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Old 12-28-2008, 04:14 PM
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I am researching my wood fired oven and thought this was a great place to read and ask questions.

I already have a brick barbecue and want to add the oven to it.



I hope to glean much information here and share in the delights of a wood fired oven!

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Old 12-30-2008, 06:37 PM
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Hey!
Welcome Ellie. You are right on the mark...this is a fantastic place for questions and research. Your outdoor kitchen looks great. That big smoker-looking thing looks WAY cool. But something is definatly missing.
We have a wood fired oven in Sacramento and we love it. It, right now, contains my wife's famous "spinich and ricotta cheese" calzones. Last I looked they seemed done but were not brown yet.
Gotta go check again.
Look forward to helping any way we can.

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Old 12-30-2008, 07:35 PM
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Ellie,

How far can you grow your island to the left (referring to the pic). If you have around 5 foot, you are golden. Personally, I would like the oven in the center (just my own opinion on aesthetics). Tearing out what you have in place would be a shame - looks great! Bring on any questions - someone on the planet should have an answer. BTW, how far North are you in Cal?

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Old 12-30-2008, 08:17 PM
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Thanks guys. Yes, I would like to start in center for the wfo but alas, gas lines, etc. are too much in the way.

Now, I have 4-5 ft. to the left of the island that I can build but only 26" for width. Would this be enough?

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:19 AM
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Now, I have 4-5 ft. to the left of the island that I can build but only 26" for width. Would this be enough?

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Ellie
26" would be tight...any chance you could pour an extension on that slab backward?...would that give you some more room?
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:16 AM
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I cannot go backwards except for maybe 12 -15 inches. I will have to measure tonight. What would be the ideal measurements? Y'all can save me a little time in my research!

There is already cement back there, but it is a walkway so I can only use part of it.

Let me know what you think is an ideal measurement and I will get the ole tape out tonight and report back.

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:24 PM
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Ellie
Measure and see what you can get...what is important is to really know what is the most you can work with and then we can kind of get a scale...insulation and the thickness of the thermal mass is what is the key....insulation is the MOST important so let's see what we can work with
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There is already cement back there, but it is a walkway so I can only use part of it.
Ellie,

I asked earlier what part of N. cal you were in. If it freezes - you do not want your oven sitting on a 4 inch thick sidewalk. In regard to 26 inches of depth - that's not going to cut it for an oven -sorry. Gas lines, water, and wire is an easy thing to move. Waste lines are a bit more of a pain.

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Waste lines are a bit more of a pain.
Unless they're plastic. PVC waste lines are one of mankind's greatest advancements; can you imagine messing around with cast iron and lead anymore?

On your original topic: Ovens are big and heavy. There is no getting around this simple fact. I squeezed a 36 inch oven into a sixty inch square, and it was tight. I would give myself more space for the same oven if I did it again. You may want to look at your space and think about where you could lay out a big square without getting in the way of anything, rather than think about where you could squeeze it into your existing kitchen layout. A little planning at this point will save you many headaches later.
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You are all right. I am near Redding, Ca. by the way. Very little freezing. I went outside after work last night and measured, and there just isn't enough room to do it right. I have a 10x13 slab that I had poured a few years ago. Nothing in it and a gazebo over it. Now, it looks like I should make my plans to have it there with some accessories, like a place to put my dutch oven, etc. Boy, this is going to be fun!! Now I have lots of room.

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