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Robpriddy 10-28-2012 06:42 AM

Oven Build in Asheville, NC
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I have been working on my stand for about 2 months and have posted lots of questions and photos in other threads. I cannot say enough about all the help, advise and encouragement I have gotten from this forum. Thanks to all of you who make this forum great!

I am going to play catchup with this post and a few photos and then will post photos as I move ahead. All comments and suggestions are always welcome.

The oven will be a part of an informal outdoor kitchen. To the left of the oven will be a concrete slab for my charcoal grill/smoker and farther to the left, in front of the small tree, will be a counter and storage for cooking equipment. There will be a deck in front of all of it with a firepit for open fire cooking. This should keep me busy for at least a year.

Robpriddy 10-28-2012 06:55 AM

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After a month of being tied up with work, I got back to the oven build last week.

I built and Indispensable Tool last month. My plan is to build an arched oven opening and to use the IT to shape the oven.

I did the cut and layout for the floor last week. I fit it all together in my workshop.

Robpriddy 10-28-2012 07:10 AM

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Yesterday was the big day! I set the floor and built the first course of upright bricks. It is starting to feel real now!

Everything fit perfectly in my shop but you know what they say about plans....somehow I lost about half a brick in the actual build. Had to cut a brick in the back.

I calculated that the correct spacing for the bricks would be .54" so rather than making wedges I just used 1/2" tile spacers. If I can get everything within 4/100th in this oven I will be VERY happy and $2.49 for the spacers was lots easier and faster than making wedges.

The fitting at the landing was what I figured was most important so I started there on both sides and moved to the back. What I did not think about was the height of the mortar joint under the bricks. I realized as the two sides got closer that the joint on the right was higher than the joint on the left. I adjusted as I went along so when they came together they were even but now I have a problem to correct for as I move to the next course.

UtahBeehiver 10-28-2012 07:11 AM

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Nice looking base and a great start on you dome. Best of luck and send pics of your progress. One thing you might want to do is duct tape the space between the floor and the first course. This will keep mortar from getting in the space and causing a crack later on during the cure.

Robpriddy 10-28-2012 07:18 AM

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Thanks for the cracks allowed! My next step will be to make a plywood floor for the IT. I will be sure to seal the area around the edges before moving ahead.

UtahBeehiver 10-28-2012 07:27 AM

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LOL, there are cracks and then there are CRACKS, we all get them, just some are bigger than others. One thing to consider, make you brick adjustments where they cannot as easily seen from the archway entry, ie the sides closer to the arch. People love to look in the ovens when they are fired up. Maybe they would not notice but you have the option of where to place the brick(s) adjustments. Good luck.

Robpriddy 10-28-2012 07:51 AM

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Great advise...thanks! One of the differences between an amateur and a well a pro can cover mistakes!

Laurentius 10-28-2012 02:03 PM

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Hi Rob,

Think about drainage with your oven sitting in that embankment.

Robpriddy 10-28-2012 02:33 PM

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I have already sealed the stand with the same stuff sold in this area to waterproof basements...Thoroseal Foundation Sealer. I will also put in a french drain and gravel to quickly move water out from behind the oven. Hope that is enough to keep things dry. Any other thoughts are welcome.

Faith In Virginia 10-28-2012 05:09 PM

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May I ask why you did not run insulation under your dome wall? Won't the heat leach from your dome to your base with no resistance?

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