Jeff has been working on building a backyard pizza oven all summer, and it is finally ready for a test run! There is still lots of work to do to make it beautiful, but it is functional, so we decided to give it a GO! After an entire summer of digging dirt, building forms and pouring cement, we have a pizza oven.
This is the beginning. Jeff dug a forty-eight inch foundation, poured footers and built cinder block walls. The whole thing got filled in.
Here’s the base for the outdoor kitchen, fireplace and pizza oven. Notice the forms and the bags of cement in the background. This was all done with muscle!
Cinder blocks were used to build the counter top base and the walls of the fireplace.
Jeff built forms for the counter tops and poured a stained cement to fill. After the counters dried, he used a grinder to soften the edges and give the top some texture. This picture does not show that work.
By this time, we had the fireplace built with cinder block and completely lined with firebrick. The roof of the fireplace and base of the pizza oven are made with refractory cement and stainless steel chards for strength. No rebar there as it will expand and contract with heat.
Once all the arcs were built and mortared together to make the roof of the pizza oven, the top is insulated with a cement and perlite combination.
Our first fire – Jeff has been saving scrap cedar from residing the house and fence building!
We weren’t sure of the temperature, so the first pizza was tiny. We didn’t want to have a lot of food waste of it was too hot. Turned out it was perfect!
This picture shows a few more layers of insulation and the smoke from three practice runs over the last two weeks.
And some of the soccer team making their own! It’s been fun! And delicious.
The pizza oven and backyard patio are complete! We don’t normally store the stool in the fireplace, however!
Your gracious hosts having a serious moment before a summer wedding!