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A roof for the pizza oven

This past weekend I started to build a roof for the pizza oven.  I was debating whether to use pressure treated lumber or cedar when Home Depot made up my mind for me putting cedar on sale (15% off) – making it the less expensive option.
pizza oven, and roof structure in progress
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Prime Rib in the Wood-fired Oven

For my son’t birthday dinner (14!), we had lots of family over, and I decided to try doing a roast in our new pizza oven.  I stopped in at Acme Meat Market, and received some great help in selecting a roast.  Ended up coming home with a 5 bone Prime rib, weighing in at just over 11 lbs.

Prime Rib - Before

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First Pizza’s from the new oven

Had some friends last night – the ones that helped me build the foundation/base of the oven – and we fired the oven up and made the first pizza’s!  We also had some tasty bourbon and beers 🙂

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Finish coat on the pizza oven

Applied the top coat over the straw insulation today.

Used a full bag of clay, a quarter package of iron oxide colouring, and a couple heaping spadefuls of sand to start – mixing that all with enough water to get the consistency of thick peanut butter.  I then mixed in about 1/5 of a bale of straw, all cut up pretty fine. Talk about a workout!

pizza-oven-finish-coat1x600After applying the finish coat, I applied a layer of red/black aquarium gravel that I had (and no longer needed) – kind of like a stucco.  Worked pretty good I think – we’ll see how the colour is – right now there are a couple thin spots that have dried, and they look more pink!  I might just mix up a thinner layer with more colouring to apply again 🙂

I’m also thinking that I might have more of the clay applied over the foundation down from the top – kind of like wax dripping down the side of a candle – still deciding though 🙂

 

I’m still working on a design for a steel roof structure to build over the oven – and protect all this hard work from rain and snow!