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Old 11-18-2008, 11:16 AM
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My cost spreadsheet link is below in my signature.
My finished project cost way too much, but was worth every penny
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:06 AM
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This is all very useful info! My CFO at home is a little worried about the costs, possibly even more so than my total inexperience at this type of work. All the more reason to roll up my sleeves and get crackin', I say.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:27 AM
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My CFO is difficult at times to deal with as well, what with Christmas and end of year property taxes, etc. I feel your pain

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Old 12-10-2008, 07:13 PM
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Thanks for all the info... I'm weighing options now as a complete and total newbie, and this kind of thing is very helpful!
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:49 AM
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Ditto on the appreciation of this thread. It's helpful to get planning and permissions underway. Of course I think it's a lot like having kids. If you waited until you could afford it, you would never have them. So I'm hoping the get started this spring one way or the other.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:02 PM
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Well having earlier posted the bit about an oven which cost zero $ to build, my own great work is under way, dome almost complete and only a few days away from the first fire, maybe 2 weeks from cooking that first Pizza!
So far the cost for materials has been about $900 (Aussie $). There will be one further expense: for the sake of the final finish I am going to engage a professional renderer to coat the outside with a nice smooth final coat. That will conceal all the rough amateurish insides of the beast. And - the beast has a name. Thunderdome - done before - no, this is the "Blunderdome"!
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:55 PM
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Update:

I found a source of fire bricks and refractory mortar for free! I spent $20 on rebar and needed and additonal 3-80 lb bags of cement (son bought the expensive stuff at $7.bag)

I expect my cost to come in around $500 as of now.

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I am at $150 with the base completed and all the cement to finish the hearth. Need to get vermiculite and rebar for the hearth (around $40). then the Bricks ($1.16 ea x250) and around $130 for the refractory delivered to the casa from FB. Lastly, I need to spend about $300 on the flue and deco rocks. So I am estimating about $933. Please note this price will go down as I scrounge some more stuff (e.g. a flue duct, reclaimed brick from a local demo (for the exterior) and rebar -don't ask! Also have a bunch of stuff left over from building the casa! I estimate $800 tops!

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:29 PM
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I'm still building mine and so far have built up the brick base. Using commons from around the house and by partly demolishing the existing bbq I haven't paid for the foundation bricks.So far I've spent about $150 and depending on what bricks I end up using for the oven it could be as much as $1200 completed or as little as $850.

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Old 01-10-2009, 07:21 PM
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Further to that earlier post, I have now had the first few smallish fires (no pizza yet) and all is working well - but I have still to put on the final insulation layers. What I want to do is use rockwool or some other fireproof layer on the outside of the dome brickwork, then a water proof sheath of, say, aluminium foil - then a thick coat, maybe 4", of vermiculite concrete. So far I have been unable to find suitable aluminium foil except by buying a whole roll (80 square metres and I only need 4!) and the only fireproof insulation blanket I can find is $20 for a single batt which is about 1200mm x 450mm, I will need several of these. Yikes! this will blow the budget to smithereens, taking me up from around the $1,000 mark to more like $1200. Plus the cost of the final render coat, which I suppose will be a couple of hundred dollars. The alternative: thicker vermiculite layer and no blanket or foil. I wonder how that would compare as far as insulation goes?
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:38 PM
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We keep hearing about aluminum foil. What's it for? You certainly don't need a vapor barrier, and any slight reflective effect it might have will disappear as it dulls up and rots in contact with the caustic portland cement.
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