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boerwarrior 04-29-2013 07:29 AM

32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
Like some others on this forum:

1) I knew absolutely nothing about pizza ovens a few months ago
2) I started out building a Vault type oven (based on a foam form) after I saw it at a building supplies store
3) I decided to change my design part way though building the base and had to make some significant modifications
4) I wish I had discovered this forum sooner!

I am now building a 32” Pompeii oven.

The base is almost complete – pictures to follow. I originally started with a 36” wide base to accommodate the vault oven but I have now widened it to 53” – which according to my calculations should accommodate a 32” oven plus 2” insulation plus an outer brick wall. (32+9+4+8=53) I know that 2” of insulation is barely enough – so I will do 2” at the bottom but more than that as I get progressively higher.

I also had a front to back problem with the base size – I originally only made it 50". I plan to address this in two ways:
1) I added 8” to the back of the base
2) I will make the front arch (in front of the chimney) flush with the front of the oven. That only gives me a tiny landing I know, but I have surface space on either side of the oven to “stage” my pizzas.
The interior height of the oven will be 16”. I am planning to make the front opening 10” x 16” with a slight arch.

My first forum question is:

For a 32" Pompeii, what size do you recommend I make my chimney opening? I have read many threads on this topic and can’t seem to find a consensus. I need to decide this soon as it determines the placement of my oven on the base.

Thanks!
Neil

david s 04-29-2013 12:05 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
6" in diam or the equivalent area in cross section if it's square or rectangular. You could go bigger, but don't go smaller.

boerwarrior 04-29-2013 01:06 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
Thanks David!

I will probably use a double walled flue because I need some height to get the smoke out of the garden - so I will plan on a rectangular to circular transition and ensure that the rectangular opening is larger in cross section

boerwarrior 05-02-2013 07:25 AM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
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Here is a picture of my base so far. I can attach picture of the build to get to this point but I did nothing special that has not been done by all the other oven builders on this site!

As I said, I modifed the design to accomodate a 32" Pompeii (originally was going to build a Barrel/Vault)

Next step is to pour a bit of leveling compound on the slightly rough concrete surface, then put down 3" of CalSil Board, then start building the oven!

boerwarrior 05-03-2013 01:43 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
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In order to check the measurements I cut a piece of OSB the size of the interior of the oven and you can see it's going to be a tight fit. I will however be able to get 2" of insulation around the oven at the bottom. I will use thermal blanket.

The surface wasn't completely level so I poured a thin layer of cement-based leveling compound on it. Probably overkill but I would rather start as level as possible.

Cheesesteak 05-03-2013 02:32 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by boerwarrior (Post 151633)
Here is a picture of my base so far. I can attach picture of the build to get to this point but I did nothing special that has not been done by all the other oven builders on this site!

As I said, I modifed the design to accomodate a 32" Pompeii (originally was going to build a Barrel/Vault)

Next step is to pour a bit of leveling compound on the slightly rough concrete surface, then put down 3" of CalSil Board, then start building the oven!

I love the stand - looks fantastic.

boerwarrior 05-03-2013 03:39 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
Thanks Cheesesteak

wow, I just looked at your outdoor kitchen pictures - incredible! I hope mine is 1/10 as nice when I'm done!

Neil

UtahBeehiver 05-03-2013 04:18 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
Nice looking base sure your build will follow suit.

boerwarrior 05-05-2013 04:59 PM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
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Thanks UtahBeeHiver!

today I cut the floor bricks. Not nearly as accurate as many others on this forum but I think they will work. What gives me comfort are the numerous comments along the lines of "ash fills in the gaps" !

I haven't yet decided what I am going to do for the very front 5 inches. I may extend the firebrick all the way to the front or I might use the antique bricks for a narrow front landing. I will decide that later (but soon!)

Neil

boerwarrior 05-06-2013 08:17 AM

Re: 32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California
 
QUESTION: About Thermocouples...

I have a fancy voltmeter that can read temperature from "K" thermocouples so I bought a couple of inexpensive high temperature (rated to 1800 degrees) thermocouples online. I tested them in my AGA oven and they seem to work great.

I'd like to place them in the firebrick so I can read the temperatures - especially in the beginning when I am learning how to use the oven and while the oven is still drying out.. Any suggestions where to place them?

I found a couple of references in the forum and it seems like placing one in the center floor brick (about 1 1/2 inches in from the bottom) and one in one of the bricks near the back of the dome would be good? Does this sound right?

Thanks! Neil


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