#1  
Old 12-15-2008, 03:19 PM
Serf
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Blackstone, MA
Posts: 6
Default second post, lots of reading

Hi, My name is Jay. I've been reading for a while and started looking into the costs involved with building my own WFO. I live in Massachusetts so I can't even begin for a few months with the frost line as it is. I read more than once that a red clay oven is better than no oven at all and with the cost of fire brick quoted to me at 1.44 a piece, I decided to go cheap. I also referrenced a book suggested by NissanNeil where the builder/cook used free red clay bricks for his commercial oven. So I told a friend of mine in the construction business what I was going to do and asked him for the best place he knew of to buy the brick. He came up with a great idea, have a brick party in the spring. Make up fliers with what I'm building have our friends and family bring one "specified" fire brick to the party for every member of their household. Everyone of the people invited will someday enjoy what's cooked in the oven. I though this was a great idea. Has anyone ever done this before and how did it turn out? Jay
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-15-2008, 04:22 PM
Breven's Avatar
Journeyman
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Victorville, California
Posts: 251
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Hey Jay-

Welcome to the forum. By the time winter is over, you should have all the info you need to get started on your WFO. I look forward to seeing pics!
The brick party is an interesting idea. I have to say, $1.44 for firebrick is not a bad price. You'll need a couple hundred. You looking at less than $300 for proper firebrick....what's the point in cutting this corner? Firebrick will hold heat much longer than a red clay brick and you only build an oven once- I would do my best to cut corners when it really makes a difference. For example, I built a outdoor kitchen combo (still building it)- I saved a couple thousand dollars by not buying a new grill insert and simply rolling the grill I already have into place. Looks great, and saved me a bunch of $. Save your pennies all winter so you don't have to cut any corners with the dome itself. Proper bricks and insulation will save you $ and time in the long run.
__________________
Check out my oven progress here:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


See ALL of my pictures here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-15-2008, 06:13 PM
thebadger's Avatar
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 369
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Jay,

I agree. I think there are a number of places to cut costs. I wouldn't skimp on the firebrick or insulation!

Good luck.
Dick
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-15-2008, 07:11 PM
Serf
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Blackstone, MA
Posts: 6
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

I think your right. I would like to build this only once, and the right way is the best way. I do like the brick party idea. If there is anyone in the New England area that knows of a better source for fire brick, please let me know.
The pictures I see of other's WFO's are truly inspirational. I read about different foods cooked in WFO's last night for about an hour. WoW! I cannot wait to try experimenting. Is it true that you find yourself using the WFO more than your grill?
Best regards,
Jay
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-16-2008, 01:24 AM
Frances's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Allschwil, Switzerland
Posts: 2,186
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

What grill?

I think the brick party sounds like a great idea. Make sure to tell us about it, if/when you hold it.
__________________
"Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-24-2008, 08:04 AM
Serf
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Blackstone, MA
Posts: 6
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Merry Christmas everyone! My wife delivered twins on Monday! A boy and a girl, healthy, vibrant, cute as anything you'll ever see anywhere on this planet!
Planning continues on the oven, it'll be covered, red brick faced, and worked into a stone patio that doesn't exist yet. The only issue I have is the prevailing wind. On days that it is windy, the wind will be directed past the entrance, not directly into but past the front. If I make the entrance deeper, could that possibly alleviate any wind blown charcoal issues? This one issue could change the whole placement of the oven. How much of a factor could it be? Jay in Blackstone MA
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-24-2008, 08:32 AM
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,446
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Jay, unless you oven is located in a totally wide open area, I don't see any issues unless the entry is facing directly into the wind on a VERY windy day. Here in FL it is windy every day within 25 miles of the coast, always a sea breeze of at least 10-15 mph coming from the E/SE or W/SW. Today it is blowing about 15 mph with gusts of 25-30mph. I'm having a small pizza party this evening...no worries just a typical day. I faced my oven due south out of convenience, didn't think much of the wind factor at the time, has worked out great. For the most part I'm dealing with a crosswind and it has little or no effect. As for coals or ash blowing in my face.....it NEVER has happened.

RT
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-24-2008, 10:06 AM
SpringJim's Avatar
Master Builder
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Spring Lake, MI
Posts: 561
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Yeah, I don't recall blowing ashes being a problem during firing. I have had problems when I've been too lazy to put the door on the oven when I'm done though (red wine disease) and having to clean up ash in the corners the patio area. Now, smoke in my face, that's another matter.
__________________
Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-24-2008, 10:09 AM
SpringJim's Avatar
Master Builder
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Spring Lake, MI
Posts: 561
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Quote:
Originally Posted by kgmfq3 View Post
Merry Christmas everyone! My wife delivered twins on Monday! A boy and a girl, healthy, vibrant, cute as anything you'll ever see anywhere on this planet!
and by the way...as a friend of ours with twin grandchildren said...."I never say this but your grandkids are almost as cute as mine!"

What a holiday gift eh?
__________________
Sharing life's positives and loving the slow food lane
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-24-2008, 10:58 AM
egalecki's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,049
Default Re: second post, lots of reading

Congratulations! Twins are lots of fun and lots of work and lots of love. Mine are 18 1/2 now- but I remember vividly how they were when they were small. Enjoy them at all stages, it goes by faster than you can possibly imagine.

I never have ashes coming out of my oven- and it's sort of a cross-wind situation for me. I've never had sparks, either.
__________________
Elizabeth


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lots of Firewood in Houston - post Ike Richie Firing Your Oven 4 10-21-2008 01:15 PM
still lots of questions waynebergman Pompeii Oven Construction 1 09-08-2007 08:51 AM
How do I include photos in a post? Unofornaio Newbie Forum 3 06-15-2007 04:51 AM
No convincing needed! Warning, lengthy post! stuart Introductions 1 03-31-2006 11:44 AM
Testing using Attachments to post photos Marcel Brick Oven Photos 5 08-24-2005 12:40 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
© 2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC