Unfortunately you will not see pizza cooking in this post but something will get cooked! Luckily for you I will not show you pictures of sweaty armpits or back sweat either, so there's that to look forward to too!
Mario (me, the boss) worked the cement mixer, feverishly mixing concrete, while Luigi, the worker, danced with the wheelbarrow, filling the form. More pizza points for Mario!
With the foundation complete, next up was the framework.
|Pressure treated lumber consisting of 4x4's and 2x6's were used to build the frame. Concrete fasteners secured the structure to the foundation with stainless steel brackets.|
This framework needed Mario again. Back to the mixer I slaved, while Luigi danced his way through a little bit of wheelbarrow opera! Our special mix was used which you can see here. Pizza points!!
|Building the form for the pour.|
|Mr. FT welding yet again!|
|Two ammonites were secured to the front of the form. They will be visible after the front edge of the mold is removed.|
|Form is siliconed, metal reinforcement is added and ready for the pour in the morning.|
|Concrete sits to cure. Tarps covered this for a few days and it was sprayed with water at least four times.|
Just as you thought you were going to see something cooking, here I am to bore you with all the technical difficulties. It was truly challenging to stand around, watching Mr. Welding Man do his thing, but I survived it all and am here to tell you his story!
|Rocket stove is fitted into the structure, levelled and secured with a few welds.|
|Stainless steel is added to the top of the pan to close the stove from the base of where the pizza oven will sit.|
A top plate of upside down 5/16 checker plate was used as a cooking surface. The video below shows us already putting it to use. Egg pizza!
A chimney is built using an old corny keg. The chimney cap (not shown) was the top of an old sanke keg. We were like the ultimate scavengers using all parts of the kegs!
Again, we means Mr FT....a.k.a Luigi.
But being Mario and the head of concrete mixing department, this entitles Mario to as much pizza as she chooses! And whatever kind she wants, even if it includes pineapple!
|Building the damper for the chimney!|
|Framework for the pizza oven is secured to concrete base|
Two days of rock and brick begin...
A special refractory mix was used to glue the rocks and bricks together.
You can find the recipe here at backyardmetalcasting.com
And this is where I got sick!
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