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Old 11-11-2013, 11:15 AM
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About 2 years ago, I began to get the itch to build a wood fired oven oven. For one reason or another, I put the project off until this past July, when I decided it was time to start! I named it "De La Capra" to honor my Italian grandmother. I have fond memories of her in the kitchen making wonderful italian dishes, including homemade gnocchi.

Initially, I decided to go with another vendor that produces forms which you fill with castable refractory. It sounded like a great idea, and the price was right. But with further research, I began noticing several design flaws, the biggest of which was that the chimney came directly out of the oven itself, and there was no way to keep the oven hot enough to bake food the day (or two) after firing the oven to cook pizza. So I returned the product and went with a Casa 2G 90. I decided on the Casa over the pompeii build due to the time saving of having to build the oven.

What started out as a simple WFO turned into a 17' long outdoor kitchen, which included adding a fireplace, side table and Kamado Joe cooking table.

I tend to over-engineer and overbuild things, and that will probably be evident throughout the design process and pictures.

A big thanks to everyone who has documented their builds, it's been very helpful. As a way to pay it forward, I hope this thread will prove useful to other people on this forum!

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Old 11-11-2013, 11:35 AM
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First place to start, where to locate the oven?

The way my yard lays out, the most logical spot was right off of the patio next to the house. You can see in one of the pictures my original idea, with the Kamado Joe table in the middle, fireplace to the right and oven to the left. I wound up changing that around with subsequent revisions and putting the fireplace and oven next to each other in the middle.

There was plenty of room to locate everything, the main problem was that I had already dug out the entire area years ago to put in a vegetable garden. I essentially dug down 18" or so and replaced the clay soil with compost mix.

My helper and I took about 3-4 days to dig out the foundation. I saved the compost mix for another project and dumped the clay soil out back in the woods.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:14 PM
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Got the foundation dug out, next up is hauling the gravel around to the backyard. Had all the cinder block and concrete delivered and had to haul that around as well. I actually hired a few guys to help out with that as it would have taken me the better part of a week just to do that!

Decided to build the foundation a few inches thicker as well as reinforcing it with rebar. Here's the general shape, from left to right: side table, pizza oven, fireplace and Kamado Joe table.
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Makes me tired just looking at it. Where in the "USA" are you at? Will you be able to build during the winter?
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:20 PM
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I'm in North Carolina, so should be good to go at least through December!
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My helper and I took about 3-4 days to dig out the foundation.
Keep that helper around for some of the inside work she may come in handy.
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Nice start, glad to see you were able to save the Japanese Maple tree. Everything looks quite green still.
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Welcome to the "Over-Engineers Club" !!! You are in good company!
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I'm in North Carolina, so should be good to go at least through December!
You have a year round location there.
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Thanks everyone!

The Japanese maple came with us 8 years ago when we moved, and it was not an option to transplant, so we worked around it.

The pictures I posted were taken back in August when everything was green, hot and dry. I'll post more pictures tomorrow.......
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