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70chevelle 05-13-2008 06:40 AM

A few pic's of the beginning
Old Fireplace and a big chunk of 5000 psi reinforced concrete. (A mismake from our foundation manufacturer)

After I cut my flagstone and set the concrete in place. (not a one man job, but I don't work well with others!)

After the lintels and block were installed, and then the cells filled and the top leveled with type S mortar.

The final dimension of the pad is 48"w x 52" wide.

Between the Pen's in the playoffs, entertaining with my new Big Green Egg, and the rain we've been having, the blockwork has been at a standstill. I hope to have the block laid this weekend.

dbhansen 05-13-2008 07:00 AM

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Wow, that's one big hunk o' concrete! How on Earth did you move it?

70chevelle 05-13-2008 07:14 AM

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"Ancient chinese secret!"

A bobcat with a set of forks got it to the patio. I used an engine crane and straps to get it close. Then some pry bars to make minor adjustments. It took my tractor to get the straps out, and that helped for the final move also. I'm just glad it's done.

70chevelle 06-01-2008 01:30 PM

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A few more pics

Brickwork almost done. Need to lay up the firebox, and then do the arch. After that I'll pour the hearth and start on the dome. The bottom exposed block are going to be covered with cultured stone.

I did an eggplant pizza yesterday for an appetizer to a pork loin. Both were cooked on my Big Green Egg. The eggplant was cooked in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt & pepper on a cast iron skillet. I stretched out my dough and then put it back into the cast iron skillet, topped with the eggplant and cheese, and then on the egg for about 10 minutes. Here's a pic.

And while I'm at it, here's a pic of my outdoor kitchen.

70chevelle 06-05-2008 07:28 AM

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No pic's, but I've had another revelation. I've been having a design issue with my fireplace oven combination, which is basically that I wasn't happy with the bottom of my hearth being the top of the interior of my fireplace. I was going to use cement board for my form, and leave it in, which I am still going to do, but....I'm actually going to mirror my exterior fireplace arch with firebrick on the inside of the firebox. Now there will be an airspace between the firebrick barrel ceiling and the concrete hearth. There will be about a 4"-5" gap between the rear of the barrel and the rear firebox wall which is being laid on an angle from back to front. This will be the entry into the smoke chamber, and hopefully the 8" terracotta flue liner will be enough to get a draft. I should be done with the firebox and start my form for the hearth by the weekend, maybe even get the hearth poured. I'll try to get some pics this as it's being laid.

70chevelle 06-21-2008 09:42 AM

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Another update. I killed the revelation as it was going to make my oven too high. You'll see in the pic's below, that I took 3 hole firebrick, layed up 3 seperate stacks, filled the center hole with fireclay mortar, and then inserted rebar in the outer holes and filled with fireclay mortar. then I layed those on the firebox for the lid. I layed the arch on Thursday, and filled it in and layed the hearth stone today. After it drys in I'm going to layout my form and rebar and pour the rest of the oven floor. My dome & hearth isulation should be here next week. If the weather holds out this weekend, I should be ready to start laying the oven up this week.

Here are the pics

70chevelle 06-23-2008 06:18 AM

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I got the cement for the hearth poured Saturday evening. It came out nice. It looks like a fireplace now, and hopefully it will look like a pizza oven by the end of next week. I still have a lot of planning and tasks left, but getting the base/fireplace finished was a big accomplishment.

On another note, I can't wait for this oven to be done. I cooked a delicious focaccia to have with dinner last nite. I should have my pizza dough & focacchia dough perfected by the time it's done.

70chevelle 07-05-2008 06:10 AM

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Another update. I finished up the oven in about 3 days, approximately 16 hours. Here's a pic. On to the chimney, exterior, & insulation.

My final dimensions ended up at 31" x 31" interior, with an 18" dome and an11.5"h x 18"w entry way. That's the biggest cooking surface I could get with what I was working with. I also did a test burn in the fireplace below, and it drew very nicely. I'm going to mimick the fireplace arch, as best I can for the entryway to the oven. For the exterior, I think I'm going to carry the brick to the same height as the oven sidewalls, fill whatever gap is left after the blanket with vermicrete and then stucco the top following the contour of the barrel roll. (At least thats the plan right now)

Mojoe 07-06-2008 05:05 AM

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Looking good Chev.

bimbo 08-12-2008 04:28 PM

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I am new to all of this but am very interest to see how this turn out - looking great so far. I have always wanted a pizza oven but i finally got the go ahead when my wife decided she wanted an outdoor fireplace so i have been trying to find out how to combine the 2.
I am particuarly interested in how the flue from the fireplace is directed, can't quite tell from the photos.


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