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This was the root ball. It's the size of a big block V8, and weighed about the same.
But what can it run the 1/4 mile in?
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:38 AM
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My oven build went way over my original budget... I thought for 2k I would have the whole project done. The oven went into the 5.5k range and the patio another 4k And I had gotten some great deals on some materials. (that is how I justified the real slate roof and copper flashing I could have saved a fair amount going with home brew instead of heat stop mortar. Next time I would definetly use home brew! Not only for cost, I thought it actually was better holding bricks in place. I am glad I went without the duravent, not only to save money but the flue and brick work will last as long as the rest of the oven. I have seen stainless corrode with coal fires. The sulfur combines with moisture and forms sulfuric acid. spend money on insulation, insulation, insulation and use a heat break between oven and chimney/landing area.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:47 AM
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I've lost track of how much I've spent on my oven, but mostly that's because after I finished the oven itself, I stopped laying out a bunch of money all at once and started buying little things in dribs and drabs as I've worked on the finish, patio, counters etc.

I built the oven itself for around $850. About $450 for insulation, $350 for bricks, $50 for the ingredients of homebrew mortar. The foundation and stand cost nearly as much--while bagged concrete, blocks and rebar are fairly cheap per unit, you need quite a lot of it... Altogether, the functional parts of my oven cost about $1500.

From there, the other costs add up--~$150 for stucco, $100 for a cheap insulated door, 200-300 or so for concrete countertops, $$$$ for tools (but then, when you're done, you have tools!)

Going back to my first comment about dribs and drabs, if you're concerned about cost upfront, a key thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to finish the whole thing in order to start using it. Once you get the insulation on, you can start cooking. You can wait on the flue pipe, you can wait on a patio, you can wait on a door made out of anything more sophisticated than plywood, as long as you're willing to tarp it when it rains, you can wait on an enclosure etc. Alternately, stucco is cheap if you make your own from sand, lime and portland cement.
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