How to Build a Gas Burnout Oven

Building a Gas Burnout oven is a whole lot simpler than one might imagine. It is great for making your own pizza, so pizza lovers will find this guide worth using. Building your own gas burnout oven might save you time and money, as you won’t have to make costly, time consuming trips to your favourite pizza parlour every time you crave a slice of pizza.

Materials

  • Concrete
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Rebar
  • Fire bricks
  • Steel welded box with up and down door latched
  • Flat steel to length
  • Exhaust duct and fan with motor
  • Air filters to EPA standard
  • Heat retardant fabric
  • Natural gas fired heat unit
  • Air injector
  • Steel clips
  • Oven furniture
  • Anchor bolts
  • Thin foundation forms

Tools

  • Welding kit
  • Wall cutting tools
  • Level
  • Shovel
  • Wheel barrow
  • Floor jack
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper

Instructions

  1. Consult your local authorities to determine what permits are required before constructing your gas burnout oven. For the United States of America, compliance with the Clean Air Act is mandatory, and failure to comply with the act can result in severe fines and possibly jail time.
  2. Determine where the oven will be located; it should be situated close, but not too close, to an outside wall. Using form and rebar, construct a concrete pad in the location 4” deep. Ensure the pad is level and lay out the corners of the oven, placing anchor bolts into the pad.
  3. The oven box is better obtained pre manufactured. However, if you decide to construct your own oven box, use heavy gauge steel. Pay very close attention to the quality of the weld and ensure that the tolerances at the floor and mechanical void locations are secure. Cut enough holes for the thermostat, oven venting, oven control, natural gas heat or air injection system and the automatic oven door open shut-off mechanism.
  4. At the corners and at the 1/3 points along the top edges of the box and the roof section, weld fabric attachment clips. Place the oven box onto the concrete pad and bolt into place with a floor jack.
  5. Hire a licensed electrician to install and wire all the oven’s units, including the natural gas heater, venting fans, shut off and thermostat units.
  6. To install the heat fabric and bricks, first attach heat resistant fabric to the welded steel clips. Line the floor and walls with heat bricks, cutting the bricks only where needed, for equipment. After the final row of bricks is done, lay flat steel across the top for roof bricks.
  7. Cut a ventilation hole in the building wall and install the vent ducting to the exterior. To make connections accurately, hire the help of a trained electrician.
  8. Test the oven by slowly bringing it up to full temperature. Allow a good amount of time for break-in before attempting a full cycle.
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