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    I thought I would share some photos of my progress, as today we are being snowed in with only generator power and plenty of time on my hands.

    Thanks for the forum members and all the great tips. I sincerely appreciate those that offer so much of their time in the service of helping others enjoy great pizza.

    I started this project to get the kids outside and learning to create something with their own hands instead of becoming nintendo superstars. (Although I am grateful to have a couple of big strong boys to help with the concrete).

    As soon as the weather breaks and I find some insulating board, I will be ready to start the dome. yippee!!!!!!

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    Re: 42" build in Virginia

    looks good so far, keep the forum updated!
    Old World Stone & Garden

    Current WFO build - Dry Stone Base & Gothic Vault

    When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
    John Ruskin

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    • #3
      Re: 42" build in Virginia

      More progress pics as requested

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        Re: 42" build in Virginia

        I ended a renting a mixer to help with the foundation pour. I almost bought a cheap one from Harbor freight but decided to just let the big boys get some exercise when we did the hearth.

        For those looking for materials in Central Virginia, I found most of what I have used so far at Lowes for the concrete bags, but the brick, block and mortar was less expensive at the masonry supplier Shade and Wise.

        Some pics of the completed stand, I used a center row for support, and two openings for storage

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        I had some leftover durarock panels that I decided to use now for the tray. I supported with a couple of columns of block and brick on the underside and taped the seams. This worked out really well and I felt a lot easier than using the plywood sections.

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        I was short two bags of concrete so I sent one of my sons for supplies while we continued to work. Anthony came up with a nice way of getting the concrete up to the hearth.
        This save a lot of time and he is strong enough to balance the wheelbarrow while rolling up the ramp. I made sure the form was well supported and secured, using metal fence posts on angle and vetical supports. Each bag was 80 lbs. If I had to do this alone, I would have gone for the 60lb bags.

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          Re: 42" build in Virginia

          Now a pic of the winter storm putting a damper on my progress.Click image for larger version

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          • #6
            Re: 42" build in Virginia

            Nice start, looks like you have some good helpers..........keep sending the pics.
            Russell
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            • #7
              Re: 42" build in Virginia

              Who the hell wanted to build a damn pizza oven anyway?:ad:

              My camera is destroyed with brick dust, my sinuses are clogged and my eyes are weaping......that's with all the proper eye and respirator wear.............................................. .I Love It:

              OK. I am using my daughters 3g camera, but pics no the less. At least I still have all my fingers.

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                Re: 42" build in Virginia

                [QUOTE=fabby;147663]Who the hell wanted to build a damn pizza oven anyway?:ad:

                My camera is destroyed with brick dust, my sinuses are clogged and my eyes are weaping......that's with all the proper eye and respirator wear.............................................. .I Love It:

                OK. I am using my daughters 3g camera, but pics no the less. At least I still have all my fingers.

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                Wait until you finish cutting bricks, before you tally up your fingers and your toes!

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                • #9
                  Re: 42" build in Virginia

                  Some progress shots. Notice I have switched from Yeungling to Red Hook.............It was on sale

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                  If you closely at the courses, some of the bricks dont line up the best. I have started adding a 1/2 brick to keep the courses offset. Is that OK?

                  thanks again for all the help.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 42" build in Virginia

                    Nice use of snap headers, I dont know why more ppl dont use them, nice tight joints too.

                    Just a tip, start from the back of the oven overlapping the bricks by half, that way all the fiddly little bits will be out of view against the arch at the front.
                    Last edited by brickie in oz; 03-20-2013, 10:51 PM.
                    The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 42" build in Virginia

                      Flabby thanks for pics....just a level or 2 behind you.

                      Al what you mean by snap headers?
                      Like your point working from middle at back
                      Cheers
                      Damon

                      Build #1

                      Build #2 (Current)

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                      • #12
                        Re: 42" build in Virginia

                        Originally posted by Bacterium View Post
                        Al what you mean by snap headers?
                        You pick up a brick and give it a crack with a hammer, aka snap headers.
                        The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

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                        • #13
                          Re: 42" build in Virginia

                          Originally posted by brickie in oz View Post
                          You pick up a brick and give it a crack with a hammer, aka snap headers.
                          Of course
                          That's how I built my first oven
                          Cheers
                          Damon

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                          • #14
                            Re: 42" build in Virginia

                            BACTERIUM, you have cut me deep. I am "fabby", not FLABBY!

                            oK, NO MORE BEER FOR ME. I am officially on a diet.

                            Dadgummit, what am I building a pizza oven for if I am already flabby.

                            Seriously, thanks for all the comments. I will start my future courses in the middle back to help the bricks to look staggered. Should I continue to use a 1/2 brick to try and keep the joints offset or does that matter?

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                              Re: 42" build in Virginia

                              Originally posted by fabby View Post
                              BACTERIUM, you have cut me deep. I am "fabby", not FLABBY!

                              oK, NO MORE BEER FOR ME. I am officially on a diet.

                              Dadgummit, what am I building a pizza oven for if I am already flabby.

                              Seriously, thanks for all the comments. I will start my future courses in the middle back to help the bricks to look staggered. Should I continue to use a 1/2 brick to try and keep the joints offset or does that matter?
                              Hi Fabby,

                              I apolize too. My brain always saw your name as the latter also. Sorry.

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