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  • modified9v
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    Originally posted by tmjporter View Post
    I put my bricks on the narrow edge in my 42" Pompeii to get more floor mass and I used about 300 for the whole thing, including the arch. Best of luck, and keep posting pictures!
    I did consider the narrow edge but decided to just go with a standard layout due to wood being super scare here. Extra mass meaning more fuel Im thinking. Hoping I have enough left over to line a built in BBQ next to the oven... always kinda wanted one of those too.

    I started to mock the floor out yesterday and found out that even though these bricks look beautiful they are not uniform. Close? Yes... but not close enough. I will have to sort through the lot to get a nice tight floor. Kinda funny I tried to lay it out on the base slab but it was just too flaming hot. 96f and 76% humidity. I lasted about an hour and went through a gallon of water. A good shade structure is going to be a must have. 2 more months of this weather.

    More pics to follow.
    Mikie V.


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  • tmjporter
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    Beautiful area and it will be a great project to be proud of for years to come. I'd say you're about right on on the number of bricks, even if you double up your floor. I put my bricks on the narrow edge in my 42" Pompeii to get more floor mass and I used about 300 for the whole thing, including the arch. Best of luck, and keep posting pictures!

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  • modified9v
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    I was able to get the hand-me-down wet saw operational again and set up my cutting station. I used an old exterior door for the table and hinged it to my screened in porch supports. Dont worry about the screen getting destroyed, Im replacing it when I finish anyway. The legs are part of the old door frame and the screws were from that tear out as well. I will do the layout work on a sheet of plywood I had laying around and it will double as a protection of the floor. I should have enough left over to make my arch templates. My IT will be fabricated from a real old satellite dish mounting system I removed from my roof. Might have to buy a piece of all thread to complete it. Told ya I was a scrounge.

    I need to pick up a fresh 10 blade for the POS saw... this old saw has built at least three ovens Im aware of... shes rough but should get it done. I will be staging the bricks under the table to keep them out of the sun... I picked one up that was in the sun all day and it was too hot to handle. Once I get the initial lay-out finished I plan to set this table/door up at the oven base and use it as a scaffold and cutting station. Im also going to need to set up a shade structure over the oven... temps are really getting up there.

    One question?
    1) Im planning on utilizing heat breaks... oven floor right at the outside edge of the inner arch... Is that ok or should I extend it further outward toward the outer arch?

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  • david s
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    My apologies, I misread your photo. Given your climate and it not being surrounded by soil, you wont have water wicking issues.

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  • modified9v
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    Thanks gentlemen... the photo is deceiving. The base is not actually built into a bank... it sits flat on our sandy soil under a heaven duty foundation/footing. I use the word soil loosely. Average rainfall here is less than 3... that said we had a 100 year flood last winter so sealing the slab is definitely in order. Also like the idea of weep holes... planning on drilling several small holes and screening them before I get rollin.

    Getting supplies here can be a challenge. Im 2 hours south of the US border. I can get delivery here but it gets expensive. We get mail in Yuma, AZ and have a shuttle that picks up 2 times a week... Costs are by the size of the package and weight, plus I pay a 18% duty to the Mexican government. I can go to Yuma and pick it up myself and not declare stuff, but then you have the cost of fuel. It is a full days journey round trip. We do have a Home Depot in Mexicali (2 hours north) and serveral small hardware stores here in San Felipe.

    Also, big thanks to all those that came before me... the time you all took to document your builds is soooo appreciated. Thank you also in advance for answers to questions that I know I will have. Im a real handy guy... automotive technician and metal fabricator by trade, a complete scrounge and super resourceful. I have done a lot of home improvement stuff over the years. I have 2 major downfalls: I dont have a creative bone in my body and Im an OCD perfectionist. I will have to learn to just let some stuff go and rely on others for the creativity aspects.

    One question, I built my stand 5 block (dry stacked) high and Im curious if anyone else did the same and is sorry they did? There will be 2 of FB board then the floor. My buddy down the street has his at 4 brick dry stack and I worked the oven for him for a big, big party... It just felt too low for me, always bending over to work the pies.

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  • david s
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    Thats a good start. Because you have built it into a bank there is soil against the sides and back of the stand. This may/highly likely cause water wicking issues. If it were mine Id be sealing the top of the slab before the insulation layer goes on, with perhaps the kind of waterproof membrane used under tiles in bathroom installations. In addition to help water elimination from the oven and insulation drill some holes through the supporting slab to help moisture escape.

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  • UtahBeehiver
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    The base is a great start, monolithic arch pour. You can do it, although I classify myself as a glorified DIYers I never had tackled bricklaying or building of an oven. It can be done. There are a lot of builders on the forum that this was their first WFO. So be sure to ask lots of questions, much easier to correct on paper the old sayin goes.

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  • modified9v
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    42 Pompeii in San Felipe, MX

    Ok... so my wife said Will ya build it already... been talking about it for years... been lurking on the forum probably over 10 years now. You would think that after reading EVERY build I wouldnt be intimidated but I am... I really wanna build an oven I can be proud of that will be a power house for days after a pizza party. This is going to b a challenge.

    Struggle is for real with the pictures, but I will figure it out. I promise to post pics as I go... I hope to be able to look back at this thread in several years and say... yep, we did that and its still standing.

    I live in El Dorado Ranch. San Felipe Baja California Norte. Retired young and living off grid. Amazing view of the Sea of Cortez... when I slide that pie in the oven I will be reminded of why we did this. I have all the time in the world to build this thing, but there are challenges.

    Challenges:
    1) It is smokin hot here... humidity makes it even more fun. 100f at 5:45 pm with 45% humidity. Yipppeeeee!
    2) Materials... ughhh... I did get my medium duty fire brick. 5 hours round trip. $500.00 for 300 count. Nice pieces... loaded them one my one into my Toyota Sequoia. Maxed out the poor things suspension... no room for mortar.
    3) Speaking of mortar... (que esta fire clay)... the struggle is real.
    4) Close to zero inside mortar joints... cuz, what is fire clay. Ughhh.
    5) Inner arch to dome transition scares me to death.

    Goals:
    1) Host pizza parties for 25 or more ex-pats, friends... Once a month hosting.
    2) Cook meat the next day
    3) Sour dough loafs to give/sell
    4) Whatta ya want...?

    Anyway, I hope to be able to get some questions answered along the way and maybe someone will be able to use something along the way.. Here we goooooo.
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