Building a wood fired pizza oven. My pizza oven is complete!!! It took 90+ hours of construction time over the last two summers which you see time lapsed in the video. A huge thanks to Rado Hand at traditionaloven.com for his website that gave me the idea to build my own oven and the great information that got me started.
The oven takes a couple hours to get up to pizza cooking temperature. I'm using madrone which is available around here. Maple and alder are my other options. I tried using lump charcoal but I think the air flow isn't right. If I could supply air like in a forge, charcoal might work. Incidentally, an infrared thermometer is great for checking the temperature of the oven floor.
I made a door and have baked bread after the pizza was done. The oven holds heat pretty well and even after twenty four hours it's still around 200F.
Materials were a bit under three thousand dollars, though I'm sure I could have spent less if I made some different design choices. Like the roof which is slate and the faux windows which are special order black tiles. The biggest cost was the brick (both regular and fire brick).
I spent about five hundred dollars on tools since this was my first masonry project and I didn't have any masonry tools on hand. I'm normally a woodworker so I had to buy things like trowels, a mixing tub, cement mixer, tile saw, etc. Not that I mind of course, more tools are more better!
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