I finally have an operating WFO...a FGM 950C from Antoine at breadstoneovens.com!
I have been a pizza fanatic since my first visit to Sardinia in 1981. I used to go to Decimomannu twice a year (military deployment) and fell in love with wood fired pizza at Lorelei's restaurant. I'll never forget when the pizzaiolo put a thick Coke bottle in the oven and pulled it out a few minutes later and it was wilting!
I started a patio restoration project this summer and installed a WFO. I can't take credit for most of the work, but at least, I did design the project. I want to thank Antoine for patiently answering all my questions! John (JConk007) sold me a very nice set of GI Tools and he was very helpful with some great suggestions to get me started. Also, I appreciate the help, suggestions, and build threads from many of you on the forum, especially Reep, ForrestM, and Tscarborough.
We've had a few devasting fires in my area the last two summers, so I've been extra cautious making sure the design is as safe as possible. Colorado is typically windy as well, so I had a fire screen designed to cover the opening when I am bringing the oven up to temp...it works great! The project is not quite complete, but the oven is done and fully cured!
We debated whether to get the "raised dome" option that Antoine offers and decided that would make the oven more versatile. Neapolitan is my favorite style, but the oven will be great for many other cooking adventures. My first "bake" after curing was Sunday night with floor/dome temps of 860/910 and I was very happy with the results! I'll post a few pics of my initial attempt at Neapolitan cooking in that area of the forum.
I am fortunate to have the beautiful convent of Mount St. Francis and the St. Francis of Assisi church down the hill behind my property. When my son saw the framing for our pizza oven, he said, "That looks like a church, we should call it the St. Francis Of A Pizza oven." So with no disrespect to the Franciscans, here are some pics of "St. Francis Of A Pizza." (BTW, the Ponderosa Pine in the second picture does lean a little bit, but this camera angle exaggerates the lean...no danger of falling...yet!)