DIY Pizza Oven Kits
Here at The Melbourne Fire Brick Company we have had thousands of customers approach us wanting to build their own Wood Fired Pizza Oven, following the Free Plans they found through our website.
The Pompeii Oven Plans by Forno Bravo in the USA are particularly popular, so much so that we have put together special ‘DIY’ Pizza Oven kits with all of the recommended raw refractory materials included, to build following the Pompeii Oven Plans.
If you are following another set of plans (such as the oven from ‘The Bread Builders’, or the photo series by Rado of www.traditionalovens.com then we will be more than happy to put a kit together to suit your oven design. Please Contact Us to discuss your project further.
What’s included in the DIY Pizza Oven Kit?
+ Calcium Silicate Board Insulation
The DIY Kits come with 50mm thick Calcium Silicate Board to build the oven on. Calcium Silicate board has very high compressive strength to handle the weight of the oven, and most importantly has exceptionally low thermal conductivity at high temperatures, to keep the heat trapped in the floor of your oven. Forno Bravo suggest using a mixture of Vermiculite and cement (Vermicrete) to insulate the underside of the oven, however you will find that the thermal conductivity of Calcium Silicate board is three times better than Vermicrete, and much easier to work with.
+ Sub-Floor Refractory Castable and Formwork (optional)
Although not specifically mentioned in the Forno Bravo plans, if you’re planning on using our 50m fire brick tiles for the cooking floor of your oven, we recommend pouring a 25mm layer of refractory castable on top of the Calsil Insulation board to increase the thermal mas. Along with the bags of dry refractory castable, we provide you with plastic formwork to wrap around your CalSil board so that you can pour a uniform, flat slab ready to lay your floor tiles onto.
+ Fire Brick Tiles
The DIY Kits include enough 305x305x50mm fire brick tiles to cut down to the foot print of the oven you’re building. This quantity is based on the walls of the oven being built on top of the floor tiles, which is the easiest approach and is what we recommend for any non-commercial oven.
+ Straight Fire Bricks
We include a small quantity of straight fire bricks (230x225x75mm) specifically for the walls of your Entry and Vent Arches, as most of our customers build with a straight walled opening. If however you are wanting to build a semi-circular opening these can be swapped for arch bricks.
+ Arch Fire Bricks
The bricks that we recommend for building your oven dome are our Arch Fire Bricks, measuring 230x115x75/65mm (if you look at the small end of the brick, it tapers from 75mm to 65mm thick). These are full length bricks, and will need to be cut down to smaller sizes to suit your dome shape. This is where the majority of the work in cutting bricks kicks in! The Forno Bravo plans are a bit vague in this area – they tell you to get a heap of firebricks, cut them into halves and build your dome. If you’ve spent any time on the Forno Bravo Forum (which we HIGHLY recommend) you will know that this doesn’t quite work. To keep the interior face of the joints as close to brick-on-brick as possible, as you progress up the rows of the dome you will need to taper the sides of the brick as well. When you get right to the top of the oven you’ll find that half bricks are much too big, and you’ll need to cut much smaller pieces to keep the mortar gaps tight.
That being said, if you have access to a wet cutting brick saw with a suitable diamond blade and you have plenty of time available then this may well be the most enjoyable DIY project you’ll ever do. Cutting all of the bricks to size is time consuming, noisy AND messy, but it’s very satisfying to design and construct your own creation.
+ Refractory Mortar and Castable
We supply you with enough Refractory Mortar to ‘glue’ all of your brickwork together, as well as a couple of bags of fine Refractory Castable, for filling in awkward joints and gaps where you would otherwise have to cut a brick in a complicated shape (like you dome keystone, see more below).
+ Ceramic Fibre Blanket
The DIY Kits have enough Ceramic Fibre Blanket for 50mm coverage over the entire oven dome. The Ceramic Fibre blanket is a brilliant high temperature insulator, and 50mm is more than enough to prevent heat loss from your brick dome.
+ LiteFill Perlite Render
To seal in the Ceramic Fibre Blanket, the kit comes with enough LiteFill Perlite for a 50mm thick shell of strong, lightweight render over the oven dome.
+ Stainless Steel Flue
The DIY kits come with a Stainless Steel Flue and Flue Cap to suit – you will need to design the flue gallery for your oven to fit and support this flue.