Adding 4-6 inches of pea gravel before the concrete.
Chris puting the ties on the mesh. Is Chris giving us a pose down?
Pouring the Concrete. About 80 - 80lb bags
Me watching. How do I sweat so much? Especially when it looks like I am always just standing still....in the same spot.
Building the outside Block Structure
Cameron Mixing Mud. While Mike and Josh work on the firepot.
My Nephew Josh building the firepot. That fireclay is messy
Cutting the firebrick on the new saw from Harbor Freight
Cameron Helping? He didnt eat before we started working and was not happy that he had to wait until 10am
Building the firepot
A nice rumford firepot. 48 inch wide opening.
Finished for the Day. Chris cleaned the firepot really well!
The back side of the firebox. and looking through the opening that will eventually be the wood storage behind the fireplace.
Added Another Inch of Perlcrete so we now have 4.5"
making sure we know how to do the herringbone on the template
Transferred the pattern to the vermiculite.....get an idea of the positioning.
We put down the refractory over the perlcrete. Dry mixture of 2 parts sand, 1 part fire clay.
Making good progress putting the pieces together.
Pushing up the fireclay just a little around the edges prior to wetting the tops and final leveling
I did not cut all the edges in the interest of time.....a little wasteful. I could have used some of the cuts in the igloo
The First layer under way. Seems like so long to go...using flu set mortar.
Tedious, but fun
The first row complete!
Second row using a spacer until it sets up and then remove and fill the void from the spacer
Cameron. A big help.
The fourth Course complete
Aspen and Cameron have something in common. Lots of rest required. Does this look comfortable?
Now to tackle the Arch so I can fill in....and keep going up and in!
Cameron....He was wanting to help.
The sky was starting to look bad so I started to fill the gaps...
Arch complete. Hopefully looks good in daylight
That flue liner looks like a cruise ship stack
Cameron working today....mortar on the board.
Ethan....Cameron's potential replacement
Cameron has found another seat.....
Chimney close to final height....now the stone work starts. Next week hopefully we run up the walls to height and chimney run back on the oven.
Starting to look more finished
Wood storage area behind the fireplace.
Day Light shot of the arch. More on this guy tomorrow.
Teamwork....Big one on the outside. Little one on the inside.
Peek A Boo
I like the new wood storage area.
You missed a spot!
Bee's in there where we were storing our old brick.
And She's claustrophobic. Reminds us of the movie Fargo. (Remember the wood chipper) The neighbors said the last time they saw her was when her husband was loading her in the pizza oven.
All closed up.
Laying the brick on the back wall
Getting close to done
Set up for the chimney
Back wall is complete. The opening is for wood storage.
The Dome is closed.
Stone work on the other side
A womens work is never done. Cleaning again.
The Top of the dome. Final 3 pieces
Got some of the front completed.
The dome looks pretty good. Finished Height right on target. Top still drying.
Granpa thinking about the roof and checking out the arch
The Arch is now complete. Start filling in with Stone.
Josh works on the entry to the Stove.
Another wall complete
A day finished. Forms removed.
The Fireplace complete.
The Tunnel to the pizza oven
Josh tuck pointing the Joints.
Wood Storage Area
Cameron. So excited to move the blocks
Starting to position the Flue Liner
Mike working hard. He said this was going to look like a cobbled up masonry mess. I think he is right.
Angle iron to ensure there is no weight on the dome of pizza oven.
Almost to height
The end of a day. the flue is at height. Tommorrow finish the block backing so the roof can go on.
All complete except the Roof and insulation of the dome. Note we still need to pull the form from the chimney cap
The Chimney Cap.
The Truss system to keep any weight off the dome.
The fake flue. Just balances the view from down below.
Flue for the oven
Cameron. Loading the wood for the oven
Finished. Copper Flashing and Roof. Had our First fire too
Top Down Fire. Started curing fire to get ready for first pizza's.
The First Pizza. Yum Yum