Garden or Backyard Stone and Brick Oven Solutions
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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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
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.
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
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Oven Build Gallery 2 (15 Pics)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Oven Build Gallery 3 (12 pics)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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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