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Old 08-19-2013, 11:01 AM
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Well, no turning back now. I poured my foundation slab Saturday. It went quite well, not a pretty as it could be. No one will ever know!

My question is about the height of the oven floor. I have two easy possibilities using either 4 or 4.5 courses of block 38.5 or 42.. 38.5 seems a little low to me I don't want to have to stoop over a bunch. I am thinking that 42 would be good. Those of you who have been using your oven for some time, can you tell me how high your oven floor is from the ground? Do you wish it was lower, or higher, or is it just right. I am average height 5'9. Thank you.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:17 AM
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excellent question!

i am 5' 11" and mine is about 47". which is about the distance from my elbow to floor in while standing. That measurement with some imaginary pizza peel should get you close. You can raise the floor with vermicrete to get the height you want. Just make sure you allow for the floor brick thickness, insulating board and any other material in the calculation.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:14 PM
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My stand has 4 courses of blocks, 3.5" of hearth and 4" of insulation, putting the oven floor around 40". I'm 5'8", and I think the height is fine. For that matter, I started finding it a lot more comfortable once I put in a small patio such that I was standing level with the foundation instead of a couple inches down (the reduction in mud was nice too ).
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:22 PM
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I am 5'9" and my floor height is 42inches and I wish mine was a few inches higher. I do have to bend to see all the way back into the oven. No issues for one or two pizzas but after a 12-pizza party I could feel my back a bit!

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Old 08-19-2013, 01:48 PM
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Well, no turning back now. I poured my foundation slab Saturday. It went quite well, not a pretty as it could be. No one will ever know!

My question is about the height of the oven floor. I have two easy possibilities using either 4 or 4.5 courses of block 38.5” or 42.”. 38.5 seems a little low to me I don't want to have to stoop over a bunch. I am thinking that 42” would be good. Those of you who have been using your oven for some time, can you tell me how high your oven floor is from the ground? Do you wish it was lower, or higher, or is it just right. I am average height 5'9”. Thank you.
I am 5-7 and my floor is 43.5 high. I think it is a great height. Remember if there are other cooks you might want to move up or down for an average height for all the cooks.

Bending over is hard on the back especially when lifting with leverage like wood, heavy pots and large pizzas.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:06 PM
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Mine is 45.5" and I am 6' tall. It's perfect for me, but shorter folks need a stool

As Texman suggests, hold your forearm level to the floor and measure from the floor to your elbow - and you probably have a good estimate of how high you want your oven floor.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:43 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies, I really do appreciate the input. I think I am in the right neighborhood with 42"., I have a peel I've been using for bread and pizza in my regular oven. I think I'll make a cardboard mock up and have a little jousting match with it. Maybe that will let me see if I need to adjust up or down a little.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:48 PM
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One more thought - think about the door height relative to your eyes. It's really nice not to have to bend over too much to look into your oven. Now that I think about it, that's probably a more important consideration for me than the height for the peel. Not sure how heavy those pizzas are that Chip is making, but that hasn't bothered me . If I had to bend over for 15 minutes to watch the rice on a paella to make sure it doesn't burn - now that would bother me!
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:01 PM
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dejayoh, bending over to look in is exactly what concerns me. I will be letting my slab cure for a couple of weeks as previous commitments will keep me from it. I am definitely going to make a cardboard mock up in the mean time to help me decide. Thank you very much for the reply.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:16 PM
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I made mine too low, I have to bend over or back up to look in. I based it on where my forearm was level, but it needs to be 3-4 inches higher.
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