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Old 08-22-2007, 10:30 AM
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I'm pretty knew to the forum, but an accountant by trade..... so I've created an Excel spreadsheet to aid everyone in estimating the cost of a backyard oven project.

Of course the prices are local prices, so feel free to adjust any prices or amounts as needed. I locked the other cells so no one would accidentally change any formulas.

I used the plans from this site for the material list.

I hope this will help other noobs like me out there.

I break ground this weekend.
It will be a slow process, but I really want to get started.



BTW I had to zip the file to upload it to this site.
But go to WinZip® - The Zip File Utility for Windows - Zip/Unzip, Encrypt/Decrypt to download Winzip which will unzip it for you.
If you don't have Excel, Lotus will probably open the file. If you don't have that try the Google spreadsheet. Just Google "spreadsheet", sign up and open the file.

Have a good day.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:25 PM
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Thanks, that is a big help...or maybe not if the wife sees it first.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:52 PM
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Maybe she'll go for it...

I broke it down it to smaller more manageable sections, because I'm married too!



Easier to justify smaller chunks.... If you get my drift.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:39 PM
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We should ask Drew about family budgeting. I think his wife was putting the kitchen sink in his oven cost. :-)
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:00 AM
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This is very helpful, thanks.
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Cool!


Under Fireclay what does 'fall off" mean?
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This is cool. I've been tracking my costs the old way - a pile of post-it's. I've noticed some great pricing as well. I had to pay $1.40 a brick. Dave got 4 foot of angle iron for $5.00 - that's incredible. I probably paid close to that for 1 foot.

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Cool!


Under Fireclay what does 'fall off" mean?
Actually there should be an amount in that spot.

I wrote this before doing some serious homework, just to get an idea of the costs involved.
At the time, I assumed that the "brick dust" from cutting bricks would be enough to use for the mortar, but now I realize that I will probably need much more than that.
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This is cool. I've been tracking my costs the old way - a pile of post-it's. I've noticed some great pricing as well. I had to pay $1.40 a brick. Dave got 4 foot of angle iron for $5.00 - that's incredible. I probably paid close to that for 1 foot.

Les...
Yeah, I know a few welders... and they always have leftovers...

and I guess I'm just lucky on the bricks...

So how many post-its have you lost?
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Actually there should be an amount in that spot.

I wrote this before doing some serious homework, just to get an idea of the costs involved.
At the time, I assumed that the "brick dust" from cutting bricks would be enough to use for the mortar, but now I realize that I will probably need much more than that.
Okay, thanks!
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