Introduction: Dishwasher Converted Pizza Oven-Smoker
We replaced our dishwasher. It had issues. Hoping to turn it into a smoker/pizza oven. I thought it was an original idea until I googled it. This one is all stainless. The stove pipe will come out the side where that last plastic piece is. I'm going to weld a frame bigger than the body and wrap it with rock wool and stucco . I will probably incorporate a dolly into the frame to move it. It will have an electric element that is removable so I can burn wood for the pizza oven function. I might control the temperature of the element with an arduino or an STC-1000 temp controller I have from another project .Thinking about using bricks for the trim to give it a brick oven look. The door will be lined with rock wool too. I work for an insulation installer and he kindly donated the rock wool. I'll keep everyone informed and feel free to pitch ideas.
Step 1: I Hope to Achieve This Look.
I stole these pictures of stuccoed ovens off the net to show what my goal is.
Step 2: Unistrut
I framed the base with unistrut for structure and support. The wheels idea was silly and didn't work well...it was part of the tilt mechanism off a scrapped treadmill.... Maybe if it's on a flat concrete slab but in the yard... Forget moving it
Step 3: The Door Counterbalance
Seemed like a good idea. Put a metal roller instead of plastic, put a cable on it ( not wire shown), left a gap between brick trim and washer tub so the mechanism had room to work ( which made the trim look funny on that side cause it didn't line up ) UPDATE.....all that and it came off and no way to get in there to fix it with stucco on. Guess I'll make a latch
Step 4: Old Wire Shelving I Had Around
This wire shelving will form the main structure for the stucco and leave a gap for the insulation.
Step 5: The Chimney
I found this at the junkyard and bought it for .25 cents. The smoke entrance is placed low inside so it will trap smoke in smoker mode.
Step 6: Taking Shape!
I tried screwing a bracket to support wheels...( update... It was pointless. The final oven was WAY to heavy to move)
Step 7: Craigslist Bricks
I got 200 bricks for $20 off Craigslist. I broke them in half and drilled a hole in the brick with a masonry bit and wood screwed it around the edge.
Step 8: Rockwool Insulation
I stuffed batts of rock wool insulation under the cage. My boss at Big City insulation in Nampa Idaho donated it for the cause :)
Step 9: Stucco Time
One side at a time. I started with a bag of stucco mix but ended up using my own recipe...1 part sand 2 parts Portland.
Step 10: Free Craigslist Bricks
Someone ripped out their fireplace. These will line my oven..
Step 11: Preparing for Stucco
Wired lattice to the structure to support stucco. The more wires the better. No stucco till I do a fire/cook test run
Step 12: Drywall
I got chunks for free at the local construction site junk bin. I had to cut to size and chamfer the edges on the one shown...this is just the outer section to the door ...it is a hollow door and in most places on the door there was room for three thicknesses of drywall.
Step 13: Plinth
Cookie sheet and pine board
Step 14: Got Ingredients
Step 15: Check This Site Out for Recipes
Step 16: Made the Pie
Experiment but go light on toppings
Step 17: Fire It Up
It was hot enough to cook pizzas in 5 minutes..
Step 18: 90 Seconds With Door Closed
Finished it off by holding it on the plinth towards the top of the oven to brown it for another 30 seconds
Step 19: Garlic Bread
Garlic powder butter and mozzarella
Step 20: Fireplace Mode
Belly full just sitting by the fire now. The heat is so intense and it reflects so well I'm 8 feet away. Much more efficient and warmer than my old copper above-ground fire pit. The outside is cool to the touch all night long. I shut it up and in the morning it was still hot enough to bake bread
Step 21: Finished Stucco
I forgot to mention I drilled a hole for air control through the door. I'll screw a damper plate to it someday. May whitewash outside. May even mortar bricks inside. I like the configuration for sure. Conventional pizza ovens cook on the same surface as the fire. They have to wait for coals. I like this way much better.