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gipper65 05-04-2011 03:20 PM

Time question
So here is a how long is a piece of string question. My cousin is visiting for vacation this summer for 2weeks. He is a professional brick layer. Is two weeks enough time to build one of the ovens.

Really he likes projects when he is on vacation because he gets board. Since it his vacation don't want to work him too hard.


Laurentius 05-05-2011 01:38 PM

Re: Time question
Why don't you send him the plans, let let him evaluate the time it will take? If he think that he can do it, have all the materials and supplies ready. Have the foundation dug and poured, the stand build and concrete floor poured, so that he can shake and bake.

Lburou 05-05-2011 02:24 PM

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In a perfect world, yes, that is enough time.....IF you have all the correct materials on hand and have the stand and base cured when he arrives. :)

The plans and building philosophy for this oven will probably be new to him, so make sure he follows the plans, or you won't gain anything but headaches. :)

gipper65 05-05-2011 03:07 PM

Re: Time question
Thanks for the input I have been hunting around the forum it is very active so there is a lot of great information.

I came to the conclusion that I need the base etc done before he gets here. I think the slab and base are within my skill level. So looks like I need to start digging

Sending the plans is a good idea I actually thought of that as well but didn't want to scare him off.


Faith In Virginia 05-05-2011 06:04 PM

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Some vacation!!! LOL

RTflorida 05-05-2011 09:26 PM

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Yeah, sounds like the vacations my wife plans for me if I don't plan and spend on a vacation to a destination she prefers.


Laurentius 05-05-2011 10:49 PM

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Sounds like a great vacation! Learn something new in the company of friends and family, or all by your lonesome. On your days off, finish those "Honey do's".

RTflorida 05-05-2011 11:31 PM

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Used to be nice, honey do's on the weekend or for porchville vacations; but a recent career path change has me doing someones honey do's or daddy won't projects every day. Love it, no more corporate stress and sales quotas, but it just seems I never get to turn it off, even for one day. What used to be my release from coporate hell (my projects) are now an extension of my new corporate hell. Still better than before, since I am the boss and muscle behindit all.


brickie in oz 05-06-2011 02:09 AM

Re: Time question

Originally Posted by gipper65 (Post 112309)
He is a professional brick layer. Is two weeks enough time to build one of the ovens.

If you have everything prepped as has been suggested above 2 weeks should be plenty of time to build one.
Slab down.
Stand built.
Top slab done.
All materials on hand.
Pre cut the fire bricks in half.

Plus if you send the plans so he can get his head around the oven build I wouldnt be surprised if it isnt completed in a couple or 3 days.

azpizzanut 05-06-2011 07:49 AM

Re: Time question
Hello gipper65,

You've gotten great advice so far. I'd look for photos of the entrance and transition areas submitted by folks on this forum as reference. They are each worth a thousand words. Many are frustrated by the challenges and it takes up a lot of valuable time. You, on the other hand, will be busy cutting bricks, mixing mortar and assisting.

It is possible to have the hearth and a ring or two of bricks on the first day if you have all materials at hand, more maybe. Next day a few more rings and time to think about the transition and arch. It is nice that you have a mason in the family. We have pizza eaters in ours.


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