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  • w650gb500
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    The weather seems to have finally cooperated here in northeast PA and spring has arrived. I wanted to get all of the stone work done on the base as the bare concrete blocks were bothering me. Again, I contacted 3 masons and nobody is available to do the fieldstone veneer work. I decided to just take a few days and do it myself. It’s done except for the back wall facing the back yard. The stone is on and everything is pointed. Came out great and looks like it’s been there for a long time, just how I envisioned it. The fence and lighting finished it all off. Two more days to complete the back side and then my attention goes to doing the initial firing and drying out procedure.

    It’s been a labor of love so far and I’m hoping it cooks food as good as it looks.



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  • MarkJerling
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    Originally posted by w650gb500 View Post
    OK, the weather is finally cooperating and Inwas blue to uncover the pizza oven and firepit FINALLY!. The door is fit and I will begin the initial firing procedure this week, hopefully cooking in the next 2 weeks.

    Again, I want to say “THANK YOU” to all of the members her who provided comments, advise and inspiration during my venture and journey into wood fired cooking. It’s just beginning and I can see that there is definitely a larger build in my future.


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    Looking good! Do let us know how well it works.

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  • sergetania
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    Looks great! Fire her up (carefully)!

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  • w650gb500
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    OK, the weather is finally cooperating and Inwas blue to uncover the pizza oven and firepit FINALLY!. The door is fit and I will begin the initial firing procedure this week, hopefully cooking in the next 2 weeks.

    Again, I want to say “THANK YOU” to all of the members her who provided comments, advise and inspiration during my venture and journey into wood fired cooking. It’s just beginning and I can see that there is definitely a larger build in my future.


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  • sergetania
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    Dan

    Glad to see that the winter is gone even in NE PA! That is quite a door - NO ONE will be able to steal your pizza! Great choice of color too!

    Nicely done and looks great!

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  • MarkJerling
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    Originally posted by w650gb500 View Post
    Rather than painting or high-temperature powder coat, I decided to finish the door with Cerakote. It’s a ceramic coating usually done on firearm parts or exhaust components. It’s applicable for high temperatures, so should be perfect for the door. Unfortunately it’s silver. I wanted to do it in black or a dark charcoal, but Jennifer wanted silver, so guess what......... Silver it it!


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    That has a decidedly steampunk look to it. Nice!

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  • w650gb500
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    Rather than painting or high-temperature powder coat, I decided to finish the door with Cerakote. It’s a ceramic coating usually done on firearm parts or exhaust components. It’s applicable for high temperatures, so should be perfect for the door. Unfortunately it’s silver. I wanted to do it in black or a dark charcoal, but Jennifer wanted silver, so guess what......... Silver it it!


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  • SableSprings
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    My firing door is also in the 20 pound range so I have a much lighter "baking" door that I use when cooking. Really handy to have that baking door that can be easily moved with one hand...especially as I get older...

    I really like the Retro Steam Punk () look of your door...heavy but very cool!

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  • MarkJerling
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    Originally posted by w650gb500 View Post
    HEAVY! 18.6 pounds as it sits, so by the time I fit the handles, thermometer and have it coated it will be 20+ pounds.
    As long as you don't drop it on a toe! LOL

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  • w650gb500
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    HEAVY! 18.6 pounds as it sits, so by the time I fit the handles, thermometer and have it coated it will be 20+ pounds.

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  • JRPizza
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    Beautiful door - almost a little Steam Punk. As they say "I wasn't picking up what you were putting down" when I asked you about how the door was going to fit - didn't catch your double arch design. Have you weighed it yet?

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  • w650gb500
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    Rainy day at home, so I decided to take a ride down the shop and finish up my door. I did an overlay on the front and had some “hot” rivets in a drawer and decided to use them as decoration. The handles are table/chair legs from Lowe’s. So in all, there are 3 steel plates and 4” of CaSi insulation between the inside of the oven and the outside. I’m going to also build an insulated cover to go over the chimney vent. Even with a damper, I will be losing a lot of heat out the chimney as it’s the least insulated spot on the oven. An insulated can that I can put over the copper vent when I need to retain heat should work well.

    Here it is in its raw form. Still trying to figure out the color and coating material.

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  • w650gb500
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    Yes sir. The inner arch fits inside the cast concrete opening. The outer arch fits under the bricks which are 3” thick plus the mortar. Both arch pieces are 2” thick. There is less than 1/4” of side-to-side movement once the door is in place. When I add some insulating rope to the outside between the arches, it should be an interference fit. Hopefully you can see what I mean by looking at this picture.

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  • SableSprings
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    I just painted the outside face of the baking door with high-temp paint & left my firing door plain stainless steel. As JR noted above you can do some various types of "pretty" veneers, but just keeping it from being a deep & old high tech rust () is adequate. Since food is never going to touch it, just keeping it clean & dry is visually a good idea & I don't see why high-temp paint on the insulation protected side would be a problem.

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  • JRPizza
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    Did you build your door so that it would just slide into the opening or is the outer face bigger to fit up against a reveal?
    I went for a high-tech rust and creosote finish on my door I am thinking about adding a thin layer of wood veneer as the steel transmits a bit of heat, but I usually just fit a thin plywood outer door up against the handles of my steel one which really helps reduce the amount of heat that bleeds out overnight.
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