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KiwiGeorge 09-08-2013 01:24 AM

Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
I'm in the beginning stages of building an outdoor entertainment area with both an oven and a firepit. Unfortunately work tends to take a considerable amount of time but as I get to add to it I will keep posting here.

KiwiGeorge 09-08-2013 03:17 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
The location for the build.

So far the joists for the deck have been built and the two bench seats are almost done.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-j...908_172436.jpg

KiwiGeorge 09-08-2013 03:23 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
Fire pit stand under construction


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-m...908_172237.jpg

KiwiGeorge 09-08-2013 03:29 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
Cinder blocks stacked in the corner to build the oven stand from. The green drum is going to be the form to build the fire pit around. The over itself will sit just to the right of where the drum is now in the cut-out area of the joists.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Q...06-no/2013+-+4

mrchipster 09-08-2013 06:16 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
That looks like a beautiful location, it seems to be a distance from your house, are you planning a prep station near the oven?

Or, is the cutout in the deck the water drain etc for a wet bar? If so that is great planning. If that is your fire pit it might be a little close to the back of the oven operator...

KiwiGeorge 12-02-2013 03:57 PM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
It would seem I have been incredibly slack in taking pictures of the build. It has been going rather a lot slower than I expected (and her indoors would like!) but a little more progress has been made today - pouring of the slab for the oven base has been completed this morning.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5...203_122812.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...203_122833.jpg

re the distance from the house - yes, the plan is to have a prep station running each side of the oven. I must admit, I hadn't considered the proximity of the fire pit and oven in regards to the operator - it may be that the fire pit isn't wound right up while there is cooking going on!

KiwiGeorge 12-08-2013 06:02 PM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
Todays effort - The laying of the first two courses for cinder blocks for the stand.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y...209_124618.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Y...209_143150.jpg

From here, once the mortar sets, the centre will be 3/4 backfilled and then a layer of concrete laid to form the floor for wood storage.

This is my first crack at laying bricks, so if it looks wonky, it probably is!

Greenman 12-09-2013 03:08 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
It might be a bit late but some reo bar tying the base, the blocks and the hearth base together is a good idea. Normally the core fill happens after all of the blocks are laid and the reo is set into the base.

The rest of the build looks good. I am sure that it will all come together.

KiwiGeorge 12-09-2013 10:40 AM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Greenman (Post 166462)
It might be a bit late but some reo bar tying the base, the blocks and the hearth base together is a good idea. Normally the core fill happens after all of the blocks are laid and the reo is set into the base.

The rest of the build looks good. I am sure that it will all come together.

Hi Steve,

Thanks very much for the advice - what you have said does make good sense. The blocks that I have sourced were from the demolition of - believe it or not - a particle accelerator! The cores were already filled when I got them, but the price was right ;) It does make laying them a little harder though, least of all how much heavier they are...

I will need to lay another five courses before putting the hearth on (which I already have as a pre-cast item and will be mortared to the top of the last course) I did wonder if I should take the dyna-drill to the hearth once fitted and chem-set some reo through into the top course of stand bricks. I am hoping that the bricks will be strong enough without the reo, as with the cores filled I can put any in - a last option will be to dyna-bolt/chem-set three decent sized steel bars to the outside of each side of the stand on an angle to hold the whole show together.

V-wiz 12-11-2013 12:26 PM

Re: Oven and Fire Pit Build
 
Nice start, the location is amazing.


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