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UtahBeehiver 05-18-2012 06:09 PM

Wood Fired Beehive in Utah
Moving on, good luck to everyone. In haste, and a knee jerk reaction, I deleted my thread so at least I can do is give future WFO builders reference to my Picassa Album.

Picassa Album Link

clofgreen 05-21-2012 08:01 PM

Re: Wood Fired Beehive in Utah
Looking great. I'm in Sandy. Where are you? You can look at my build here:

Les 05-21-2012 09:13 PM

Re: Wood Fired Beehive in Utah
Damn Russel,

I wished I wasn't one of the pioneers on this site. When I jumped in we were just hoping the thing would stand. What you and others are doing is just incredible! Good luck with the rest of it.

Derkp 05-22-2012 07:21 AM

Re: Wood Fired Beehive in Utah

I too salvaged my bricks from Geneva, what a find !! I used a large brick/block saw and they cut pretty well. My design is a barrel design. It works well. I used the large bricks, 4 1/2X8X18 or so for my floor and a bunch of smaller tapers for my barrrel. I even found 4 half arches for my openings. I am in Bountiful if you ever get this way. Our oven is not fancy but it works well. Keep us all posted.


clofgreen 05-22-2012 09:39 AM

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I used the classic 3:1:1:1 (sand : fireclay : portland cement : hydrated lime) and it worked perfectly. I have extra brew materials if you want them.

clofgreen 05-22-2012 03:06 PM

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No problems here. The oven cooks fantastic pizzas. I posted an example on page 15.

Derkp 05-23-2012 04:24 PM

Re: Wood Fired Beehive in Utah
Those bricks look familiar. We set our floor bricks 4.5 X7X18 on their edge so our floor is 4.5" thick. We also make great pizza. A while back we had a family get together on a sunday and leaving the coals in and closing the door we had fall off the bones whole turkey tuesday night. Keep things a little moist as you go along. Things really dry out quick here. Go easy on the curing when you get to that point. I think that I cheated the devil and did not do as many small fires as is recommended. I see no cracks or any other signs of damage.

We were also luck to get tapered bricks for my vault, did not cut a one for it. it is also 4.5 thick.

Good luck,


Lburou 05-24-2012 08:10 AM

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Looks like you have things well in hand Russell :)

I like the use of those recycled bricks. I don't think the high duty bricks act much different than low duty bricks for our purpose, its just that they will go to a much higher temperature and stay intact. Our ovens don't approach the temps that will compromise even the low duty bricks. That is what I've read anyway.

You have a neat operation there, you must be a 'detail' person. :)

Lburou 05-24-2012 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by UtahBeehiver (Post 131995)

Thanks for the feedback and compliment. BTW, I thank you for putting the "treasure" achive link together to highlight some of the best builds in the forum. I used these links as becnhmark for my build. Unfortunately, good or bad I am a perfectionist. I think more than I do so my work is and will run in spurts.


Glad that thread was useful to you! The oven construction is a fulfilling and pleasurable journey, enjoy it. :)

Derkp 05-24-2012 06:39 PM

Re: Wood Fired Beehive in Utah
I poured an 8" top slab. Directly under my oven a 4" deep depression was formed in and eventually filled in with the infamous perlcrete concoction. In hindsight I think that I would lower the stand a little and put some type of insulated board underneath as well. You can never have too much insulation. You can't add it underneath when you are done.

If I have a really good fire, the slab eventually acts as a heat sink and the ceiling of the wood space underneath the oven heats up quite good.

We still have good pizza and other things, even with the few flaws that are there. The ovens are very forgiving once you get to know you oven.


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