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dpwork1 08-11-2011 10:35 AM

Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Hello Everyone - I am hoping to build the 42" Pompeii oven! I have been reading a lot on this site and in the forum and have taken away a wealth of knowledge from those who went before me! I have downloaded the instructions on building the oven and have read it several times.

My wife and I are big DYI people, in fact before I/we can start this project my wife has firmly said I/we need to finish our bathroom remodel! My goal is to finish the bathroom Labor day Weekend and hopefully get started after that with the foundation and the brick stand.

Stay Tuned!

Daniel & Betsy

rodeair 08-11-2011 01:19 PM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Welcome, I made a similar deal to start my oven. I am a big DIY person as well. We needed to replace about 8 windows in the house, so we agreed if I could do one a week, I could start the oven. Since I have been underway for a few months and only 3 windows done, I am hanging my head a bit, but the dome is done ;) Good luck on the project!

dpwork1 08-12-2011 06:59 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Leigh - That's great your dome is done. You'll be firing up for pizza in no time at all. Keep plugging away at your windows! As for me I have to get the bathroom done. We actually started this remodel on Memorial Weekend, with the intent to finish over the long weekend! Sometimes the best laid plans never work out. I'm about 1/2 done so another long weekend should do it! LOL..... Then I can get started with my oven!

By the way what size oven did you build? I just saw your photos of your build....AWESOME!!!!
I hope I can emulate what you did!



mfiore 08-13-2011 09:15 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Daniel and Betsy,

Congratulations on your endeavor! It's great to see another WFO in Michigan. I had no DYI and managed to get it done, so I'm sure you'll have no problems.

Best of luck!


rodeair 08-13-2011 10:21 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Daniel & Betsy, Thanks for the kind words. It's crazy how much time and money is needed to restore a bathroom which is usually a small room compared to others. I built a 42 inch oven. The build I am emulating is from Dino_Pizza. I did alot of research as well, and their oven is engineered and built with alot of skill. I changed a few things, but the basic footprint, etc. was hard to beat. You and Betsy will have a ball building you own WFO.

dpwork1 08-15-2011 09:39 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Mike - I may be asking you for some names of suppliers that you used. I'm finding some of the materials are hard to find locally. By the way, do you or have you used your oven in the winter? Is there any harm to the oven because of the temperature variation from inside the oven to the outside during winter?


dpwork1 08-15-2011 09:42 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Leigh - I looked at Dino's build as well, I liked that one too! What I liked especially in your photos was your version of the "indispensable tool". That seemed to make more sense to me.

Stay tuned!

Dan & Betsy

shuboyje 08-15-2011 05:53 PM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Let me know what you are having issues finding, I can point you to any material you will need in Metro Detroit.

mfiore 08-15-2011 07:04 PM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan

I've had no problems using it in the winter. The only pain is digging out a path to the oven. If your dome is fully cured and dried out, the high temps won't be a problem. I usually start a little slower with the fire, but everything is still standing after a few winters!

dpwork1 08-16-2011 07:48 AM

Re: Greetings from Troy, Michigan
Thanks Shuboyje! I'll let you know. I'm just starting to gather materials. Can the FB board that is used in the build, can it be found here locally or is that an "FB" Item.

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