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Most people don't know that the inch was standardized, as a metric measurement, in 1959. It's 25.4mm exactly. The inch system is a "graphic user interface" for the metric system.
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Most people do not realize that the standardization of the inch for worldwide use did not occur until 1959. Prior to that the inch had been defined differently among the major inch-using countries: the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada. Each of those countries had their own definition of the inch, and in each case the inch was defined in terms of metric units, the only set of internationally-accepted standards of length, mass, etc. In the U.S. the metric system was made legal for all purposes, by the Metric Act of 1866...
Needless to say, when the inch was standardized, the US inch was almost unchanged, with other English speaking countries adapting our standards.

In countries which have converted entirely, there are a LOT of things in fractions of 25.4mm.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:04 PM
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It's probably not as much of a big deal for outside ovens, whether one goes with 36 or 42. For me, I had definite space constraints, and had to build a large (counting the footing, 12 feet tall!) exterior structure to bear the weight of the ovem, and I estimated the extra 6 inches would add another 30% cost to the project. I cut out a 36 inch circle in plywood and looked at it for a while, and it occured to me, that (accounting for the wood fire on the cooking surface) it wasn't much smaller than the conventional gas oven I have now. And assuming 90 sec-to-three minute pizzas, it would be far more productive.

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Old 11-03-2009, 07:21 PM
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In countries which have converted entirely, there are a LOT of things in fractions of 25.4mm.
I just knew that there would be a strong resistance to my metric mutiny from our American cousins.

I will concede that metric division of pizza doesn't really work as you would normally cut into 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 etc and not into 0.1 of a pizza

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:15 PM
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I'm building a metric oven which is 1.0m diameter.

There are enough Aussies and Europeans on the forum now that we could start a conversion to metric. Want to join me on this mutiny???

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Absolutely. Im a metric child. Yet I understand my Father yelling for 1455mm of 2 x 4

Before inches Im sure they used Zogs, Thumbs, Pebbles or it-looks-about-rights.

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I just knew that there would be a strong resistance to my metric mutiny from our American cousins.

I will concede that metric division of pizza doesn't really work as you would normally cut into 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 etc and not into 0.1 of a pizza

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