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Dineomite 09-18-2012 06:03 AM

My Pizza Oven Build in Cleveland, OH
This is a documentation of my journey through the pizza oven construction process. I've done a fair amount of research on talked to a lot of people that have also built ovens in their backyards. I'm very fascinated by the entire process.

Normally I wouldn't go to the trouble of writing all of this stuff down, but because others have taken the time to advise me, I feel obligated to add to the body of knowledge that already exists.

I'll kick this whole thing off retroactively by going back to May 2012 when I had to submit plans to my city's architectural review board.

Thanks for reading!

moderator 09-18-2012 08:31 AM

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Hello Dineomite,

Thank you for wanting to share your journey with us. We look forward to reading what you post. Also, we wish you a happy and successful build. Happy Cooking!

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deejayoh 09-18-2012 08:41 AM

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Welcome! Can't help but ask. Cleveland requires architectural review for pizza oven?

Dineomite 09-18-2012 12:55 PM

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Actually, the suburb I live in requires it. Anything requiring a footer 42" below ground is going to draw scrutiny from the building inspectors. I also poured a slab for the adjoining patio as well. I'm pretty sure the City of Cleveland would never catch such a thing.

Dineomite 10-10-2012 05:43 AM

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I guess it all starts with a plan. With two giant (horribly located) ash trees sitting between mine and my neighbor's house, I knew they needed to come down before I could even think about drawing up any kind of plans.

In my mind I knew I wanted a fence around my lot so my dogs could run free while we were out on our new patio (cooking delicious wood-fired things). As it stands right now, there is no fence and with the number of dogs in our neighborhood they last about 10 minutes before darting off.

The trees and their roots sat squarely in the path of the fence location, this coupled with the fact that they clogged the hell out of my gutters and weren't getting any smaller.

So on April 11th, 2012 the trees came down at a cost of about $750! I thought that was a ridiculously good price for being so large and in such a precarious location.

With the trees gone, I could now focus on drawing up plans for the patio and the oven. As mentioned before, our city requires architectural review most anything that requires a footer.

Laurentius 10-10-2012 01:00 PM

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Now you have wood seasoning, before you build. Cool!

jeeppiper 10-10-2012 02:17 PM

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Im curious, were the 42" footers a requirement of your zoning folks?...(that seems awfully deep)

texman 10-10-2012 02:34 PM

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Welcome to the fun.
Can you post some pics of your site and your plan? Those footers are dddeeep!:D Must be a big oven or get really cold or soil is loose?

Dineomite 10-10-2012 02:58 PM

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Here in Cleveland it's pretty much heavy clay soil (that absorbs a ton of water) and winter temps have the potential to get pretty low. Combine soaking wet soils with freezing temps and you can get all kinds of fun things happening to foundations.

To get below the frost line here in Northeast Ohio, you could probably go 36" and not have a problem. Since I had to go through the city and didn't want to have to sit through another building review I made them 42" just to be safe. My father, who is an excavator suggested the 42".

Am I really worried about it heaving with footers at 36"? Not really; especially with the winter we had last year. I was actually concerned more about the city's building/architectural review more than anything.

I'll post some site plans as well as an oven elevation tomorrow.

jeeppiper 10-11-2012 03:16 AM

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Id be more concerned about punching through the earth's crust and hitting magma!!!
....(just kidding)

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