Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community (
-   Pompeii Oven Construction (
-   -   How many firebricks?? (

Two Dog's Brewing 10-12-2007 10:38 PM

How many firebricks??
Ok I had originnally planned on making a barrel type over like the Rado Hand designed "Swishy" oven. Now that I see the Pompeii oven Im REALLy leaning that way. My question is which takes more firebricks. Lets use a 42" inside cooking area. Which oven takes more bricks. I agree that the Pompeii looks much better and I am up fro the challenge. I am curious about costs.

Of course this is a hypothetical but I was wondering. If we compare apples to apples which use more fire bricks.

Thanks Guy I love this forum

waitingtocook 10-13-2007 12:51 AM

Re: How many firebricks??
HI Guys,
Also on this point, is there anyway to work out an approx. number of bricks needed for a pompeo oven? I know everyone is different, but supposing you need x amount for the first chain, is there any formula or way of working out how many for each subsequent chain and there on?

nissanneill 10-13-2007 03:43 AM

Re: How many firebricks??
Hi Guys,
I built a 40" Pompeii, purshased 200 fire bricks for the build and have around 55 left over, That means I used around 145 for the dome and hearth. The front arch and vent were bricked using household and paving bricks with around 50 bricks and 5 tapered arch bricks. See:


A 42" oven is only a little larger in diameter and in height but not necessarily an extra course or chain. I woiuld estimate another5 to 10 bricks cut in halves (20 in total) would make the difference PLUS your entry and vent (and chimney if applicable).


Ken524 10-13-2007 06:51 AM

Re: How many firebricks??
The number of bricks you use also depends on the building method. The 42" Pompeii plans call for 200 bricks. But that assumes you aren't custom cutting every brick to fit.

I'm cutting all my bricks to fit and so far I've purchased 250 bricks. Looks like I'll need a few more. :eek:

Les 10-13-2007 09:06 AM

Re: How many firebricks??
Ditto - I started with the recommended 200 and I WILL need more as well. If I could find a way to use all the cut scrap, I could probably build another oven.


dusty 10-13-2007 11:39 AM

Re: How many firebricks??
Seems this all started with cost, so I'll throw this in.
Near where I live, in Sacramento, there is a brick manufacurer that,among many other types, makes fire brick. When I tried to buy from them they informed me they weren't allowed to sell to the public. We talked more about my project and he told me he had thousands of "seconds" that he would sell me for .30 each. the imperfections varied. Some simply had a color problem, some had dents in the edge, like in bumped something while it was still soft, and some had a small crack somewhere. But all are very useable since I'm cutting them in half and useing the one good, cut side.
Is there a brick manufacturer near you?

Les 10-13-2007 12:55 PM

Re: How many firebricks??

That is a great deal! I'm assuming the manufacturer is Muddox - that's the product I'm buying in Carson City - But I'm paying $1.40 a pop. Even buying the "good" bricks, they have many chips and cracks. It would have been worth the drive over the hill.


Acoma 10-13-2007 02:37 PM

Re: How many firebricks??
Les, I would do the drive to Sac for such a price break. Well worth it. Dusty, nice find. Grab the 250 you should need.

dusty 10-13-2007 03:06 PM

Re: How many firebricks??
Yep...H.C. Muddux. 1.19 each at the nearest retailer. Let me know if I can be of any sevice Les.
Please get with me on the photo post thing. They are downloaded to a folder and ready to go from there.

Acoma 10-13-2007 03:40 PM

Re: How many firebricks??
Dusty, check your inbox. I have given you the route to make it happen.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC