OverviewA bread oven is very heavy (over a ton), so you should start by preparing a solid base on which it can be built.
|First prepare the base: a concrete slab of 1.2 metres square (or 3.6 feet square). We used old paving slabs to reinforce the slab. |
It's my father that you see in the pictures, he was the architect, designer, mason, roofer and much more. Without him it would not have been possible.
I was just the builder's mate...
|The concrete slab, poured and set.|
|Beginning the walls: blockwork with metal framework at corners.|
|Walls completed, 4 rows of blocks. |
If you are tall (like me) I strongly recommend you to lay a fifth row of blocks, so you can avoid having to bend over to see in the oven. We thought that 4 rows was high enough, and that was a mistake.
I've learned since that the ideal height is when the sole is at the same level as the baker's elbow. A point worth pondering...
|Formwork for the concrete slab to take the sole of the oven.|
|Sole slab finished, and the first row of firebricks around the edge. |
Foundations stage completed.