A seven hundred pound rear tine tiller was used to loosen the soil
Removing the loosened soil
You can't tell from the picture, but it is 90 plus degrees, has been for several days and nearly 100% humidity.
Forms in place
Re-bar ready for the pour
My friend and mentor, Gary
An hour and a half later, a poured slab.
Here you see wood storage at the left and the outline for the oven base.
Lucy helping me to move concrete bags
Hardi-backer on top of four courses of block with a form for a four inch oven slab
Slab will be reinforced with re-bar
Hardly a mason... but learning.
Now, a form on top of the four inch concrete slab that will be a mixture of vermiculite and concrete.
Insulated concrete pad for the oven floor of fire bricks
Firebrick floor supporting new walls
My new best friend
Starting to think about arch layout
Arch template with three leveling bolts
Ready to begin the first arch
Eighty pounds per course of arch
Threaded rod clamp in place so the walls can support the arched roof
Brick cut at forty-five degrees in the back corners to make an easier job of sweeping ashes out.
Four rows done and the front laid out
I can almost feel the heat!
" I smell Pizza" !
Atlas didn't shrug... It set flat and level.
Building out toward the flue and front arch
Flat black ceramic ( high temperature ) paint covers the shiny angle iron
My tractor keeps mugging in these shots!
The twin flues will perch on this opening
What a pretty face! Note sidewalls being built up to contain more insulated ( vermiculite ) concrete mix
Big full smile! A glamour shot.
About 1/2 cu yard of "vermicrete" surrounds the firebrick
And now we wait for it all to cure... about six weeks. Then- FIRE IT UP! Next year, a fireplace and countertops will be added, then stuccoed