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Old 11-01-2008, 09:46 AM
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Hey from Nor Cal. I am really fired up to build a WFO- I have a old concrete slab for a foundation from the 50's. flat,smooth- will this be ok to use?

I feel the round dome is the way to go- any suggestions on getting started?

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Old 11-01-2008, 12:55 PM
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Welcome fellow Nor Cal-er!

Regarding the foundation:
Sounds perfect to me. Remember that the oven hearth, slab and oven itself are very heavy. Most foundations are reinforced with rebar. If this slab was built to support a heavy fountain, and has remained sound since the 50's, it should work fine.

I think we would all here recomend the round dome oven shape.

I started by down-loading the Forno Bravo oven plans. These will answer 95% of your questions. Probably help you with the foundation too.

I am sure someone here can help with the other 5%.

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Old 11-01-2008, 03:03 PM
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Hi jj, and welcome to the forum. Best advice is to start studying the forum, right after you download and read the FornoBravo plans as Dusty suggested. Just following though some of the thread here and watching how people build their ovens does wonders.

Here's a link to where to get the plans if you have not allready. They are free, require you to register (different registration that the forum), but don't require a credit card or anything. Brick Oven Plans | Build an Italian Brick Oven

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Old 11-02-2008, 10:41 AM
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Dusty & Travis-
Thanks for the advice- I was pretty sure the cement patio was strong enoungh.

I down loaded the plans and doing my DD.

Where is the best place to order all the Bricks and materails? from FB? Where is FB located in CA?

Do most Forum guys use the brick dome or buy the pre-cast...seems like a guy can save some serious $$$ going with Brick.


I hope these ?'s are ok..

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Old 11-02-2008, 10:56 AM
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Jimmy - you're in luck. H.C. Muddox is located in Sacramento. A member of this forum (acoma) went to their yard and got a pretty good deal on seconds.

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Old 11-02-2008, 03:42 PM
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Les,
Thanks, went to the site and will be going to Sac Town soon. JJ
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:08 AM
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Do most Forum guys use the brick dome or buy the pre-cast...seems like a guy can save some serious $$$ going with Brick.
It depends on what a guy (or girl) likes doing - well, that and how much money they want to spend. If you think you'll enjoy the challenge of building your own dome from scratch, do it! Its really great fun!

But there are plenty of people here who've got precast ovens, too - you'll get to cook pizza a lot sooner that way.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:37 PM
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Hi,
The slab may be fine but you may want to dig around the outside and see if there are any footings (thicker and deeper than slab) or drill a small hole to determine the thickness of the slab. Chances are it will be fine, you dont have the frost issue? as I do in NJ were my footings are 3 ft below grade the block work is built up from there.
If you are really Fired up and want to make pizza sooner than later go with the dome casa models. A bit more $$ overall but go together so much easier and quicker than the brick/barrel build and provide great results. I have heard as little as 2-3 wks from delivery to first pies.
pizzamaking.com has some great info on building as well. Good luck with whatever you choose. The sooner the better.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:47 PM
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This thread popped back up, and I saw that I had missed the slab question. A slab from the 50's with no cracks that is still level? I would say go for it, but just for the record, do you know how thick it is? If not, did a bit by one side, and you will either find out how thick it is, or find out that it has footings. But I would guess you are probably good to go.

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Old 11-03-2008, 02:59 PM
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Les,
Thanks, went to the site and will be going to Sac Town soon. JJ
Great place to buy firebricks. They generally don't sell to the public, but will sell you "seconds" for 30 cents each. The seconds are very, very adaquate.

I have been there many times. Let me know if I can help.

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