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Old 07-02-2014, 08:08 AM
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Default Re: New 32" build in Saskatchewan, Canada

wow that's a nice view you have behind that oven! Is that all your property?
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:37 AM
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wow that's a nice view you have behind that oven! Is that all your property?
Thanks. Yeah thats all our property behind, we have 3.5 acres of land. Our kicthen window overlooks the back yard, so that is one of the drivers in me building a 32" vs something bigger as I want to preserve that view as much as possible. Granted a 36 wouldnt add much in height but the enclosure would have to be bigger as would the chimney, etc.. so it all adds up. I may be making more out of it than i have to but the oven size will still work well for me im sure.

Your build is one I looked at and will provide some inspiration...I am likely going to build a similar wall with the sloping enclosure out the back vs a dog house style as its more low profile. My wall will likely be as low as I can build it with an enclosure out the back.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:33 PM
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Beautiful view overlooking your acreage. I am quite envious. Don't know if this information may help, but I had a similar situation. I ended up building a 39" diameter dome with a 16 inch height using an offset IT. (IT on a lazy susan), If you are concerned about sight lines, you may consider this approach. Ultimately I acquired more land and the sight lines were not an issue, but I am glad I did the low dome...something different, a challenge and efficient.

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Old 07-02-2014, 10:13 PM
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Thanks Jon. I couldn't put a 39" on the slab I just poured but the lower height is intriguing. Does it change the performance for pizza or bread baking compared to the higher dome?
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:17 AM
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As this is my first oven build, I don't know if there would be any difference. This works great for everything we have cooked so far. We fire it up about once a week and can cook for 3 to 4 days after the initial firing. I would think since there are less bricks, there is less mass, hence a quicker heat up to clear the dome. Use plenty of insulation under and over the dome. There is no such thing as too much insulation. There may be others with more experience who can comment about the performance of the low dome versus a full half dome. My next oven I am planning will be at some remote tree farm land my wife owns. I am planning on a 34 or 36 inch diameter with about a 15 to 16 inch height.

Keep posting pics.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:15 AM
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Thanks Jon. I'll keep posting pics as I move along here. I'm hoping to pick up bricks for the floor this week and then get that laid out in the garage while the concrete cures. Then hopefully get started on the dome in a few weeks.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:29 AM
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There has been a lot of discussion of dome heights on the forum and a search would probably yield much of that. I built a 36" dome and it is 18" high and I am happy with it. I think that the difference in performance may be less significant than most casual pizza or bread cooks would appreciate.

I think the ruling school of thought favours the lower domes, some significantly low, for pizza and the higher domes for bread. I use my oven to cook all sorts of things and it is one of my very favourite things. Should have built one 30 years earlier.

This may not be much use but I appreciate the enthusiasm and the quest for every bit of knowledge that oven builders display.

The very best with your builds and I am sure that you will gain plenty of advice and support from this forum.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:17 AM
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Default Re: New 32" build in Saskatchewan, Canada

I borrowed a brick bolster and using a 3lb sledge hammer I was able to easily break both an old firebrick and veneer bricks with one blow after scoring the brick. The one firebrick will need cleaning up but seems fairly straightforward

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Old 07-04-2014, 10:18 AM
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Attached is the clay veneer brick

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Old 07-07-2014, 09:03 PM
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Questions regarding dome height and door height. I've been pluging numbers into the dome calculator spreadsheet and I get a different dome height based on how high above the floor my IT sits. I haven't built it yet but my dome height comes out to 18 inches and the door height is 11.3 inches according to the spreadsheet...


How wide should I make the door? Was thinking 16 inches, as I believe it needs to be 50% of the oven width, but wanted to ask on here first before completing my floor drawing and laying the floor bricks

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