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How to make a block work stand with a tiled top- Step-by-step process

At Stone Bake HQ, we often get asked about different stands that can be constructed and what materials are suitable for one of our wood fired ovens to be placed onto. One of our customers Garry Roberts, has been kind enough to send in photos of how he achieved a block work stand with the appearance of a fully stone tiled top.

Garry built this stand for his Mezzo 76 Kit oven, which means it arrived with the insulation materials needed to fully build in the oven. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to achieve a stand and a finish like Garry’s.

Step 1: Find an area that is suitable for your oven to be constructed. Preferably a hard and level surface.

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  • Please Note! Garry has chosen an uneven surface so he has cast a concrete plinth to build his stand onto.
  • Please Note! We have recommended clearances for all of our ovens. Ovens in Go form: Ensure a minimum of 500mm oven clearance from all walls of the oven and the oven mouth. Kit Ovens: Ensure there is a clearance of at least 100mm from all walls of the oven. Clearances for all flues are 900mm.

Step 2: Construct your stand using breezeblocks, ensuring that at least three sides of the oven is supported and that each side is a minimum of 1 standard brick thickness (103mm). You will also need to make sure that you are happy that your stand can fully withhold the weight of your oven.

Each oven weighs the following:

Primo: 200kg approx.
Mezzo: 250kg approx.
Vento: 350kg approx.
Gusto: 420kg approx.

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Step 3: Next you will need to cast a concrete plinth of at least 150mm in thickness for your oven to be assembled onto. For this part it is probably a good idea to have a look at stage 6-8 of our Mezzo render build manual and adapting the process to suit your stand design.

Step 4: Using a standard sand and cement mix, you can render over the breezeblocks in order to get a smooth finish.

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Step 5: If you are building your oven in, you will need to place your calcium silicate board on top of your concrete plinth before assembling the oven. Once you have done this, you can then start to assemble your oven- remembering to place the back base piece down first, then the front piece and finally you can carefully place your dome on top. Using a Stanley knife, cut around the calcium silicate board so that it is flush with the oven.

Please note, if you have one of our Go ovens, you can simply assemble the base pieces directly onto your concrete plinth and it is ready to go!

Step 6: Now, you can clad the top of your stand with your chosen stone tiles. To achieve the appearance that the oven is sat on the stone tiles, cut them to size so they are a snug fit around the base of your oven.

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Step 7: Once your oven is fully assembled, you can then place your flue and flue cap into the flue hole situated at the front of your oven. Once your flue is in place you can then start covering your oven with the insulation wool provided, securing with chicken wire and cable ties. Next you can place your decorative archway at the front of your oven, securing with some high heat silicone mastic.

Step 8:  Once all of your insulation materials are fully secure you can then move onto rendering your oven with a standard sand and cement mix.  Make sure you allow time for your render to fully dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 9: If you have built your oven in, there will be little heat transfer due to the insulation materials. Therefore, you won’t need a high-heat paint and you can use a standard masonry paint that is suitable for external use.

  • Please Note! If you have one of our Go ovens and you wish to paint it, you will need to make sure you use a high-heat paint. Our recommended supplier is Bailey Paints.

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Step 10: Now all you need to do is fire up your wood fired oven. As it is the first fire up, a slow and steady fire will be most effective, as you will need to burn out any additional moisture. The easiest way to tell if your oven has reached its optimum temperature is to look out for a clear patch forming inside the top of your dome.

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If you need any more information about building a stand, assembling your oven or building it in, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01425 204985, we will be more than happy to advise you further.

If you think you might be interested in one of our residential ovens, visit our Primo, Mezzo and Vento an Gusto pages for prices, information and technical drawings.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01425 204985 if you have any further questions.

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