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  • Karyn B
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    Hi Utah! We have had pizza parties galore. I have cooked chicken and potatoes too. The reality is that I have found less motivation to complete the project knowing I can cook from it! However, the pizza is simply perfection. I certainly bit off more than I expected to chew when I said, "Hey! I want to build a pizza oven." ....but still, it is worth every bit of my effort!

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Looks like you have made some nice headway on the stone work. The whiteish film is probably effloresence (alkali salts). You could try vinegar/water and a power sprayer but it may take something more aggressive such as a muratic acid, go down to you local big box store and see what they have. Have you fired up the oven?

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  • Karyn B
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    I am updating this post with some new pictures. I am currently installing a flagstone facia to the entire oven. In addition to purchased flagstone (and repurposing the old back yard patio) I am using stones collected from my kids college (Northern Arizona University) and our visit to Sedona. I learned that the heavier stones are too much to put on the wall so I will now be breaking them into smaller pieces. Please lend your advice if you have any for me. Oh! If you know of the best way to remove concrete haze from the stones, please let me know. Thank you.

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  • Karyn B
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    Astroinfidel- I am glad it has given you inspiration. And there are vids on YouTube how to cut flagstone....with a hammer!! Best of luck to you!

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  • astroinfidel
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    Gorgeous hearth! I am just to the point of having to decide how to finish my oven, and you have given me some good inspiration. Love the choice of bricks for finishing too.

    Dean

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  • Karyn B
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    Thank you Russell. And thank you for your most excellent advice!

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    Looking very nice

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  • Karyn B
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ID:	414945 I am working on completing the decorative and last arch! Whew! Placing flagstone too! No cracks in the oven. Pizza and chicken are fantastic but can't wait to try caveman style steaks!

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  • Karyn B
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    No problems with venting! Yay. Here is my progress so far!
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ID:	409435 My vent anchor setting. First Fire!!!!!! All neighbors came to celebrate!!! I must say (pardon the double entendre) a woman is only as good as her man's tools!!!!!! Thank goodness my husband saved me! The anchor plate screws would not go in! Ahhh!! Mortar set and in a panic I ran to get my husband. You guys really are amazing with tools!! Smoke going up vent but wish I had made bigger. We shall see once pipe is on. Insulating blanket 3-4 inches. Starting enclosure tomorrow! This is crazy! Haven't ridden my horse in a month! Ready to be done. Looking forward to cooking turkey in my oven for Thanksgiving! Working on door too. Wow!!
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  • Karyn B
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    I cannot figure out how to post a new topic so I will ask here. What material should I use to attach my vent anchor plate to the chimney? I was going to order Utahs hi temp stuff but did not want to pay $50 a tube. Good substitute? Thank you all. I am really happy with how it's coming along! Thank you all for your advice!

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  • rwiegand
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    You probably want to ask your inspector. I'm not sure on exactly what the code calls for, but in the last two fireplace remodels I've done the inspector insisted on steel studs all the way to the ceiling over the fireplace. I did my oven with all steel so the issue didn't come up. Its somewhat of a PITA to work with, but not that bad once you learn a few tricks (wear gloves!)

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  • Gulf
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    Yes, wood framing can be safely used for an oven enclosure. Just use metal for the stud directly on each side of and for the studs directly above the entrance.
    Last edited by Gulf; 10-29-2018, 06:36 AM.

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  • Karyn B
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    Hi All. I have a question. My husband does not want to work with metal studs. Wondering if I enclose the dome with 3 inches of blanket insulation plus one coat of Vermiculte:Portland, then stucco, would it then be safe to use wood studs? Trying to figure out finish. I want the house enclosure but getting resistance from the builder in our house! I do not have enough skill to build the framing so may need to have igloo look. Thank you in advance for your info.

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  • Karyn B
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    I want to thank you guys for your advice. I will be working on my vent opening today. I will also place the heat lamp inside to start the curing process....slowly!

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