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    I want to know that how much it approximately costs to build a Pompeii oven?

  • #2
    How long is a piece of string. There are so many variables depending of material size location etc that any estimate from Australia or the USA will be useless Best that you work out what you need and cost the materials locally


    • #3
      Welcome Muhammad! As Toomulla noted above it is difficult to give you an estimate for an oven in your country. That said, most of us try to find used materials that reduce our costs. So, here's a couple of estimates of the amount of materials you would need for a firebrick Pompeii oven. This is only for the dome...you would need to build a stand that the oven would sit upon. Concrete building blocks are commonly used to provide the base sides and then a 10 cm thick reinforced slab is poured on top to complete the stand.

      The approximate number of bricks in different sized ovens below assumes that each of the dome bricks will be cut into two pieces (making an 11-12 cm thick dome)...that means you will either have to use a brick chisel () or find a brick saw (wet brick saw - 25 cm diameter blade recommended) to use during your build.

      1 meter internal diameter (ID) oven

      160 firebricks for the dome
      30 firebricks for the cooking floor

      75 cm (ID)

      100 firebricks for dome
      17 firebricks for cooking floor

      60 cm (ID)

      68 firebricks for dome
      11 firebricks for cooking floor

      In addition, you would need to have refractory (high temperature) mortar and insulation. We recommend that people make their own mortar (homebrew) by mixing 3:1:1:1 (sand:builders lime:fireclay:cement) as they build the oven. The ceramic batting and board insulation materials are best, but by mixing 5:1 Vermiculite:cement (vermicrete) -- add a handful of clay to every couple of liters of mix to make it more workable -- you can make an adequate 10-12 cm thick bottom insulation base (that goes between the oven stand and the cooking floor/dome base. After the oven is completed, you can make a 10:1 mix (again 10-12 cm thick) of the vermicrete and cover the entire dome for the top insulation. If you don't have vermiculite available you can use either perlite or coarse pumice.

      For probably less money in your area, you could make an oven dome by casting instead of using firebricks. There are many dome ovens on this forum made of homebrew mortar that's cast about 5-7 cm thick. It's a bit different work because you have to build a mold, but in many ways it is much simpler, quicker, and less expensive.

      Also consider you will need access to a good wood supply. I know this isn't the kind of help you asked for, but hopefully it will give you some idea of the amount of materials you will need to source in your area...again, a lot of use salvage materials to reduce costs. Do pay attention to the quality of your cooking floor bricks as they are what your food actually contacts while in the oven.

      Good luck! Remember these are only some of the more basic items used in building a Pompeii style oven to give you some basic cost estimates...there are lots of tools, materials and other items that can make the job much easier...it's just that they always add to the cost!

      Last edited by SableSprings; 08-09-2018, 04:13 PM.
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      • #4
        I've been tracking everything on a google spreadsheet, so far, I'm at about $1800 for my 36" oven (including supplies, incidentals, tools/equipment, & rentals). The only thing I haven't factored in yet was how I plan to finish the exterior (tile or stucco).

        NOTE: I have estimated 300 bricks for this build... I plan on buying my bricks in batches of 75 so we'll see how many I actually use.

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