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Old 03-07-2008, 03:32 AM
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Acoma-The blending is infinitely doable with the fireclay....I think

TDVT- THAT'S IT!!!!!! That is exactly how I imagined a chimney liner arch would look.

GJBingham-I'm not sure if you were referring to me or TDVT, but I think I'm leaning toward a simpler but leave behind solution. Or maybe just day dreaming. I'm curious how come you don't think the design TDVT's shows won't do too much cooking?

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Old 03-07-2008, 03:36 AM
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Acoma-The blending is infinitely doable with the fireclay....I think

TDVT- THAT'S IT!!!!!! That is exactly how I imagined a chimney liner arch would look.

GJBingham-I'm not sure if you were referring to me or TDVT, but I think I'm leaning toward a simpler but leave behind solution. Or maybe just day dreaming. I'm curious how come you don't think the design TDVT's shows won't do too much cooking?
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:59 AM
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That oven is by Superior Clay. It's microscopic. Those are single firebricks holding that hat up. I don't know how you'd build a fire in it, let alone cook something beside it.

That clay tile entry is clever, but think about how thin the strips are on either side of the vent. I can't imagine even lifting it up without breaking it.

To say nothing of what S.C. charges for this thing. If your wallet is that fat, buy the Forno Bravo oven. Much more oven for the money.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:11 AM
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I can't really speak to whether or not it's big enough as I have ZERO experience with WF ovens.

I do have many hours of cooking BBQ with wood in a cooker I built about 10 years ago. I can remember encountering the same design issues, of size,etc. In the end I rarely use it's full capacity.

As far as baking, I have done pizza weekly for 15+ years in home ovens, commercial ovens, grills, modified Webers but not in an actual WFO. I also was able to get some bread-baking advice from some of the local bakers who ALL use WFOs & have been pretty successful with my bread.

We have a commercial Vulcan range at home & the design I am contemplating (maybe I'm daydreaming as well) would be a little larger in size than the Vulcan.

We have too many home projects in the works, new dormers, a tractor shed, so a full-blown Pompeii oven is, unfortunately, down the list. But I cook outside weekly, nearly year-round, so the desire is certainly there.

The dome from the Superior Clay photo is around $235, more than I would want to spend for what would certainly be a compromise in size & utility, but I am still convinced that there is a happy medium out there some where between investment of time/$$ & being able to join the WFO ranks sooner than later.

TBM66, I don't mean to hijack your thread. Keep those ideas coming!
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:00 AM
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If one were to riff on the melody of the pictured oven you could build up several courses of fire brick and use the stuff below to cast your own dome of any diameter.

RUTLAND 600 CEMENT CASTABLE 12.5" LBs

For that matter you could also cast in place the arch and vent.

Again I'm just sayin' so I can learn.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:10 AM
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Yes, I was referring to TDVT's pic. Remember that when you cook pizza, you still have a fire going which takes up quite a bit of space. That cuts down the cooking area.

Personally, I still think the adobe oven is a great idea for you. Look forward to seeing what you decide.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:55 PM
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Gang,

I checked into buying a Superior Clay oven as I was only a few hours away. I thought I would go with the 18inch Good thing I found this forum!!!!. They offer an 18", 24" and 36". Again, the issue is the price and more important the shipping. I think they design theirs more for baking than pizza but I might be wrong.

I'm glad I found this site so I can "build my own."

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Old 03-07-2008, 03:58 PM
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If one were to riff on the melody of the pictured oven you could build up several courses of fire brick and use the stuff below to cast your own dome of any diameter.

RUTLAND 600 CEMENT CASTABLE 12.5" LBs

For that matter you could also cast in place the arch and vent.

Again I'm just sayin' so I can learn.
I've poked around alot of threads with similar ideas & have found that Mizzou castable or Kastolite seem to be the preferred brands for castable refractory. It is my understanding both have a cured density that is a good match for regular fire brick. It took some looking, but I have found both in Vermont & they are around $45 for 55lbs, ALOT cheaper than the Rutland you linked to. I also seem to remember that it takes around 130lbs to pour a cubic foot (for your volume calculations). Look for them at glass-blowing suppliers as well as the regular masonry houses. Harbison-Walker carries both (I think).
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You can find a range of costs here.
http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f6/h...your-2869.html (How much did it cost to build your oven?)
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:58 AM
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I remember posting pics of a clay pizza oven (liner?) that I saw and I think it had a steel enclosure. Looked like it could be moved. ( I wish I'd bought one of those liners to try a quick heat pizza oven )


Apart from those designed to be mobile,
I'm wondering if anyone has had success moving their oven around??
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