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Old 11-12-2013, 06:06 AM
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In between working on the build and work during the week, we like to fire up our Kamado Joe to cook and smoke food. Here's a picture of a mixed seafood and chorizo paella we made earlier this week.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:28 AM
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Next step- concrete! I designed the foundation to be about 9" bigger than the actual oven and fireplace. I also followed the curve of my patio, which made the back a little bit trickier to figure out. As the General Contractor, chief cook and bottlewasher, I hired 3 guys to help pour the concrete. I would have preferred to bring in a concrete truck, but we were regulated to working on a Sunday, and no one in the area delivers concrete on Sunday, especially with such a small amount like what we needed.

Used plenty of 1/2" rebar, and wound up renting a large mixer that could hold 4+ bags, and it went fairly well. Had a few issues with having a load spill onto the patio, and even with it covered it still stained and made a mess.

Wound up having to fight the guys to keep them from making the concrete too watery. How does that saying go....How do you know when concrete is the right consistency? When the guys pouring it all bitch and complain!

I tried to keep my pepper plants that were right next to the build intact throughout this process, and for the most part was fairly successful. We had a few casualties along the way though...
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:07 AM
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I am going to add "older" to "over" ENGINEERS too. Me being one, over analyzed every aspect of my oven build. Good thing I was not paid by the hour or my oven would of cost substantially more. I work cheap for my own projects!!
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:39 AM
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Next step was laying out the cinder block. I bought a plan for the fireplace, then customized it by making it wider and taller. At this point, I was still going with the foam molds from another company for the pizza oven, so I made the base smaller than I would have liked for the Casa2G90 which I ultimately used. Had some help with the cinder block work, but still wound up mixing a lot of concrete and cutting a lot of rebar!
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:47 AM
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Looking great so far! Thanks for the pictures!!
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:19 PM
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Next step took a little bit of time in that I had 3 arches to make, and each one had to be poured and cured for 1-2 days before resuming cinder block work.

The arches were pretty easy to make, each one is 2 pieces of 2x8 wood, with an arch cut into each piece. The bottoms are smaller pieces of 2x4, and I used metal flashing I had left over from another project to help it release better.

I tried to leave about 3 to 3 1/2 inches of room at the top for the concrete to lessen the chance of it cracking, and also included 2 pieces of rebar in each form. For just a little bit of work, it really gave it that custom look that we were going for.

This is a picture of the first arch that was below the pizza oven where the wood storage will go, and I should have packed the concrete a little better.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:28 PM
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Here are a few more pictures of the fireplace arch, and the Kamado Joe table arch.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:17 AM
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Here are a few more pictures of food we've cooked on the Kamado Joe. We love this cooker enough to build a table where we can incorporate it into the WFO and fireplace.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:42 PM
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That food looks great. Getting close to food porn!!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:24 AM
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Once the forms were done, it took another day or so to finish the cinder block work. Finally able to see the overall shape for the first time!

While I was at it, I went ahead and added a french drain behind the oven and ran it out into the yard. Although the picture doesn't look like much, it had not rained at all and the ground was like concrete. Took 3 hours of solid digging with a pickax to get that done.

Also started to run the conduit lines for the low voltage lighting below the fireplace hearth and over the pizza oven and side tables. One piece of advice I would give here, go with a larger diameter conduit line than you think you need. Pulling the wire through the conduit proved cumbersome, especially at the 90 degree elbows. I would recommend at least 3/4" for a single and 1" for 2 or 3 lines.

It was also a good time to redesign the back of the yard and combine what was 2 separate landscaped islands into 1.
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