2009-07-05: Don't ask.
2009-07-05: Middle of the hole.
2009-07-07: This is what was left of the ~2" of concrete after I took some aggression out on it.
2009-07-08: And this is after cleaning it out a bit and extending the length about 16". Dimensions of actual foundation will be 79"x93"
2009-07-08: The Shop and it's patio.
2009-07-09: 3 Tons of "clean 57 stone". More commonly referred to as gravel.
2009-07-09: Doing it right the second time. Building the form
2009-07-10: How to move 3t of gravel during your lunch hour. (Heather's dad's driving... I'm just raking gravel)
2009-07-10: About 3" of gravel or 1ton... Should allow for about 5" of concrete. New pad will be level with the pad on the right and not the walkway.
2009-07-10: About another ton of gravel and the demolished old pad. Eventually I'm going to put all this in a trench behind the shop to keep it from flooding and keep me from weed-eating.
2009-08-07: Has it really been a month? 1/2" Rebar and 6"x6" wire mesh. Also there are nails driven into the existing patio.
2009-08-07: Rebar and mesh wired to a stake.
2009-08-08 - A fresh pad /w rebar. And some sort of party being planned.
2009-08-08: Heather's dad cleaning out the concrete buggy after the cement truck left. Also Brent holding a rake.
2009-08-08: Molly and the obligitory hand print.
2009-08-08 - A fresh pad /w rebar
2009-08-08: The obligatory kids' names.
2009-08-08: FINALLY... a pad. Rebar will be anchored to the first run of block.
Rebar was kept high to keep my kids from impaling themselves before I get the block down.
It would be hard explaining that to child services.
2009-08-22: 2.6 courses done... one more to go.
2009-08-22: 5 more bags of mortar mix and my $8.99 Harbor Freight "5 Piece Mason Tools kit". Aren't disposable tools great?
2009-08-22: Rebar extended to 3rd course.
Molly laying a course.
2010-05-08 Here it sits... 8 months later. Only with a kiddy pool, a slip-n-slide, a bunch of rotting leaves, and a $5 garden hose removed.
2010-05-08 - Molly and Cam using it as a fort.
2010-05-15 - Two 3'x5'x1/2" cement boards that we're going to pour concrete over.
2010-05-15 Finished base.
2010-05-15 Finished Base.
2010-05-17 - WOOT!!! The 1014 lb crate with my Casa 2G 90. Fragile... must be Italian.
2010-05-17 - The back two thirds of the dome
2010-05-17 - The hearth. This is where the fire is going to be built.
2010-05-17 - Insulating board. This is going to go under the hearth.
2010-05-17 - "Blanket" insulation
2010-05-17 The front third of the oven.
2010-05-23 Here's the frame to hold the cement up while curing.
2010-05-23 Close up.
2010-05-23 Cement board placed on frame. Concrete and rebar will be poured on this.
2010-05-28 Rebar and supports for frame. 1/2" Rebar was laid 6" frim the outside of the frame 12" apart.
2010-05-29 Note the awesome mixer with "On-off switch delete" feature.
2010-05-29 After sixteen 80# bags of quickrete.
2010-05-30 Watering concrete. Waiting for the cure.
2010-05-30 - Cardboard cutout of cooking surface of oven.
2010-06-05 Trying to figure out the layout.
2010-06-05 Sand on insulating board.
2010-06-05 Hearth layed on sand.
2010-06-05 Danny laying the hi-temp mortar.
2010-06-05 Dome assembled and mortared.
2010-06-05 Chimney installed.
2010-06-05 : Two of three layers Insulating blanket installed.
2010-06-05 Lathe for stucco over 3 layers of insulating blanket.
2010-06-06 - Scratch coat of stucco
2010-06-21 After final coat of stucco and first 350 degree firing. Final plans are to stucco the base (which I'm guessing will be much easier to stucco than a dome) and paint them both. Since the workshop will be repainted at the same time I'm not sure of a timeline.
2010-06-23 The third curing fire at 450 °
2010-06-27 First Firing!! It's amazing how easy this is to start with a 500,000BTU torch.
2010-06-27 First Firing!! After 2 hours the dome was over 920 ° F. 18 hours later it was 520 ° F
2010-06-27 Lotso smoke.
2010-06-27 First pizza. Just a test mainly.
2010-06-27 First pizza.
2010-06-27 Sliding the first pizza in the oven. Note the how my dumbass isn't wearing welder's gloves. This is how to get a radiant heat burn kids.
2010-06-27 Turning the first pizza.
2010-06-27 Thirteen pizzas later (with only 5 slices of pepperoni), I get to cook mine.
2010-06-27 Charred outside crust, soggy center.
2010-06-27 First Firing!! I have no idea.