Old 06-26-2011, 05:53 AM
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Default kit vs built?

We live in SW Va (near Roanoke) and want to put in a pizza/bread oven. So far we haven't found a mason who's done this. We found one who used a kit.

Could the person who built the footer and box and flue for our fireplace build a pizza oven or is the learning curve too steep?

What is the cost difference between making your own and using a kit? Is there an advantage other than cost on either method?

There are so many considerations, it's a confusing.

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:50 PM
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Default Re: kit vs built?

If you are not into building it yourself, I would go with a kit - with your oversight a mason should have no problem putting one together - but read the directions and communicate with them regularly.

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:37 AM
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"Is there an advantage other than cost on either method?"

Either will provide a good oven.

The kit method is faster but more expensive. The brick build is often the choice for the do-it-yourself type who enjoys building and learning new skills.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default Re: kit vs built?

I am also in SW Virgina. Check out your private messages. Be sure to check out the section on my WFO.

I would think that if your not a do it yourself person and needed to hire a mason I would guess the price would work out the same.
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