Building a Brick Pizza Oven in Your Backyard Building a Brick Pizza Oven in Your Backyard
A brick pizza oven is an iconic restaurant fixture in many places around the world. However, these brick pizza oven setups can be difficult to fit inside a home. Not only very large, but they tend to get much hotter than a standard oven. Also the fact that they contain an open wood fire constitutes a safety risk. Read on for how to build a brick pizza oven in your backyard where there is plenty of room and the safety concerns can be adequately addressed.
Step 1 - Lay the Foundation for the Oven
Determine first how large you'd like your oven to be. Most ovens are no larger than about 5 feet on a side. Find a suitable area outdoors where it's flat and there aren't any trees or other shrubs in the way. Dig a shallow, flat hole in the ground, about 5 inches deep, in the area where the oven will be placed. Line the edges of the hole with 2 x 4 boards.
Mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow and pour the concrete into the hole to bring it up to ground level. Allow the concrete to dry and ensure that the wood siding pieces are firmly in place.
Step 2 - Set Up the Encasement
The fire encasement is the concrete area in which the fire will actually be maintained. Measure out a brick's width and two additional inches from the perimeter of the three sides of the oven that will not be the front. Draw a line or make a marking on the cement on these three sides. Line the sides with concrete blocks, resting them on the concrete and on the inside of the line.
Step 3 - Stack Bricks around the Encasement
Using the trowel, lay a thin layer of mortar around the concrete encasement on the three sides that aren't the front of the oven. Place bricks on top of the mortar and clean out any excess mortar that oozes out. Continue to lay bricks on top of one another, with layers of mortar in between, until you've reached a height of about 2 feet above the concrete.
Step 4 - Build a Wooden Support
Build a wooden support inside of the encasement with the 2 x 4s. Lay a piece of plywood across the top of the support and ring the 2 x 4s to allow for another concrete slab. Pour in the concrete and allow it to dry.
Step 5 - Build the Arch and Sides
If you'd like have an arch over the doorway of the oven, build it now. Otherwise, lay bricks across the top of the oven opening. Continue to build the oven walls up another foot or so and then build the roof. Be sure to leave a small open space above the fire encasement for the smoke to escape.