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My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Who doesn’t love a project that takes a little creativity and time, but then they end up with an amazing masterpiece? I know I do. This project has now given me some motivation to try to create new, awesome things for my home. The only problem will be finding some time to do that!

What this father and son did is absolutely amazing. Follow the photos to see how he tells his story from the beginning to the end of this project, and to see the final piece.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Our house has a “dirt slope”. So we dug a hole into the slope.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

We built into the slope with some wooden planks to form the outside mold. Then we added concrete and let it dry for 1 week.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Close up of the mold.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

First layer of concrete is done.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Added a second layer with some steel for stability.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

These little pipes should remove water from the foundation.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

With a plastic cup, we created an assembly for rain water.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Works great.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

We bought the core at a local mason shop.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Built it together to see if it fits.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

We laid down all of the arch parts on the ground and drew a template on some wood, which we then built together with more concrete.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

And some insulation.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

With our template on the wooden arch, it was simple and easy to assemble those bricks to an arch.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

We put nails in every layer of mortar to create a connection to the main layer of concrete on top of the dome

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Some layers of insulation.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Next layer is thin aluminum foil

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Then a thin layer of steel grid.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

And then the first layer of concrete.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Then another layer of the steel grid and again some concrete.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Chimney is pretty straightforward.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Winter was coming, so we had to take a break (Semi-done, but we could already use it).

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Over Christmas, we drew some sketches showing how we wanted the roof. So in April, we continued our work and built the basic skeleton out of wood.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Our silly LEGO model. But it worked perfectly.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Now the tiles. First, we wanted to burn our own clay tiles, but we discarded that idea quickly. So we cut waste bags into shape and attached them with staples. This would hold some weeks.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

In the meantime, we built tiles out of wooden planks.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

To make cleaning easier, we can detach both side of the roof and can access the gaps in the back of the oven.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

Then we painted the roof, spread some big rocks around the foundation to hide the ugly concrete.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

After 9 months, we have our finished pizza oven.

My Son And I Spent 9 Months Building A Homemade Pizza Oven For My Backyard And It Turned Out Great

We also added some IKEA lights to make it more festive.

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Are you impressed? I know I am. I cannot believe the final masterpiece. What a fun family project they did together.

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