Sunday, March 17, 2013
Various materials can be used to construct the base of a brick oven. A monolithic concrete base is the strongest by dint of the reenforcing materials and the inherent strength of concrete.
At the current project in Maine, Henry Hudson and crew have created a grid of rebar and wire mesh tied to the rebar in the side walls that will make this slab virtually unbreakable. A simple screeding of the surface is sufficient since three layers of masonry products will be built up to form the floor of the 54" interior diameter oven.
Despite the frigid weather, the 'polar mix' of concrete and insulation placed above the slab allowed the slab to set up and cure properly.