2. The first step is to make it stand on its side, I folded some 2mm steel sheet into two U shapes and sat them on top of the barrel. I bridged them with a couple of lengths of steel angle (40x40mm) to give a stable base and welded them in place.
3. Next is the chimney, I used a 6" stove pipe for this. I had a wood burner fitted recently and it came with a length of stove pipe for free which I didn't use. First mark out the hole and cut out, I used a plasma cutter but you could chain drill around the perimeter and use a file/hacksaw or even tin snips. Cut the stove pipe to around 400 mm long and weld it to the top of the barrel. The coating on the stove pipe is enamel which means it is rock hard, use a stone angle grinding disc to remove the enamel where it needs to be welded.
I also cut the opening whilst the plasma cutter was on, again you could use hand tools or an angle grinder to do this.
7. Kiln shelves
The first stage was to lay some kiln shelf sections in the base to take the fire and the pizzas, I used what I had from the first pizza oven and managed to tessellate them together quite neatly.
I plan to replace these at some stage as it is best not to have any joins in the area that you will use to cook the pizza. If there any joins they tend to catch on the Pizza peel as you move the pizza in and out of the oven.
8. The test burn
This shows the test burn, the smoke you can see is the paint burning off. make sure you have a sturdy steel or stone/brick base as there is some serous heat generated.
9. The Insulation
There is a massive amount of heat loss through the top of the Oven, we laid a piece of fibreglass insulation over the top as a temporary measure to see how it worked. You can just see the oven thermometer in the picture, it is off the scale!
10. The cook up!
The test cook was the day before my brother's wedding, the family were all over so Andy and Joel (captain and the duke) were on cooking duty see pics below of Andy in action!
By all accounts the pizzas where great!
11. the plan now is to build a permanent base, better insulation and perhaps build a brick arch over the top, or perhaps just stick it in the bcd garden and await another pizza party...