It’s always good to have a dream, and my dream is to build my own pizza oven! Okay, that’s not my only dream but how awesome would it be to have one in your own back garden. Yes, it’s impractical at times, yes it’ll take hours to heat up, yes I won’t use it a great deal especially with the British weather, but none of that worries me… because I’ll have my own pizza oven!
There are are few questions that need to be answered first though:
- What will it look like?
- How can I build it?
- How much will it cost?
What will it look like?
I’ve been getting all of my inspiration from Pinterest.
If you’ve not heard of Pinterest before then it’s basically a social network where you pin images and create boards, so it’s a very visual platform and great for discovering creative things. All the pins are images taken from websites which all link back to the original site allowing you to find out more information.
As you can see there a quite a few different choices depending on the materials you want to use, but if the photos of other people’s ovens don’t get you excited then stop reading now.
How can I build it?
They’re not hugely technical things to make but your choice of design will effect how you build it. Check out the Pizza Oven board on Pinterest and follow the links but here are the basic steps.
- Build a base. Oven’s are sturdy things so a base of concrete, bricks, or building blocks will do. This will also allow you to have your oven at the correct height and ensure no pets or children get in there!
- On top of that you need a firebrick base which ensures you have a good surface to cook on which will retain heat and not warp.
- Finally Walls and a chimney. Obviously.
That is the very very basic guide but will give you a rough idea.
How much will it cost?
This is where I can’t help you out. You could make a simple cob oven made from clay and straw and maybe get away with making it virtually for free or you could decide to make it out of firebricks, get a metal flue, and end up spending a few hundred on it.
For me though I will look to have a compromise whereby I will try and source materials for free or as cheap as I can, but ultimately I want something that works and that I’m proud of.
What if I don’t like pizza?
You can cook virtually anything in here so think roasts, bread, etc. Who doesn’t like pizza though?
When am I gonna to start building?
I’m not sure when I’ll get to start this project but you can bet I’ll continue to research and will keep you updated. It’s not going to be a quick job and I’ve still got some other projects to work on but I’m hoping that next summer I’ll be cooking everything outdoors!
UPDATE: I built my pizza oven!
Maybe this post will inspire you too….