Cooking with an outdoor oven is great for those who enjoy entertaining.
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Cooking outside means eating and entertaining stay alfresco, and a wood-fired oven gives a different taste to the classic barbecue. This DIY installation from www.woodywoodfiredovens.com.au, is $3100 for the oven kit, including a 1000 x 1250mm oven and extra rack for vegies. The supporting platform and tile surround are separate.
How to Build the support platform
Build the support base
Pour a concrete base with F52 reinforcing mesh, measuring 1800 x 1800mm and 100mm thick. Leave it to dry, then lay the three walls of the base using four rows of 600 x 200 x 100mm ACC blocks.
Attach the front
Cut a crossbeam and two uprights from railway sleepers. Secure the uprights to the base with metal angle brackets. Position the crossbeam to be level with the tiles that are put down later, securing to the uprights and panels with angle brackets.
Add lintels and panels
Cut four 75 x 50mm-wide notches at 30mm deep on the inside of the walls to hold two steel lintels. Position the lintels so the ACC panels meet on the centre-line, securing with adhesive and screws.
How to Assemble the Oven
Lay the pavers
Position pavers in a diagonal brick-bond pattern, tapping into position with a rubber mallet. Start at the back door, using a length of 50mm-wide timber as a spacer and guide for straight lines.
TIP: Lift the pavers at the doorway to bed an extra sand and cement mortar mix for stability.
Set up the timber cradles
Position the timber cradle upright at the ends, spaced to match the timber slats, and hold with bricks. Position a 1200mm spirit level from the back to the front faceplate, raise the cradle and pack it to sit at the height of the spirit level.
Complete the brickwork
Lay three rows in a brick-bond pattern, bevel edges down then position the support rail. Complete the brickwork with the last two rows in a stack-bond pattern. Plumb the chimney and cover the oven with wire mesh.
Apply the render
Use gloves to apply a 30mm-thick coat of render. Leave it to dry for a day then fire the oven three times to dry the render. Cover with the heat blanket and apply a second coat of render, and a third optional coat.