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DimTex 07-06-2009 06:32 AM

How level is level?
WARNING: Potentially silly question thread here:

My slab is fairly level, less than 1/8 inch drop from back to front or side to side across the proposed dimensions of the stand. Is this significant enough to require leveling with mortar or will the hearth base concrete pour level things out in any case?


papavino 07-06-2009 09:23 AM

Re: How level is level?
I think you'll be able to level it out with the hearth base. Or you could mortar the blocks on your stand to level it out. But it sounds like you're pretty close to perfect, IMO.

DimTex 07-06-2009 10:37 AM

Re: How level is level?
Thanks for your fast answer


exceloven 07-06-2009 05:42 PM

Re: How level is level?
Your'e fine. After you set your blocks you will level your form boards for the hearth. No worries!


DimTex 07-07-2009 09:19 AM

Re: How level is level?
Thank you for this information

Lars 07-07-2009 02:36 PM

Re: How level is level?
I don't think it is a silly question at all. Even when using a level, you can be within the beads lines and not EXACTLY level.

One thing I have not seen discussed, and I think might be a good thing to keep in mind. Wouldn't you want to have the oven, in general, be naturally draining to the opening, say, at least 1/16" per foot, which would be at least a 1/4" over most ovens?

If I had a driving rain, and my oven was open, and took on a gallon of water, I would really prefer that it drain out the front vs. puddling, soaking in, etc. Also, many, like myself, may be building on freshly excavated dirt. The slab goes down, then the weight goes on. I purposefully left a 'drain to the front' persuasion in my slab. I haven't checked it lately, but if the oven drains 'out', I doubt it would interfere with fire making and pizza baking, or any other type of general oven use.

What do the rest of you think?


dmun 07-07-2009 04:47 PM

Re: How level is level?

What do the rest of you think?
Your cooking floor should be level enough to bake a pumpkin pie. Everything else is conversation. If your wood bin floor slopes to the back, you can always leave a weep hole to drain it. I did slant my landing shelf downward, to avoid channeling rain into my oven, but took no further precautions.

brokencookie 07-08-2009 08:30 AM

Re: How level is level?
In rain county ( pacific northwest) I always tilt for water. No matter how exacting I am, nothing is every exactly level or square. (or maybe that's just me :o). I figure that if I deliberately add a slight slope, the worst that could happen is that I end up being level. :D


Cypress 07-08-2009 11:14 AM

Re: How level is level?
I wish I had put a tilt in the front for water. When not if I get a lot of rain here I think that I will have some real issues.

Neil2 07-08-2009 02:09 PM

Re: How level is level?
I'm north of the "pacific north west" so I put a slope of 0.5% in from back to front just to make sure I would not get any pooling of water. On my 40 incher, the front is 1/4 inch lower than the back. No one can tell that its not level.

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