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K79 03-08-2013 05:36 AM

Oven Timeline
Trying to incorporate the construction of my WFO with house renovations is a tricky thing. For those of you who have constructed a WFO with an enclosure, how long did it take you from when you broke ground until you finished your oven?


stonecutter 03-08-2013 06:06 AM

Re: Oven Timeline
That's a loaded question. Maybe be more oven for personal or for a client? The ones I have built for clients range from 4-6 weeks depending on the design. For a personal oven...well, let's just say I'll get it done when I have the time to work on it.

Ken524 03-08-2013 08:03 AM

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Mine took a year from start to finish. As Stonecutter said, it depends on how much time you can put into it.

deejayoh 03-08-2013 09:30 AM

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took me about 3-4 months to get the slab up and close the dome, mostly because I had to take a lot of breaks for weather
Another 6 weeks to get a function enclosure up - but I also built an entire outdoor kitchen so it was more work than just the dog house

And a year later, I still have a few things to finish up!

brickie in oz 03-08-2013 10:10 PM

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Mine took about 4 or 5 weekends, but then I am a champion......:)

irelande5 04-12-2013 05:39 PM

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Mine took 3 months from laying first brick to closing dome, but I am pretty slow and not too mechanical, good luck!

SableSprings 04-12-2013 09:29 PM

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First of all, FYI....I had no brick & mortar experience going into my "retirement project" of a WFO. Here's the date summary for the project. Other than the initial base slab pour, I worked either by myself or with one of my brother in laws. I was teaching a three credit college class during the June-August oven build and was just working when I could on the oven...which seemed like very little time every day, but I just kept pecking away at the job.

6/17/2009 - 8/29/2009
Had a large base slab poured & finished (hired job) for the entire area 18' x 18', built an oven foundation, poured the slab, and cut/mortared bricks in oven. Curing fires at the beginning of September.

9/10/2009 - 10/31/2009
Build the insulating dome over the actual (brick) cooking portion of the oven.

As Stonecutter said "That's a loaded question..." but since I essentially did the oven work myself, just working part time on it...the basic time of a little over two months for the basic oven, another month + to finish the insulation dome, and then...

3/8/2010 - 6/14/2010
Built the screened enclosure around the original 18 x 18 slab and now completed oven.

...a little over three months to build the screened enclosure around the oven.

Hope that helps, but no matter how you look at it (at least from my perspective) it will take a couple months to go from ground to curing fires if you do the work yourself and want to have a life during the build. Good luck and know that I would do this again in a heart-beat! It is well worth it!

Capt 04-13-2013 01:43 PM

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Mine took exactly one month, from the day we broke ground. All in all, it was really only a good 6-7 days of solid work.

Tscarborough 04-13-2013 01:48 PM

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A week if it is your job.

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