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I'm going to document creating a pizza oven in the backyard. I'll also follow up with the deliciousness that comes out of it. Enjoy!

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9 November 10

More ovening.

Last weekend had some more progress made on the oven.  I added an insulating layer and a heat sink.

Below is a layer of wine bottles to act as an insulating layer.

I packed the bottle layer with a mixture of clay slip and perlite.  I would have used sawdust instead of the perlite but the sawdust place wasn’t open on Sat and I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather.

The last two pictures show the heat sink.  Just a mixture of clay, sand, and water.  This layer will have the oven floor bricks placed upon it and will (hopefully) help keep the oven at temperature longer.  Exciting stuff.

The next steps will involve placing the floor bricks, placing the sand form, and then building the shell of the oven. A few nice days in a row may get me out there.

1 November 10

Further progress over the weekend.  I finished most of the fill in the interior of the structure.  Lots of brick pieces, some river rock, and some 3/4 gravel to provide drainage an a heat break for the oven.

I also built up two layers of bricks.  This area will contain the insulating layer (wine bottles and clay slip) and the first heat mass (clay,sand,water) for the oven.

My next task will be to find a good source of clay, preferably from somebody’s yard.  The pits I ‘ve dug around my yard have been mainly sandy and not clay material.

While I’m at it, I need to be on the lookout for some sawdust (for the insulation layer) and straw (for the finishing layer).

It may be slow going as I believe the next steps need a bit of good weather for construction.  Well, I’ve also got to find some clay.

23 October 10

Nice day for a run for bricks/blocks.  Cela, Mike, and John all made contributions.  I’ll have to back to Mike’s, the mercedes can only haul so much.  Those blocks should finish the base.

19 October 10
Otto is the first helper in the project.  He insisted on moving some of the clay bricks.  His only comments were “heavy” and “more beer papa.”

Otto is the first helper in the project.  He insisted on moving some of the clay bricks.  His only comments were “heavy” and “more beer papa.”

Posted: 9:35 PM
The pizza oven is going to be situated in the back corner of our lot.  Shown are the 1st 2 courses of the base.  I managed to find most of the retaining wall bricks on an early morning CL post.  The brick pieces in the center were also a part of this run.  I hope to use the whole pieces to build the sides up some more. 

The pizza oven is going to be situated in the back corner of our lot.  Shown are the 1st 2 courses of the base.  I managed to find most of the retaining wall bricks on an early morning CL post.  The brick pieces in the center were also a part of this run.  I hope to use the whole pieces to build the sides up some more. 

Posted: 12:10 PM
Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves - Kiko Denzer
This is the book I am using for information on the construction of said cob oven.  Let’s just say this book could use some editing.  I enjoy the wealth of knowledge but things could be grouped in a better order and streamlines a bit better.  Although I imagine my opinion will change once I actually get through the process and have a better idea what all the thoughts meant.

Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves - Kiko Denzer

This is the book I am using for information on the construction of said cob oven.  Let’s just say this book could use some editing.  I enjoy the wealth of knowledge but things could be grouped in a better order and streamlines a bit better.  Although I imagine my opinion will change once I actually get through the process and have a better idea what all the thoughts meant.

Posted: 12:09 PM

The beginning.

AS a way to make my backyard more enjoyable, I’ve recently decided that I needed to add a pizza oven to my backyard.  Wanting to keep costs low, I’ve chosen a cob oven as the mode of construction.

I’ve been collecting various scraps of material for a while now and have started the construction in the backyard.

As time progresses, I will post pictures and various junctions of the project, contributors to the project, and the end product that comes out of the oven.

Hopefully this will provide another aspect to enjoy in the backyard as the Thorberg family grows up and gets older.

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh