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Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Dome - Part II

The second page of info on building the dome is up - that oven is really starting to take shape!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The first page of info on how I built the dome for my pizza oven is now up - stay tuned for The Dome Part II...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

How I used clay bricks for the floor of my pizza oven...

A new page of info is up - outlining how I built the floor of my brick oven. Next step - The Dome!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I have now added info pages for:

The Base, Part I - in which I acquire my concrete bessa blocks and start building the oven base...


The Base, Part II – in which I back-fill the base and cap it off with a layer of insulated concrete…

Check it out and enjoy!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Well, the website is slowly taking shape. I have now posted information and pictures on the Design and Foundation stages (see the pages to the right of the Home page). Thanks to those who have visited the site so far - I hope it proves more interesting and useful as I add more detail. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments too.

Stay tuned, brick oven fans!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Greetings, and welcome to my new webpage, all about how I made my own backyard brick oven on a tight budget and with no prior building experience.

When I was planning to build my oven, I was a bit overwhelmed by the array of related blogs and websites, but also a bit disappointed by either the lack of detail (including useful reference pics) or the complexity of the design and construction techniques some people were using - some of the footings out there would be fit for a cathedral!

As someone with limited money and expertise, I felt a little depressed. But the one commodity I did have (apart from a decent backyard) was patience. Let me say from the start that if you are prepared to work slowly, to scrounge your materials second-hand over time and learn as you go, there's no reason you can't build an attractive and perfectly functioning brick oven in your backyard.

I'm building this webpage retrospectively (the oven has been built now for over a year). All told, it took me about a year to build my oven and it cost well under $1000 in materials.

I'll have more to say about the materials I used and where I got them as we go. I'm also new to web publishing so forgive me if it takes a while to get all the information up. Meanwhile here are some pics of the finished oven to give you an idea of where we're heading...

In my next post I'll talk a little bit about design considerations and how I got started. Look for new information in the pages list to the right of screen.