2 Jul 2018

wood-fired pizza oven

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What you’ll need…

You can get most of these items from builder’s merchants – if not, we’ve given other options
  • About 30 bricks: at least 20 will need to be smooth and solid, with no recess (frog) or holes (perforations), to form your oven floor.
  • 20 breeze blocks and 5kg tub of cement or twenty 120cm x 20cm x 20cm wooden beams, an electric drill and long wood screws (for the plinth frame)
  • Rubble and big stones
  • 10-14 bags of builder’s sand (20kg each)
  • 125-175kg clay (the cheapest will do – try angliaclaysupplies.co.uk)
  • Assorted glass bottles
  • Chimney or plant pot (optional)
  • Large bag (14 litres or 6kg) of wood shavings (from pet shops)

Bricklaying

See www.wikihow.com/Mix-Mortar and maybe buy premixed brick mortar e.g. blue-circle-quality-assured-ready-to-use-mortar-20kg-bag.

Progress report July 2018

I did one layer of 17 bricks using about 15kg of ready-to-use-mortar. I need to lay 3 more courses and fill with glass bottles and hardcore to level off the base ready for the oven floor. I won't use ready-to-use-mortar again as it contains lime which can burn the skin. 
So I will need:

Oven base August 2018

Fire bricks for pizza ovens in standard 9"x4.5"x1" size (230 x 114 x 25mm) cost about £5 to £15 each. I have found some local slabs that came out of an industrial pizza oven, which are 12"x12"x1", at £7 each. 
The oven base is 4'6" square so that needs about 20 sq ft, cost £140.

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