Build your own Oven
Building Your Own Pizza OvenHaving an oven in your garden makes a great talking point and a good reason to invite friends around. If you want to join in with the experience, you can buy complete ovens, build one from scratch or opt for the best of both worlds by incorporating specialist parts into your own design. Using purpose made firebricks and other refractory materials from Vitcas that are designed to withstand high temperatures will result in a more efficient and long lasting oven than using ordinary masonry products.
Best Pizza / Bread Oven - The base
Depending on the location, you may need to start by laying a concrete foundation. Supports for your oven can be made of concrete, breeze blocks, house bricks, or even old railway sleepers, but they must be strong and level, as the oven is going to be heavy. Many designs utilise the space within the supports to create a log store. On top of this, a layer of fire bricks make up the base of the oven. The bricks should be laid flush to each other on a thin layer of sand to make the smooth and level surface you need for cooking or baking.
Materials required to build a pizza / bread oven
Vitcas provides all the materials that you might need when building your own oven.
For the arch which forms the opening of the oven, it is possible to buy a ready made one, or specially tapered firebricks which make the job easier than using rectangular bricks for the less experienced DIYer. Always use outdoor oven cement between the bricks or heat proof screed for larger gaps.
The simplest shape for the main dome of the oven is a circle. This can be constructed by placing rings of bricks one on top of another without any need for support. If you want a barrel shaped dome, you need to construct a supporting structure for the brickwork or clay. This can be as straightforward as building up wet sand to create what will be the interior, or making a wooden support.
The Door and Flue
Bread bakes in the residual heat of the oven after the fire has died. To keep the heat in, it is vital that your oven has a door. Ovens designed specifically for pizzas do not always have a door, because pizzas cook so quickly. But without sealing the oven and minimizing the heat loss, your bread won't cook properly. If you already have a pizza oven, you can buy cast iron doors separately or have one made to fit, and create a tight seal with fire rope and an appropriate adhesive. Equally it’s important that the flue has an internal damper so you can close off the flue and keep the heat in.
Good insulation is the key to obtaining an even temperature throughout the cooking area and not wasting heat to the outside. This starts at the top of your support structure. You can buy ready made insulation concrete plinths or insulate under the base of the oven with a ceramic fibre board. Insulate the dome further with a layer of exterior cladding. This can be a fire insulation blanket made of ceramic fibre attached with a suitable adhesive, then chicken wire or another similar material to create a key for a thin (~10mm) covering of outdoor oven cement.
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- Special Price £71.99 £59.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £120.00OVEN ARCH
The Vitcas Oven Arch is a cast arch section from heat resistant concrete which is a perfect addition when constructing your very own wood fired pizza or bread oven. Ideal to be used in conjunction with our Vitcas fire bricks. For tunnel-shaped 'D' ovens.Read more
- Special Price £71.99 £59.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £120.00OVEN ARCH DOOR
Vitcas cast arch door section for installation in wood burning pizza or bread ovens. Manufactured from high temperature resistant concrete. The perfect component to use when making your own oven in conjunction with Vitcas fire bricks.Read more
- Special Price £180.00 £150.00 Incl. Vat Regular Price £358.80CAST IRON DOOR WITH GLASS
Vitcas luxurious Cast Iron Pizza/ Bread Oven Doors have heat resistant glass & a built in thermometer with a dual display of both oC and oF. It is suitable for temperatures reaching 0-500oC/ 32-932oF. The heatproof glass comes in a mounting frame and there is a sliding air vent.Read more
- Special Price £71.99 £59.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £95.99Chimney Flue with Cowl and Damper
Chimney Flue with Cowl and Damper is made for use with Vitcas wood burning outdoor pizza ovens. It has many uses such as reducing heat loss in chimneys, which means that heat remains in the oven longer and so you can use it cook multiple things without having to burn more wood.
- £23.99 £19.99 Incl. VatHPS-HEATPROOF SCREED
Fireproof Screed, a cemet-like product, is resistant to 1400°C. For interior & exterior use. Its function is for Screeding Masonry and making replacement fire bricks for Fireplaces, Barbeques and Kilns. Protects vulnerable materials, which are in danger of being damaged by high heat exposure.Read more
- Special Price £5.99 £4.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £11.99HEAT RESISTANT SILICONE 315°C
VITCAS High Temperature Silicone to 315ºC -heat resistant flexible sealant Designed for joints in contact with high temperatures such as flues, ovens, gaskets, stoves, boilers etc. Excellent adhesion to most building materialsRead more
- Special Price £11.99 £9.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £23.99CFA - CERAMIC FIBRE ADHESIVE
VITCAS CFA Ceramic Fibre Adhesive is used with all types of ceramic fibre products; blankets, boards, modules and other insulation products to adhere them to bricks, cement or metalwork. Examples of application include lining the sides of a forge and insulating a wood burning oven.Read more
- Special Price £35.99 £29.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £47.99CHIMNEY FLUE 90 DEGREE BEND
Chimney Flue 90 Degree Bend is made from stainless steel and is used for extending chimney flue pipes in a 90 degrees direction. To prevent excessive smoke being released near and around the oven. This is for outdoor, wood burning bread and pizza ovens.Read more
- Special Price £2.40 £2.00 Incl. Vat Regular Price £4.79 As low as £1.87VITCAS Fire bricks 230x114x76mm
VITCAS Fire bricks 230x114x76mm 42% Alumina Fire Clay Bricks Size 230 x 114 x 76mm. Maximum temperature in service up to 1430°C For kiln linings, ceramics, metal casting, forges and brazing hearths.Read more
- £17.99 £14.99 Incl. VatOC-OUTDOOR OVEN CEMENT
Vitcas Outdoor Oven Cement for exterior jointing with fire bricks in pizza and bread ovens, barbecues, smokehouses, fire pits, and other high temperature applications. It is a hydraulic set mortar which is non-soluble in water and resistant to rain and frost. Does not depend on heat in order to cure.Read more
- Special Price £17.99 £14.99 Incl. Vat Regular Price £29.99PIZZA OVEN WIRE 5Mx600mmX13mm
Vitcas Wire/ Mesh Netting for reinforcing bread and pizza ovens. Its hexagonal structure allows the ceramic fibre insulation blanket to stay in position, tightly sticking to the fire bricks and providing a base for the next layer of material. Also prevents cracking of outdoor oven cement which goes on top of it.Read more