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by cwolsey on May 5, 2013 Table of Contents Wood Fired Clay Pizza Oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Wood Fired Clay Pizza Oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Base . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Fire Bricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Bottom Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Oven Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 5: Clay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 6: Build Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 7: Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 8: Drying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 9: Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 10: Update: Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 11: Cooking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8

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I have been dreaming about building my own oven for ages now. Thinking about it later I wish I had left the back open so there would have been better air flow around the wood keeping it dryer. Step 2: Fire Bricks I picked up some fire bricks from http://www.com/index. both of which were a first for me.proboards..uk (found through the fantastic http://ukwoodfiredovenforum. Instead in the finished oven you can see I have chopped down a wooden pallet to fit in the bottom. I was going poor a slab of concrete but saw these small lintels at the builders merchant and laid 4 square flag stones on top that had been left in the garden when we bought the house.Build Your Own Earth Oven" Which I read cover to cover on the train many times and can’t recommend highly enough. A couple of years after that we moved to a house.instructables. http://www.. There was no turning back from that point. So I couldn’t really make one then. I wanted to store wood under the oven as we don’t have a lot of space for a separate wood pile. so the air can circulate. thanks guys. but it is finally done. I started talking about how much I would love to build one when I was renting a two bedroom flat. lovely bloke really helpful) and laid them out to give me an idea of the size of the floor area. My girlfriend (Now wife) one Christmas got me all the pizza tools and booked me on the "Build and Bake" course at river cottage.Intro: Wood Fired Clay Pizza Oven Well it has been a long time in the making and an even longer time in the dreaming about. I poured a concrete slab and set to building the walls. Finally last year we bought our own house and I could finally build my oven I had been dreaming of all this time! Step 1: Base First the base..com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ .co. but were still renting and I wasn't going to spend all that effort improving someone else's garden. She also got me a copy of "Kiko Denzer . Doh.. It helped me work out if I would have enough room for all the layers. Oh well better late than never.kilnlinings.cgi .... Just in time for winter.

I think I had about 3 times as many bottles as I needed when I actually built it.com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . not much but enough for the base. The gaps in the bottles (leaving room for them to expand under heat) are filled with a clay slip and saw dust used for pet bedding which I picked up from a pet warehouse place. The clay slip is clay that I had kept from digging the foundations. I decided to use the wine bottle insulation method.Step 3: Bottom Insulation After a bit more bricklaying.instructables. I soaked the clay in water over night and mixed to a double cream type consistency with a plaster mixing attachment I had for my drill. I had been diligently drinking lots of beer and wine for months. http://www.

com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . enough to mix with the clay to make a building mix and make the sand form for the dome. After making some test bricks I came up with a ratio of about 1-1 sand and clay. I just went down to the builders yard again for the sand. If you mix up enough clay and sand to make a 1" thick brick shaped lump of clay out of pure clay. which turned out just enough. Use a ruler and score two lines on the bricks 10" ish apart.. http://www. Which was probably made with clay dug out of the back field which is very common round there. Just work out the best fitting bricks on the floor first. Choosing the best fitting ones for the middle where your bread or pizza will go. Surprisingly they agreed to me digging a massive whole in there garden. No cement or clay needed. I found this a bit of a problem as we only have a small garden and live up in the hills on gritstone. Again you will have to trail and error the amounts. Because clay is made of very fine particales that when mixed with sand. Makeing test bricks is a really good idea. Not very local but I knew it would be good as there house is made out of Cheshire brick.s. 1:4 using more clay. So not a lot of clay beneath our feet. Result.Step 4: Oven Floor You are meant to (so I read) put a layer of build soil mix under the fire bricks to give yourself a firm level base to put your fire bricks on. The mix you choose should be hard and not crumble but not have not shrunk by more than 2% in length. 1:2. 1:1. p. So digging a massive hole would loosen up the soil and be really good for her plants. I think there was a lot of sand in the clay when it came out of the ground. 1:3. I think we measured took about 13 3 gallon buckets of clay when we finally hit pure stuff. After scratching of my head the only place I could think of was my mum and dads house down in the Cheshire planes.instructables. When they have dried out naturally (dont rush it) You can see how much the bricks have shrunk and cracked. It stops it shrinking and cracking. Mum is a keen gardener and says she suffers from clay bound soil. The clay is made up of very fine particals and fills in the gaps between the sand. So 1 bucket of clay + 1 bucket of sand does not equal 2 buckets of building mix. or not very pure stuff at least. All clay is different (unless you buy it pure I imagine).. you need a lot. Step 5: Clay Now to get a lot more clay. fill in the gaps between the grains of sand.

Grab a hand full of mix and compact it down into a solid ball in your hand. My mix was a bit wet and it started to sag slightly. it looked like a massive one of those marshmallow chocolate teacake things. Shape the sand into a perfect dome nicely compacted down. using a stick 16" in height stuck in the middle of the form. Step 7: Dome It looked a bit of a mess at first and I was a bit worried. Then layer the finished sand form with damp newspaper. add a bit of water till it holds together but doesn't splat when dropped from a waist height and you are ready to start building. So when you start to bury the stick you know the exact height. If you have made pastry it is very much like rubbing the fat into the flour.Step 6: Build Day Build day! As my parents were so happy to help me dig up some clay I thought I would push my luck and rope them into treading some mud. Until when we had finished I got my plastering trowel out and with some elbow grease and it came up lovely. No straw like in a traditional cob mix which gives it strength. Claire and baby rosemary for all your help. I would never have done it on my own. http://www. This is so when emptying it you can feel where to stop digging the sand out. Then tread it into to each other with your feet. Now comes the clay sand mix. It is all in the Kiko book. You want supper compacted clay and sand for thermal mass. You want to build the first layer all in one go so you dont get and dry joints which will crack under high heat.com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . You need to really thoroughly mix them together. 16" seams the ideal height which at a ratio of 63% gives a door height of 10". In an oven straw just leaves gaps and air which you don't want. Kiko Denzer in his book says it is really important to get the ratio of height to door height right apparently. It is a long day and I was glad of the help. When you think it is all mixed in really well do it a bit more. A tarp come in really useful to do this as you can turn it all over really easily by pulling one side of the tarp to the other (the bigger the tarp the better). So after marking out the shape of the oven on the bricks wit marker pen (so you can still see it when wet) I piled up sand in to a form. Dad. Thanks Mum. To make the mix you spread out a big tarp and cover it with a couple of buckets of sand and in my case a couple of bucket of clay (broken up in to little wallnut sized bits).instructables. So the higher we got the thicker the bottom got. So by the time I got to the top the bottom was about 7" thick. You are going to do this a lot of times before the day is out. build it up this way hand full by hand full (4" thick) until you reach the top.

Next time small fire and decided it looked pretty dry. Slowly slowly catchy monkey. I have full CAD designs for the base and roof if anyone wants them.. It took about 5-6 mins to cook a pizza. I think the tarp was keeping in the moister.com/index. I am no in no way calling myself an expert. Also I had a good look at the inner surface of the oven and smoothed out and deformities or cracks with a bit of water and the back of a spoon.. much like cling film would. It was about 3 weeks in the end because it was under a tarpaulin most of the time. If you need any help get yourself over to http://ukwoodfiredovenforum. I just read a lot about it for a long time before I had a go at it. The amount of cuts on my hands are testament to that. The dome is a lot dryer now with the ventilated roof.com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . Step 9: Roof Finally I built a little roof for it with a removable front so it wont go up in flames.Step 8: Drying It was a really wet summer. Just air drying then a few days later couple of tea lights. You really need to keep it covered or it will turn back into a pile of clay and sand in the rain. Then a small fire with kindling. I hope this helps any of you if you are thinking of doing your own. There is a wealth of information out there.s. I got some cracks about 5 MM on the outside appear but nothing on the inside.. Pizzas were good but I don’t think I got it hot enough. not sure if I like being linked to that establishment but it is better than my mates at work who call it a dog kennel. and maybe some moister was still in the walls. It was the first time since A-Level Design Tech that I had done any project like this. oh well couple of weeks the wife and I are hosting a pizza party. Then some of those big chunky candles going for hours on end. My wife is now calling it the pizza hut. I am sure I can get that down with more drying and with the insulation layers added. I really enjoyed making the roof. When I was trying to dry it out was one of the wettest parts. The final two layers were one of clay slip with sawdust (Nice and loosely packed with loads of air pockets for insulation about 4" thick).instructables. Then next night I tried to do another small fire but it got a bit large and dried it out but some hairline cracks appeared. p. So it took forever to get to a point where I was confident it wouldn't collapse. Then more drying and waiting. So I finished this afternoon just in time for winter to hit. sand and straw mix for plaster (About 1" thick with a very thin coat without the straw to give it a smooth finish). The smoother and uniform the inner surface of the oven the better. When that layer had dried I applied a thin layer of clay.proboards. When I did open it up and pull all the sand out I also cut back the wall a bit and put in a brick arch (only house bricks though forgot to buy fire bricks for this bit).. I don’t know if you noticed. so cranked it up. It is SO tempting to light a fire in there and just heat it up and be done with it. (I did say I had a lot of time to plan this) http://www. So I have got to get the hang of using it before then. I was really fed up of having a tarp in the garden right outside of my kitchen window.cgi There really is a forum for everything on the internet.

but as well as it not looking very pretty there were a lot of gaps for air to pass through. I let it get down to normal oven temps and put a kitchen oven thermometer in it and it was bang on the money. I kind of like the massive probe. after all this effort insulating my oven letting all the heat out makes no sense.49. My only worry with this project is that because the first 4" are encased in solid wood so the whole of the probe is not exposed to the full heat. I added some stove rope in a routed gully just to give it an extra seal. It works really well. It is only meant as a bake door as I have not chimney so cant fire it with a door on so there will be no flame in the oven when it is being used.instructables.com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . you could feel it pouring out with your hand. I cut it large then using a electric planer skimmed off the edges at a slight taper till I got a perfect fit. So I am not worried about it burning too much. I have been using the form (see below) that i used to make my arch. I picked up a flue thermometer from Clus Olssen which is an amazing £8.Step 10: Update: Door Update: I finally decided to bite the bullet and make a proper door for my oven. http://www. It is all wood and has no real protection. I glued and doweled together three pieces of 4" x 4" fence post I had left over from building the roof for my oven (best £20 I ever spent on ebay still got enough for a prep table). The handle is also carved out of off-cuts of the fence post.

Step 11: Cooking Now what I actually made it for cooking. but the results WOW! http://www.com/id/Wood-Fired-Clay-Pizza-Oven/ . It takes a while to get the hang of building the fire controlling the heat. having the food ready at the same time the oven is ready.instructables.

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