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Alter ego 09-13-2009 04:39 AM

Another Aussie Oven
 
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After several years of pondering & wishing for a pizza oven I have now started on my own build. Actually, one of the reasons that it has taken me so long is that I didn't like any of the manufactured ovens on the market, They were all too small and too expensive. Once I stumbled on the Forno Bravo site I found a good oven that I could imagine in my back yard.

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Above is the corner of the back yard before I took the axe to it. I would have like the oven closer to the house but I had to accept the planning approvals from the BOSS.

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Clearing the jungle took a weekend and I am forever amazed as to why palms in Australia always seem to come with long sharp spines and/or thorns. All of the jungle was taken to some friends who have 2 goats. They just love any new vegetation and they don't care and complain about thorns! The WFO will sit in the corner of the yard and I will also install decking around the oven and new edging around the pool (this was a requirement of the planning approval)

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This weekend I finished the form for the base slab and I ran a conduit and cable from the house for lighting around the oven and decking.

That's it of the weekend and next weekend I will be pouring the slab.

Paul

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-13-2009 04:42 AM

Re: Another Aussie Oven
 
welcome to the club,,, Nothing like breaking ground.

Alter ego 09-19-2009 04:39 AM

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During the week I dug a trench across the back yard to take power to the WFO (to add lighting around the decking & for the WFO)

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Ready to pour.

My 16yr old son, Tim helped mix & pour the concrete. The last concreting job he helped me with we mixed by hand. He is impressed with the technology of a cement mixer!

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Tim in action.

Tomorrow morning I will co and get the concrete blocks to start the build.

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The completed slab.

Paul

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-19-2009 04:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Alter ego (Post 65099)

My 16yr old son, Tim helped mix & pour the concrete. The last concreting job he helped me with we mixed by hand. He is impressed with the technology of a cement mixer!

Paul

That's great,,, I hope he's still impressed with the low tech of laying bricks.

P.s. I love my cement mixer

Mark

Alter ego 09-19-2009 04:51 AM

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I have to nag him to mow the grass but some how mixing concrete is more fun and he is happy to help... maybe it's the promise of pizza in the near future?

Rodneyf 09-19-2009 04:54 AM

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I am interested in what the size of slab you have there. I only looks to be about 1200 x 1200, what size oven do you plan to build?:confused:

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-19-2009 04:54 AM

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a promise of a little pizza can go a long way...... It will get your neighbors to help you carry 80lb, bags of cement..... Ahhh The Power Of Pizza

Alter ego 09-19-2009 05:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Rodneyf (Post 65105)
I am interested in what the size of slab you have there. I only looks to be about 1200 x 1200, what size oven do you plan to build?:confused:

Rodney, you were very close. The slab is 1300 x 1300 and I am planning to build a 1000mm internal WFO. I didn't want the supporting structure to dominate the oven so the harth slab will be hexagonal and overhang the base. If i can figure how to convert a Google sketch dwg into a jpg file I will post a picture.

Paul

Rodneyf 09-19-2009 03:50 PM

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That makes sense now, keep the pics coming and welcome to the forum.

Alter ego 09-20-2009 03:05 PM

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I figured how to convert a Google Sketch drawing into a jpg file so here are the details of the intended design.

I didn't draw the WFO (it was one of the free 3D models available for download) but it will be similar to the style that I want. I mainly used it to determine how it would look on the base & slab.

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I have gone for the hexagonal base to allow the oven to fit easier into the corner of the yard and to have the smallest hearth slab that I could get away with.

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The area will be finished with Red Gum timber decking and I will use low palms or non invasive bamboo along the left hand fence to screen it from the neighbours. (We don't want them looking over the fence and begging for pizza!)

Paul


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