Here at Stone Bake we often get asked about the different stands and finishes that can be achieved for our ovens. One of our customers, Steve Brown, sent us in some fantastic step-by-step images of his process start to finish of making a wooden stand with a concrete base.
Steve has a Primo 60 Kit oven, which means it arrives with the insulation materials you need to build your oven in. Below you can see the start to finish process he went through to achieve this.
- Please note! We would never advise having wood running directly underneath the oven. This can be very dangerous as our ovens get extremely hot, meaning it would be a fire hazard. If you want to build a wooden stand like Steve, ALWAYS ensure that you have a concrete layer between the oven base and the stand that is at least 150mm thick.
Step One: Find a suitable area that you want to have your oven.
- Please Note! Always make a note of our recommended clearances. Our recommended clearances from combustibles differ depending on whether the oven is built in or not. Ovens in Go form: Ensure a 500mm oven clearance is maintained from all walls of the oven and the oven mouth. Kit Ovens: If the oven is built in to The Stone Bake Oven Company specifications oven clearances are reduced to 100mm from all walls of the oven.
Step Two: Construct the wooden outline of your stand. You will need to ensure that this is sturdy and can withhold the weight of the oven.
The weights of the ovens are as follows:
Primo: 200kg approx.
Mezzo: 250kg approx.
Vento: 350kg approx.
Gusto: 420kg approx.
Step Three: Next you will need to place some cement board (aqua board) on top of your frame. Once you have constructed your frame, build some temporary wooden sides, which come parallel with the edge of your stand. This will ensure that once you remove them and your concrete is set, everything will be level and aligned precisely. When you have made sure that everything is level and completely flat, you can then start to create your concrete base.
Once the void is 2/3 filled you can place a square metal wire over the concrete, which will help you ensure that everything is even and level. You can then put the rest of the concrete over the top, leaving it to dry for at least 24-48 hours. Please ensure that the concrete is at least 150mm thick.
Step 4: Leave your concrete to fully set. Once set, you can then remove the temporary wooden sides, exposing your concrete base.
Step 5:If you are building your oven in, you will firstly need to place your calcium silicate board underneath where you will want your oven base to sit. You can then assemble your oven pieces together.
Always place the back base piece down first, then the front piece down. Once your base is assembled you can carefully place on your oven dome.
- Please Note! Steve has one of our older style square bases, which he has had to cut down. All of our ovens now have a round base. This change was purely for aesthetic reasons and that some customers had to cut the corners off of the base pieces.
Step 7: Now you can move onto building your oven in. Make sure that you cover your freshly clad tiles to make sure they don’t get damaged when building the oven in. You can then place the pre-fabricated archway at the front of your oven, insert the flue into the flue hole and start placing the insulation wool over the dome.
Step 8: Next, place chicken wire over the top of the insulation wool, as seen in this picture. This secures down the wool, ready for rendering. Using a standard sand and cement mix, you can then render in your oven.
Step 9: Once your render has dried, many of our customers like to paint their oven. If you are using your oven in its core form you will need to make sure that you paint it with high heat paint from our recommended suppliers Mike Wye-https://www.mikewye.co.uk/product/seciltek-silicate-paint-sp-01/
If you have built in your oven, then you can use a standard masonry paint, providing that it is suitable for external use. This is because your oven is built in so there is little to no heat transfer, meaning you don’t need a special high heat paint.
Step 10: Now all that’s left is to fire up your wood fired oven for the first time. When lighting your oven for the first time, the firing up process will take longer than usual. This is because you will need to get rid of any additional moisture in the oven.
- Please note! You wouldn’t want an aggressive fire whilst doing this; a nice slow fire without too much wood will be most effective.
- Top tip: A really easy way to tell when your oven has reached its optimum temperature is to look out for a clear patch forming in the top of the dome.
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 happy to help and advise you.
If you are interested in our residential oven range, visit our Primo, Mezzo, Vento and Gusto pages for prices, information and technical drawings. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01425 204985 should you have any further questions.