Kim has been working diligently on the oven to make it all beautiful. All of the tiles have been stuck on and the grout has been applied. The grout colour is terracotta.
I think that the finish is wonderful and it really is an outdoor feature, as well as a practical oven.
A close up of the tile work. I am very proud of Kim’s artistic work.
Here is the other side with the grout still wet. We still have a little bit more grouting to do on the back, but we ran out of grout, and the hardware store ran out of this colour. We have to wait a week until more stock arrives. So be it.
Anyway, I still have to apply a coat of render to the besser brick base, which I did not get around to on the weekend due to other priorities (painting the gazebo), so only a few more hours work and it will be totally finished!
I have kept all the receipts for the oven so far, and here is the shock. It has cost me $916.45 in materials and installation (including all the remaining materials required next weekend). Even though the clay was free, the tools, stainless steel flue, flue installation costs, bricks, cement, render, mosaics, grout and other sundries were not free. However, if I had managed to get a second hand flue kit (free), and installed it myself, I would have been able to cut $320 off of that price. Before we made it, we did search on-line for a pizza oven kit to compare prices, and the cheapest one available was $1600 and was half the size. I now consider my oven a bargain, and at least if it breaks in any way, shape or form, I can repair it myself and I have all the tools and materials to do it for free! It will last as long as I will.
So a bit of advice if you are thinking of building one on the cheap. See if you can source your building materials for free and can befriending a bricklayer, you will save yourself a small fortune. However, if you don’t build it yourself, you could miss out on learning some very valuable skills for the future. I can confidently put my hand to basic brick laying tasks around the home.