At times, my husband Richard can be a little over the top. When the new Italian restaurant in our neighborhood failed to deliver on it's promise of serving authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, he decided to take matters into his own hands. "Let's build our own pizza oven" he said. Having been married to him for many years, I knew he wasn't kidding. I was skeptical. How often would we really use an oven that sits outdoors, when we live in Ohio? I'm talking a lot of snow! But he assured me we would use it often enough, and described all the wonderful dishes that we could make in it. Eventually I succumbed, and it wasn't long after that the UPS man was wheeling a large wooden crate up our driveway from Forno Bravo.
To begin, the steel base is assembled and placed in it's final resting place.
The oven inside the shipping crate. Looks heavy.
The base is covered with backer board and a firewood box is formed. Time to mix 600 lbs. of concrete for the oven platform. Are we having fun yet?
Pouring the 600 lb. concrete top
Getting a little assistance from our friend Linda
The oven dome is in place and wrapped with 3" of ceramic insulation
Applying the base coat of stucco
And the final coat
To be Continued...
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