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Old 08-13-2012, 03:46 PM
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Well guys...first let me appoligize for my user name. SZV9N5 is an old ID i had many years ago and I use it for website that I don't plan to frequent. So, when I found this forum back in May I created a user ID to just check it out. I had no idea that this was the first step in an addictive process. I recall being up until almost 4 AM that morning reading about WFO. I love this forum and appreciate all the knowledge kept here. This porcess has occupied my mind since the first time I logged on. From what I have read...many feel the same way. So my real name is Steve.

I began my build back in May and did not post anything on it because I didn't understand how helpful and accepting this forum is. I would like to share my build now as I am still in the process. That will require me to start from the beginning and post several "catchup" postings.

My project has 4 components: 1) tearing out and rebuilding an existing paver patio in my backyard, 2) building a grilling island in the new patio, 3) building a small dry bar in the new island and 4) building a fireplace/WFO into the back edge of my patio.

I have really grown to appreciate this forum and look forward to any suggestions you may have as I progress through this challenge..... "cathchup" postings will begin....
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:55 PM
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Welcome "catchup" to the WFOs, looking forward to seeing your postings. Yes this is a great forum.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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Hi Steve,

Thank you for sharing this with us and we look forward to the "cathchup" postings and the pictures you will post. Good luck and enjoy this project.

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:32 PM
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Welcome, Steve! We look forward to your project!
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:41 PM
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So, here is my patio...it is very curvy which I think looks cool but it makes releveling a pain because there are so many cut bricks. This is a view straight outside from my house doorwall. Overall the patio is 25' x 25'. At the end of the patio (just behind the tabel and chairs) is where I am planning to build the FP/WFO (fireplace/wood fired oven). But first I have to lift all the bricks, reconfigure the border to accomodate the FP/WFO (I want it built into the patio by about a foot or so), create the base for the bar and grilling island and relevel and reset all the bricks. From this view the grilling island will be on the right towards the house and the bar will be on the left towards the house. I chose to break them up because I did not want to have to walk across the entire patio everytime I needed to check on the grilled salmon...especially in the snow as I typically grill year round.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:54 PM
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First order of business was planning out where to place the pad. Being that I live in Michigan I felt that I had to put this pad on footings. I read many posts on the topic but I wanted to be sure. I dug these babies out by hand...42" deep...all the way around. The orientation here shows where the end of my patio is...there was a step down there that I later took out as I reconfigured the border to accept about a foot of the pad. Picture 1 shows the footing dug out prior to pouring the pad. Picture 2 shows the pad post pour. Picture 3 gives you a feel for the orientation of where the FP/WFO will be positioned on the patio. In future pictures you will see how I pushed to patio border back into the pad.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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I dug a full footing as well. Zero problems and no regrets. Your solid!
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:02 PM
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You can see in this pic that I put the first course of block on the pad (had to do just one course first as it bacame the back border for the patio). I also did the tear out of the old step that was there. I also did the tear out of the back patio border so that it could be reconfigured to accept the FP/WFO. You can also see that I began the tear out of the pavers and dug the trench to run the gas line (the fireplace will be gas logs....more discussion on this later!)
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:05 PM
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Mike- yea...as much work as it was I am glad I did...nothing worse that worrying about a portion of a project that you skimped on and can do nothing about....

I am in Macomb Twp....if you don't know that area it is near Sterling Heights...
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:12 PM
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This pic shows the back border reconfiguration complete. The gas line is in (also ran some low voltage electrical for some accent lighting). The patio base is extended and releveled. About halfway done relaying the pavers. I knew I would not have enough of the old pavers as the curves required so many cuts...so I picked up a pallet of salmon/grey pavers to make the border and put a large diamond centered right in front of what will be the FP/WFO.
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