It occurred to me earlier today, that I have been more of a blog reader than a blogger...again. Since I last wrote, I have become obsessed with wood fired brick ovens. I've read blogs, forums, watched videos on youtube. I've learned about different styles of ovens, their pros and cons, and construction methods. And yes, I have also made a spreadsheet.
I am a co-owner of two lottery tickets. The numbers were drawn last night. On Monday, should one of the tickets turn out to be a winner, I'll be in Schenectady doing paperwork. On Tuesday...well on Tuesday morning I am chaperoning a field trip to Indian Ladder with a bunch of 4 year old kids. But on Tuesday afternoon, I will be ordering the materials needed to build a Pompeii dome style wood fired oven. They look kind of like an igloo. The problem right now is the cost. If I thought I could build it for under a grand, I think I would. The cheapest I think I'd be able to do it for would be $1500 and that is just a material cost. There are a handful of things/tools I would need to buy or rent. If I wanted the outside finished a little nicer, the cost goes up over $2000.I am also thinking I could enclose it in a few years. Build a working oven now that will look OK, and then build the cool stone faced enclosure down the road. Thinking about this hurts my head.
Irrational voice in my head: "Just think of the awsomeness of the oven."
Sane voice in my head: "You start things and never finish them."
Irrational voice in my head: "You'd be making pizza and bread 24/7."
Sane voice in my head: "The deck need staining. Gonna to start that someday?"
Irrational voice in my head: "Dude, you are totally going to crash the AOA Tournament of Pizza. And win."
Sane voice in my head: "You've never done any masonry. Ever."
Irrational voice in my head: "But I've got a lot of Lego experience under my belt. How different could it be?"
Sane voice in my head: "It's a lot of money and it will take a lot of time."
Irrational voice in my head: "THINK OF THE PIZZA!"
Sane voice in my head: "The pizza would be pretty freaking good, but you might move soon. What a waste of time, energy and money."
Irrational voice in my head: "Alright, that's a good point...but with all the lessons learned building this one, just think how awesome the oven at the new house will be."
This goes on in my head all day. Some days, I am definitely building an oven. Others, it doesn't seem like a good idea.