Monday, April 30, 2012

Oven By The Pond (risen)

Now that the brick oven has finally taken shape, it's time to insulate and then to apply a surface bonding cement stucco. To create a floor "tongue," I'll try to pull out four bricks about four and a half inches and fill in the gaps with more fire brick. This is not what I had planned to do, but I've run out of space and I'm left without much choice.


BakerMan said...

Why exactly do you need a tongue? Or what about adding a steel shelf out front supported by brackets that rest on the base rocks? How thick will your insulation be? Do you think you'll be able to do loaf breads or just flatbreads?

Breadhunter aka Stu Silverstein said...

A tongue will allow me to more easily support a door, and a tongue provides a convenient resting place for flat breads that are done baking. Besides, they look good.
Yes, I could have a steel shelf, but aesthetically, I don't think I'd like it.
Probably I'll have a couple of inches of perlite insulation. Generally, I build ovens with at least four inches, but in this situation, it's not going to happen because my base is not wide enough.
I expect the oven will be able to do one bake of loaf breads. Flat breads, of course, will not be a problem.