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Old 08-30-2013, 08:38 PM
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Default Re: Oven floor height, opinions please

I don't sit down when I am cooking, but I built the bar rail at leaning height and the oven is still too low at 44". It is easier to work an oven that you do not have to bend down to look into, so for me, just at under 6', 47-48" would be great. Sitting or standing at the bar, myself and guests are looking into the oven, as the floor slopes away from the entry.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by david s View Post
I think you get used to whatever height you've built to. My own is only 34" (I'm 5'7") I built it a bit low because it is off the end of my deck. It happens to be just the right height to see right into for people sitting at the table, ie their eye level is above the oven floor level. Everyone can see the pizzas cooking, we love that. After cooking and eating, we also sometimes sit around the oven when it's cooler and solve the worlds problems, you can't easily do that if the oven is higher. Can't say the working height bothers me during cooking, although I think if it were higher the radiant heat from the oven plus tropical summer temps might be too much because it would be more at face level.
Thanks Guys! I think I will probably still sit - its how I currently BBQ with a griddle hanging over a firepit from a tripod. Also, used to use a brilliant chiminea, to BBQ at about 18", then load with wood talking late into the night. After 7 years of radical over firing, flames often 2ft out of the chimney, and four site moves - it died.
Great forum, thank you all.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Calisdad View Post
OK- I'm the odd man out here- not the first or last time. I used to be 6'3" and my oven floor is 25" (Oh My!). Build yours whatever height works for you. You are the one that's going to be enjoying it.

First, I have a nice view and I didn't want to intrude on it with a monolith.
Second, I have a covered patio/breezeway around my house and sitting by a fire/heat source when its raining or snowing in winter is a pleasurable thing to do.
The only drawback is I need a stove pipe to get it above roofline. I'd rather not but that's the give and take.
I'm messing around with insulating an old 'castmaster' cast iron mexican pizza oven for the rest of this season while I plan a Pompeii style for next year. (Hadn't used it for several years because of 'knee baking' and the outside being dangerously hot like all metal chimneas.) Found the pizza floor height of 30" Ok. Measured griddle height BBQ last night. 10 to 16 inches. Sat down whole time except for getting salads and bread from nearby table. Mmmh have to work on that! I'm lining the thing with vermiculite cement and heat resist screed. If that's not enough, I'll insulate outside too. (Note to moderator, I can supply photos of my modification process to the castmaster which is one of these Buy the Castmaster - Versace style Cast iron outdoor Pizza oven online from the largest range of chimineas in the UK . which people like. My family found it risky with kids around). Please advise if posing about modified things is acceptable.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:30 PM
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Default Re: Oven floor height, opinions please

Thanks to every one who has replied to this thread. I've been on vacation and haven't had time to reply, or to do much of anything except fish! I expect to make some scale drawings, and maybe a cardboard mock up this week to get the hight where I want it.
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