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Old 05-01-2012, 02:55 PM
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I have been at this kitchen project for over two years now and finally feel like i have something to share since i am finally building the WFO. But as i look back at what i started with, i seem to have accomplished something. I started with a blank slab, like most. Except mine was there as a patio. I like the location, because i could have hot/cold water for sink, sewer for drain, and gas for grill, cable for tv, electrical for lights, sound, plugs, and a way to keep amplifiers/receivers from weather. I hated the way the existing roof around the patio was laid out. It has about three valleys that pour into that area where i wanted my kitchen. I considered gutters and a gazebo cover, but in the end i decided a mostly flat roof tied into existing was the best route. The heat of the summer and the occasional rain would make the area unusable many days, so a roof was mandatory. But oh well, you have to make the best of what you have. I was tempted to go away from the house, and build on a fresh site in the backyard. If you go that approach, utilities have to be extended, site work, etc., or do without water/electrical/sewer. I decided that proximity to house was the most important after reading many threads and articles about outdoor kitchens. Also, i could make the existing indoor kitchen window a pass through to outside/inside.
i have done everything myself except extend a gas line and pour the original slab. I have done a lot of projects, but nothing compares to this one. Since i started, we have replaced the windows in the house, redone the indoor kitchen (because my outdoor was looking to good i think). I still have a long way to go, but i can see progress for sure.

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Old 05-01-2012, 04:11 PM
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I have ...... redone the indoor kitchen (because my outdoor was looking to good i think). I still have a long way to go, but i can see progress for sure.

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An outdoor Man Cave .

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You are going to have an excellent and accessable place to intertain and unwind. Love the ceiling .
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It ALL looks great!........NICE Job!..
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:34 AM
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Thanks guys. I plan to cover the posts with the same cedar that i used in the cabinet base. I have more flagstone for the bartops, and i will brick the outside of the bar with old chicago brick to match the house. All this of course, after the wfo is done. Still trying to decide on what to do with the floor. Thinking about screening the kitchen in as well(flies, snow, leaves, MOTHS) but the grill would put a lot of heat on a screen. still thinking.
When i was planning the kitchen originally, i didn't even know about wfos. I was trying to figure out what to do in that corner and along came forno bravo and then it all started to come together. Or as my wife says, "hurry up and get done with that thing."
The oven will be enclosed, i think, with as much air gap above as i can manage because of the wood roof. The oven base will probably use chicago brick to match the house. i dont want to do brick on the oven enclosure because of the added weight it would bring to the area. Maybe stucco or even cut brick veneer if i am still wanting to cut more brick.
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meant to add photo. How did that beer box get in there?
Gulf, the ceiling is just tongue/groove pine with several coats of spar varnish applied with short nap roller and brushed, (by hand of course). It went pretty good. I didn't want to cut the holes for lights and speakers after i had it all finished and pretty. i really worried about the wood over the oven after reading several fire stories. I think i will be good, i hope. i have three layers of blanket waiting and will use vermiculite too if needed. I think the three layers will be good, though.
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....i really worried about the wood over the oven after reading several fire stories. I think i will be good, i hope......
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Many of us live in homes with open fireplaces and never have a problem. I think that you will be ok if you follow some simple safety tips that you are probably already aware of. My suggestions would be to preheat your chimney before lighting a fire in the oven. Get the draft working in your favor and then slowly add to the fire load in your oven. Don't smother a fire with a door and then abruptly remove it giving it a chance to backdraft .
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:56 PM
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I am still wondering if i did the right thing by not covering the area above the oven with the same wood as the ceiling. My thinking at the time is that i would cover with a fire resistant material(metal, concrete board, or even ceramic board ) Of course, i was also thinking i would completely enclose the WFO to ceiling and have passive venting of the enclosure. Now i am thinking that the top of the enclosure could be probably 2' below ceiling. Then is should have covered the area above the oven. decisions???
Any thoughts on the ceiling transition? Air is good for any heat dissipation, but with three layers of 1" blanket, i hope that isn't a concern. I could go igloo and the outdoor kitchen would be more open/airy. Then the ceiling cover again. I can enclose all the way up to ceiling. Just concerned may make the area feel crowded. even thought about a round enclosure. But i don't want to use bricks for any enclosure to minimize the weight.
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I'm thinking that copper ceiling tile would look good above the oven. It has the same warm tone that the pine has, and it's fireproof.
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We All are used to cook in indoor kitchen but when we cooking in outdoor kitchen we have a different feeling and a special kind of enthusiasm i feel this in my hometown.
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i have heard of the copper sheets, but not the copper tile. Great idea! any idea where to find it?
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