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Robl 06-24-2014 09:35 AM

Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Hi everyone! Just joined after reading so many pages and pages of info here. Entire family is looking forward to a pizza oven.

Today I'm about to finish the patio (1800sq ft). Just have to compact and get the poly sand in and watered.

Next is the outdoor kitchen with the pizza oven on the end. Hoping to start that next week once we finalize the design.

I'm thinking of doing a 36" WFO. Is that a good size for regular family use?

I found (well someone else found them for me) someone in CT selling 8"x4.5"x2.5" firebricks. I can't figure out how many I need for this size oven.
I'm guessing I need to cut them down to 2.5" squares" (tapered according to the pompeii dome calc).

Thanks all!
Rob

deejayoh 06-24-2014 09:49 AM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Welcome! 36 inches is a great size oven for a family. Good balance between big enough for a couple pizzas and small enough that you don't need to burn down a whole forest.

You'll need ~180 bricks. Maybe 200 to be safe if they are cheap. Snap those suckers up. But are you sure they aren't 9" long? That is the standard size. You cut them in two and get 4.5 x 4.5 x 2" squares to build your dome out of.

hodgey1 06-24-2014 09:58 AM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Robl (Post 175905)
Hi everyone! Just joined after reading so many pages and pages of info here. Entire family is looking forward to a pizza oven.

Today I'm about to finish the patio (1800sq ft). Just have to compact and get the poly sand in and watered.

Next is the outdoor kitchen with the pizza oven on the end. Hoping to start that next week once we finalize the design.

I'm thinking of doing a 36" WFO. Is that a good size for regular family use?

I found (well someone else found them for me) someone in CT selling 8"x4.5"x2.5" firebricks. I can't figure out how many I need for this size oven.
I'm guessing I need to cut them down to 2.5" squares" (tapered according to the pompeii dome calc).

Thanks all!
Rob

Hi Rob

Welcome and enjoy your build.

Just my opinion, unless back yard space is an issue I would recommend building no less than a 42". I built a 42" and it is tight if you get to the point of wanting to cook 2 pies at once but that's a personal preference thing. I think the advantages of a smaller oven are less of a pre-heat time and smaller foot print which maybe appealing to you. My oven takes 2 hrs + to preheat.

For brick quantities, I used appox 210 9"x4.5"x2.5" medium duty bricks as prescribed in the manual, that included using them for my decorative arch and flue. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend downloading the free FB Pompeii Oven manual and read it completly.

Robl 06-24-2014 10:37 AM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Thanks. I think they are standard size. I might go pick them up tomorrow. He said they are standard size so I'm hoping that meant 9". I think he said I can get 220 of them for $100.
Space isn't a concern but heat up time would be.

I have the plans now and will be printing them out shortly for more details and to help with the planning.

Any threads to go through to help with the planning and do's/don't?

deejayoh 06-24-2014 11:14 AM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
$0.45 each? SCORE!!!!

Get 'em all

As for threads - depends on what kind of build you want. If you're planning to cut all your bricks to minimize gaps - check out Utah Beehiver, Gulf, Texman, Gianni Foccacia, and probably many others. Start with Luboro's treasures thread.

Download the spreadsheet in my signature to figure out your cuts/angles

The plans are great, but much in there is outdated vs. current build designs. E.g. they use soldiers where almost no current builds use them, there is no mention of an IT, the directions on how to join your arch/dome are outdated and difficult. You can get the big picture on steps, dimensions, etc - but the state of the art has moved on and is to be found in the forums.

stonecutter 06-24-2014 11:46 AM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Not all fire brick is 9"...it depends on the manufacturer.

Where are you in CT?

Robl 06-24-2014 01:48 PM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
I'm near Middletown CT. Just a little south in Haddam near the CT River.

Yes seems like a good score. Too bad he's 1 1/2hr away. Trying to decide if it's worth saving $200 but loosing 3 hrs plus gas.

I'll have to take a look at newer builds mentioned. I believe I've read a lot of them already but I'll take notes this time :)

NCMan 06-24-2014 02:00 PM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by deejayoh (Post 175911)
.....the state of the art has moved on and is to be found in the forums.

True....so very true. Some great advice.

pemer 06-24-2014 02:07 PM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
If you are coming up after those bricks in Canaan I am about 10 min away and you welcome to come by to see the start of my oven.
paul

Robl 06-24-2014 03:49 PM

Re: Hi From CT - New build Starting in a month or so
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pemer (Post 175940)
If you are coming up after those bricks in Canaan I am about 10 min away and you welcome to come by to see the start of my oven.
paul

Are you around in the afternoon? Not sure what time yet. Have to arrange getting my wife's mini-van free.


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