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james 10-04-2007 11:38 AM

Artigiano 120
I think this is like the story of the cobbler's kids shoes. On a rare ocassion, the freight company drops a crate with one of our ovens. This poor oven was dropped, and despite our heavy crate, there are some major cracks, and about 10 bricks broke away and fell out of the dome. The poor guy.

That's the bad news. The good news is that it's at my house, and I'm going to repair it, and with a little luck -- it's going to be work out. I have to jack up the dome, do the repairs, and let is come back down to rest. Hey, this is a great oven.

One interesting side note is that seeing the damage, I have had a real insider's view into the guts of the Artigiano. The frame, bricks, mortars, etc. It's really well made.

I will let you know how it goes -- and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to firing the guy up.


dmun 10-04-2007 12:12 PM

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47 1/4 " is a big oven. You'll be able to entertain the neighborhood!

james 10-04-2007 12:47 PM

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Exactly. I was thinking of starting up a take out pizzeria for the neighborhood.

Can't wait.

asudavew 10-04-2007 03:27 PM

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How much does that thing weigh?

nissanneill 10-04-2007 10:40 PM

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Better include some pics too James.
I guess it's pretty good when you get damaged goods from the insurance co. and then albeit repaired, put it to good use.
Been there, done that when my brother was manager of a farm warehouse and got a dropped lathe.


james 10-04-2007 10:46 PM

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Hey Dave,

The whole oven weighs about 750 lbs, though I have never checked the weight of the oven and the floor. At this size, the floor comes in eight pieces, which are easy to move around. The dome isn't too difficult to move around. We've had owners move them using the metal handles, and by sliding 2x4's under the dome frame. The oven dome itself it built on a nice welded metal frame, so that it can to be transported.

For example, I was scoping out my repairs and could lift one edge by myself.


james 10-04-2007 10:52 PM

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The insurance company is not our friend. According to them, they've never, ever, dropped a crate. :-)

I will definitely take photos.

Another fun aside. The company that is doing the tile work on our house thinks the oven is the coolest thing they've ever seen. They have jumped at the chance to help with the installation (and oven repair?) and they want to become certified installers for our area.

It's a small world.

nissanneill 10-06-2007 10:30 PM

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as they say, every problem has a silver lining. Who knows, your tilers may be a very good asset to you and FB.
Just got out of the hospital after 2 days in there with a seriously infected thumb. Didn't go to theatre but have been on 2 doses of very serious intravenous antibiotics. On the mend hopefully. Had to cancel the family pizza cookup today to next sunday.


Archena 10-07-2007 06:22 AM

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:( Feel better soon.

james 10-12-2007 10:06 AM

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I am getting ready to start my Artigiano 120 installation, and I've decided to try something different with the stand. I always think it's good for me to experiement and be the guinnea pig.

I'm thinking of using four courses of block, shaped as a U, without the return or the angle iron course of block in the front. To compensate to carry the weight, I am planning on pouring a 5 1/2" (2x6) slab, with rebar support. SuperIsol on top of that and the Artigiano on top of that.

In the wider opening into the wood storage, I am thinking of building a decorative stone arch, using the stone I took out of the fireplace surround in the house.

What do you think? 5 1/2" of concrete and rebar should safely span the 40" opening. Right?

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