Garden or Backyard Stone and Brick Oven Solutions

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Backyard Pizza Ovens

There is only one thing better than an authentic pizza and that is an authentic pizza that has been baked in a wood fired stone or brick oven.

Masonry ovens are the ultimate way to bake the best tasting pizza's and they can be built in your very own backyard from many different kinds of materials... and guess what? There is an oven plan to fit everyone's budget no matter how big or small it may be.

To Buy Or To D.I.Y?

Ovens can be bought and they can be built. What is the best solution for you?

To buy an oven means that you will be able to bake pizza's, breads, turkeys and everything else in a beautiful well presented oven that fits nicely into your garden or patio setting. There are many kinds of ovens on the market, some are made from steel, some are made of masonry, and others are made of a combination of the two (steel and masonry). They are all good ovens, well designed by professionals and will last for years. The only downside being the hefty price tags that accompany such ovens. Well into the thousands of dollars!!

Do It Yourself Backyard Stone Oven Solutions

My ultimate dream for years was to build my own brick oven. After all, I am a BAKER! The only thing that was stopping me from building my very own brick oven was the fact that I didn't have a place to build it.

That has changed. In August of this year (2010) I became a home owner. I am now the owner of a 2 story house in the western part of Japan. A city called Kakogawa. I am not Japanese, though. I am an Australian.

So, I now have the first part of my brick oven dream taken care of - I now have a place to build a brick oven. I am planning to do it myself.

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ilFornino Wood Fired Pizza Oven- High Grade Stainless Steel by ilFornino, New York

 

Here Is My Dilemma!

As I mentioned above - I bought a house in JAPAN. Very difficult to do if you are not Japanese. It took me close to three years to build up a strong enough case to present to the banks so they would loan me the money. I was rejected a whopping 7 times before they finally decided to give me a go.

That is NOT my current dilemma. My current dilemma is this:-

My garden is quite small. The location where I plan to build my brick oven is only 8 feet square and is currently being used to park our bicycles.

See the picture below...

The beginning of my Backyard Oven Follies

Here is a picture of my garden. It looks very small, I know... but it is bigger than the average Japanese backyard of late. Many Japanese homes barely even have enough space to park a car. Update - This picture was taken in september 2010.
Here is a picture of my garden. It looks very small, I know... but it is bigger than the average Japanese backyard of late. Many Japanese homes barely even have enough space to park a car. Update - This picture was taken in september 2010. | Source

So What Is My Backyard Stone Oven Solution?

There is but one simple solution for me and that is to build small. I am planning to build a barbecue / oven combo that will have an oven placed below a barbecue grill.

This is still in the planning phases and I won't be building this until March or April of 2011. The reason for this is that we are heading into winter here in Japan and Winter is not a good time for doing anything in the garden. It is too cold. Besides, the mortar will probably take too long to dry and would wind up with weaknesses. 

This Hub Is Far From Finished - A Work In Progress

As I mentioned, I am unable to build my dream oven until the weather is a little more favorable. Therefore, this hub can not be completed.

As time goes by I plan to add more pictures of my progress as an oven builder.

Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the video below. 

Expert Advice: How To Build A Backyard Brick Oven

Pictures of My Stone Oven Build

At time of writing, (September 2011) it has been one whole year since I started this hub. It gets a fair amount of traffic and I am grateful to those that leave comments and vote.

That is not why I am updating this hub, though. My backyard stone oven is 98% finished and I have come back here to upload the construction photo's and the details of my build.

I started building it in March 2011 and it took me a full 6 months of dillying and dallying to get it to the point that it is at today.

Brick Oven Photo - Oven Base

brick oven base
brick oven base

Building The Base

I first dug the trenches for the blocks - (the rocks on the right came out of those), then I laid a concrete foundation for the base blocks. The bricks on the top are just placed there. I was originally planning to make a cylindrical oven but then changed my mind. You will see later.

As for the positioning of the oven - it is far enough away from the house so as to be safe and directly behind the oven my neighbor has a vegetable garden.

Oven Build Gallery 1 (18 pics)

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A quick mock up of the walls. I used to love playing with lego when I was a kid.More lego like mock ups. Dry runs of bricks to see what kind of shape I could fit given the space provided.A quick arch mock up.This is a flat mock up to see how many bricks I would need to make each arch.Still no mortar! What is this guy doing?This is the final mock up and what was to become the base and floor of the oven.Getting ready for mortar. Pic 1Getting Ready for mortar. Pic 2Getting ready for mortar. Pic 3A long shot, but it can be done!Yes, we can!!My stack of red bricks waiting for a more permanent place to live.Oh and my tools. They are going rusty due to the fact that they are not being used at this particular point in time.Base rim of bricks have been cemented in with fireproof cement. The void was filled with rubble.
A quick mock up of the walls.
A quick mock up of the walls.
I used to love playing with lego when I was a kid.
I used to love playing with lego when I was a kid.
More lego like mock ups. Dry runs of bricks to see what kind of shape I could fit given the space provided.
More lego like mock ups. Dry runs of bricks to see what kind of shape I could fit given the space provided.
A quick arch mock up.
A quick arch mock up.
This is a flat mock up to see how many bricks I would need to make each arch.
This is a flat mock up to see how many bricks I would need to make each arch.
Still no mortar! What is this guy doing?
Still no mortar! What is this guy doing?
This is the final mock up and what was to become the base and floor of the oven.
This is the final mock up and what was to become the base and floor of the oven.
Getting ready for mortar. Pic 1
Getting ready for mortar. Pic 1
Getting Ready for mortar. Pic 2
Getting Ready for mortar. Pic 2
Getting ready for mortar. Pic 3
Getting ready for mortar. Pic 3
A long shot, but it can be done!
A long shot, but it can be done!
Yes, we can!!
Yes, we can!!
My stack of red bricks waiting for a more permanent place to live.
My stack of red bricks waiting for a more permanent place to live.
Oh and my tools. They are going rusty due to the fact that they are not being used at this particular point in time.
Oh and my tools. They are going rusty due to the fact that they are not being used at this particular point in time.
Base rim of bricks have been cemented in with fireproof cement. The void was filled with rubble.
Base rim of bricks have been cemented in with fireproof cement. The void was filled with rubble.

Oven Build Gallery 2 (15 Pics)

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Starting on the back wall and the side walls.I had an idea that I could make the arch on a flat surface and then just lift it into place once it had set. What an amateur idea that was.. haha!A quick bbq while the cement dries!A close up of the arch ! A close up of the arch and what was left of it after I tried to move it. It fell apart in a flash.Was a waste of time and cement.More time was wasted chipping cement off the bricks with a chisel.Take two on the arch. I made a ply wood form and supported it with bricks. A much better use of time and money.Here is a close up of the ply wood arch that I used.Bricks being mortared in to place.The rear arch is complete and set to dry,A close up of the rear arch. Not bad for a baker, turned English teacher that had never laid a single brick before beginning this project.A top down view of my first ever arch.Yet another top down view of my first ever arch. Notice the front corner of the base where the brick fell out. That is the result of me sitting on it. What? Yes, I can hear you all saying to yourself, "How is it going to bake bread?" The beginning of the second arch, base bricks first because they can be laid without the form.
Starting on the back wall and the side walls.
Starting on the back wall and the side walls.
I had an idea that I could make the arch on a flat surface and then just lift it into place once it had set. What an amateur idea that was.. haha!
I had an idea that I could make the arch on a flat surface and then just lift it into place once it had set. What an amateur idea that was.. haha!
A quick bbq while the cement dries!
A quick bbq while the cement dries!
A close up of the arch !
A close up of the arch !
A close up of the arch and what was left of it after I tried to move it. It fell apart in a flash.
A close up of the arch and what was left of it after I tried to move it. It fell apart in a flash.
Was a waste of time and cement.
Was a waste of time and cement.
More time was wasted chipping cement off the bricks with a chisel.
More time was wasted chipping cement off the bricks with a chisel.
Take two on the arch. I made a ply wood form and supported it with bricks. A much better use of time and money.
Take two on the arch. I made a plywood form and supported it with bricks. A much better use of time and money.
Here is a close up of the ply wood arch that I used.
Here is a close up of the ply wood arch that I used.
Bricks being mortared in to place.
Bricks being mortared in to place.
The rear arch is complete and set to dry,
The rear arch is complete and set to dry,
A close up of the rear arch. Not bad for a baker, turned English teacher that had never laid a single brick before beginning this project.
A close up of the rear arch. Not bad for a baker, turned English teacher that had never laid a single brick before beginning this project.
A top down view of my first ever arch.
A top down view of my first ever arch.
Yet another top down view of my first ever arch. Notice the front corner of the base where the brick fell out. That is the result of me sitting on it. What? Yes, I can hear you all saying to yourself, "How is it going to bake bread?"
Yet another top down view of my first ever arch. Notice the front corner of the base where the brick fell out. That is the result of me sitting on it. What? Yes, I can hear you all saying to yourself, "How is it going to bake bread?"
The beginning of the second arch, base bricks first because they can be laid without the form.
The beginning of the second arch, base bricks first because they can be laid without the form.

Oven Build Gallery 3 (12 pics)

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That's my ugly mug!Same pic without the insertion of my ugly mug!View from the right side looking left.View from the left side looking right.View from the front with a mock up of how I am going to construct the exterior shell walls.Closer view of the exterior wall mock up.Much closer view! Boring, I know. The details may be useful to some people though. Top down view taken from my second floor balcony.Another view from my second floor balcony.A view of the arch with the ply wood form removed. It actually stood up by itself. I must be some kind of a genius.... haha!She is eyeing the details!Another view of the first arch.
That's my ugly mug!
That's my ugly mug!
Same pic without the insertion of my ugly mug!
Same pic without the insertion of my ugly mug!
View from the right side looking left.
View from the right side looking left.
View from the left side looking right.
View from the left side looking right.
View from the front with a mock up of how I am going to construct the exterior shell walls.
View from the front with a mock up of how I am going to construct the exterior shell walls.
Closer view of the exterior wall mock up.
Closer view of the exterior wall mock up.
Much closer view! Boring, I know. The details may be useful to some people though.
Much closer view! Boring, I know. The details may be useful to some people though.
Top down view taken from my second floor balcony.
Top down view taken from my second floor balcony.
Another view from my second floor balcony.
Another view from my second floor balcony.
A view of the arch with the ply wood form removed. It actually stood up by itself. I must be some kind of a genius.... haha!
A view of the arch with the ply wood form removed. It actually stood up by itself. I must be some kind of a genius.... haha!
She is eyeing the details!
She is eyeing the details! | Source
Another view of the first arch.
Another view of the first arch.

Wood Fired Oven Build Update

To all that are following this hub and still waiting for an update, today is your lucky day. My oven is finished now, well finished meaning that it is watertight, it has a roof over it, and it is ready to be fired up whenever the need arises.

I have written a complete hub about how I built it - http://lukespook.hubpages.com/hub/Wood-Fired-Oven-Plans

There are many photo's, so feel free to pop on over for a read. Also, if anyone is in the neighborhood (Kakogawa, Hyogo, Japan) stop in for some pizza.

© 2010 Lucas Uren

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I appreciate all of the comments, thankyou! 5 comments

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John Holden 6 years ago

Hurry up, I'm hungry :-)


dave 5 years ago

that must taste good!


fidelm 3 years ago

I had the privilege of seeing Lukespook's ovens first-hand. That wasn't a typo. He actually made TWO ovens. The one pictured above now serves as a firewood storage and he's almost finished building his second oven on top of this one. His newer oven is more rustic looking with its stone outer walls and the inner area has ample space for baking two 25cm pizzas at a time. The inner dome design is something futuristic with geometrics employed, utilizing home-made, triangle, fire-tiles, creating a very nice pompei(think igloo) shaped dome. This thing held heat extremely well and pizzas cooked beautifully! I hope Lukespook uploads some recent pics of his latest oven, as well as the pizzas!! They were, indeed, delicious!!


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Lukespook 3 years ago from Japan Author

Thanks Fidel for the good rap!!

I'd like to add that my oven is complete and fully operational. The pizza's are the best pizza's I have ever made, too. I like keeping them simple, less is the new more, you could say.


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Lukespook 20 months ago from Japan Author

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