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Old 06-21-2011, 08:23 AM
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Hi m1m,

You're welcome.

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Old 06-23-2011, 04:35 PM
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Where I am at in Eastern WA the stuff you can get at the contractors supply store is significantly cheaper than the garden store.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:48 PM
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Well, I finally finished the frame tonight. Below are a couple pics.

The frame took longer than I was expecting, but I took extra care to make sure each stud was plumb and level. The frame doesn't look pretty, but it's very rigid and will be rock solid once I add the hardi-board.

Next I'll lay brick around the arch, install the hardi-board and lay the counter. As far as finish work is concerned, I'm planning to do river rock around the base and stucco on top. I haven't figured out yet what kind of roof I'm going to install.

Thanks again for the helpful insights. I can't imagine tackling this project without the FB forum as a resource.

I realize I posted my thread in the wrong section to begin with. Anyone know how I can move it to the right spot and maintain the history?
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:56 PM
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:34 PM
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Hi m1m,

Nice work.

I'm sure you have a few pieces of metal stud left over. There would be some benefit to placing a piece on either side of the vent, diagonally. This will give you another couple of screws in the Hardiboard to firm up the front above the arch.

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:08 AM
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Good advice, thanks Bob. You're right, all the screws on the hardiboard on the front would have been on the perimeter, so a couple other studs will help. Luckily I haven't changed the blades on my saws from metal to masonry yet!
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:47 AM
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It's been a busy couple weeks with non-oven stuff, so my oven progress has been slower-than-expected. But over the weekend I (finally!) finished hanging the hardi-board on the oven and rewarded myself by firing it up and making pizzas Sat night. On Sunday AM I tried my hand at a non-pizza meal and cooked some German pancakes. They were awesome!

Like the rest of this project, hanging the hardi-board took about three times longer than expected, but I'm pleased with how it's turned out so far. Below are the latest pics. I put 8 cu/ft of perculite on top of the FB blankets filling a good chunk of the void under the roof.

My next tasks are to tape and mortar the seams, install the vents, install the brick arch and landing counter. I'm then going to install river rock around the base. I've decided I'm going to wait a month or two before installing the roof and stucco'ing the oven enclosure, to be sure the oven works well.

On Saturday I burned through the last of my scrap wood I had lying around, so I ordered a 1/2 cord of maple, ash and walnut that will be here mid-week. I scanned this forum and it appears these are all suitable hardwoods to burn. . . right?

Thanks again for all the advice and insights. This forum has been invaluable.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:06 AM
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looks great, how are you finishing the roof? How are you going to cover metal rafters hanging out? Is that just hardi backer over rafters? And how are you installing landing counter? Is it going to extend the landing area? Thanks, Larry
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:52 PM
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m1m

It is looking good. I told my wife about the german pancakes and now she wants to try that if I ever get one built. I am not a huge fan of them like she is but it might be worth trying.

Nice job on the build. I am excited to see the finished product!
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:50 PM
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--(Lack of) Progress Update--

For those of you contemplating or beginning an oven build, be warned: Once the oven becomes operational, ALL construction and finish work on it stops! My oven doesn't have a landing, roof tiles, finish materials, or anything else to make it look pretty - and I haven't even thought about it! - but I've spent just as much time "working on it" as before. My grinder, drill and work gloves have been replaced with pizza peels, IR thermometers and oven mitts. We fire it up 2-3 times per week.

The food is incredible.

I need to get back on the stick and finish it. I'll post more pics once I get back in gear.

Back to the food. . . we let our kids choose their meal of choice at birthday time, and last week my six year-old son insisted on WFO pizza for his birthday meal even though we had fired the oven two days earlier and had leftover pizza the day before! He can't get enough of it. Our favorite is the margherita with tomatoes, lots of basil, olive oil and fresh mozzarella.

Other non-pizza hits have been:

-Chicken piccatia
-Roasted potatoes
-Roasted broccoli
-Roast beef
-Biscotti
-Foccacia
-Puffed oven pancakes
-S'mores dessert pizza (phenomenal, by the way)

I've told my wife that anything her oven can do, mine can do better. But she reminds me that hers looks prettier. For now, she's right.
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