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.