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Old 08-22-2011, 09:09 AM
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I am a newbie to the sight, lots of information here.

I have poured a 9'x9' pad and am going to build a smokehouse on one side and a brick oven on the other side. I have about 3000 clinker brick and just picked up a 48" hearth for the oven. I have a brick mason "Mike Gadd" who is helping me with it.

One question I had does any ever put a vent in the back of the oven?

Thanks for the help and i will post picture when things get underway.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:58 AM
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Hey, I am new as well. A brick oven gets hot by a flow of combustion air. With the vent in the front, the flow of fresh air comes in the bottom of the doorway and forces the hot air back, up and over the dome and escapes through the vent in the front. Without that flow an oven cant't get hot all over the dome. That's my opinion anyway. I hope that helps!
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:04 AM
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Don't quote me but it would seem that having a door in the front and the flue in the back retaining heat in the chamber might be a problem. I would think you would create a draft and have heat travel out the flue faster than normal .
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does any ever put a vent in the back of the oven?
Yes, it's been done again and again, most frequently in the south american "hornos". It's always a disaster. It wastes time, fuel, and pulls all the retained heat out of your oven.
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I am trying to download a couple of pictures. This is day one. smokehouse on the left and oven on the right.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:11 AM
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day three.. things are really taking shape..
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:13 PM
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Day 5. I am making a barrel style oven that is choked down in the opening. I am planning to do pizzas, breads, and roasting. What is the height you recommend for the interior and the opening size? I hear higher is better for roasting and breads, and lower give a more intense heat for pizza.

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Old 08-29-2011, 02:23 PM
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I forgot to tell you, my measurements are 21" high at the top of the barrel. The oven is 38" wide and 35" deep before the vent. Should the hearth opening be 65% of the max height? which would be 13.65 inches.
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No under hearth insulation?

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:00 PM
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I was going to butt my hearth up next to the fire brick and float it in mud. My hearth is 1 in rough granite that is 16" x 48". Do you think I will have any issues with that?

My hearth will sit outside the oven.
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