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Old 05-12-2014, 07:20 AM
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Hi All,

I need some help with my barrel / vault style pizza oven

I have attached a cross section of my design, I hope it makes sense... Orange is clay brick and blue is fire brick .... where should I put the chimney? position A or Position B?

If i put it at the top of the oven chamber, will this not result in the loss of a huge amount of heat? I see many ovens with this design and it just does not make sense to me ...

Thanks for the Help in advance

Neil
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:44 PM
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It is best placed at position A in my opinion, because you get better heat circulation and more even heating, but it will work if placed at B. The fire has a tendency to rush straight to the flue exit. However you need to construct a damper in the flue if placing it at B so you can choke and shut off air and smoke flow and hence heat loss out the flue. The big advantage of the flue in the B position is that you don't need an entry to have to work past, negating the need for extra long handles on your oven tools.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:51 PM
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Thanks David, makes complete sense to me now, My gut said go with position A and thats what I will do, thanks again

Neil
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:49 PM
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Hi Neil, this is Neil, a South African living in California.

Are you absolutely sure that you want to build a barrel/vault oven? I started down that path and then switched to a Pompeii.

My build is here if you are interested: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/3...nia-19283.html (32 Inch Pompeii in Northern California)
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:34 PM
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Hi Neil,

Thank you for the concern, This is not something i have jumped into without thought, although i will admit that a fair chunk of todays working day was consumed by re-reading up on the subject of barrel vs Pompeii. In the end i think i will be sticking with the barrel design.

I am not going to enter the fray in terms of what oven is best for a pizza, but for me i am looking for a home style oven which will cook a great pizza but will also work for roasts baking etc. If i was interested in singularly making Pizza then pompeii would be the obvious choice
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:50 AM
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Sounds good, Neil! I just wanted to make sure you understood the difference and it sounds like you do.

Good luck and you are in the right place for asking lots of questions!
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:44 AM
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Right

Time for the next question

Thank goodness for a forum like this

I have been reading up about the base for the oven and the different layers that i need.

Attached is a pic of my design (this is a cross section across the width) any comments would be appreciated

red = fire bricks
Orange = clay bricks
blue = vermiculite concrete mix (6:1 V:C)
Grey = re-inforced concrete slab / supporting walls

have i provided for enough in terms of insulation ... the Vermiculite layer will be about 6 inches thick?

and in terms of a heat sync will the firebrick and clay bricks be enough?

I am very aware of getting the base right, knowing i can add insulation to the dome but once the oven is built, nothing can be added to the base ....
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:01 AM
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I reall couldn't tell by your sketch if you understand that the dome and floor have to be totally incapsulated in insulation and separated from any face brick or concrete which may leach away heat. My sketch is of an igloo, but the priciple is the same.

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:39 AM
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I reall couldn't tell by your sketch if you understand that the dome and floor have to be totally incapsulated in insulation and separated from any face brick or concrete which may leach away heat. My sketch is of an igloo, but the priciple is the same.

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Thanks for the heads up Gulf

Makes complete sense though... I will modify my idea to accommodate and repost

in terms of the walls and floor of the oven I have a firebrick layer (25mm thick) followed by a clay brick layer (100mm thich), on top of this would be the insulation

is this enough of a heat trap?
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:47 AM
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A revised design reflecting the text above

any comments on the design ?
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