The oven itself (hearth)


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Last modified on: August 29th 2023



Overview

The main part of the oven (the hearth) as sold by the producer ("Fayol" company) consists of 9 slabs (to form the sole) and the curved sections which make up the domed oven, plus a keystone which fits in the top.

Assembling the oven

The kit as sent by Fayol company:
  • Sections of oven and sole (500 kg)
  • 500 kg refractory sand (or white grog), called "chamotte" in French, which needs to be ordered in addition.
  • Various accessories

Make sure you check all parts after delivery.

arriving oven
As shown in the instruction bookletWhat we actually did
panyol ovensole oven
sole oven panyol
panyol ovenoven entry
panyol oven entryPieces do not fit together as perfectly as the diagram might suggest, it's still masonry work to cope with all the uneven edges and small defects.

We had problems with a few arch sections, there were some gaps. If it happens to you, don't worry as these gaps will be filled later with cement.

oven gaps
panyol oven gapsoven wire lock
wire oven panyoloven ceil
oven ceil panyoloven entry last moment
oven entry panyolWe needed to use pieces of wood to block the whole structure during assembly. We could then push on them to adjust the shape where necessary (see photo of stage 5).
oven cement panyolFor that you can use some of the paper used for packing oven sections.
oven cementWe did as the book said...
oven cemented Be careful, this proportion of water/cement is very liquid. If you have a large gap between two sections, the cement can fall through.
To prevent this, we put pieces of carboard held in place with bits of wood inside the oven. oven gaps
oven gaps panyolovent mortar
oven mortar panyolYou shoud protect the oven from rain, but leaving air to circulate around it (no plastic sheet immediately over) while it dries out.

The oven itself is completed.

> Next: Oven housing.
< Preceding: Foundations.

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