Friday, 4 November 2011

How to build your own pizza oven


If you've arrived here expecting fabric and stitchery, please be reassured that this is just a brief diversion and the needle and thread have only temporarily been usurped by bricks and cement.

It's now several weeks since my husband finished building our pizza oven and you can read more about my take on the whole thing and see our first pizzas here. I'd originally asked my husband if he'd like to step in to do a guest post on the building process as so many of you said you'd be enthusiastic to share such a post with your own husband (or even take up the tools yourself). However, when he started writing about the process he quickly realised that it was something that may not fit into one blog post. Twenty-two pages later, complete with diagrams and measurements, talk of pizza paddles and sourdough starters we've decided that it's really more suited to being offered as a downloadable PDF than a guest post.

So if you'd like to read more you can download it here for just £3.


I should say that while I consider my husband to be stunningly multi talented, he has never put up a shelf or wielded power tools around our house, so hopefully this will reassure any man (or woman) who lacks a passion for DIY that it's perfectly achievable, as long as you have a strong perfectionist streak and a stomach craving pizza to propel you onward.


As projects go though, there's nothing quite like it to gain the respect of men who do possess this ability. In his building mission we have accompanied my husband to reclamation sites and builders merchants and I began to notice that it's a project that commands instant respect. On our family entering a trade-only builder's yard we were viewed with visible bemusement and curiosity. However, after my husband had requested some materials they enquired what he was building...it was like watching moths to a flame as the men gathered around him and the visible shift in how they viewed this obviously non-trade amateur builder was quite something: every man we've come into contact with declared this to be their own dream project and instantly become animated on the subject of how to retain the necessary heat, potential construction methods and building materials. Which makes me think that this is one of those projects that burns inside a man waiting to get out.


If you follow any part of my husband's how-to, then we'd love to hear how you got on, or if you have any of your own hints and tips for building or pizza making then do feel free to share them in the comments section. Again, you can download the 'How to build your own pizza oven' PDF by clicking on the button below.

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Florence x

Ps: I should also add as I don't think my husband has mentioned this in the PDF: our sleepers will weather down to a more aesthetically pleasing driftwood grey over the winter - we decided to buy new sleepers rather than find reclaimed ones as they're something that often will have been creosoted in their past life...it's not a chemical that you might want in your garden or around food.

14 comments:

  1. I totally made a happy dance in my seat this morning. This pizza oven WILL be built in our next house.

    Thank you and your badass hubbie!

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  2. Now if only my landlady would let us have one of those on the balcony...
    ;)

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  3. I think I may be in love with Mr Teacakes! Thankyou for such a comprehensive document and such generosity! I would happily have paid for this :)

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  4. Thank you so much for this! For now, i can only imagine how good it is having a pizza oven in your garden but hope that this time next year I have one of my own.

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  5. Your oven looks great but I can't help wondering how the sleepers will survive the heat. Not a criticism - just curious.

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  6. So pleased you like it!

    Julia - I shall pass the love on - thank you!

    Ana - I can see why you'd think that. The fire and inside of the oven rest entirely on bricks which can easily withstand those tempratures. The sleepers simply form a frame around the bricks. Because the oven needs to be incredibly well insulated to get up to the required temprature it means that while the inside is over 500 degrees, the outside of it is just slightly warm to touch - this means that the wood surrounding it is never in danger of heating up or burning. We worried about how hot the outside of the oven would become to the extent that I felt anxious about the wall of the garage behind it - in retrospect this was a rather loopy thing to worry about - when built correctly the intensity of the heat is kept entirely within the oven.

    Florence x

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  7. My husband would love to build one of these - thanks so much for the info. Might have to wait a bit since we are a little busy with a six month old and a two year old though!

    Can't wait to see pizza oven photos pop up in your flickr group :)

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  8. We have no outside space of our own, so I've persuaded myself not to look at the PDF. Mind you, I do wonder if my (very non-DIYish) dad might want to build one in his garden - how can I give him the idea without getting into trouble with my mum?! It's a primal fascination, isn't it - fire and food. Exciting stuff.

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  9. My husband has printed out all of the instructions, and stated that he is "definitely going to build one...!". I don't know if I'm delighted (love pizza) or terrified (long project, possibly not a completer-finisher husband!)... Thanks for the inspiration though :-) As ever, loving your blog. Cx

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  10. I've just been catching up with your blog, having taken a couple of weeks out to have my baby.
    I mentioned to my husband this evening about the pizza oven instructions and he practically collapsed on the floor. Apparently he was literally thinking about the practicalities of building one just last night! You've saved him the trouble, thanks Mr Teacakes!

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  11. Oooh this is my fiance Dave's dream - to build a pizza oven. One day, when we move out of our apartment...
    Thanks so much for the "How to", I think your husband is now Dave's hero :)

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  12. Thank you thank you thank you! I have been determined to get a pizza oven and your step by step has motivated me to build my own! I scanned the pdf but didn't see any costs anywhere... do you have any idea what the total cost of the project was?

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  13. Thank you thank you thank you! I have been determined to get a pizza oven and your step by step has motivated me to build my own! I scanned the pdf but didn't see any costs anywhere... do you have any idea what the total cost of the project was?

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  14. It's better to make something on your own. You can make and customized in what you exactly like.

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Florence x