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How To Build a Wood Fired Pizza Oven in Your Backyard

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Have you ever had real Neapolitan pizza? It's cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven at around 1000 degrees, and only takes 90 seconds to cook. It's also insanely delicious. I became obsessed with the idea of building a pizza oven in my backyard, despite having no masonry experience at all, and ended up with an amazing outdoor kitchen.
Time: 6 Months Cost: $5000 Difficulty: Advanced
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It's the perfect outdoor entertaining space, and we can feed a crowd--easily, deliciously, and quickly! It's dinner and a show, all in one.
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A concrete pad and simple dry-stacked concrete block wall created a solid foundation. I did this all myself. While I was pregnant. I nest with power tools.
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The floor of the oven came next--a counter height concrete slab on which I'd build my brick oven dome.
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The firebrick dome was built over the course of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
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We built the enclosure out of metal studs and concrete backerboard. No fire should ever get out there anyway, but it never hurts to be extra careful! That's a picture of me signing my masterpiece. Nobody will ever see it, since it's enclosed, but I know it's there! ;-)
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Finishing touches--stone veneer. I did so many squats applying the stone! Best leg workout ever.
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And the end result? AMAZING pizza. We actually can get three days of cooking from the retained heat from a pizza fire. Pizza the first night, artisan breads the next morning (500ish degrees), calzones and lasagna made from leftover pizza ingredients the second night (375ish degrees), and then low, slow cooked things like beans or some meats overnight and into the third day (225 degrees). I love my WFO!

To see more: http://tikkido.com/blog/wood-fired-pizza-oven-tutorial

  • Angelborman4

    Wow!!! Beautifully done & made by a woman!!! Made me love it even more!!!
    You did an Amazing job 馃憣馃徎馃憦馃徎馃檶馃徏馃槏

    • Jean Strobel McMahon

      Its harder doing things like this as a woman because most of us are not inclined to make something that big.

  • Gail
    Gail Pensacola, FL

    Not the regular backyard. Good job, well done!

  • Debbie.wozniak
    Debbie.wozniak Brookfield, WI

    I am intimidated by your oven !!!
    Baby steps...I'd love to hear about how you hung your lights !!

  • Nikki Wills
    Nikki Wills Gilbert, AZ

    Thank you!

  • Vibeke
    Vibeke Denver, CO

    I believe that when cinderblocks are heated they will explode ( because I have experienced it when I was a child ) and still have the second degree burn to prove it ) please if you are going to build this use some other kind of material .

    • Nikki Wills
      Nikki Wills Gilbert, AZ

      The cinderblocks never get heated. There's a concrete bed and refractory insulation between the cinderblock base and the oven itself. The oven is made with refractory firebricks and refractory mortar, so spalling isn't an issue.

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