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C5dad 01-02-2009 12:40 PM

4 years in the making - 42" dome
OK, after 4 years of house building and business start up (and subsequent shutdown) I am finally getting going on my oven (start sound of a heavenly choir!) The kids are pumped and my 12 year old went to HD with me today to purchase the concrete and misc supplies (Dad, can I have some work gloves too!)

Soo, Yesterday I unstacked all of the cinder blocks and cleaned the slab area I had poured when the house was under construction - 6 inch reinforced with 5000 psi concrete.

Restacked the blocks and this morning filled the cavities. Hopefully tonight I will be able to get to placing the deck for the hearth pour - rebar tomorrow and concrete next Saturday. I am planning on using cement board (thanks forthe idea Christo!)

I will be posting some not so good pictures later. I can smell the 'Za cooking now.

As for costs:

Block: $65
Cement purchased to date: $73.00
Tester fire bricks: $8.00
Misc supplies: $4.00
total $150


krosskraft 01-02-2009 05:54 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
I'm glad you are taking the time to count the cost. I just jumped in and didn't look back until it was done. These puppies aren't cheap, but they are worth it. Good luck

asudavew 01-03-2009 07:14 AM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Good luck to you and happy building!
Don't forget pictures.

Google has web based spread sheets, that will help you keep up with the costs.
But that's only if you REALLY want to know the final cost! ;)


christo 01-03-2009 10:59 AM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Getting started was the hardest part for me. Preparing the base and pouring the slab was probably the second and you are already past that!

Try to be careful not to do what I did and keep adding to the plan as you go along. Makes for an awfully long build!

Best of luck - and yeah - lots of pics!!!


BTW - I'm happy to have helped!!! (I'm pretty sure there were others before me that used the concrete board - but thanks for the shout out!:)

brakeforbread 01-04-2009 08:46 AM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Looking forward to following another build. And if you keep up a spreadsheet on costs, that would be great. Best luck!

Dino_Pizza 01-04-2009 03:21 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Looking forward to your oven build!

C5dad 10-10-2009 04:34 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
OK, its been a bit!

The forms were placed a few months ago and I did not want to pour concrete in the heat of the summer in Phoenix! Plus with my travel schedule for work, I have been really sleepy.

I finally poured the hearth today- my neighbor with the mixer was out of town so we had to mix each of the bags by hand.15 -80 lb bags and 2-60 lb bags. Ohhh my back (and thank goodness for a teenage football player - "thanks for the workout Dad!" is what he seriously said.)

Thank goodness that Lowes is around the corner, I mis- calced the cement needed - had to get another 3 bags! As for a cost update
$20 for concrete
$24 for rebar
$30 for vermiculite
$10 for a bag of portland

Running Total - $230

I am scoring firebricks and possibly some mortar for free from a company I used to work for. Bricks do not have heavy metals in them (tested by a laboratory!) That will save me about $300!

christo 10-10-2009 04:38 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Sweet!!! Back in the game!

I've spent some time in Phoenix - I can see not wanting to build an oven in August for sure.

We need some pictures.....:(


C5dad 10-10-2009 04:56 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Will Do - my camera with all the pics is at a job site and I cannot get it until wed :mad: Although the patio is alot cleaner since I had time today to pressurize since all the birds have been stopping by for a visit to the dogs food and to mock my lack of progress.

Today was gorgeous (about 80 F) so I could not pass up the weather.

I am glad I used the cement board trick you suggested. I also used my rebar on 6 inch centers (did not get a picture since I was in such a rush this am to get going!)

Has anyone used field stones to face their oven? I have found a source of nice looking granite that I was looking at using. Any advice on the mortering? I know - get the dome done first.

jmhepworth 10-10-2009 05:07 PM

Re: 4 years in the making - 42" dome
Keep at it. My dream of a WFO started when we lived in Gilbert. My kids all graduated from Highland High School. Have fun building.


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