Chalk lines on the corner of the patio that had to be cut. The water spray from the concrete saw washed them off instantly so we went over them with a marker.
Cutting concrete. Really very easy.
We cut the section that had to be removed into manageable pieces. The trash guys still wouldn't take them.
Digging out for 5" of stone and 7" of concrete.
Stone, forms and rebar in place.
The mix-on-site concrete truck.
The first course of blocks. The blocks were dry stacked and the cores filled with rebar and concrete.
Completed oven stand, counter area and bench.
The insides of the wall were coated with fiberglass-reinforced bonding cement. Brown stains are from the hickory tree overhead.
Forms and rebar for the slab that supports the oven.
The rented mixer made 21 sacs of concrete go much faster.
Layout of the calcium silicate insulation board that was used for insulation under the oven.
Two layers of insulating board, with the oven footprint marked.
The oven floor set in place.
Filling the seams between floor pieces with refractory cement.
Putting the oven body in place.
The crate weighed 1000 lb, but the oven halves were pretty easy to manage.
Oven body chamber in place.
The landing and arch were built with hand-made bricks. The arch bricks aren't tapered, but the flush joints make them look like they are.
Chimney liner in place and the start of steel framing for the walls.
Chimney framing. Rags on the chimney are to keep mortar damp for curing.
Tile backer board sides going on
...and the front
Adding vermiculite insulation. The white material is the ceramic fiber insulation that wraps around the oven chamber.
Half the roof is in place and plastic covers the rest. Ready for a test fire.
The first fire was just a few pieces of kindling. Breaking in the oven involves a larger fire each day for about a week.
Break-in fire number 5 with first food - peppers for roasting. This fire used 5 fairly slim split logs. The oven dome whites out when it gets hot enough to burn off soot. This fire whited out about half of the dome.
Roasted peppers about 15 minutes later.
Almost ready for the first pizza
October 14, 2007 - Brick trim around the outside, stucco and roof underlayment in place.
Cedar shingle roof
Travertine countertop and brick facing. The smooth but unpolished surface holds a bit of flour and is great for handling dough.