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Old 12-21-2007, 01:48 PM
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After bathing in the collective experience and knowledge of this forum for the last 4 months, I am ready to commit to building an oven. I am located in Olympia, WA and will have to deal with liquid sunshine. I am working on my plans now so I can be ready to start in the spring. My current plans include a 36 inch Pompei oven in a corner installation with a brick smoker and a brick BBQ. My challenges include building this all in a 9.5 ft x 25 ft area next to the house. While I can find no building codes that apply I think I will need to extend the chimney to a height of about 13 ft above grade. I am also planning to incorporate an "ash/coal drop slot" in the entrance of the oven.
My wife has been making homemade pizza once a week for the last 21 years and I told her I was going to build the oven for her. However, I think we both know the oven will really be my toy.
I have to say that, after extensive research, this is the most informative, kindest, best laid out and complete forum for oven builders. I appreciate all of the effort that goes into it and I am looking forward to soliciting your opinions and help during my build. Hopefully I will be able to repay in kind. I have already infected 2 of my co-worker with WFO fever and hope to infect more as time goes on.
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:15 PM
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Welcome,
You are right this has been a great site with members generously offering their wisdom in assisting everyone in their planning and building of a WFO. It quickly becomes an obsession.
I initially wanted a smoker and migrated to this oven( to use as a smoker as well), so I'm interested in your thoughts there.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:21 PM
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I sort of started with the brick barbeque concept and got sucked into the whole wood fired kitchen. Once I found the forum I knew I had to build a pizza oven.
I have a bbq fanatic for a friend who bbqs at least 330 days a year. I started taking lessons with him because, contrary to popular opinion, bbq skills are not aquired through genetic transfer. He really hooked me on the great flavors you can only get through smoking.
Here is my basic idea. I originally was going to try to combine the bbq and smoker or the pizza oven and smoker. Having read through all the temperatures and technical data, combining these is more trouble than it is worth. Keeping the seperate seems to be the way to go.
Smokers seem to be the easiest of the three cooking item to make. There are plans on the web to build a smoker using an trashcan and a electric hot plate.
I am going to build a verical smoker with common brick beside the oven. Basically a tower with a interior space about 4 ft tall, and 15 inches square. It will have removable racks at 8 inch intervals. At the bottom I plan to use a tray for wood chips heated by a small propane stove. Since I do not want to mess with wiring or piping I am planning to incorporate a 5 gal propane bottle into the base, connected with a hose easily found at any RV place.
The BBQ is a little more complicated. I am planing to use brick and movable shelves for the coals. However, I want to construct some kind of hood to draw the smoke up and away from the house if I can figure out how to do it. The only plans I have seen come from a 1960s Sunset book and they are pretty basic. If anyone has ideas on this I could use some other input
Being a 1 income family with a wife, kids and dogs to support I am trying to economize where every possible. I am starting to collect materials now and hope my wife will not be too upset with the piles acculating in the backyard. I already have about 600 red bricks ( wall bricks with holes) for some of the decorative work and wall construction. Currently I am collecting all of the cinderblocks that get discarded in my area.
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:34 AM
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Welcome aboard Brokencookie. Interesting name.....

I'm just an hour south of you and Maver's up in Puyallup. Good to have more locals on the board.

I look forward to seeing your progress. Remember, take and post lots of pics.

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Old 12-23-2007, 01:45 PM
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Hey George
Where are you getting your firebrick and mortar. I spoke with a guy a Mutual Materials in Tumwater and he was less than helpful. Instead of having specific information about the in-stock firebricks all he could say was "uh.... lots of people use these bricks for ovens He had no info about the ratings of the bricks or mortar. Have you used the firebricks from there ?

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:22 PM
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I have a total buy-in from the family. They took all of the fire brick information and bought me 2 dozen fire bricks for christmas as a starter set. I am sure that my entire family will be hounding me get started as soon as the weather breaks. This is a good problem to have
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:44 PM
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Howdy Brokencookie,
Sounds like a most exellent backyard project. I expecially like the brick tower smoker. I wish I would have thought of that. Sounds like an industrial sized Lil' Chief, which is what I use to smoke salmon. And I tried to think of everything. I never even considered replacing my Lil' chief! Brilliant.
I am looking forward to tracking your progress. I can tell that this is going to be a fun and interesting tread.

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Old 12-27-2007, 09:32 PM
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Bruce,
When I called, I specifically asked for low-duty fire bricks. The girl who answers the phone seems to cover all the calls for SW WA and OR, as far as I can figure. She said, "yes, we've got them". Non of the other places I went could even guess what a low duty firebrick was. You kind of have to just go with it. What else are you going to do? Everyone else just gave me a blank stare and a stammer when I asked for a specific type of firebrick.

When I went to Mutual Materials (MM) in Portland, I asked for low duty, but I think the clerk just wrote firebrick on the ticket. Anyway, the oven seems to heat like everyone else's. I have a month or so before I get this thing finished. Check back with me and I'll let you know if all is good with the bricks. MM is a very reputable company. I think they have everything you need. So far, I trust 'em.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:08 AM
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Thanks George
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:01 AM
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I have a total buy-in from the family. They took all of the fire brick information and bought me 2 dozen fire bricks for christmas as a starter set. I am sure that my entire family will be hounding me get started as soon as the weather breaks. This is a good problem to have
That is so cool! What a nice present. ...and now you have a ready-made New Year's resolution: "I will build my oven as fast as I can"
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