You want to build a pizza oven? Then you know that there are many different types of pizza ovens, from small clay ovens to larger concrete ovens. What exactly you choose to build depends on a number of factors, including budget, size constraints, time, what will you cook, etc …
How to build a pizza oven and bake pizza in it
What do you need:
• Sharp sand (normal sand which, as a rule, contains small amounts of aggregate in the mixture)
• Builders Sand (fine sand that is good for detailed work)
• A bucket or pot for the fireplace (on request!)
• Spades for mixing
• Trowel for laying bricks
• bricks (ideally heat resistant, but not essential)
• A big cellophane leaf
• Some old pieces of wood / foam for the design of the bow
• Chipboard (if you are building on a pallet) – make sure it is suitable for outdoor use, otherwise it will warp!
• Wooden pallet
• wood screws
• wood saw
Pizza oven build instructions
The exact quantities depend on which oven size you will choose. You can build this oven in stages, so there is no need to know the exact quantities at the beginning. Many say that heat-resistant bricks should be used when building an oven. Heated to a high temperature, standard building blocks can expand and cause the oven to crack a little. We had, however, extremely heated this oven and had no problems!
Build pizza oven Step 2: Create the base
If you have chosen a location for the pizza oven, place the pallet on the ground and make sure it is horizontal. If the ground is not quite flat, place some wood chips under the pallet to set it up if necessary.
Build pizza oven in the garden itself
After the pallet is in order, use the wood saw to cut a section of the chip board that fits exactly to the base of the pallet. Cut a few strips of the chipboard, which are about 50 mm high, forming a circle around the top of the pallet. Make sure that there are no large gaps between the boards as they hold the seal on which the concrete is coming!
Build pizza oven – Get a piece of Italy home
Mix the concrete in a 1: 2: 4 ratio (1 part cement, 2 parts Sharp sand, 4 parts aggregate). Use the spade to make the concrete in the wooden form. You can use a long log to make sure the concrete is flat and has the best placement. This top coat will be the bottom for the pizza oven, so try to make it as smooth as possible.
S Step 3: The arrangement of the stones / planning the size
It would be a good idea to put the stones roughly in the right position before fixing them permanently in place. If you work with the standard bricks, I would advise you to chop them off in half, so that your pizza oven gets a better shape.
Step 4: Create the bow
The arch will form the roof of the area on which the pizza will lie, ie the inside of the oven. Generally speaking, the arc is about two-thirds of the height of the entire furnace. We used foam to create a support, but you could also use layered cardboard or even chipboard from the chip board to create the curve on which the archway tiles will rest. This only provides support while the archway brick dry. The advantage of a curved arch in comparison to the flat is that you can use the weight of the bricks on each other to gain support (almost self-keyed in place).
Step 5: Cement the stones in place
The first step is to cement the first layer of stone in place with a fine mixture of cement and fine sand (a ratio of about 1: 3 would be fine). At this point, I would also cement the bow on the spot. Lay the cellophane leaf over the base layer and begin to fill with sand.