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asudavew 09-27-2007 04:13 PM

I got a little crazy.
I know some disagreed with me adding an inch of thermal mass to my perlcrete before the brick floor. But I liked the idea, so I went for it.

I added some pics to my thread if anyone would like to see.

Crossing my fingers that it was a good decision for me.

wlively 09-28-2007 04:30 AM

Re: I got a little crazy.
Hey, you are the only one that has to be happy with the oven. So after thinking things over, do it the way you want to. That is what I like best about doing things yourself, good or bad it is a learning process.

Happy building.

maver 09-28-2007 05:55 AM

Re: I got a little crazy.
Dave - it will work. If there is a tradeoff it is slower heat up times against more even floor performance. Because yours varies from the usual pompeii plans in a significant way you should pay particular attention with use to how the hearth heats up. You may initially see the floor temps less stable with firing until you really soak the bricks with heat. With my conventional pompeii floor it took some time to get a sense for how much wood to use to heat it and when it is ready to use. Bear in mind that you can also overheat the floor - I usually have to wait at least 15 minutes from the time I've finished my big preheat fire before the oven is ready for pizza, otherwise the bottom burns too quickly. Thermocouples would be interesting in your oven.


asudavew 09-28-2007 05:59 AM

Re: I got a little crazy.
Thanks for the encouragement.

I did a little research on thermocouples, but not enough to where I know how it all works. Like type, variety, controllers, etc.

I may check it out today.

My thinking was (about the floor) was not only would I get an even and level surface, but with the additional mass I was hoping the floor would recharge faster between pizzas. I knew the trade off would be longer heat times. I hope it works out.

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