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Wesleckner 09-26-2011 05:29 PM

The Last Stand 42" Pompeii Oven Built
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Hi all,

I have been reading the forms for a few months and have started my build.

I am building a portable oven on a metal stand that can be moved with a forklift. I plan to use the oven in my pool area and move it out to my ranch where I will be cooking pizza for horse shows.

I went overkill on the stand used 2" x 2" 1/4" square tube steel and 3 1/2" x 1/4 angle iron for the hearth form. The stand is 60" x 68".

chidding 09-26-2011 06:05 PM

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Are you planning to use a steel plate for the base?

Wesleckner 09-27-2011 03:25 PM

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Hi Chidding,

I looked at using 1/8" plate, I think that would have worked good and use the FB board for insulation, but the price I was quoted was about $300.00.

I ended up pouring a concrete hearth with lots of re-bar. The concrete was a lot cheaper and I was able to use the excess for an 8' x 4' slab under my gate where the dog likes to dig his way out.

I used a pull behind mixer with a yard of concrete. Wow did it save on time and labor! I poured the cement into a large muck bucket and it took two of us to lift it, but the job went fast.

imgroovin 09-27-2011 07:01 PM

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how much did your stand cost? also what will the stand sit on when finished? i was thinking about going this route but worries about my patio being able to support the weight...

david s 09-27-2011 07:22 PM

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A good idea to weld some plates on to the bottom of the legs to spread the weight.

Wesleckner 09-27-2011 10:03 PM

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I went overkill on the stand I could have used 1/8" steel for a lot less. The steel cost about $650.00 for 1/4" with 1/8" expanded steel for the bottom. I could have used 1/4" by 3 1/2" angle iron for the entire stand and the cost would have been$375.00. I think the angle iron would be just as structurally sound, but I liked the look of the the square 2" x 2" 1/4" legs.

I had adjustable feet welled to the base. The oven and stand will be on concrete slab in my pool area just under 6" thick, when I bring the oven out to the ranch for shows it will be on grass or road base. That is why I went for adjustable legs. I have 6" of adjustment. on 2.5" square legs. I don't think there is a level spot on my ranch.

azatty 09-28-2011 09:06 AM

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You'll be happier with the heavier steel. It'll carry the load better and isn't going to flex as much when you're moving it around. Good call on the tube for the legs, too. Angle iron will bend easier than the tube if you whack it on something while moving it around. I probably would have welded on a couple more legs in the middle of the long sides on your stand (wouldn't interfere with the forklift), and maybe one dead center in the stand, but I tend to overbuild stuff.

Wesleckner 09-29-2011 03:59 PM

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When the metal stand was welled together it was very sturdy and very ridged.

I bought three extra legs. In my original plan was to have a center support legs and leave the front open for wood storage. So I may have to build a second WFO on a metal stand with the extra parts.

I need to wait one more day for the concrete to cure, then I can start the fun part.

Wesleckner 09-29-2011 04:07 PM

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I have a lay out question, I want to have a larger granite landing outside the oven. I planed on a 6" landing, but I was thinking that I could extend the granite into the vent area an inch or so short of the door/oven opening, that would give me an extra 7-8" inches. I looked at a lot of pictures and did not see any builds that did that. Are there any reasons that I should not use/have granite floor under the vent?

chidding 09-29-2011 06:03 PM

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Can heat crack granite? - Granite Shorts Ep.2 - YouTube

Shows how much abuse a granite top can take..

But as to constant huge temperatures from a pizza oven, not %100 sure..

Why not go for soapstone?

And im sure somewhere ive seen builds with the benchtop under the vent.

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