Hello, new here with a few questions...First, let me say that this forum is a fountain of information and educated opinions...Bravo! I have reccently found ,for sale a clay oven that is 40"dia 1.5" thick,with a door 16.5" wide x15" tall..exterior height is 21.5"... It is all one peice, floor and all and priced reasonable. It comes with a clay chiminey. I understand that I need to put this on a insulated base. Now, if I want to add the brick opening with the chiminey, does that go on the insulated base as well? Do I just have the hearth on the insulation? Do the bricks go along side to support the door opening and chiminey? This has a floor casted in, so I would'nt be able to extend it out like a fire brick floor would have. Just trying to clarify a few things before I pull the trigger on this. I already have a 9x10 concrete base and 180 cement blocks for the support. I have allready learned that the dimensions of this are a little tall for pizza as its a bit to tall, but I would like to bake bread and cook meat in this.....and of course Pizza. So, 2" of base insulation over the concrete base, set the clay oven on top, cover entire thing with vemiculite/portland mix, cover that with insulating blanket and chicken wire, then stucco and /or bricks, or more vermiculite/portland ,then the finish coat? thanks
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