Have you ever felt the need of having a nice pizza oven in your backyard? Baking a pizza with your loved one for your family on a beautiful evening will be a dream of every homemaker. Today I will share with you, how to build an outdoor brick pizza oven, at a step-by-step guide, as attempted by this Imgur user. It took them actual 11 work days to finish the work (2.5 months time elapsed).
DIY projects are a great way to keep yourself occupied during the weekends, make something you want in your own customized way and to express your love for your family members. We all love DIY projects like DIY gym in basement, DIY Mosiac Table using old CD, DIY Concrete Table, or simply want to keep your yard organic by using DIY gardening hacks.
An outdoor pizza oven (DIY guide) is always useful in every party and actually becomes quite the central piece and an eye- catching thing!!
Building an outdoor brick pizza oven is a great and comparatively cheap summer project. The things used to make this DIY brick pizza oven are listed below:
- 1 Ceramic Fibre Board 1260 1200mm x 1000mm
- 72 Standard Firebricks 220mm x 114mm x 64mm
- 3 Outdoor Oven Cement 20kg (barely enough)
- 4 Outdoor Heatproof Screed 20kg
- 3m Fire Insulation2 Firebrick arches
- 1 Silica Cement (useless, waste of £35)
- Chicken Wire (also unnecessary)
To construct a homemade outdoor pizza oven to need to follow step by step guide:
The raised plant bedding garden which had been here for last 7 years which will turn into our home built pizza over. (It took 2 years to finally convince the mom, so they can build the oven there).
Dug about 0.3m below the floor level and filled it with the 600kg readymade concrete mixture.
After the digging and filling were done, they made a wall of 22.25 brick and 7N dense block.
They then went across with 4 x 1050 m Wickes concrete lintels.
The next layer was made out of paving slabs.
After the paving slabs were layered, the main and actual step came. They covered the oven with 50mm high VITCAS ceramic fiber board (which was too large so they cut it to fit), which should be covered with some heat resistant silica plaster so it could resist all the heat.
Now, its time to estimated how much bricks were needed, so he counted it with Carl Gauss’s method of summing to 100 to try and estimate the bricks per layer (how he said that (1+99=2+98=3+97…=49+51)), formula. But it was a bit messy as it wasn’t a 2d shade oven, but they ended up using 72
Lay out the firebricks on the fibreboard layer. They planned on a 35cm radius but had to increase it to a 37.5cm radius.
Apply a thin layer of ceramic roll insulation around the edges of the bricks for when they inevitably expand with the heat before applying the runny mortar mix.
Started with the brick-work, after waiting for 2 months. (Added an extra pair of helping hands, thanks to the uncle!)
With the help of radial arm, the base can be stuck to the center of the oven and all the bricks were placed at a correct angle.
Each of the fire bricks were chopped half with an angle grinder. Sticking bit cement between the bricks will make it stronger. (Friendly tip: if you pour water over where you’re gonna chop it, it cuts much easier.)
The first four layers was simple but as we go up it was a bit difficult to place the bricks
Used wood pieces to hold the bricks in place as the layers grew.
After 6 layers were in, placed a 55cm gym ball to lay the bricks against it.
In terms of bricks they used 16 for layer 1, 15 for layer 2, 14 for layer 3, 12 for layer 4, 9 + odd shapes for layer 5, then about 20 for the remaining layers. For the dome we used 49 bricks and total of 72 bricks
For a smooth finish, they applied the paint brush so it gave a smooth textured and a complete look of an oven. Placed a terracotta pot that as the chimney and slightly angled with the angle grinder.
After it completed a lit the oven because I don’t have patience and was bored and hungry and wanted to try pizza in my handmade oven.
Placing the first pizza in the oven and it took about 3mins 45secs to bake, the oven lit for about 1hr 15min
It wasn’t my best pizza but trying for the first time and the feeling was wow!!
This entire extended summer project costed approx around £1050 (which is around 1353 USD)
An outdoor clay oven takes an hour to get up to temperature, but once it does, you’re cooking pizza in 60 seconds, with a crisp base and a fantastic smoky flavor.
How many of you agree that an actual taste of pizza comes when it bakes under the wood fired clay pizza oven?
If construction is not your cup of tea then try to make help from a constructor, to give your yard an upgrade by adding an outdoor brick pizza oven.