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Old 01-29-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Build your own brick pizza oven

Last year at this time, I was figuring out the best way to build a brick oven in the backyard. I am far from being a mason and couldn't afford hiring someone. Using some basic plans from fornobravo.com and watching a lot of youtube videos, I put together a basic plan. Come spring I broke ground and didn't completely finish until October, but I was cooking awesome pizzas by mid-July.

I made several mistakes along the way, but all in all I'm happy with my creation. It is the largest paperweight in town, but it's the one thing I own that I know could never be stolen.

If you like a good brewed beer, you gotta have some charred pizza or roast meat cooked at 800-900F.

Take a look. Have at it yourself.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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experiencing a serious case of pizza envy!~

I cut my teeth on this:

http://www.pepespizzeria.com/

Rock on!

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:46 AM   #3
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That's really cool! I hear the pizza's cooked like that taste the best. The past few years I've been making my own pizza from scratch. All kinds too, my favorite is this lasagna pizza I invented a while back.

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And I thought I like pizza. LOL.

I have used my weber kettle grill with some success but this does make me jealous. Whats the prep time to get the coals like that?

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That's quite amazing!

Now this is a weird question, but can you remove the top section at will? I'm sure it's heavy but I also wnat a BBQ PIT so I think it could be dual purpose.

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That's quite amazing!

Now this is a weird question, but can you remove the top section at will? I'm sure it's heavy but I also wnat a BBQ PIT so I think it could be dual purpose.
Here you go, bbq pit and 900 degree pizza oven in one...

http://pelletheads.com/index.php?topic=10968.0

Nice job on the brick oven too Cider!

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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That's quite an accomplishment Cider, particularly inspiring as it is in Maine (with similar winter conditions).

We use a Kettle Pizza. It does great pizza and naan but that oven of yours could cook for a whole neighborhood on one firing.

Very nice.

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I've had Pepe's pizza and it is truly awesome!

I wish I could fire it up year round but the weather keeps it mostly from April to November. After that that it's just too cold. Also, I wrap it up with blue tarp for the winter. A big enemy to the oven is water that can get in and freeze, causing serious cracking.

I can get it to full temp with the floor at 900 and the top of the dome over 1000F in about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the weather (lots of rain gives you a dank wet oven). Usually takes a good wheelbarrow's worth of wood. I have 2 cords cut up and seasoning right now.
There is no way you can take the top off without destroying it. Plus, the weight of just the dome is probably a couple thousand pounds. That's why I call it my big paperweight. It ain't going nowhere.

But oh the food that it makes. All meats, chickens, pork roasts come out crackling crispy and smoky flavored. Pizza is done in under a minute and has that smoky char on the crust. I've never had anything taste bad that came out of there. I recommend it to anyone that is as passionate about pizza/food as they are about beer.
Thanks for the comments.

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NICE! really cool build.

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Cider123,
Great oven!

The video made me hungry for pizza.

I didn't see anything that looks like a mistake, what would you have done diffrent?

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