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Millstone Man 07-24-2010 08:16 AM

Pizza Pavillion
Well I've been "using" this forum for some time and believe I should give back a little by sharing my experience. First, many thanks to James for the forum and promoting the WFO worldwide movement. Your generosity as well as your work is inspiring. Second, thanks to all who share on this forum as it encourages those of us coming behind. This is my first time to be involved in a forum and I have been amazed at the projects and those of you that shed your fears and jump in with little or no experience. I'm certainly one of you.

I started my outdoor kitchen back in the winter and I've moving along at a snails pace. I started the base in the cool spring and then it got really hot in Texas (go figure). I moved to the shade cover and now I'm starting back on the oven.

I used google sketch to come up with my design.

This is a detail of the oven/kitchen concept.

Here is the back of my house and the oven will be on the back side of the pool.

Millstone Man 07-24-2010 08:25 AM

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View from the back of the house to the existing fence/landscape that I removed.

The base and side walls were set.

I went with a brick arch support because I have for some unknown reason always wanted to build a brick arch. I figured what better time and no one but me will get under there and look.

Millstone Man 07-24-2010 08:33 AM

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The support slab was poured with the help of some good friends.

This is the point at which it turned hot and thought I should build the shade first. The beams and columns are all 8x12 or 8x8 Fir. I set a steel imbed plate on a concrete pier with 3/8'' steel brackets welded to that.

My big wood arrived and started to panic a little as it is really big. The largest beam is a 26 foot 8x12.

Millstone Man 07-24-2010 08:43 AM

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In the classic style of why women live longer than men I will share a few shots of how I got it installed. Mostly by myself but definately with the help of some good friends at a few key places.

Inched up a little on each end until it was in place.

Yes that is a large beam sitting blocks of wood on top of a ladder. Do not try this at home as this was done by a total non-professional.

Friends to the rescue on the really big one.

Millstone Man 07-24-2010 10:06 AM

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Shade structure nearly complete.

On to the actual oven.

Form for the insulation.

Millstone Man 07-24-2010 10:14 AM

Two layer insulation cake
Thanks to Tom (Tscar) for setting me up with perlite insulation. Unfortunately he is about 4 hours away and I did not get enough for the forms I set and ended up with only 3'' insulation. I have found vermiculite locally and will have a two layer insulation with about 1 1/2'' of vermiculite over the perlite. Shouldn't be a problem?

Tscarborough 07-24-2010 02:43 PM

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Sweet! Those are some massive beams! I am almost ready to build my shade structure, but will, of course, wait until it cools off.

Perlite/vermiculite no problems with a mix. We do have plenty now, but of course it comes and goes. It will defintely be worth the stop when you are ready to fill the house, I think I used 8 or ten and it is smaller than yours.

edit- Oh yeah, I like the vault, that is the main reason I built a vault oven, just so I could build an arch (4 of them, actually). Nice to meet you, wish either of us had had more time to chat.

countryboy 07-24-2010 04:09 PM

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Looks like you are off to a good start on a beautiful build! Looking forward to watching this come together. Take lots of pics... Not just the oven!


Millstone Man 07-27-2010 05:33 PM

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Well I got my two layer insulation complete. 3'' of perlite and a 1 1/2'' layer of vermiculite. I found it to be stronger than I expected (10:1 mix). Thanks to Tscar's tip to not seal the form and let the moisture run out the bottom. It set very well and is true and level!

I got my floor layed down and leveled. Just used a very minor bit of fine sand and set them basically right on top of the vermicucrete.

Neil2 07-28-2010 03:55 PM

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Keep adding water to your vermiculite/perlite/cement layer. Keep it wet, soaked, continuously for at least 7 days.

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