For some, a simple barbecue in the backyard suffices for outdoor cooking. Other people need a full-blown kitchen. Yet, still others want an extra-special way to cook in the yard. Building your own outdoor pizza oven out of stone is a sure way to make your yard one-of-a-kind, while still having a useful stone stove. The process of building the stone stove, while time-consuming and labour-intensive, is a worthy investment in your home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Tar paper
- Concrete blocks
- Metal rebar
- Center punch
- Copper nails
- Clay dome
Plan the dimensions of your pizza oven. Since the amount of materials will vary on the space available, take the dimensions to your local hardware store and purchase materials based on their recommendation. Take into account the space in your yard for the oven.
Outline your base with breeze blocks. Build up the base by alternating the breeze blocks. Use plenty of mortar as you build up. Form a hollow rectangle or square of breeze blocks with a space inside. Stop when you get to the height that you want, typically about chest high.
Saw grooves into each breeze block around the top. In these grooves, lay rebar, or metal bars used to reinforce foundations. Lay rebar in both directions to form a crisscross pattern. Pour in approximately 3 inches of sand, followed by tar paper. Pour the concrete to form a foundation.
Make a face for your oven. Choose a thin stone veneer for the outside. Apply mortar around the outside and press the veneer into place to give your oven a polished look. Use a heat-resistant mortar.
Build your dome after the concrete foundation has dried. The dome typically comes in two pieces. Join those pieces with the same heat-resistant mortar previously used. Mortar the dome onto the foundation. Using brick, build around the entry to the dome in the desired design.
Cover your dome with stone. Build up around the dome using mortar and stone of your choice to create a house for your dome. Use heat-resistant mortar and allow to dry; 24 hours is adequate time.
Add a roof using plywood. Use a centre punch to punch out a hole for smoke to vent out through your plywood. Attach plywood with copper nails.
Attach shingles to your roof. Lay shingles over the plywood and hammer in with copper nails to give your oven a finished, polished look. Or, opt to use a copper sheet to cover any ridges in your roof for an even more professional look.
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