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Old 06-01-2009, 12:35 PM
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Thank you Mike!

I've struggled on these details waaaaaaaay too long and wanted to actually apply some. Any thoughts on the countertop?

By the way, I really like the arch on your oven. It looks great! You can never have too many arches. I've always said that
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Very nice indeed. Bill, on the third picture down - what is that white line between the front and rear brick? Is it the camera or is there something there?

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Old 06-01-2009, 01:02 PM
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Thanks Les.

The line is the 'clear' silicone sealent I used to hold the screen in place. I guess clear can mean 'partly cloudy' as well.

Thanks again for the kind words, hopefully I can get to the countertop soon.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:04 PM
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Hey Bill that looks awesome. I love the way you seperated the front and back with a screen. Your chimmney looks great. And from what I can see you have no smoke issues, BONUS ! I installed a granite countertop to mine and my only regret is that it gets very hot in the sun, so hot that you have to be carefull. That might be an issue in a hot climate.

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Old 06-02-2009, 05:25 AM
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Thanks Joe,

The chimney works incredible and rarely do I have any smoke coming out of the front. I used the tapered clay flue pipe technique like Les and Mike have used. It draws very fast, even at start up.

I hear ya on the granite in the sun. Here in July you could probably bake pizzas on dark stone in the sun without a pizza oven . My real concern is the radiant heat that builds up in the flared entry. It heats up anything within a foot of so from my arch. I may be worrying about something that I cannot control; I just want to keep the old world look I have going on. I mean come on, Hephaestus needs to look down and see something cool right?

Thanks again for the kind words Joe,
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:30 AM
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Everything looks awesome! I especially like the double arch above the oven and the protruding arch above the niche. The face of the counter is also very creative. Your oven is one of my favorites. As far as granite goes, I think if you get the right color it will look great. I'm looking for some slab remnants for my tops.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:55 AM
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I'm not sure that any counter surface will not be hot- given the radiant heat from the oven and the sun. All I can think of is to go lighter in color to lessen the sun's effect. I have a sort of reddish-green (sounds horrid but it's pretty, really) porcelain tile on mine in the front. It does get hot, but it's held up well. If I can ever get caught up on the rest of my projects, I'll finish my countertops with the same tile. Our very last child graduates from high school on FRIDAY!, so maybe when that's all done I'll have some more time....

I really like the facing on your stand, and the brickwork to support the counter is really cool.
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:09 PM
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Thank you Elizabeth

My worry about the counter tops staying hot was mainly for the soapstone. It has a tendency to hold heat for a very very long time which is probably why they make fireplaces, pots, pans, and even pizza stones out of it. I'm trying to use something that will tie in with the old world theme I have going on. I even thought of using bricks cut to the proper thickness and then just grinding them down as even as possible. Still not sure.... Maybe in another 6 months I'll decide.

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Old 06-06-2009, 09:57 AM
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Hey Mark, I thought I replied to your post; sorry. Thanks for the kind words!

Ahhhhhh, the counter top. I'm really thinking about making it out of concrete. I think I could make it super cool, add fragments of left over brick and maybe even some small stones I was able to bring back from a few quarries in Italy... If it doesn't look cool I can always have a granite top made.

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:08 AM
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Ok, I know these ovens are known for their ability to cook awesome pizzas but I have to say that I'm using it to smoke 100% of my smoking of foods instead of the old smoker. Saturday I smoked about 10lbs of fish that I caught and it is awesome! I get the oven up to about 350f, small fire for about 20-30 mins. then throw on a few larger logs. once it lights and gets glowing I simply move the coals/logs to the left side, place a water/drip pan in the middle oven. I use 4 fire bricks that act as my stand (until I get legs welded) for two heavy duty ss steel racks and place them over the pan. fish go on the racks, stainless steel door goes in place and 2 hours later I had the most moist smoked fish I've ever had. Once the fish was removed I moved the coals to the center where the pan was and I had a self cleaning oven.

I think my old smoker is going bye bye...
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