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Ted Rosenberg 11-11-2006 04:45 PM

My own Pizza Hut
How many lawyers does it take to build a Pompeii? call the masons. I have been admiring the work of the folks on this site for some time. I love to bake & have wanted a wood burning oven for a few years. I am not the handy type. Intially I was going to install a basic Pompeii but by the time my friendly architect and the mason was done with me... Well my Pizza Hut will seat 6 when it is done. The brick is a handmade type that is made to look old. It will be finished with a mahogany door, a couple of windows & a roof. I'll get some more photos as the work progresses over the next week or so.

I was unable to attach the photos to this post & rec'd a message that the files were too big. Hopefully you can view a few pictures I took today by going to this link

DrakeRemoray 11-11-2006 05:12 PM

Looking good! Where are you located?


redbricknick 11-11-2006 05:31 PM

Oven is looking great Ted. What dimensions are you going with? Please explain the stick you are using in your dome build, and how it's going for you. I'm still exploring all options, but i'm definitely leaning towards a formless dome build.

dmun 11-11-2006 06:00 PM

Looking good!
I like the U shaped work area. Should be easy to access your pizzas, and put them in the oven.

Pictures: Since you use photobucket, on your photobucket page copy the text in the third box under each photo, and past it directly into your reply:

I think you can paste 4 images into each message or reply.

There is a limit to what you can attach to a message, that's about not using Forno Bravo server space, which you don't need if you are already hosting your picture on Photobucket's server.

Ted Rosenberg 11-12-2006 12:55 AM

My Pizza Hut
I live on Long Island, NY. The oven is 42 inches in diameter with a 21 inch high dome. Only in America do you get a Portugese contractor supervising Mexican masons making a Jewish guy an Italian oven. The masons used a piece of stiff metal wire that was 21 inches long to measure the distance of each brick from the center of the oven floor. These guys have built ovens before but never used the Super Isol boards previously. By the way they just set the hearth bricks on top of the board in a herringbone pattern with out any sand or mortar. They only mortared around the perimeter.

james 11-12-2006 09:57 AM

A future FB installer???
Nice work. This looks great.

Ted, can you forward me the contact details for your mason? I want to talk with him about installing the Forno Bravo oven kits. It looks like he would do a great job. Is that OK? I'm at

I like the brick type, and the arch into the wood storage look great. That's a nice effect.

Have you looked at the cooking floor, and run your hand over it to make sure there are not high spots? Or run a pizza peel across it? If there is a rim or two, you can ask them to grind them out right before they finish.

Waiting expectantly for a new FB resource ( :) ),

Ted Rosenberg 11-12-2006 10:51 AM

My Pizza Hut
The floor is very flat. I have been reading the posts on this site for a long time so I feel like I am qualified to be a good inspector. The super isol you sold me provided a very flat surface & the contractor made sure the bricks he used were uniform & flat. Now I have to buy the peels, brush and other accesories you sell. I will forward his contact info to you tomorrow when I am in my office.
By the way what is the best method for securing the insulating blanket around the oven?

james 11-12-2006 02:57 PM

Holding the insulation blanket in place
Hi Ted,

I hope my "resource request" didn't sound overly serious. :rolleyes: It wasn't meant to be.

You can either use chichen wire, or metal straps, or nothing. Insulfrax does very well with gravity on its side, as it is very flexible and happily follows the contour of the oven. There are a number of postings on the forum on how builders have held it down, so perhaps we should start to develop a Best Practice for this.

Ted Rosenberg 11-21-2006 04:20 PM

Progress Photo
Here is a picture of my Pizza Hut as of today. It still need the roof, a few windows, doors and the countertops. I am very happy with the way it turned out. The masons did a great job making it look like it has been on my property for a 100 years.

CanuckJim 11-21-2006 04:46 PM

Pizza HUT?

What very fine work your people have done. It's most handsome and well made. I'm still working on enclosing the portico area of my oven; probably get to it in a blizzard. Congratulations to you and your masons.

Some hut.


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