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  • Build on Existing Concrete Driveway?

    I'm in the planning stages of building a 36" Pompeii oven in Minneapolis MN. The ideal location is on a concrete driveway next to our garage in the backyard and so I'm trying to figure out if the existing slab is a sufficient foundation. I drilled through and measured it, it's 4" thick. I know the plans call for 5.5" but this appears to be a very well-constructed slab, no cracks, and I've observed no frost heave issues through the two winters that we've owned the house. I've read that a 4" concrete slab can hold roughly 3,000 pounds per square inch, which seems far more than sufficient for the weight of the oven. I've talked the project through with our City building inspection staff and there are no code requirements (no footings required or anything like that) and they seemed to think the driveway would be sufficient.

    Will this existing driveway be a sufficient foundation? If not, what could go wrong and what kind of risk am I running?

    Any advice is much appreciated.


  • #2
    If you are concerned about the weight, one thing you can do is go with a different stand / hearth design than the standard masonry one. Our Cucina stand is designed for situations like this. Steel re-enforced with only a 1 5/8" concrete hearth the weight is can be 1,000 lbs lighter. Also the side construction with hardi-backer allows you to create a custom look without all the weight of masonry blocks.

    The Forno Bravo Cucina Series modular oven stand for the Giardino, Casa, Premio, Artigiano and Toscana Series pizza ovens. The Cucina Series comes in seven sizes
    Forno Bravo


    • #3
      A full masonry stand built out of CMU (solid grouted) topped with a 42" all masonry oven gives a PSI of less than 20, so you will be just fine.