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svtlightning 07-14-2005 05:07 PM

New Oven Started
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I've been lurking for a while and thought would post some pictures of my progress. I don't work as fast as some, but I'm not in a hurry. Most of my materails have been recycled from dumpsters at new construction sites. Had to buy the concrete and mortar. Should be under $150.00 for the base.

ColonelCorn76 07-14-2005 07:01 PM


Keep us posted. BTW, there's no "right" speed for the build. These are extensions of ourselves in a lot of ways so go your own speed. After all, they'll outlive us and no one will remember if it took you 2 months or 6 to build.


dmun 07-14-2005 07:14 PM

looking good!
It looks really good. I like the circular construction, and the brick approach. It's also great that you search out recycled materials that otherwise would be in the landfill. It's amazing what gets thrown out. Some places have recycled construction material yards where contractors can take surplus materials just to keep them out of the trash stream.

Good work!

paulages 07-14-2005 11:32 PM

off to a great start!
i can definitely state from an obsessive/compulsive order (it's not a disorder!) point of view, that hastiness is not always the best approach. i have to run with it when i get a bug, or i might not go through with it, but taking it slow ensures that you have all your ducks in a row.
good luck with it!

svtlightning 07-28-2005 05:54 PM

New Progress
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I've got some new pictures to show recent progress. So far so good.

svtlightning 07-28-2005 05:57 PM

Few more
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Poured the hearth last week. Neighbor was having a new driveway poured and I got the leftovers :)

svtlightning 07-28-2005 06:00 PM

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How long do you all wait to remove the forms for the hearth? I'm ready to start building the fire brick dome.

ColonelCorn76 07-28-2005 06:49 PM


Originally Posted by svtlightning
How long do you all wait to remove the forms for the hearth? I'm ready to start building the fire brick dome.

Ummm...a year? Seriously.

You can start work on the firebrick hearth & dome as soon as the concrete can withstand pressure -- only a couple of days is ok but I prefer letting it cure for a week with daily misting (and then covered with plastic or wet newspaper). The longer moist curing helps maximize the strength of the slab. Take the side forms off then & the bottom ones after you're done with the rest & you're ready to start firing.

(BTW, I really didn't take the plywood support from under the hearth for a year. I know folks who have left it for 2 or 3 years for their wood fired brick ovens.)

dmun 07-28-2005 07:29 PM

nice work!
I like your arch and columns. Were those cast from concrete like your slab?

If the driveway leftover was ready-mix from the truck, that stuff is REALLY strong. You shouldn't have a problem with your slab.


svtlightning 07-29-2005 06:35 AM

Yes I cast those out of concrete. I used cardboard carpet tubes for the columns. Jello mold for the column base. The arch was harder to form.

A year! I don't know if I have the paitence to wait that long. I would like to see the hearth slab supporting itself before I add the mass of the dome, etc. on top of it.

Thanks for the help

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