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rodeair 03-09-2011 09:54 AM

Pensacola Build
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A while back I posted a thread in the Introduction section about my wish to build a WFO with an outdoor kitchen area. Until I found this site, the search was simply to find a better way to cook pizza. Like most, I became hooked and found a picture posted by James of an outdoor kitchen area. I decided to reverse engineer the photos to a set of plans. Living in hurricane country, I had to get professional engineering for the pergola. Between that and the permitting process, it took from October last year until a few weeks ago. I'm happy to say I've begun the build. It certainly couldn't have been done without the help I received from this site through posts and photos. I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of the build. I've finished the foundation and have received the 500 or so cinder blocks and 280 fire bricks. The first picture is of the "Anaheim Build" which my build is based on. The other pictures are of the foundation prep and pour. Thanks to everyone for the help.


Tman1 03-10-2011 05:52 AM

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Looks like a good start. I'm usually similar in that I can't seem to imagine stuff on my own, but when I like something, I can work backwards.

Good luck!!

rodeair 03-10-2011 12:09 PM

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Thanks Tman. I know what you mean about the creativity side of the brain, but the one thing I could imagine, is that kitchen by the pool. There will be some changes to the build, but essentially it'll be like the picture shown.

Faith In Virginia 03-10-2011 03:51 PM

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Nice start. I find it quite interesting. It looks like you just played in your sand box and scratched out your footers. Did you use a little plastic bucket and shovel?

Where I live in Virginia you need heavy equipment.

I love the setting and your plans please keep us up to date on your project

rodeair 03-10-2011 05:33 PM

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Well Faith, you're not too far off. I did have the need of one piece of heavy equipment to remove the 450 sqft of turf (son-in-law). The soil here is of clay and sand which is great for drainage. If you remove the grass just enough to reach undisturbed soil, it's surprisingly compact. I did enjoy my sand box while it lasted. Now onto playing with rocks.

RTflorida 03-10-2011 10:49 PM

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Glad to see that you are past the bureaucratic stage and have moved on to ribbon cutting and ground breaking. You REALLY are undertaking a very beautiful and ambitious build. Don't let the city , county, and state regs get you down. You will get there soon enough with a fantastic outdoor kitchen.


rodeair 03-11-2011 02:27 PM

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Thanks RT. Although the permitting was painful at times, it's reassuring to know the pergola structure won't end up on my roof or someone else's roof in a big blow. The engineering required was much more than I anticipated at the beginning. As you know, the regulations are a bit easier when the owner is the builder. Looking forward to it. Thanks again.

rodeair 03-21-2011 09:48 AM

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Finally started laying out the cinder block for the oven stand and cabinet areas. The next step is to complete the four column block structures, frame the hearth slab and call for another load of concrete, about two yards. I hope to build the oven first, then work on the rest of the build.

Lburou 03-21-2011 11:01 AM

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Looking good rodeair :)

So far, it looks like an ancient temple layout ;)

Mike D 03-22-2011 08:21 PM

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Wow that is no ordinary oven. I think you might need to call this your pizza palace. No turning back now. I am very excited to see your build.


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