VillaGok tandoor oven - Base

Our dorkings always know when it is opportune to be around: As soon as I started digging, Mrs. Cheeky was on the spot!

The hole quickly reached the desired depth...

...and a layer of Leca was added. I avoided EPS (which I used for the brick oven base) because of the (probably small) risk that the base could become hot enough to melt EPS.

A sheet of plastic was placed on top of the Leca as well as a frame for the concrete. After pouring half of the concrete, 8 mm reinforcing mesh was added and the rest of the concrete poured. After smoothing the surface, the slab was covered with a sheet of plastic to allow the concrete to cure without drying out.

The outer diameter marked up on the finished base slab. I decided on a cylindrical wall because it allows acces from any point around the oven - and hopefully it would give an attractive appearance.

The downside of the design is a lot of brick cutting. Here are the first two courses loosely laid out. I was satisfied with the look and continued cutting!

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