So after lurking a few months on this thread and accepting the advice of a few members.. I finally did it. Ordered my Neo oven from Breadstone Ovens.. more importantly.. ordered it from Antoine who helped me tremendously both pre-sales, and continued post sales as I build it. This oven's main purpose in life is to give me a reason to drink more wine. ;-) Ok, so it's real "cooking" purpose is for Neo Pizzas.. lots of them. I ordered the complete system from Antoine that includes the insulated oven door as well so I will be able to bake some bread, etc... but no turkeys will ever fit inside this small oven so if you're looking for that.. step up to the next size.
I'm posting a few pics.. and comments as I continue the build. And am asking for any input as I finalize the build.
Right now I'm in a holding pattern as weather has gotten rainy, and work as got in the way! I have one more layer of vermiculite to apply, then the final weather proof coat to cover it all as this oven will be exposed to the elements for now. ( might consider a small roof to build over it later ) My vermiculite layer has been in a 10:1 ratio with a masonry mix to help hold form and so far it is holding form, albeit it looks as if I were to hit it really hard chunks of it may shear off like an iceberg. I am planning on increasing the mix to 5:1 on the last top coat of vermiculite, then add a ckn wire form before I apply the final masonry coat. For that coat it is basically a weather proof "stucco" like mix with an acrylic fortifier. At that time I will add my color mix to that batch and hopefully be able to cook shortly after that! :-)
I welcome any questions, comments or suggestions. This forum has been a great help to me.. so I hope I can return the favor. And again, can't say enough about Antoine @ Breadstone ovens for all his help and support! Highly recommend!
First pic is of the frame for the slab I poured for my oven that will support the stand. Big hole dug in middle helps anchor slab once concrete is poured.
Second pic is of the slab itself.
Third is of assembled stand and oven with layers of insulated blanket
Fourth is one layer of vermiculite on top of wire frame over insulated blanket.