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Simbiotic 06-29-2010 07:58 PM

Resources in West Australia
 
G'day everyone,

trying to source firebricks and refractory cement so I can build my WFO but it would appear that the suppliers in the southern end of Western Australia have a bit of an added price on their supplies( 1 refractory brick = $7if you buy in bulk, refractory mortar = $70/bag)

Can anyone help with what I should be paying and where I can get them from?

I don't mind second hand bricks and travel within reason ( +-500 KM)

Thanks in advance.

Anthony: confused:

nissanneill 06-30-2010 12:07 AM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Hi Anthony and welcome to the forum.
Just between you and me, I wouldn't use the high temp refractory mortar but use the 'Poor mans mortar0 as I and many others have. This is 1pt fireclay, 1pt quicklime, 1pt portland cement and 3 pts brickie sand. Much cheaper and easy to work.
If you can't get firebricks either, the solid fired clay pavers are another option as Russell Jeavons has stated in his book, "Your brick oven, building it and baking in it". He has a pizza restaurant here in the southern wine district of Adelaide, has 2 ovens built with common red house bricks and paver hearths and also built numerous other ovens using the same materials.
You might also check with James (the owner of this forum) who has an agent here in Australia for a Pompeii kit, but have not heard anything nor their location.

Cheers.

Neill

Simbiotic 06-30-2010 12:27 AM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Neill,


There is so much info on this forum it takes ages to get through it so I appreciate you replying so promptly.

I am open to any suggestions regarding what to use as I am still completing my foundation and won't get to the oven stage for a few weeks.

I have a ready supply of clay on my property and this is also an option. The poor man version of refractory cement sounds interesting too.

I want to make a pretty big oven as I have sheep and pigs which I would like to try cooking so the cost is really important.

regards,

Anthony

Muscats 06-30-2010 04:21 AM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Anthony;
when you say you want to make a big oven to cook sheep and pigs how big are you thinking about as the bigger you make the over the longer it takes to heat up and the more wood you will need. You mention you live on a property so I expect you are like me and the supply of wood is not an issue, however, if you are like me you will not want to have to cut any more wood than you have to.
$7 for a fire brick is ridiculous! They should be half that price new. There is a refactory warehouse in Sydney and they sell everything for a 32inch WFO excluding the base, door and render for around $1300.

Simbiotic 06-30-2010 09:50 AM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Muscats,

I agree that $7/brick is ridiculous.

I have a pretty much endless supply of jarrah so that is not a problem.I have a foundation around 2 metres square and want to put as big an oven on it as possible. I guess that will depend on what I use to to make the dome,clay or brick with the resulting layers being thicker with clay I would think therefore reducing the internal dimensions possible.

I hope there is a supplier of what I need in Perth at more reasonable prices as my area.

Johnny the oven man 07-06-2010 08:44 PM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Simbiotic (Post 93411)
Muscats,

I agree that $7/brick is ridiculous.

I have a pretty much endless supply of jarrah so that is not a problem.I have a foundation around 2 metres square and want to put as big an oven on it as possible. I guess that will depend on what I use to to make the dome,clay or brick with the resulting layers being thicker with clay I would think therefore reducing the internal dimensions possible.

I hope there is a supplier of what I need in Perth at more reasonable prices as my area.

Give Sila Australia a call on 0894553133, they are W.A's larger refractory suppliers. Ask for Tony Coates.

Simbiotic 07-07-2010 11:28 PM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
thanks for that,will do

FritzNeumann 07-17-2010 11:27 PM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Tony
Call Sila in Canning Vale, they will email you their pricelists.
You can also try the guys at Gourmet Pazza Ovens for a local supplier, I have dealt with them for my oven and they were very helpfull. Their website is Wood fired ovens Gourmet pizza ovens WA They might even be able to cast a large kit dome for you.

Happy building, Regards Fritz

Simbiotic 07-19-2010 03:55 AM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
Looks great Fritz.

Going to Perth this coming weekend and will no doubt be coming home with an emptier wallet.Still haven't made up my mind yet but the custom refractory dome could even be the go.

regards,

Anthony

scottz 07-19-2010 04:25 PM

Re: Resources in West Australia
 
There is also another mob who cast refactory cement domes. I got my kit through them and they are a really good small family company. There web site is Woodfired Pizza Ovens | Alfresco - Home Not sure if they do custom shells, but I know they can give you alot of advise on what to do. Good luck with it all

Scott


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