The Clay Oven – Update #1

As mentioned in my last post, I have embarked on a project to make a traditional clay oven. The design is thousands of years old and ruins of clay ovens have been found on all of the continents. Because I hate doing things normally, I decided that my clay oven would be built on a timber base and stand proudly on my deck, where the whole family could help with the bread baking, pizza making etc.

I have now finished the frame, which I suppose I have over-designed (again). It offers a sturdy base with the weight evenly distributed across the bottom.

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My main concern is to keep the heat contained and the underlying timber very well insulated from heat of any kind. The base is made with a timber decking floor insulated with a sealer which can apparently withstand 1200 deg C. We will be testing this !!

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It is then covered with a 2-3cm sand layer (about 1 inch) adding further insulation.

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As you can see on the right of the image, the bricks will stand slightly higher than the frame. Because of the cost, I am using genuine fire bricks under the oven itself but ordinary bricks for the surrounds. I am hoping to get the bricks this week.

Enough for now, I think I’ll order a pizza !!

Synaptoman

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