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labman 06-26-2010 09:50 AM

Hi all,

I'm from South Wales in the UK and in the process of building my pizza/bread oven. I have a problem! I hope someone can give me an answer..........

Can I use large porcelain tiles as a base for my oven, I have standard red brick as my main base (I understand that I should be using fire bricks but they have been so hard to get hold of and I've had a week off to try and get the oven done!) The red brick has been laid on clay and sand so I just want to use the porcelain tiles as a top, laid in clay and sand so I can take them out if needed, what I want to know is if I can use a large porcelain tile on top, 1) to protect 2) given the heat properties of porcelain to hold the heat better?

Any help would be most appreciated as I've had such a nightmare sourcing materials you wouldn't believe!


leckig 06-30-2010 08:22 AM

Re: Help
I am surprised you were not able to locate fire bricks - even back home (Poland) one could find them with ease.

Re your question: so you will have (from top to bottom)

porcelain tiles
red bricks
regular concrete, correct? I just feel the tiles will crack very easily, especially when heated

I am not sure if using regular bricks is a good idea. The whole project is soooo labor intense, I would hate to hear that everything cracked to pieces in couple of months.

labman 06-30-2010 08:53 AM

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Thanks for reply,

I'm going to get rid of the reds and get some fire bricks for the base instead and solid red for the dome. I did manage to get some from Victas.

Your advice is well taken, it is labour intensive and all the rest is nice. Still wonder about my concrete lintle x10 base, I have covered with vermiculite and cement/sand? cheers


jmhepworth 08-06-2010 04:05 AM

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I'm not sure the countertop matters. We stretch the dough in our hands until we put it on the peel to put into the oven.

Nic The Landscaper 08-06-2010 08:30 AM

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Many of the synthetic stone counter tops are not rated for outdoor use. The resins they use to bind the aggregates brake down under uv radiation.

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