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Old 04-22-2012, 11:03 PM
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Hello....

Just a quick introduction of myself.....

I am Kris from Minnesota and have the pizza oven itch.....

I need a mentor who can help guide me through my summer task of building a pizza oven in my backyard.

I have no mason skills what so ever. However, I have built many other things so with some guidance and the right tools and materials I am quite certain I can pull this off.

Would like to keep the build under $1000 if possible.

Drop me a line if you can help steer me in the right direction!

Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:04 AM
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Kris, you have come to the right place for mentors! There is a pack of mentors combing threads everyday, eager to share what they have learned. Just start a thread in the oven construction forum and you will find all the advice you need there. The more pictures you post in your new thread, the more responses you will get.

Good Luck!

P.S. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:18 AM
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I have no mason skills what so ever. However, I have built many other things so with some guidance and the right tools and materials I am quite certain I can pull this off.

Would like to keep the build under $1000 if possible.

Drop me a line if you can help steer me in the right direction!

Thanks!
I have some material left over from my build including FB Insulation - board and blanket, and some double wall Class A 10 inch stainless Chimney sections.

I also have a 14 inch Brick Wet Saw that I could rent out cheap.

I live in Crystal, if this is convenient for you you may want to stop by to see the oven also.

Photo is oven as it is today.

Chip
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:54 AM
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mrchipster.

That is quite the build you have there.

Do you have a full album of pics from start to present that you can share?

Lastly, how realistic is it to think an oven can be done for $1000 or less?

I'm just talking the core oven, not too much gingerbreading...
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:03 AM
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Kris, it sounds like you have found a local mentor

Several typical oven builds are listed in the blue link in my signature. Lots of pictures and discussions for you.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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mrchipster.

That is quite the build you have there.

Do you have a full album of pics from start to present that you can share?

Lastly, how realistic is it to think an oven can be done for $1000 or less?

I'm just talking the core oven, not too much gingerbreading...
My primary post is "Chip's 42 in Minnesota" take a look at that. You will see that I had some issues with free materials but I did get some of my things at significant savings by using Craigslist.

1000 may be a little tight but it clearly could be done.

A basic oven well insulated and a reasonable size 36 inch. Could be done, I spent significantly more but I think you can see the oven is more than a simple design.

Things I saved money on brick for surround 900 for $300 Craigslist
Lights $50 total for 4 lights - thrift store.
Steel structural roof I-beams $100 craigslist
Standing seam roof $125 Craigslist
Chimney sections $50 each but I had to buy 6 sections that is why I still have some left. Craigslist

I did not search out free concrete blocks but they are often available.

I also rented a bobcat to remove about 12 yards of dirt so I had a place to put the oven.

This is all part of a much larger project so it is hard to put an exact price on all of the materials but I think it came in around $3500

Send me a private message and we can discuss where you can save without compromising on performance.

Where are you in MN it is a big state?

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:15 PM
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What was your overall duration of the build, start to finish?

Generally speaking, what sort of footprint do these take up?

I was trying to go off some of the threads and pictures and it seems they are roughly 6' by 6'.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:18 PM
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Finished.... What does that mean??

I started digging June last year and had my first pizza party in October. But.... The brick work is still not complete in the back and I still have counters to put on and doors to finish.

I did cook all winter and can keep cooking temps albeit lower through the week but i can cook all week in one firing.

Foundation is roughly 6 x 12 because of the prep table but the roof is 8 x 12 delta wing style.

I have a 42 corner install so 6x6 for that size is fine. If you do not plan for big party situations a 42 may be overkill.

Had pizza last night and oven is still 700 tonight.

Previous firing was Friday and oven was 400 prior to adding wood yesterday.

Where are you in MN, it is a big state?
Chip

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Old 04-24-2012, 09:07 PM
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Chip,

I live down in SWMN in Luverne. I'm about 23 miles East of Sioux Falls, SD on I-90.
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That is quite a hike, but you must give me a heads up next time you come to the twin cities. My treat on the pizza.

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