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Capt's pizza oven build

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Capt, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    I didn't wanna highjack Fishingpol's thread, so here are a few pics of my pizza oven build we started Aug 4th.

    Footings dug, and slab for the hot tub:
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    All poured and block laid. The firebrick there is a built-in charcoal grill. The other side is reserved for an outdoor fireplace:
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    First color brick laid, and base poured for the oven:
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    The cast refractory pieces for the modular oven. It's from Superior Clay products:
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    Laying out the circle for the poured refractory clay:
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  2. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    Mortar poured, ready for the firebrick floor:
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    Herringbone floor laid:
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    All pieces mocked up, ready for the heat-stop mortar to join together:
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    All pieces together, and first flue in place:
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    Cousin Dave (the mason) thought my helmet from work would make a nice cap: lol
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  3. Capt

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    Checking draft with a few sheets of newspaper:
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    Transitioned to the red brick:
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    Arch formed:
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    Arch completed:
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    Entire dome parged with 2 inches of refractory mortar:
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    Scaffold set up, ready to take it to the sky:
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  4. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    Cousin Dave was the head of this whole project!
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    Forms built, ready to pour the caps:
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    A night time pic from my roof. All that it needs now is an acid wash:
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    Cousin Dave washing it with acid:
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  5. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    Here are a few food shots from the first real pizza party last night:
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    Finished in 90 seconds:
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    My wife doesn't eat pizza, so I threw a few venison steaks in a cast iron pan for her:
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  6. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    These are my wood racks from spring. I have doubled this in wood now. I hope I save enough to heat my house this year, and not use it all in the oven!

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  7. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    Forgot the biscuit pics!

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    I make my own bacon sawmill gravy. I like my biscuits broken up, tons of gravy, bacon pieces and red pepper flakes:
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    Thanks for looking!
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  8. thewoodlands

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    Nice work Capt., good thing I just got done eating.
    zap
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Great pics Capt! You will have a lot of good times from that oven. I like the herringbone brickwork for the oven floor.

    I've thought of putting some type of angle iron to prevent the coals closest to the pizza from burning the edges. Is that what the brick is for on the biscuit pic? The biscuits and gravy looks really good. I have to do biscuits and cornbread soon.
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  10. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    I used the firebrick to deflect the direct heat and flame from burning the close edges. Works great!
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Ok, good idea, I really didn't want to put angle iron in, brick makes sense.
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Oh, your cousin is one helluva mason. Nice work.
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  13. Capt

    Capt Burning Hunk

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    Thanks! He is awesome. I didn't post a lot of the detail pics, as I don't have that many. I will be sure to take some and post them soon.
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  14. ScotO

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    beautiful work, Capt! That looks fantastic, I'm thoroughly jealous of your oven. Keep the pics coming, looks like you did a great job even with your first pizzas!
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    Incredible work...You and cousin Dave should be proud!

    Pizza looks delicious!
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    Wow that is great work, and I bet the food is amazing as well!
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    Very professional looking.Looks like a great place for BBQ or to roast a small pig as well. You must really like pizza(doesnt everyone).
  18. Capt

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    LOL, everyone tells me I'm going to get sick of pizza. But the fact is, that wood fired oven is much more versatile than a home range. You can smoke meats in it, bake bread, pizzas, roast meats, sear steaks, toast marshmallows, etc. I can't wait to do a complete thanksgiving dinner in it!

    Thanks for the kind words everyone!
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    Friggin Awesome! Kick a$$ operation. Be proud of yourself. Great oven...great stacks. Keep doing your thing man.
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    I have the much smaller teaser version of this in my house,its actually a wood stove that you can roast in it. Only small portions on a SS rack. I havnt tried it yet but am looking forward to it soon. I already have the rack.
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    Sweet! You have any pics?
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    Its a Harman TL-300 wood stove ,if you go to their website and download the the brochure i shows a couple steaks on it. Id like to make it a little larger and lower it down into the stove more as you can put chicken pieces on it but not a whole bird as its kind of shallow. Im going to try it for the first time as soon as we get a cold snap.
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  23. DexterDay

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    Holy Detailed pics and posts Capt Man!! Beautiful work.... Beautiful Pies too :)
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    I think Capt has just installed himself into the "you suck" club.:mad:
    See, now I have to go in the kitchen, fire up (yeah, right) the oven, and bake some biscuits, an apple pie (might be pumpkin), pizza, etc.......
    Man that is one nice setup, Capt. Fling a pie or 2 my way, would ya'? Don't worry, I'll catch 'em. I don't waste pizza.:cool:
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  25. fishingpol

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    I think he has helped level the playing field.::P There are more keyhole firepits being built this year that WFO's. Ironpony should be up next with his oven completed, and maybe one or two more by the fall.

    I think the best is yet to come this fall for food pics from these things.
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