I’m in the process of closing off the front of the oven with fire brick and angle iron.
I want to put a thin brick veneer over the entire pizza oven.
1.) Any tips for cutting the brick that stack in front of the mouth to maintain the round/arch? Do folks use an angle grinder to get the curved lines?
So, once the front partial close of the oven mouth is complete…
2.) Do I have to wrap the front fire brick with the insulating blanket, chicken wire, and stucco?
3.) Or can the thin brick be applied directly to these firebrick? And the insulation isnt required?
4.) For attaching the thin brick to the stucco shell—high temp mortar isnt required?
5.) For attaching the thin brick to the fire brick that partially closes off the mouth, do I have to use high temp mortar?
Yes, an angle grinder with a diamond masonry wheel would be your best bet.
No; you should go brick to brick.
Yes; you should go brick to brick, no insulation.
Correct. Your stucco shell should never be hot, so there is no need for high temp. There is a variety of adhesives you can use, but for thin brick I’d “stick” to mortar.
Again, no. Using high temp mortar is an option for the fire brick itself (and personally I’d go with that option). But the mouth of the oven is not a flame-contact surface, and you are more interested in adhesion for the veneer in that area.