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Old 08-05-2013, 01:46 AM
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WOW, I've just spent the last few hours reading this thread about your build. Beautiful work. An inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Now to see if local ordinances will allow me to build one in my small suburban backyard...
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:39 PM
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Christo,

Where did you find the umbrella stand that you have your oven tools in?

Patrick
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:21 PM
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Hi All - been away far too long!

As far as tool stands - I've had a few so far - I bought a blue ceramic bird bath just so I could use the base as a tool stand. Worked great until my wife saw it was actually a bird bath and stole it.

So I used a piece of flue tile for a while - but it was the original one that cracked and eventually freezing rain got in there and cracked it in half.

The tool stand you have not seen - is the concrete one I carved. I've been meaning to post it's development and I'll do it soon.

I like casting concrete and found that it is quite machineable while green.

We had family over for thanksgiving and did the Wednesday pizza party and I went out, removed any appreciable coals and wacked the door in around 11pm.

i woke the next morning and my door had burnt (again). We made a new template (why didn't I keep the old ones!) and built up the fire again and made a guess as too how much heat the oven soaked up before shovellign out the fire - a foil covered cardboard door went in and 10 mins later the first of the bread loaves - they all cooked up quite well - but the floor cooled more quickly than I would have liked. just not enough time with the fire in there....

We shovelled the fire back into the oven and made a moderately scary fire for 45 mins and pulled most of the wood out and put the coals all around the edge. Prepped the 25 lb bird and put it in the oven. It was over 500 degrees in there and we left the door off for 30 mins while it got it's initial browning. Then we tented in foil and cooked it for about 3 hours with the cardboard and foil door - came out just perfect!

Sunday I pulled the cardboard out and measured the temp for giggles - 85 degrees!!!

I'm going to go and catch up on the awesome builds i've been missing.

Cheers,

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Old 03-11-2014, 07:20 PM
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Hi all!!!

We've been enjoying the pizza oven. It's holding up really well and no change on the interior since the first cracks developed. And that's good.

It's really funny - we get requests now for pizza for birthday presents. i'm not sure if we make good pizzas or make good parties - but it's sooo fun.

I'm not sure if I said this earlier - but we put an outdoor movie screen up under the eave of the house and we have pizza and movie night on the patio.

And "oh the horror", we have karaoke nights out there as well - our freinds down the street used to run a karaoke business and have shared their library with us - so we have over 5000 songs to choose from.

It degrades from there to Wii and the dance fun - It's been what - 3 or 4 years now and we love our oven and the fun it brings.

EDIT - omg I just looked at the build log - we started the oven in 2006 and had our first pizza in 2007 - that's 7 years of pizza. no wonder I put on a few pounds.

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:33 AM
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WFO pizza, outdoor movies, karaoke and wii: is that what we all have to eventually look forward to at the 7 year mark?

BTW: "putting on a few pounds" seems to happen after the 1st year of pizza making. It's just not fair.

Seriously, it's nice to see you and your family and friends all enjoying your great outdoor wfo area. That's what life is all about.
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