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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #340 on: October 13, 2007, 05:22:13 PM »
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #341 on: October 14, 2007, 02:30:05 PM »
The Raquel Oven project is still on track for completion by Thanksgiving. It will be shrink wrapped for the coming week to keep any moisture out.
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« Reply #342 on: October 14, 2007, 03:40:47 PM »
Immensely jealous.

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #343 on: October 14, 2007, 04:38:48 PM »
Boy Hits Car,
I haven't had this much fun in years.
I forgot to post a photograph of the shrink wrapping.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #344 on: October 14, 2007, 06:42:08 PM »
Pft,
      That looks awesome.  I'm looking on with great anticipation.  Have you and the mason been splitting up a lot of the work?  It looks top notch!  Pete G

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #345 on: October 15, 2007, 05:53:30 AM »
Hi Peteg,
I'm enjoying the division of labor quite a bit actually. We share what one could call an "equivalence of actions." No one is doing more than the other. We are truly doing this together.

I built the entire stand, hearth, placed the insulation and cooking deck. He leveled the cooking deck and slapped mud on the bricks and expertly placed them around the deck. I sponged them clean. We both lugged the bricks, he ran the saw (3 bricks required cutting plus the entry way). He mixed the refractory cement with a mean looking mixer (photograph attached). Finally, I wrapped the Raquel Oven for safe keeping.

We both drank our fair share of summer refresher along the way.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007, 08:02:38 AM by pftaylor »
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #346 on: October 16, 2007, 11:02:34 AM »
Hi Pft,

I can't wait for the pics .....

How high is your dome going to be above the oven floor, and what is the internal diameter ?

Kind regards.

Barry in Cape Town, South Africa

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #347 on: October 17, 2007, 06:13:13 AM »
Hi Barry,
Glad to hear you are following the development of the Raquel Oven. Since the Raquel is a pizza specific oven, it naturally has a low dome. The plans call for sub 13 inches. I won't know the exact height until it is actually in place.

The diameter of the deck is a little over 43 inches.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #348 on: October 21, 2007, 01:46:48 PM »
Here is this weekend's update. Most of the photographs are self explanatory. A few require additional detail.

Like the ones where I got to use the industrial vibrator. Hilarious. It kind of made me feel like a pizza proctologist of sorts. One of those necessary evils pizza guys have to endure at some point in our lives.

In another we found our mixer was wired to run in reverse so we had to rewire it on the spot. In yet another I misread the scale and added in 7 pounds of water instead of 3.5 and we had to double our use of material. What a waste...

The ambitious undertaking of building a castable dome requires the use of really big equipment. Cleanup is not simple.

I trust the membership enjoys the process.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #349 on: October 21, 2007, 01:48:44 PM »
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #350 on: October 21, 2007, 06:12:35 PM »
That must be a cast section for the dome.  The base must be the same size as a brick.  I indeed have enjoyed this storyline.  Thanks!  CraiG

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #351 on: October 24, 2007, 08:34:12 AM »
Hi csacks,
You are correct, it is a cast section of the dome.

Here are a few interesting tidbits about the latest photographs:
- The thickness is the same as the arch brick.
- The form's custom nature took over 43 hours of professional design effort. Not counting the manufacturing time.
- Each section takes a day or more to set up properly.
- There is only one form in the world so we are only able to pour one section at a time.
- The dome has eleven total pieces so the process will take nearly two weeks, at a minimum.
- The entire process has to be repeated exactly the same for all sections; disassembly of the form, removal of the dome section, re-assembly of the form, gathering of the right stuff (forklift, mixer, air-compressor, vibrator, scale, materials, etc), mixing, pouring, vibrating, then general cleanup.

Painstakingly complex and slow but worth it to get exactly what I want.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #352 on: October 28, 2007, 08:10:17 PM »
Another weekend brings slightly more progress. The header blocks will serve as support for an oversized landing.

Rain permitting, the dome construction will begin next weekend.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #353 on: October 28, 2007, 09:10:21 PM »
pftaylor,

Looking good!

What are you using to cover the landing? I made the mistake of using the same bricks as the floor of the oven. The landing became a total stain magnet, not so much from baking pizzas, but from roasting meats. I ended up removing replacing those bricks with glazed ceramic tile. Much better. FWIW.

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #354 on: October 28, 2007, 10:19:15 PM »
PFTaylor,

Your oven looks great. Just out of curiosity...how high is it to the deck
or floor of the oven? and what brand of refractory cement are you using?
I really like the clean looking design. Did you make the floor out of the same
refractory material as the dome is made of?

keep up the
good work,

willard
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #355 on: October 29, 2007, 11:09:55 AM »
Nevermind the oven, look at that backyard view with the lake!

To be eating some homemade pizzas back there in the summer, life is good..... :)

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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #356 on: October 29, 2007, 12:24:09 PM »
ratana,
You are quite correct. Gazing out at over five thousand acres of untouched conservation water and land is a special treat. Being able to eat Pizza Raquel produced from a one-of-a-kind high performance pizza specific oven with friends and family will bring it to a whole other level. Truth be told, I prefer winters to summers though.

2stone,
Thanks for your questions. I'm glad to answer them.

The height from the pool deck to the cooking deck is exactly at the height I won't have to bend over to peel a pie in or out; 43.5 inches. One of the benefits of building a customized oven is that it affords one the opportunity to build it to exacting specifications. Being six feet four inches tall, my back appreciates every little nuance.

The brand of refractory cement utilized for the arch bricks is shown in the attached photograph.

The refractory cooking deck came from a prestigious manufacturer in Italy known to produce some of the best decks in the world. The dome is hand crafted to my specifications from a custom blend of refractory materials.

Bill/SFNM,
Thanks for the heads up. The landing will likely be some sort of marble or granite. My wife is in the process of mixing and matching colors. She has a real eye for that sort of thing.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #357 on: November 04, 2007, 03:07:45 PM »
Progress to report. The dome is targeted for completion next Thursday evening. We placed all but one piece.
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Re: Pizza Raquel
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Re: Pizza Raquel
« Reply #359 on: November 04, 2007, 05:40:59 PM »
Looking good.  Almost there....  ;D

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