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dtrbovich 10-25-2010 04:49 PM

42" Corner Unit - Phoenix
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Well....after weeks of negotiating with the wife, a month of planning, a couple days of rain (in Phoenix go figure), and busted sprinkler line (which filled my foundation up 6" because I forgot to turn it off overnight), and three hand-prints later, I have "officially" past the point of no return.

So, for those of you who is my progress:

dmun 10-25-2010 06:49 PM

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Interesting shape. I assume the small angled corner is in the back.

dtrbovich 10-26-2010 09:28 AM

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You are correct. It was one of two last minute design change at the request of my wife. We laid it all out and she was talking about how it would be nice to have it rounded so that it would open up access to the side yard a little. I looked at the design and determined that it was just dead space and could be easily lost. However, I decided to just clip the corner to simplify the overall construction. I would have thought about clipping the sides as well but I need them to tie into the counter tops which will eventually form an L shape.

Gander 10-26-2010 03:21 PM

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Looks like a good start! Approval from the wife can be the hardest part of a big oven. ;)

Jon in Albany 10-26-2010 04:47 PM

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I care!
Looking forward to watching the build. Good Luck!

azpizzanut 10-26-2010 07:26 PM

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Hi dtrbovich,

We're building our ovens at the same time. I live in Glendale near Arrowhead Ranch.

Your base slab and mine are similar since we don't need a deep footer or excavation. Look at the one tusr18a did. He replied to a question of mine on the Newbie forum yesterday and included a series of photos of his build. AWSOME !!


dtrbovich 10-27-2010 09:40 AM

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Thanks for the kind words from everyone. Needless to say…..the pizza oven bug has bitten me pretty hard. It is amazing to see what some other builders have done and how it all seems to build off of what the prior builders did and what mistakes they made. The shear wealth of information and expertise on here is awesome. Thank god that I switched from a bread oven to a pizza oven.

Well….I was at it again last night and I am pleased to say that 45 degree angles with dry stacked concrete block aren’t nearly as difficult as I thought they would be. As a mater of fact….they are pretty darn easy.

Here is my update and a picture of my progress from a couple hours last night and my future source of fire wood (a mesquite tree – they grow like weeds here in AZ)

BTW…azpizzanut, at what stage are you on your build? And yes, it is very nice that we don’t have to do a full foundation. At it is even better that we can build year round with our weather.

azpizzanut 10-29-2010 07:20 PM

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Sorry for the late reply.

The insulation hearth is now complete. I added four inches of perlite/cement and one inch of castable insulating refractory cement over that. I had the insulating refractory from another project and there was a bag and a half left over. Phoenix Brick Yard carries it.

If you decide to use a castable insulating refractory you don't need to make the hearth insulation layer so thick as you would if using perlite or vermiculite cement mix. Note the 2" thickness of the FB board insulation compared to an equivalent of perlite or vermiculite insulation 4". It is so much more efficient you don't need as much. In my case, I wanted to use up the insulating refractory and try my hand at using the perlite/cement mix. I was surprised at how solid the perlite/cement mix set up.

If you decide to make your own insulation you can buy Perlite at HD or Lowe's. You will need 4-6 cu ft. It is about $17 per 2 cu ft bag. You should avoid "block core filler" type perlite since it has silicone mixed with it. It is cheaper per cu ft but some oven builders found it harder to mix since the silicone repels water. Thankfully HD and Lowe's have the right kind and masonry supply stores carry the other. There is a factory in Chandler that manufacturers perlite but they don't have a retail counter.....I tried.

I'll be busy tomorrow cutting bricks for a 36" Pompeii oven. Thank goodness there were saws on special at Harbor Freight recently. Their 10 inch saw may still be on sale. Check the Sunday newspaper for a 20% off coupon. You can get it for less than $200.

Best wishes

SteveP 10-31-2010 06:32 PM

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Looking forward to seeing your progress. So far, so good!

dtrbovich 11-01-2010 04:19 PM

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Almost ready to pour the hearth...

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