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Old 07-02-2013, 02:48 AM
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I am in the late planning stage of a remodel. I have to make a change. I want to see if I can attach a wood fired oven to the exterior wall of my kitchen. I have talked to the local code people and they said it would be treated under the code as a wood burning fireplace. Which has nothing unusual to except that it must have a detachable metal or glass door or screen. Also mentioned is that it must have a double steel walled flue or double brick thickness flue.

I have used both 1, 1.5, and 2 meter ovens onboard ship and in Italy before so I am not a newbie to cooking with them. I want to build this oven myself as personal project. I want to stand next to it say that I built it with my two hands. I am recently retired so I have lots of time on my hands. My 10 year old daughter is also eager to help when she can...Wife asks that the front opening shelf of the oven match the countertops...

I am having custom colored concrete countertops installed by a friend and his crew. The countertops are going to be extra heavy at 3.5 in thickness with diamond pattern s/s steel going from countertop to cabinet base to form the backsplash. The hot wall is going to be covered from floor to hood in the diamond pattern ss steel.
So I will have some technical advice available as well as access to his tools for the masonry work. We are upgrading from two home ranges to a 6 burner, 24" griddle and 24" chargrill N/G unit, a 55K btu wok burner with a water top, a double deck baking oven with steam injection, and a pair of fryers will make up the hot wall with the wood burning brick oven. I was going to put a commercial smoker in the space but it would have meant upgrading my natural gas to a 3" supply and that has a $425 minimum monthly charge. Inside I will have 29" of space for the opening of the oven but have 7' available outside. The exterior of the house is brick and the ground outside is covered with a 4" concrete pad next to the chimney of the great room fireplace. I was thinking that a 1 meter round brick oven would work best for us. Do the ovens come in metric or imperial sizes? I don't know.
The new kitchen is going to be 35'x27' with an 20'x10' attached pantry and 8'x10' walk in freezer. Cold fridge storage will be one double glass doored 72 cubic ft unit and a 15' under counter fridge with drop in cold storage and prep surface on top. This unit is on wheels and can be placed on the wall adjacent to the location of the WFBO. I also have a 16'x16' canning kitchen in the basement. The new kitchen is going to be a big change for our house as the shared wall with the great room is going to be opened and a raised bar with stools are going to allow me an open kitchen feel and more interaction with guest. Giving our home a open design. We are also going from an open floor kitchen to a double aisle with 7' center island. Under counter cabinets are going to be painted a dark slate blue. The cabinets above the opening to the greatroom with be double sided doors with frosted glass. They will extend 24" from the ceiling. In the center of the island I will have a 4 full pan steam table installed. Sinks and dishwashers are located on the wall opposite the end of the pizza oven and have double french doors to formal dining room.
So where do I start on planning the WFBO? Construction on the rest of the kitchen starts in 12 days. Everything else has been purchased and paid for leaving me a $3400 budget. Can it be done? Or do I leave the space blank and save up for doing it next summer? I am sorry this got so long but tried to give as much info as I could. I know that I have forgotten lots of things so ask I will try to answer as fast as I can.

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PS I have 2 pallets of bricks to cover the outside of the oven to make it match my home.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:40 AM
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Wow! That sounds like Chef heaven.....I think it is very do able...check this thread..... http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/i...-wfo-9659.html (Indoor Kitchen and WFO) I'm sure there are more...use the search...Personally, if it were me,installing indoors, I would look at the Forno Brava stuff...or at least follow their plans look...http://www.fornobravo.com/store/Resi...r-Pizza-Ovens/

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:26 AM
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To your question about size, are you thinking about a Pompeii (e.g. hand-made brick) design or a pre-cast oven? The former you can make whatever size you like. The latter are available in only certain sizes - but you can get a 40" IIRC.

To your budget question - I would say $3400 is easily enough to get a really well-done Pompeii - if you are up to doing the work yourself. The bricks are going to run you about $300-350; home brew mortar is less than $50. A used brick saw is $150. The expensive bits are the double wall stainless flue and the insulating board/blanket. You can price those out in our host's store.

Hope that helps.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:42 AM
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I want a brick oven not a pre-cast. Are the Pompeii a good way to go or should I buy bricks locally...
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:48 AM
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I have access to saws and mixers...My friend says he can get all of the mortar and help me cut the bricks. What he wants to know about the thermal break between the front arch and the dome...

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Old 07-02-2013, 03:47 PM
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Hi Chef,

It sounds like a chef's dream. What are you doing, a business enterprise? It can't be for a family, unless the family is an elite militia. From looking at what you're putting in, you know as well as I that you're not going to stay within budget on your WFO project, so be up front with the BOSS, less headache. You can't fool us, more of us has been there, done that. Good luck, keep the photos pouring in.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:07 PM
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Hi Chef,

It sounds like a chef's dream. What are you doing, a business enterprise? It can't be for a family, unless the family is an elite militia. From looking at what you're putting in, you know as well as I that you're not going to stay within budget on your WFO project, so be up front with the BOSS, less headache. You can't fool us, more of us has been there, done that. Good luck, keep the photos pouring in.
Laurentius,

I agree that this is one incredible kitchen and I hesitate to even guess at the total cost. However, based on the message above and his message on my thread, it appears he plans to build a pompelli oven himself. It seems to me that $3400 is a generous budget for a DIY pompelli WFO, especially as foundation and surrounds are already budgeted. At any rate I want to see photos as this project progresses. Bruce
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:27 AM
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Hi Chef - Welcome, you are in the right place. That is one impressive kitchen alright. If you are going to build traditionally, from brick, considering your starting point then you should be ok with the money. The place where the money can disappear in a hurry will be the finish. Depends how you go about that and it sounds like you are not in the habit of cutting corners.

Good luck with your planned build. There is a wealth of experience here to provide advice if you seek it.

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I know you are still in the design phase but it is important to note a few things as you do your planning.

"Do the ovens come in metric or imperial sizes? I don't know."
If you are building it yourself it makes no difference.

Use a larger flue than standard and nice large throat to capture all the smoke exiting the oven. If 8 inch is recommended use a 10 inch...

Consider a chimalator;(sp?) chimney cap as it will provide a positive seal of the flue when oven is not in use.

Normally we do not build in ash drop in the entry but for an inside oven it may have higher benefits to keep the kitchen clean.

Space management inside with the peels, pokers, doors/fire screens and other tools should also be carefully considered. You said you worked ovens before but I am sure those were large commercial kitchens, so be space aware.

And remember to consider tool storage and working access to your tools. Hangars, hooks, and tall cabinet, as well as wood storage close by. I have 2 doors for my oven and am considering a third, and I have 10 long handled tools.
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Consider a chimilator;(sp) chimney cap as it will provide a positive seal of the flue when oven is not in use.
Lot's of good advice. I looked up chimalators and found this site. I started to ask why you made the recommendation but as I was writing the question realized it was likely so flue would be sealed while oven was not in use and keep the inside conditioned air from leaking out. Sounds like a good suggestion for an inside oven build.

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