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Pancho1976 03-16-2012 10:51 AM

Oven Floor template
Anyone has an oven floor template for a 36" oven? I'd need pictures or drawing plans to start planning the layout.
I've seen some differences on the templates and not sure why some have straight openings and some have a bit of a diagonal opening.
Any thoughts?

moderator 03-16-2012 12:55 PM

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Hi Pancho,
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Mike D 03-16-2012 01:27 PM

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Everyone does it different. Some people have a flare opening to give better access to the oven. I don't know how that effects the structural quality.
Good Luck


C5dad 03-16-2012 06:52 PM

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Go to page 2 of my link in my signature for the floor template I used. If I were to do it again, I would go another 1/2 brick out ass my landing is wide and shallow. I have been tinkering with the chimney for performance now. Before you build your stand, make your floor template to ensure that it will fit - my stand is shallow and has made me really think of every tweak on it!


Pancho1976 03-17-2012 09:55 AM

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Thanks all. The document library really helps and your template too Chris.
As Mike D mentioned, I don't see any particular reason for the structural quality going with the opening a bit diagonally or straight. I'll use the option 2 (straight cuts) with a 1" reveal to make the door fit right.
Any thoughts against my theory or plans?

Dino_Pizza 03-17-2012 01:25 PM

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HI Pancho,
When I built my oven, I copied Christo's oven. His was the 1st I saw that had the flared opening and he said he loved it, so I flared mine too. Especially for the bigger ovens, like the 40-42", it allows you to angle your pizza peel more sharply and you can get into the sides of the oven easier. BUT that all depends on how deep your oven landing will be. If you have a short landing then you can angle a peel easier, BUT a shorter landing sometimes means a smaller vent opening which can lead to smoke coming out the front somewhat.

Also, a straight landing is easier since you just duplicate the inner and outer arch's. They are the same. However, you get a "tunnel" effect if your landing is deep.

Also, since I don't have a "huge" (or deep) counter in front of my pizza oven (its only 8"-9") having the flared vent-landing area wider lets me use it to set pot and pans on, before I push them into the oven.

If you go to my thread here:
and go to post #305 there is a pdf to download (its much clearer than the picutre)

Now, this template is for a 42" oven, however the oven opening is the same (or can be the same) for a 36" oven.

Here is my flared opening:

and another pic to see it clearly:

Whatever you decide, we're all here to help and look forward to seeing your wfo., -Dino

GianniFocaccia 03-17-2012 02:14 PM

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A number of builders have confirmed if they had it to do over again, they would flare their entryway. It is initially intimidating to build, but the added ease of placing and removing a door is the primary reason.

Neil2 03-17-2012 02:46 PM

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With a flared opening it is easier to see into and to work your oven.

In addition, you can make the door with a corresponding taper/flare and it will fit snugly without the need for a reveal.

C5dad 03-17-2012 10:09 PM

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Just be sure that when you make the flare that you raise the arch height about 1/2 to 1 inch from your inner arch. I have to put my door in at a slight angle to get it in. its the little things we learn. With my opening, I can really get into the corners of the oven easily - which is why I did it - plus Jedi Master Dino blazed the trail for me!

Good luck!

Pancho1976 03-18-2012 04:44 PM

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Awesome. It makes sense why we need a flare (proper term instead of my "diagonal" terminology) entryway. I don't like to do things more complicated if needed but all the reasons above (ease of working and door fit) make sense. I'll definetely do the flare opening.
Dino, the template on post 305 is exactly what I was looking for, do you have any other templates that you think I might need?
Thanks all!

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