Here's a photo of the finished product. Thought I'd post a pic on the blog page first, then get into the "how to" and "what to" bits...
So, I've been spending the past couple of months building a brick oven at my home in Warrnambool in Victoria's South-West in Australia. So I thought I'd pop up some photos of how it's gone, the things that have worked well, and what I'd do differently if I were to build another one sometime down the track.
I built the foundations of the oven out of normal cement blocks sitting on a reinforced cement slab. The blocks were stacked using a mortar mix of sand, cement and lime. I built the cement block with an opening in the front underneath so I could store wood and an ash box, which meant I had to use a steel lintel (a flat piece of steel) to hold up the arch blocks of the fourth course. Here's some pics...
The framework for the cement slab.
The cement slab with reo bar inlayed.
First course of cement blocks with opening in front.
Fourth course of blocks with arch running across a steel lintel. Notice the rebar between the third and fourth course, in place to hold up the plywood floor which forms the perlite cavity.