Guide for 4" pad and 12" by 16" perimeter
Overview of dug footings
It says 4" deep in middle and 12"x 16" footing sides
Board contraption helps me keep proper depth
Dobee blocks hold the rebar off the ground for concrete around it.
See the 2 pieces of re-bar at the bottom of footing
Just starting the rebar at 12" on-center
More views of the Oven base with Dobbey blocks & 1/2" rebar
The pad just before pouring concrete.
74"x82" footing pad for the Oven Base
Pulling into the driveway with 1 1/2 cu yards concrete hooked to my truck
It came just mixed and open like this
Shoving concrete in between the rebar and corners
U-Cart concrete is a back saver!
Freshly poured. Time to screed.
Screeding with 2x4. Working around the rebar sticking up.
View of the pad. Pink string helped me line up rebar I stuck in later while still wet.
To scared to messed it by floating or edging. I just left it and pushed in more rebar to fit the concrete block cells.
Is this how to stack blocks over the bars?
This was fun stacking the blocks like a puzzle
Laying rebar in Bond Beam channel on top row
See the side storage compartment opening
Cement board covers openings
Tie the rebar with wire
Me and a helper while Mike takes picture
Block chips hold up rebar while filing holes
filling most cells
Plugging up the holes on the ends
Building the forms
Mike is sure its level
Mike is checking level
Screwing the corners together to hold it all
Who new January could be a shirtless month.
Tightening the cable holding the forms together
See the bolt tieing both ends of forms together
Now it's ready for concrete
forms up-rebar is in and braces a-bracing
Used discarded plastic detergent containers to pour concrete
Plastic container helps me fill concrete
Filling the formed top
Mike threatening to put his print in it
Dino has no idea what he is doing with the float
finished with concrete
The Oven faces this in the back yard
Just playing about the where the entry door will be.
3 Ceramic Insulation Boards- Aero-Space Tech Stuff!
I spun this cardboard “measuring stick” at 22“ with a pencil on it to get my circle
My helper & Job Overseer
Kitty says “What the heck???”
Did not want to breath the ceramic dust
Insulation board layed, ready for the hearth bricks
Taking down the forms, its about time
This is the future wood storage area. It is not the oven (that is on top)
cutting the oven floor
paper ruler worked great
View of the work table
The view the oven will have of the yard
I hope this arch side-brik works!
Dino is using the wet-saw
It was easy to cut the curve in the brick
It's taking shape!
Not happy with this cut AT ALL! I changed it.
I am SOOO happy with this cut!
Mike is cutting bricks
Mike cuts a brick AND FLINGS IT RIGHT INTO THE POOL!!! (not really)
Mike is great at cutting bricks!
Now its taking shape! Round floor, oven landing walls and 2 vertical soldier bricks (still just a test layout)
Blimp shot of the hearth shap. Brick at oven door (at top and bottom) are not equal-doesn't matter
I used flower foam on-sale to help me figuer out cuts. They go in a vase tomorrow
Blue chalk line shows were "on center"
Hmm...that ice tea looks lonely and I'm thirsty
Mike just keep snaping pictures.
Using fireclay, sand slurry to set and even out the floor
Mike is cleaning the oven floor. Kitchen needs it too.
This is it. Floor is shapped and set (out front landing pieces wil get mortered down later. 24“ wide at front, 20” at oven door
Side shot of the base and hearth bricks
These are the cut soldier bricks for the sides. They are ready to mortar in.
We think we are ready to "glue" or mortar this part in.
Greek coffee break
This imported Italian refractory morar is very dark and wierd to work with, but neccessary
All this ugly outside mortar will be covered in more mortar and insulation anyways
They're pretty straight. Right? No one will notice.
The inspector again
This may look "so what" but it was a milestone to us.
Another front shot of the floor and soldier bricks
Finished the floor and sides...Lots of work but just the beginning
What we do when it rains, put up the "big top"
Dino in front of the big-top-pizza oven project
Half the sides, mortered in
A good shot of the 1st mortaring
Only the front edge and sides get mortarted (and of course the dome) but the floor is not so it can expand when it gets close to1000 degress.