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Old 02-24-2014, 03:03 PM
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Will I be disappointed that I didn't build a bigger oven?
Probably.
I built a 750mm/29.5 inch oven with 70mm/2.5 inch thick walls. Works fine, I've cooked lots of meals in it, and it doesn't take long to heat - well and truly white hot in under an hour.

Then I built an 850mm/33.5 inch oven with 4 inch thick walls for my mate.
Seriously, it was just as easy to build, and we insulated that one a lot better than mine (it's enclosed in a "blockhouse" made of 6 inch thick Hebel - autoclaved aerated concrete). End result, it doesn't take that much longer to heat than mine, despite the much higher thermal mass and 4 inches bigger diameter. And it is a whole lot roomier than mine, many comments from both of us as to how much difference that little bit more diameter makes.

Small ovens work fine, but if you find yourself short of room there is nothing you can do about it once it is built.

It's a bit like owning a 16 foot cuddy cab boat versus a 12 foot dinghy. My 16 footer can go nearly as many places in the shallows as a 12 foot tinny. So I can chase silver whiting, by myself if my fishing partner can't come, in the shallows reasonably well.
But there is no way I'd venture out to my favourite snapper drop in a 12 foot tinny.
A really big boat would be a pain for me to handle. Wouldn't be able to justify it.

Ovens is similar. You wouldn't build an 80 incher unless you were opening a restaurant. But a 36 incher is no harder to build and operate than a 30 incher, so why wouldn't you?
Especially since, about all you have to do is build a form on top of those columns and cast whatever size slab you want.

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:19 PM
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Thanks for the responses... I think it sounds like I will need a larger slab so I can build one to accommodate a small enclosure. Regarding being able to build the 36" oven I currently have only five 1'*3' pieces of insulating board, which gives me 15sq ft of hearth insulation and the oven spec calls for three 2'x3'pieces totaling 18sq ft. I can't source a single board and shipping is really expensive here, is there something that I can do to make what I have for hearth insulation work?
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:21 PM
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As for who am I cooking for it will mostly be my family and extended family so mostly 4-8 people but I'm sure in occasion I will cook for more. I will mostly do pizza but I want to be able to use the retained heat for cooking a few loaves of bread or some meat the next day.
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The big T,

Look at doing a vcrete or pcrete under your oven to supplement the ca si, very inexpensive although not as thermally effective. A little creative configuration of the Ca Si will get you close. Save the vent flue for last and concentrate under the floor first.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:04 PM
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The big T,

Look at doing a vcrete or pcrete under you oven to supplement the ca si, very inexpensive although not a thermally effective. A little creative configuration of the Ca Si will get you close. Save the vent flue for last and concentrate under the floor first.
Great advice!

You have plenty of calsil for a 36" oven, and the flu entry too. But, insulating under the oven is the most important. You could even go a little bigger .

An enclosure will protect the oven. An enclosure with a projected roof will protect you and the oven. A "roof over" will protect the oven, you, and the perfect shape of a pompeii .

Now, is the time to decide what size of oven, and the style that you want to build.
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But, insulating under the oven is the most important. You could even go a little bigger
Wise words. Go as big as you can, you won't regret it.

You should be able to obtain vermiculite or perlite, which will make an effective insulator base for your calsil boards. This is what I did, and the next morning, I cannot feel any heat under my support slab from a 900F oven the night before.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:12 AM
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bigt

I did EXACTLY what you did. Started to build a Brickwood oven - I built the base and then I discovered this forum so I had to do some serious replanning.

I ended up building a 32 inch Pompeii which I am very happy with.

I'm going to take a contrary view on size... I have had a very large pizza party and made 50 pizzas in my oven and nobody was bored! (they only take 2-3 minutes each). I can fit a 25 pound turkey in my oven and I can also fit about 3 large pots in it (probably more - haven't tried). If I am making pizzas for only my wife and I, I can heat the oven sufficiently in a little over an hour.

I'm sure there are some good reasons to have a larger oven but I am not sure what they are! Of course I have never owned a larger oven so it could be that I don't know what I am missing!

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:16 PM
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bigt

I did EXACTLY what you did. Started to build a Brickwood oven - I built the base and then I discovered this forum so I had to do some serious replanning.

I ended up building a 32 inch Pompeii which I am very happy with.

I'm going to take a contrary view on size... I have had a very large pizza party and made 50 pizzas in my oven and nobody was bored! (they only take 2-3 minutes each). I can fit a 25 pound turkey in my oven and I can also fit about 3 large pots in it (probably more - haven't tried). If I am making pizzas for only my wife and I, I can heat the oven sufficiently in a little over an hour.

I'm sure there are some good reasons to have a larger oven but I am not sure what they are! Of course I have never owned a larger oven so it could be that I don't know what I am missing!

My build is here:
http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/3...nia-19283.html (32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California)
Good luck!
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A 32 is good. My experience so far makes me think I wouldn't build anything under 30 inches, and 36 would be "roomy".
Of course, over here people expect a "Fat Aussie" pizza, which requires a cooler floor and a longer cook to ensure that the more heavily loaded toppings are cooked before the crust burns, so a bigger oven is helpful..

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:20 PM
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I think that there are several ovens on this site that have built 42" ovens with just one box (six pieces of 1' x 3') of CalSil. You don't need the CalSil under the flu entry. But, I think there will still be enough from the cuts to include that area.

I just want to add to what has already been advised to deciding oven size. That is fuel (wood) availability. One reason that I built a large oven is because I have plenty of wood resources. I don't know much about your area. From the single pic that I have of your oven stand, I don't see much. From what I have read about your great country, ya'll have a lot .
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:26 PM
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I built a 36" Pompeii and it does all that I need and has room to spare. The bigger they are the more wood you will need and the longer it takes to get them hot. I can get enough heat for a couple of pizza in a bit over an hour.

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