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Finishing your Oven: the Wall Oven

The Wall Oven
The wall oven is a major component of a traditional Mediterranean summer kitchen. Typically, it is placed on a wall, along with a grill and cold-water sink, and finished with stone, tile or stucco. Many summer kitchens are placed under an arbor or covered porch, providing shelter from both the rain and the sun.

In the Mediterranean, as well as many parts of the U.S., the summers are hot, and a summer kitchen allows you to cook a wide range of food and recipes, without heating up the kitchen and the rest of the house.

The partition wall the conceals the vent and chimney for the oven and the grill can be built in a number of ways, including metal studs and concrete board, half width concrete building blocks, brick and freestanding masonry.

The gap between the oven and the house walls is filled with loose vermiculite insulation.

Building the Metal Stud Walls
Using traditional partition wall building techniques, build a wall using a single metal stud lying flat as a bottom plate, and two metal studs lying flat as the top plates for each wall. Attach the bottom plate to the concrete hearth slab using concrete screws. Set metal studs every 16" in the body of the wall to support the concrete board.

Interlock the top two metal studs top plates at each corner to give the structure more strength. Set two vertical studs at each corner for a larger face to attach the concrete board, and to give the structure more strength.

The Oven Opening
Set the from house wall back such that the brick arch at the oven opening projects forward by a couple of inches. Set one horizontal stud at the top of the arch,and set two additional studs at a 45 degree on the side of the arch to provide support for the concrete board.

Attach your concrete board using screws designed for metal studs. You can finish you oven with stucco, brick or stone.

You are now ready to Cure Your Oven.

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